141 5 ½ Mile Rd.
Bathrooms: 4 full, 3 partial
Square feet: 12,373
Coming in down the mile-long driveway flanked by fields and woods, sets the scene for a bucolic experience in the countryside of Litchfield County. “The Northwest corner of Connecticut… is rich in wildlife, natural beauty and varying topography from rolling hills to fields and streams,” says Joseph Barbieri, senior global real estate advisor at Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich, CT. “This is the county that captures the beautiful Hudson Valley light that is so unique to the area.”
And at the end of the driveway, a private courtyard surrounded by copper beech trees welcomes guests to the Tuscan-styled home designed by award-winning architect Thomas Beeby. “New Classical Architecture is one of the themes of Thomas Beeby’s work,” says Barbieri. “This grand Tuscan-style estate epitomizes this architectural style. It personifies classic design with modern amenities.”
The five-bedroom home has six fireplaces. Cathedral ceilings can be found in many of the main rooms and an expansive glass solarium is positioned to take advantage of the long views. High-end finishes can be found throughout the home, along with cherry wood floors that were hand-planed to give an antique texture.
On the main floor, the kitchen is a home chef’s dream, boasting high-end appliances, a commercial stove, stone floor and wood beams with granite fireplace. The pine study and the family dining room have stenciled oak floors using wood grown on the property. Upstairs, the primary suite overlooks the front courtyard with lots of windows and natural light, including from five occuli, or small round windows.
Step outside to the stone terraces with an outdoor fireplace and pergola to find an ideal setting for evening wine tastings overlooking long southwesterly views. A wine cellar on the lower level provides plenty of storage for your favorite bottles. “Private terraces and formal English gardens surround the villa,” says Barbieri. Beyond the formal entertaining spaces are a large pond, horse barn, birch stands and fern groves, which are among the features of this more than 500-acre property. “Leaving a formal and sunny setting around the house, one quickly can find oneself meandering through beautiful trails for walking, hiking or riding horses,” adds Barbieri. And, those who are interested can inquire about an additional 500 abutting acres, which are also available for purchase.
Senior Global Real Estate Advisor
Sotheby’s International Realty, Greenwich, CT
Diana Imperatore Bisselle
Global Real Estate Advisor
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Salisbury, CT