The barn welcomes you with its magnificent Gothic wooden door and stunning English doorknocker brought from Princeton University, by previous owners. The elegant glass + copper awning over the front door was purchased at auction from a New York hotel, decades ago. The understated elegance of the foyer’s Venetian plaster walls and heated marble floor is the perfect introduction to the subtly of this incredible family compound.
Beyond the foyer is the overwhelming great room, dominated by a magnificent 3-story fireplace with a 13 ft wide, rough-hewn mantel. Posts, beams and wide-board flooring are all omnipresent reminders that before this structure became a home, it was the largest working barn in Westport, owned by Joseph Jennings. At the far end of the great room is a lovely dining area – formal when needed or more casual and intimate when there are fewer at the table.
From the heart of the barn wide pocket doors taken from a carriage house open to a more intimate library or den with plenty of sunlight, beautiful built-in bookcases, custom cabinetry and a wet-bar. This light-filled space is perfect for countless hours of relaxation - family games, meaningful conversation or peaceful solitude.
The ideal country kitchen welcomes lingering with its heated terra cotta floors, 19thc wooden beam + plank ceiling and quintessential warmth. Top chef appliances and Connecticut granite countertops would welcome any gourmet enthusiast; there is room for a huge farm table (near the windows) and for bar stools (under the main counter).
Master Bedroom Suite
Formerly a hayloft, the Master Bedroom suite is cleverly partitioned from the main portion of the second level using vintage, paned floor-to-ceiling windows and a Dutch door. This delightful oasis contains a cupola with skylights, custom walk-in dressing room, sumptuous Master bath with heated floors where French doors open to a balcony, overlooking the rose gardens and terrace.
Other Family Bedrooms
There are five charming light-filled family bedrooms on the upstairs levels. Each has its own unique character with unexpected details such as a Palladian window, French doors to a balcony, or a vaulted ceiling with hand-painted canopy. They collectively share two full hall bathrooms and laundry area.
At the left side of the Great Room is a remarkable wrought iron and wooden staircase that leads downstairs to a beautifully finished lower level. This generous space includes a full service wet-bar, half bath and spacious walk-in cedar closet.
Formerly an artist’s studio, the two bedrooms and sitting room beyond the library are ideal for either nanny or in-law suite. This area maintains a separate entrance as well as its own laundry center.
The magnificent property has impeccable grounds with mature plantings, exceptional stonework, a pool, patio + wisteria-covered pergola which have been painstakingly groomed and maintained. Conveniently located in the heart of Westport yet extremely private, this exquisitely restored New England antique will delight some lucky family for many years to come.