You never know when inspiration will strike and you find that one meaningful item for your home.
“One of my favorite spaces in this home is the library. We loved a bar in Ireland so much that we found out the pub was closing so we bought it, had it shipped to America, and placed it right into the house,” recounts the owner of a custom-built Greenwich home. The antique Gaelic 19th -Century centerpiece, an integral part of the residence, is surrounded by custom paneling; a custom Crawford coffered ceiling; a wood/marble fireplace; floor-to-ceiling windows and English hand-woven rugs. “It’s magnificent. This is a great room to unwind in, have a drink, play a little pool, and spend some time with family and friends,” he says.
Built in 2008 and nestled on 4.25 acres, the splendor of this 11,000-square-foot Tudor-style European estate comes alive through its one-of-a-kind details and superior artisanal craftsmanship. “The bones of the home are all brand-new but the features are refurbished antiques. My wife and I traveled throughout Europe and Asia and brought back the finest antiques to America to incorporate them throughout the house,” the owner explains. For example, the front door came from a 19th Century church and the curved staircase features a refurbished 18th Century French brass and wrought iron railing. “What I originally saw was rusted metal lying on the ground and what my wife saw was this beautiful ballast rod,” he notes.
Several Persian rugs scattered throughout the home over walnut wide plank hardwood floors are complemented by marble mosaics in focal areas. All the mosaics were designed, manufactured, and assembled in Milan, then shipped to America where the artisan re-assembled them on location. The foyer is also detailed with a 40-foot ceiling and wood paneling. The entire house, from the ground up, is made of hand-chiseled stone built on-site.
The residence may be grandiose in both scale and aesthetics, but retains a welcoming ambiance. “It’s a big home but it has such nice features so when you come in it has that warm, country club feeling. It’s a very happy house,” the owner says.
Each room represents a different part of Europe. The French-themed living room is a nod to Versailles, featuring a gilded ceiling; custom paneling; limestone flooring; massive, antique pocket doors; a floor-to-ceiling carved limestone fireplace; wall-mounted torchieres and two decorative wall murals crafted by Zuber, one of the greatest producers of luxury handmade wall coverings. French doors lead to a covered stone terrace. Nearby is a music room featuring an Italian mosaic tile floor.
The French/English-themed dining room has gilded gold ceilings; a wood/marble fireplace with an antique mantel and prestigious Christopher Hyland fabric walls.
“The kitchen looks like it came right out of Tuscany,” the owner states. An archway opens to a Clive Christian designer kitchen detailed with a gold gilded ceiling; an underlit African onyx countertop; an authentic wood-burning brick pizza oven; a custom Le Cornue stove; four Fisher and Paykel dishwasher drawers; two copper farm sinks; a copper and mosaic backsplash; two Sub-Zero refrigerators/freezers; a full wine cooler and a limestone fireplace. “When I say we have that Old World charm with that cozy family feeling, it all starts and ends with the kitchen,” says the owner.
Additional highlights include a 40-foot stone and wood paneled entry hall; coffered ceilings with medallions; walnut hardwood floors; custom interior wood doors and custom paneling made of walnut, cherry, and maple. “The large brass and iron windows are magnificent. They’re exact re-creations of the era using modern technology,” said the owner.
The two-story master bedroom suite, located in a separate private wing, has a custom paneled sitting room with a wood and onyx fireplace, wide plank Limestone and walnut hardwood floors, a wet bar, fabric wall treatment, wood paneling with raised carvings, and a vaulted ceiling with wood beams. “The main focal point was the bed — a hand-carved 18th Century piece of art,” described the owner. Another detail is voluminous his-and-hers walk-in closets. His closet has custom cabinetry, a built-in safe, and a doorway open to a balcony overlooking the grounds. Her closet is salon-like, with custom cabinetry and a sitting area. A spa-like master bathroom includes a large custom onyx and mosaic shower; a wood and onyx fireplace; Sherle Wagner luxury fixtures; a freestanding tub and two large vanities with onyx counters. Additional bedrooms feature custom woodwork and beamed ceilings with walk-in closets and full bathrooms.
Completing the home is an expansive exercise room and office; lower level staff quarters and a four-car garage with a lift; and a large outdoor pool with retractable cover.
Reminiscent of a traditional English manor, the grounds of the property feature a courtyard with custom stone walls and a gravel and cobblestone driveway leading to an iron entry gate. “It’s palatial, with turrets, a rolling front lawn, and magnificent landscaping. It’s palatial, but has cozy, Old World charm,” said the owner.
Every part of this home is special. “Remember, the next time you’re traveling, look around,” advised the owner. “You never know — you might find that one piece that pulls your whole project together.”