Secluded Estate - Spacious, Comfortable, Immaculate
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Salisbury chateau / country house description
A private road winds through a quiet forest to your spacious refuge set among gorgeous gardens and stone terraces. Fall asleep with the windows open to owls hooting softly, and wake up to only birdsong, the breeze in the trees, and a rushing brook. This 11-acre estate adjoins hundreds of acres of protected natural area.
It's the perfect setting to gather family and friends for weekend visits, a cookout or an elegant dinner party. Nature lovers will especially enjoy the access to the great outdoors.
This house is located right in the center of the tri-state corner allowing you to enjoy everything that Litchfield County and the Berkshires are famous for – music, theater, arts, dance, antiques – and a wonderful variety of outdoor activities.
The house features beamed ceilings throughout, three massive fireplaces, relaxed gathering places, antique rugs, handwoven textile collection, and a dramatic three story foyer. Freshly painted in 2011 and professionally landscaped.
There's lots of room to spread out with two living rooms, three bedrooms (sleeps up to 10), three bathrooms (two with shower, one with jacuzzi tub), country kitchen with island and pantry, large dining room, huge sunlit gym/play space, convenient mudroom with w/d, three terraces, and garage parking for two cars.
French doors lead to the sunny and private “morning terrace” – perfect for lounging in a teak Adirondack chair with a cappucino (Gaggia espresso machine, professional coffee grinder). Enjoy a good book, or surf the net (high-speed internet and wifi).
Mmmmm... time for breakfast! How about some fruit from your own garden (raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples and pears). Or pancakes (double griddle) and waffles (classic waffle iron). For lunch, toss together something from the “Salad Garden” planted just for you (mesclun, heirloom tomatoes and herbs).
If you're feeling energetic, there's direct access from the house to challenging hiking – and lazy country walks. Horseback riding, biking, kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and fly-fishing are all easily arranged. Swim in crystal-clear Lakeville Lake (short drive), or follow our secret trail to dabble in a hidden brook. Car buffs will love Lime Rock racing (a short drive, but out of earshot!). If you're feeling lazy, stroll through the Japanese-inspired gardens, visit antique stores, or just relax around the house.
The master suite is a serene get-away. It includes a spacious bedroom furnished with Stickley queen craftsman bed, rocking chair, Oriental rugs, writing desk, bookshelves and overhead fan. A massive fireplace separates the bedroom from the ensuite bathroom (shower, no tub), dressing room, and walk-in closet.
In addition to the master suite, the second floor features two other bedrooms, sharing a large bathroom. Each bedroom has a queen bed, sitting area, large closets, bookcases and overhead fan. After a hard day's hiking, riding, or just poking-about, luxuriate in a bubbly Jacuzzi tub, while gazing through the skylight to a starry night.
There's also overflow sleeping for 4 more people – two on a new futon-bed in the third floor loft gym / playroom, and two on the main floor on a pullout sofa (one of three sofas in the house).
The grounds are great for families. Perfect your croquet, bocce, and badminton, or laze about in a hammock under the trees with a great book.
Cooks will really enjoy this house. The kitchen is stocked for you with an international library of spices, oils, vinegars, staples, baking supplies and cookbooks. You'll find all the cookware and equipment you need to make anything from paella to cakes to lobster. Some of our appliances aren't new (come again next year to enjoy a spectacular renovation!). But the Thermador cooktop roars, the convection oven bakes, broils and roasts perfectly and the dishwasher – washes dishes just fine. There's a gas grill on the terrace (extra propane tank provided so you never run out mid-meal), and the covered grilling area makes it pleasant even if the weather isn't cooperating.
The dining room features a massive stone fireplace and seats 12 very comfortably. Or dine in the garden on either the sun or shade terrace (combine the two sets of furniture to seat 12).
Once evening comes, settle around the coffee table in the living room for board games or a movie with the kids .Or banish them to the great room, or better yet, the gym / playroom two floors away where there's a second TV and DVD player..
Summer nights in our hills are sometimes chilly – or perhaps that's just our excuse for lighting a fire in any of three fireplaces and one woodstove (ample firewood and kindling provided).
How about a movie? You'll really enjoy the 50” TV with high-speed streaming and DVD player. And yes - we do understand that not everyone is familiar with streaming, so we can help you to set up the TV content that you'll most enjoy. Or listen to music - there's a classic audiophile-quality stereo system, and a speaker-management system so that you can enjoy music while cooking or enjoying either terrace.
This is a very special, quiet, and comfortable home. Make it yours this summer!
Keywords: Berkshires, Litchfield County, Large, Family, Private, Nature, Hiking, Serenity, Gracious, Cool
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
Salisbury is a fantastic destination for kids. Superb kids' programs at the Scoville Library, week-long and day programs at the Sharon Audobon Center. Swimming in Lakeville Lake (lifeguard). Public boating (rental boats and canoes), lots of outdoor activities. Two bedrooms are carpeted for safe play (and there's lots of room for it). Carpeted third floor gym / playroom has a widescreen TV, DVD and VCR (bring your own video game equipment). Secret salamander pool and nature trail for young naturalists....moreless
- Pets Not Allowed:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
Very well equipped kitchen for cooks from very casual to very serious. International library of spices and sauces, oils and vinegars. Top-quality small appliances, including espresso/capuccino machine, conventional coffee maker, burr coffee grinder, food processor, stand mixer, blender, slow-cooker, dehydrator (for the fruit gardens) and more. Fully equipped for all baking....moreless
- Cooking Utensils:
- Catering Available
- Ice Maker
This 'green design' home was engineered and sited to remain cool with minimal (or no) air-conditioning. One powerful A/C unit downstairs, coupled with a whole-house fan cools effectively. Separate unit and overhead fan in the master suite. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and in the vaulted living room....moreless
- Wood Fireplace:
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Linens Provided:
Up-to-date STREAMING equipment installed.. If you're not familiar with streaming, we can help set up the streaming content you prefer. We use Netflix (movies and TV series), but there are hundreds of choices, such as Major League Baseball, etc....moreless
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- Music Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Broadband Access:
Pool & Spa
Deck / Patio:
(3) 1) 'Sun terrace' accessed from kitchen through triple French doors. Barlow-Tyrie teak furniture. 2) 'Shade terrace' in the back of the house, adjacent to shady lawn and gardens. Covered grilling area. New comfortable upholstered furniture. 3) 'Garden terrace' leads from the basement (through French doors) to the vegetable and fruit gardens....moreless
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
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MINIMUM ONE WEEK RENTAL $2400/WEEK $7500/MONTH Includes mowing. Estate services (housekeeper, professional gardener) extra. Cleaning fee extra at actual cost or by agreement. $500 non-refundable deposit (to hold booking) applied to rental cost. 50% required 30 days from booking, full payment 6 weeks before rental period. Security deposit required against utilities (extra) and damage.
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Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: We're a (young) retired couple who love to gather our family and friends together for long - and usually lazy - visits. We also enjoy performance and visual arts, hiking, and traveling. We're originally from Canada and Wisconsin, but lived and worked in New York City, and still have a little pied-a-terre in the Village.
Why the Owner Chose Salisbury:
We fell in love with the Berkshires and Litchfield County years ago, as a refuge from our hectic NYC life. As often happens here, our country life drew us more and more, until we decided to take a very early retirement. We looked all over the Berkshires, but settled on Salisbury because it's a shorter trip to New York City, while just a short drive from Berkshires attractions, and within easy weekend reach of Vermont skiing.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Our home is totally private and quiet, yet there's lots for everyone to do both on the property and within a short walk or drive.
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A long private road leads up to this secluded estate.
Living room has wood burning fireplace, 50&quot; online-streaming TV.
Home office with high speed internet and wifi throughout home and terraces.
Master suite with fireplace, ensuite, walk-in closet and sunlit dressing room.
Bedroom #2 - Queen bed, seating area, carpeted for safe play.
Skylit Jacuzzi tub in bathroom #2. Villeroy & Boch and Dornbrecht fixtures.
Covered breezeway to garage with parking for 2 cars.
French Provincial dining room comfortably seats 12. French doors to terrace.
Sunny great room with vaulted ceiling, fieldstone wood stove.
Gracious plan links great room, dining, terraces, living room, kitchen, bath ...
Master bath with European fixtures and shower (no bath).
Third bedroom, carpeted, large closet. All bedrooms have overhead fans.
Large third-floor sunlit gym is also a great playroom or overflow bedroom.
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