DARIEN — The traditional Valentine’s Day gifts unusually involve red roses or a box of chocolates, and because the day celebrates romance some may get a diamond ring to seal their love.

The more creative gift givers might want to think instead about a more impressive “bauble,” one that’s measured in square footage and number of rooms rather than karats and clarity. By those measures the 7,532-square-foot, 14 room classic colonial house at 5 Peach Hill Road should be considered.

The colonial-style mini-mansion of award-winning veteran television journalist Scott Pelley has come up for sale at $3.985 million. The Texas-born “CBS Evening News” anchor and long-time “Sixty Minutes” correspondent has posted for sale the house he purchased in August of 2007.

It won’t fit into a ring box but it sure would look beautiful with a big red ribbon on the red front door framed by sidelights and a transom, and flanked by elliptical windows. This white clapboard house with black shutters sits on 2.41-acre level property with a pond on which the homeowners can skate when it freezes.

A fieldstone wall lines the front of this property and fieldstone pillars topped with lanterns mark the entrance to the circular driveway with ample parking for all the guests the owners will want to entertain. The house, which was built in 1998, has gracious formal rooms and many casual spaces to relax.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 5 Peach Hill Road

PRICE: $3,985,000


FEATURES: pond, pond view, 2.41-acre level property, generator, located on a cul-de-sac, bluestone patio, stone sitting walls, convenient to the Merritt Parkway and I-95, only minutes from town amenities and train, wet bar, five fireplaces, central vacuum system, front and rear staircases, balcony, well water, walk-up attic, walking distance to the Country Club of Darien, professionally landscaped, circular driveway, three-car garage, five bedrooms (all en-suite), five full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Royle Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $2,827,160

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $44,584

The two-story red foyer contains a dramatic butterfly staircase, and arched and columned entrances with keystones into the formal living and dining rooms. Over each entrance is a decorative, hand-painted detail. The dining room has wainscoting on the lower walls, a harlequin painted pattern in muted beige and off white on the upper walls, a dark wood border inlaid in the floor, dentil crown molding and a gold molding detail on the ceiling.

In the living room there is a fireplace with an ornate mantel, and it provides access to a paneled study with a marble fireplace and built-in bookcases. A wet bar features black granite flecked with copper-colored mica and glass-front cabinets.

Step down into the spacious family room, which has a fireplace with a green marble surround and decorative mantel, built-in cabinetry, and four sets of French doors topped with arched transoms to create a Palladium effect. All four lead to the sizable bluestone patio with a stone sitting wall, backyard, and pond with a fountain and footbridge.

The cavernous yet comfortable gourmet kitchen has a breakfast room and a sitting area with a stone fireplace. The six-sided center island is topped with marble. The counters in the kitchen and butler’s pantry also comprise green marble. Appliances include a Thermador five-burner range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Off the kitchen is a small office to use as a home command center, mudroom, and half bath.

On the lower level there is wall-to-wall carpeting and bead board on the walls. It contains a media room, gym, and large game or play room area. There is another large casual television viewing room as well as five bedrooms on the second floor. This room also has a built-in media center with shelving and a library-style rolling ladder. All five bedrooms are en suite.

The master suite has a tall vaulted ceiling, marble fireplace, and French doors to a private balcony looking over the pond and yard. The marble master bath has a deep soaking tub, large shower, water closet, and two separate vanities.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Doug Milne or Sheree Frank of Houlihan Lawrence, Milne at 203-621-0938 or douglasdmilne@gmail.com, and Frank at 203-249-9396 or sfrank@houlihan