Nestled on a wooded hilltop in the Tokeneke section of town, the charming English cottage-inspired home at 9 East Trail in Darien offers a cozy and private retreat.
With a slate roof, stone exterior and four separate flagstone terraces, the home has a European-countryside feel.
Designed by architect Frazier Peters in 1939, many original features have been preserved throughout the home including the arched doorways, tiled windowsills and plastered stucco walls.
However, with a 2006 renovation of the kitchen and master suite, along with the replacement of the leaded windows to efficient Thermopane, the home meets modern-day standards.
The entryway boasts fieldstone flooring with flagstone steps with Peters' signature Spanish-styled tiles on the risers.
Entering into home's central great room, there is a cathedral ceiling, exposed hand-hewn wooden beams and oversized fireplace.
"Peters was known for creating homes with a signature great room flanked on either side by two wings," said Peg Hersam, a real estate agent with Halstead Property. "The family painted the ceilings and beams white to create a lightness and airiness."
Facing south and west, light pours into the great room for most of the day through the windows and French doors leading out to the terrace.
The master suite, located in the right wing of the home, has a private terrace facing the east, perfect for enjoying morning coffee.
The master bath has a Carrera marble double vanity, linen closet and step-in shower.
The left wing of the house includes two bedrooms that share a full bathroom.
Completely renovated in 2006, the kitchen has a coffered ceiling, built-in speaker system, Calcutta marble countertops and an eat-in area that can fit a large-sized dining room table. Appliances include a Sub Zero refrigerator, Thermador double wall oven plus a warming oven, a Wolf kitchen top with pot filler, an ASKO dishwasher and two additional dishwasher drawers.
A deep stainless under-mount sink features a polished nickel fixture and a wet bar with a copper sink includes two refrigerated drawers and an ice maker.
A center island provides everyday seating for five people and custom cabinetry lines the perimeter of the room providing ample storage space.
Downstairs is a third bedroom with built-in shelving, a coffered ceiling and a full bath.
A Murphy bed allows an easy transition into a downstairs family room.
A laundry room and mudroom with five built-in closets are off the downstairs bedroom and the back entryway provides access to the property's multi-level terrace.
"You really feel like you're in another country. The home lends itself to a more relaxed lifestyle," Hersam said.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Peg Hersam of Halstead Property at 203-655-1418 or email@example.com.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.