The star of Connecticut’s “gold coast,” Greenwich is widely revered for its sylvan parklands and grand classical manors ringed with hemlock hedges and stone walls. Ensconced amid its regal neighbors and pastoral beauty, 18.39-acre Oldfield Farm stands out as a peerless property and one of the area’s most significant estates.
A winding drive meanders among red maples as it approaches the majestic Palladian-inspired manor, a 14,956-square-foot tour de force that blends relaxed warmth with traditional elegance in a fluid, livable floor plan.
Spaces throughout are superbly scaled and feature fine molding and paneling, floors of wide-board oak and marble-inlaid limestone, 12-foot ceilings, custom hardware, walls with alluring faux finishes and ribbon-trimmed fabrics, elaborate columns, antique fireplaces, and windows framing scenic views.
Among the many noteworthy spaces are a kitchen expertly outfitted with the finest appliances, a glass-enclosed winter garden, a banquet-sized formal dining room, a mahogany-paneled library, a billiards room, a light-flooded family room adjoining the pool, a media center with a professional-style wet bar, a home theater and game room, a hobby room, a mirrored exercise room, a sauna, and a climate-controlled 1,500-bottle wine cellar.
The upper-level master suite is accompanied by a balcony, two custom-designed wardrobe rooms, and two lavishly appointed marble-clad baths.
Designed by New York architect Robert Lamb Hart, it is a paragon of symmetry and balanced proportions, with nine guest and staff suites secluded in eastern and western wings and a southern façade lined with French doors, loggias, and terraces that overlook the swimming pool and tennis court.
The property’s true heart, though, is the equestrian facilities. Evidencing long-standing traditions of craftsmanship, the twin horse stables were designed by David Zublin and feature cedar doors and paneling, classic cupolas, a wash bay, a feed room, 28 stalls, and a two-bedroom groom’s apartment. Several of the original stalls have been transformed into garage space for an automobile connoisseur’s collection and 6 of the stalls have been renovated to serve as year round recreational space.
Surrounding the barns are a polo practice field, fenced paddocks, and a quarter-mile exercise track. Riders enjoy direct access to extensive backcountry riding trails.
The dazzling landscaping provides lushness, fragrance, and color year-round: woodland perennials, herb gardens, roses, lilacs, azaleas, hydrangeas, peonies, and an array of mature trees, from maple and ash to dogwood, willow, cherry, and pear. The grounds have been configured to create a variety of enchanting outdoor living spaces with views of paddocks, greenery, blooming color, and sunsets.