One of New England’s finest estates - situated on 54 acres in Washington, Connecticut with far reaching westerly views.
Designed by internationally renowned Fairfax & Sammons, this Palladian Villa epitomizes genteel country living. A private driveway winds through woodlands and meadows peppered with native mountain laurel before a breathtaking reveal. The first breathtaking views are of open fields and in the far distance; the brick house is suddenly visible– a tableau that evokes the Scottish countryside.
At the motor court, the eye’s gaze is torn between the mature hedge of Hornbeam and the parterre garden. Entering the garden courtyard is a moment of bliss where landscape architecture has been elevated to an art form. Built around a limestone fountain with sundial designed by the home’s architect, the four sections of the parterre garden are woven with mature trained boxwood, barberry and juniper in a “knot” pattern. At one end of the courtyard, an outdoor fireplace is nestled beneath a wisteria arbor – the perfect setting for afternoon tea or romantic dinner.
The 650sf summer house is composed of windows and doors that open to the gardens. Inside, one can take in the sun and gardens amongst glass, a murmuring fountain, and stone floors. The summer house is fully appointed with central heating, cooling and humidity control.
The garden courtyard serves as the introduction to the home. Antiqued bricks on the home are laid in a Flemish bond pattern. Cast stone elements include columns, finials, volutes lend to the Palladian influence of the home. Boston ivy has been allowed to grow on the entry façade, another touch to soften the exterior for the country setting.
The home’s interior masterpiece is the grand living room which features three arched doorways to the western-facing terrace, high ceilings, full-height wall paneling, and extensive moldings including dentils below an acanthus frieze. The living room features a fireplace with a mirror designed by the architect which mimics the exterior lines of the home. A set of double doors leads to the octagonal dining room – a wonderful space for treasured moments with guests. Carefully concealed behind each of the paneled walls is storage shelving. A main floor guest suite is tucked off one side of the entry hall and offers morning light, access to the main terrace, and a luxurious bathroom with claw foot soaking tub.
The elegant staircase delivers you to a landing with three options: to the left is an intimate den perfect for escaping with a good book, to the right is another guest suite which has been appointed in Pierre Deux’s signature blue toile. Built-in steps lead to two windows with views of the parterre garden, where visibility of the knot pattern is supreme. The ensuite bath features heated marble floors, soaking tub and a large window. The third option off the staircase landing leads up to a vestibule which then reveals a magnificent master suite. Featuring a high tray ceiling, walls completely covered in a rich wood paneling, a fireplace and three exposures with breathtaking views, this environment rivals any Relais and Chateaux suite. The master bath, striking in its elegant simplicity, features a free- standing tub and luxurious stall shower.
Windfield’s finished lower level offers three additional rooms suited for multiple uses: home theater, gym, wine storage, art studio or home office. The mechanicals for the property are state of the art, and there is a generator which provides uninterrupted service to the entire estate.
With over 15 acres of open pastures, beautifully landscaped gardens, constant breezes and a mesmerizing view, Windfield is a treasure to be revered. Located 90 miles from Manhattan, yet a world away.