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A Provence-Inspired Retreat

745 Old Academy Rd., Fairfield, CT
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4 full, 3 half
Square feet: 6,686
Price: $2,950,000

In the historic Greenfield Hill area of Fairfield, CT, The Millstones has stood nearly 200 years on a tranquil property with rolling lawns and greenery surrounding what was once a farmhouse.

“This is one of those special properties that you immediately fall in love with,” says Realtor Cindy Raney of Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Westport, CT. Five millstones on the property were imported from France. The property, aptly named The Millstones, is also a project of the first female landscape architect, Agnes Selkirk Clarke, who designed the original gardens. She was the wife of Cameron Clark who, in the 1920s, expanded and renovated the home to its French Country iteration you see today.

“It exudes warmth and character, retaining the special features of the antique yet completely updated with new cedar roof, wiring and plumbing, state-of-the-art kitchen and baths,” says Raney. “There isn’t another home with property that this home offers. It’s truly stunning.”

En suite bedrooms and a guest suite with a sitting room and renovated bath are drawing attention from this year’s buyers. The home has many private spaces from which to work from home for those who want to use it for a full-time home. The large living room and flow to the covered patio out back also make it appealing to buyers looking to make it a weekend retreat.

French details throughout include wood paneling imported from Provence to adorn the front entry and hall. Six French doors invite guests to the backyard from the patio in back. Almost every room is bright and sun-filled.

The state-of-the-art kitchen has Calacatta Statuario quartz countertops and backsplash, new appliances, including two dishwashers and a wine fridge. Adjacent to the kitchen are a butler’s pantry and a breakfast room with tumbled marble floors and Serena & Lily lighting. A formal dining room has plenty of room to host large gatherings and a working fireplace.

“There is a beautiful cross-breeze throughout the house when all the doors are open,” says Raney. “It’s a wonderful place to gather family and friends, with a modern kitchen and grand living room with a fireplace.

The home boasts four fireplaces. The other two are in the library with built-ins, which provides a serene work-from-home space, and the primary bedroom, which also has a spa-like bathroom with steam shower, freestanding tub and WC.

Outside, terraced gardens lead down to the in-ground pool and a pond in the distance. A terrace with built-in firepit, and a tree swing offer entertainment for every age. On the lower level, a former safe has been converted to a wine cellar that holds close to 1,000 bottles.

“It’s a gorgeous property and gardens, adjacent to conservation land,” says Raney. “Other realtors have commented that it’s the best home they have seen in 10 years!”

Contact: Cindy Raney
Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker Realty, Westport, CT

Photo credit: Realty Plans

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