From facade to floor plan, beauty and elegance resonate throughout this estate home. A low-swept gable, stone cladding, and arched dormers flavor this homes exterior with French Normandy graces. Columns and curved braces announce formal and informal entries, which flank a tall stone-clad tower. The formal entrance displays a column-lined foyer, a large formal dining room, andthrough an archa great room with vaulted ceiling, bay window, fireplace, and built-in media center. Down a hallway, double doors lead into a rich library, with fireplace, bookshelf, and access to a partially covered patio.
The informal entrance leads into a spacious laundry and mudroom area, where soiled apparel can be deposited and muddy hands washed before entering the rest of the home. This spacewith its large central islandis also ideal to use as a family craft space and gift-wrapping center. Adjacent to the laundry room is the kitchen, where criss-crossing beams stud the ceiling to create the feel of an Old World, hearth-centered kitchen. Double ovens and dishwashers, a 48-inch-wide refrigerator, and an octagonal-shape breakfast nook, help todays cooks entertain. An offshoot from the kitchen, the office provides a built-in, wraparound desk and windows on three sides. The main-level master suite is a self-contained retreat with relaxing features such as a two-sided fireplace, a large soaking tub, walk-in shower, and massive closet with built-in dresser and folding counter. Three additional bedrooms and baths, as well as an optional finished room, are on the upper level.