FAIRFIELD — A tall copper beech tree stands sentinel along the long driveway to the stacked stone and stucco Tudor house with a slate roof at 945 Sasco Hill Road in the prestigious Sasco neighborhood.

The European-inspired estate sits atop the highest elevation on Sasco Hill comprising the 21-room main house, a guest house, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, spa, and pool house on a private, double lot of 6.5 flat, tiered and rolling acres. The 14,914-square-foot house appears as if it belongs on a British estate dating back to the 19th century but it was constructed in 2000 and was deliberately designed to have a vintage look and feel. As the co-listing agents said “every room is of a scale that harkens back to a bygone era.”

This allows it to offer the best of both worlds. The house has exquisite architectural details befitting an earlier period but because it was more recently built it has newer materials and features for the modern day family. Additionally, it does not require the constant maintenance that often comes with owning an antique home.

The grounds are equally eye-catching with open meadows, professional landscaping, perennial gardens, and manicured lawn. There are covered porches and a large bluestone patio from which residents and their guests can enjoy breathtaking vistas of hundreds of acres of sanctuary and easterly views of Long Island Sound. Up close and personal interaction with the Sound is available within very short walking distance of this house. At the end of Sasco Hill Road is Sasco Point and Sasco Beach. Also within walking distance is Country Club of Fairfield and its golf course.

The approach to this property is from the long driveway that forks; one portion concludes at the forecourt and the other travels to a courtyard on the side of the house where access is provided to the attached two-car garage and a detached three-car garage with the 1,000-plus square foot guest suite above. The arched formal entranceway opens into a sizable vestibule or reception room with paneled walls that include decorative, carved details. The sizable coat room has ornate carved detail on its walls as well.

From the reception room there is access into the dramatic 50-foot salon, which has a fireplace and a wall of numerous French doors with leaded glass panes to a covered patio and the park-like grounds. Throughout most of the house there are wide board floors, paneled rooms, nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, and French doors to interior rooms and exterior patios. Many rooms have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams on the ceilings and walls.

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ADDRESS: 945 Sasco Hill Road

PRICE: $4,999,000


FEATURES: water community, water views, walk to water at neighborhood Sasco Beach, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, spa, pool house, large bluestone patio and terraces, gated property, professionally landscaped 6.50-acre level property of two combined lots (2 lots-1015 SHR included in sale), detached three-car garage with a 1,000-plus square foot guest suite, two other vehicle bays, two offices, two laundry rooms, seven fireplaces, slate roof, balcony/deck, exterior lighting, stone patio, terrace, awnings, underground sprinkler system, front and rear staircases, zoned air conditioning and gas heat, full finished basement, attic, offered below town appraised value, six bedrooms, six full and two half baths

SCHOOL: Mill Hill Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $5,242,650

TAX RATE: 26.59 mills

TAXES: $135,365

In one wing of the house the formal living room has a fireplace and two sets of French doors to a covered patio/porch. From the living room step down into the study or library, which has a fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and cabinetry, a coffered ceiling, and two alcoves with built-in seating that create spaces to sit and read or to play board games. This part of the house has the first of its two offices.

The formal dining room has a fireplace with a decorative mantel. This room accesses the cavernous butler’s pantry, which is larger than most kitchens even in the most luxurious of homes. It features a long center island topped in marble, a sink, and three Sub-Zero refrigerators hidden behind pecky cypress wood paneling. The gourmet kitchen is also quite spacious and features a built-in banquette with shelves, an AGA six-burner range, farm sink, two more Sub-Zero refrigerators, and a distressed or antiqued brick fireplace.

Step down into the family room, which has a fireplace, a built-in desk area, and two sets of French doors to the grounds. The mudroom and laundry room have a stone floor.

On the second floor there is a sitting area with French doors to a balcony. The spacious master suite has its own large sitting area, a fireplace, French doors to the balcony, a walk-in closet with organizers, a large and elegant master bath, and a private den with built-in bookshelves. The main house has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths. The sixth bedroom and sixth full bath are in the guest house.

The main house has a finished third floor with several more rooms and in the finished lower level there is a gym, media room, game room, recreation room, cedar closet and plenty of storage.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact On the Harbor at Al Filippone Associates/William Raveis, 203-258-1595 or andreww@afahomes.com.