Sharon, CT, USA
Minutes from the bucolic village of Sharon, CT, this English-style estate is a true retreat from today's fast-paced world.Centered by a stately Manor House filled with understated elegance and a sweeping flair of British style, the 95+/-acre estate captures the imagination, magnificently creating the perfect setting for sophisticated country living and entertaining. Detailed pediments, carved fireplaces, custom millwork and cabinetry are appointed throughout every light-filled room.For entertaining, a well-proportioned living room with custom cabinetry and centered fireplace steps down to a sun-filled three-exposure drawing room with walls of windows and carved fireplace. An inviting dining room with rounded bay window overlooks the sweeping grounds, and a wrap-around enclosed porch is perfect for al fresco entertaining. For family-style gatherings, the chefs kitchen steps into a sun-lit breakfast room/family room.The second floor private quarters keep everyone in mind with a luxury master suite with tray ceiling, fireplace, and dual fitted dressing closets; a large guest suite with a rear staircase; an additional three ensuite bedrooms and laundry room.The grounds, created by famed English garden designer Penelope Hobhouse and British architect Sir Anthony Denny easily combine Edwardian symmetry and style in an idyllic hillside setting to breathtaking results. Centered by an obelisk-topped folly and framed by a double allee of zelkovas trees, its flanked by two formal rectangular gardens. One side features a walled English garden designed with brick paths and formal perennial beds bordered by espaliered fruit trees and a set-just-behind greenhouse. The opposite garden features a neatly-clipped hornbeam hedged garden surrounding a lap pool and a double pavilion with a cabana and charming guest studio connected by a wisteria laden pergola.A rustic antique Russian dacha, or cottage, is tucked-back in the light woodlands along a meandering stream. Also complementing the grounds are a tennis court, large barn, perfect for storage or as a large party barn and a three bedroom guest house.