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Spectacular French Retreat w/pool-1Hr NYC-TV/Movie location-Short-term rental

People10
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Separate WCs1
Space 4,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Rustic & Sophisticated Property W/ 6Br/5.5Bths, Pool, 3 Fireplaces On 3 Acres

THE BARNUM/LILY PONS NEW CANAAN SILVERMINE ESTATE- 2018 Recipient of the New Canaan Preservation Alliance's President's Preservation Award!

1) 2 nights minimum required during the year (off season)

2) 1-2 weeks during the Summer

3) Corporate Rental is a possibility

4) Walking distance to the Graybarns Silvermine Tavern on the River- offering a rustic and sophisticated farm to table bar restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Silvermine River.

5) Walking distance to the Silvermine Art Guild Center and less than 3 miles from not only Grace Farms, a serene and spectacular ultramodern sanctuary to experience nature and the arts, but also the iconic Philip Johnson Glass House.

HISTORICAL DETAILS

Designed by well reknown architect, Frank J. Forster in 1923 for the Barnum family (Circus Family- The Greatest Showman) and also once lived by famous French opera singer, Lily Pons, and conductor Andre Kostelanetz, this architectural jewel has been preserved and restored and is an ideal retreat for a peaceful escape, remarkably less than 3 miles from downtown New Canaan and less than 1 hr from Manhattan.

This Authentic French Normandy Property is completely encapsulated by mature gardens/ plantings, and situated on 3 flat acres of sweeping emerald lawns, which provide a very serene and private country setting.

PROPERTY DETAILS

- 6 bedrooms in total (4 on the 1st floor: 1 master BR with Queen bed, cathedral ceilings and a stunning fireplace, 1 BR with Queen Bed & bath, 1 BR with Full bed with bath and 1 BR with Twin bed & bath),

2 on the 2nd floor: 1 upper level master suite BR with King bed, walk-in closets and Bath and 1 BR with Twin beds and Bath. Please note that every BR has a magnificent view of the surrounding foliage and professionally landscaped grounds.

- 5.5 completely renovated Bathrooms

- A Chef’s Kitchen with top of the line appliances (Thermador 8 burners cooking range, Viking Refrigerator and Wall over, Bosch Dishwasher)

- A dining room with massive exposed Beams, leading to a very private Terrace and Pool Area (perfect for elegant entertaining or Al fresco dining)

- A living room with very high cathedral ceilings, massive exposed beams, stone fireplace and a library- all with access to the back terrace and pool area as well as the front terrace.

- A family room with a 65 inch Sony Smart HDTV (Netflix and Amazon Prime), DVD player and a Bose Wave SoundTouch, a large brick rustic fireplace, and another dining table leading to a 3rd outdoor terrace with an outdoor dining table and sitting area for cocktails.

- 3 terraces, all with sitting outdoor furniture

- 1 heated In ground pool

- 1 outdoor firepit with sitting area

- 1 large lower level playroom for children with many great toys to play with.

LOCATION DETAILS

New Canaan is a quintessential New England town that combines “old fashioned harmony with contemporary sophistication”. Considered part of the CT Gold Coast, New Canaan offers a wide range of architectures from the Harvard Five Modern Houses to historic farms/parks and stately mansions. According to Niche rigorous market analysis, New Canaan was named "Best town to raise a family" in 2017. New Canaan has one of the most charming and picturesque bustling downtowns in the region with premiere shopping, diverse restaurants and gourmet stores. Most recently, we have been blessed to enjoy the newly opened Grace Farms, named “Top 10 destination from NYC” and considered a "Spectacular Spiritual Sanctuary with an Ultramodern twist".

There are an abundant of activities to do, all within minutes from the house:

The Philip Johnson Glass House

Silvermine Guild Art Center

Public Golf Courses (Oak Hills Golf Course and Sterling Farms)

Horseback riding at Silvermine Farm

Waveny Park (Wooded Trails ideal for walking/running, Paddle Tennis Courts and acres of lawns perfect for picnicking), Mead Park (ideal for Tennis & Playground), Irwin Park (ideal for walking/ running and biking)

New Canaan Nature Center (Trails and Nature) and Stamford Nature Center (Animal Farm)

15 min drive to the Post Inn (The Posh Relais & Chateaux Property, owned by Richard Gere with a yoga studio and 2 notables eataries; and the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

10 Minutes to Darien and Norwalk beaches

20 min to Westport and Greenwich beaches

20 min to Westchester airport

5 min to train station

45 min to the picturesque Litchfield County, CT (perfect for antiquing and exploring)

1hr from Mystic Seaport, CT

2.5 hrs to Boston and Cape Cod Massachussets, Newport Rhode Island

2 hrs to the Hamptons New York

This beautiful property is nestled in the historic neighborhood of New Canaan, called Silvermine, a wooded quaint enclave that follows the Silvermine River. It is steeped in history and the arts with an eclectic array of architectural styles. This home is within 2 min walking distance to the Silvermine Guild Art Center (Art Gallery and an Art School with classes/workshops for all ages and summer camps for children); The Silvermine Market (a quaint BYO Café ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner or take out if you don’t feel like cooking; the Silvermine River; and finally the soon to be reopened Silvermine Tavern and Inn (Boutique Bed and Breakfast with a Farm to Table restaurant).

SEASONAL ACTIVITIES

FALL: Admire the glorious and vibrant New England color changing foliage of the season (last week of October); Enjoy a glass of wine on the terraces; roast marshmallows on the firepit; read a book and listen to music by the crackling fireplaces throughout the house; experience a unique thanksgiving experience by entertaining your friends and family and feel the warmth and joy of the festivities.

WINTER: Celebrate Christmas/ New Year in this magical and captivating environment, beautifully decorated for the festivities; visit Santa Claus during his annual visit at the Silvermine Tavern; listen to the New Canaan residents carol on Church Hill on Christmas Eve (a beloved tradition since 1919); visit one of the many Houses of Worship in the area; or take a day trip to admire the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and do window shopping on Fifth Avenue.

SUMMER: Wake up to the birds chirping and fall asleep with the crickets singing; lounge by the pool with a book; dine or entertain Al Fresco; stroll the property after dinner and enjoy the fireflies under the starry sky; barbecue some delicious steaks from Fleishers Craft Butchery in Westport or seafood from Stew Leonard nearby.

More Details

Owner
Gersende and Eduardo
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Gersende and Eduardo

I am French and my husband is Cuban. We speak French, Spanish, Italian and English. We bought the house in 2005 and completely restored it, preserving its character and rich history. We have been living in the US for more than 25+ years.

Gersende and Eduardo purchased this house in 2005

Why Gersende and Eduardo chose New Canaan

Refer to the description.

It feels like a European vacation all year around. We fell in love with this house & its setting the minute we saw it.

What makes this house unique

Refer to the description.

Magical, captivating and extremely peaceful and private since it is encapsulated all around by mature trees and plantings.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in New Canaan in Fairfield County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
5

Stunning house with wild deer in the garden!

  • 5 of 5

This is such a warm and friendly house. For various reasons I spent a week there alone, followed by a week with a house-full. It was cosy for just me and great for a large group; we could spread out in the different areas. We enjoyed the space, the antiques and the evening wildlife. Whilst quite a built up area it is very wooded and so pretty. In the evenings we walked into Silvermine for drinks or dinner at the pub - which was super smart and delicious. A great place to stay and explore Connecticut - we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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FANTASTIC STAY

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful winter stay at the house over Christmas 2017. The layout meant that none of the guests were every on top of one another. The entire family particularly loved the big fireplace in the living area, which made Christmas extra festive. Gersende was immediately responsive to our enquiries before and during our vacation. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the kitchen was very well stocked with equipment. There is also a fantastic playroom in the basement that has more toys and games than you would think possible, both for girls and boys, so was an invaluable entertainment for our 3 yr old, but would delight any child up to 8 too. It snowed on Christmas Day which made the whole stay extra special. It’s a very individual house and we haven’t seen another like it in CT or Westchester.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A Taste of Europe

  • 5 of 5

When you arrive at Gersende and Eduardo's home you can't but feel that you've stepped back in time. It looks like a French chateau from another era but has all the modern conveniences inside. We stayed there for two nights with a group of 8 for a business retreat and it was a great choice for a group our size. The living room with its dramatic high ceilings and comfortable couches was perfect for the many hours we spent there on team building and personal growth exercises. Breaks included stepping outside for a breath of fresh air on the home's many charming terraces. The modern granite kitchen kept us refreshed and satiated during the day and we were able to easily grab take-out Chinese for dinner in the town of New Canaan -- a mere five minutes away. Gersende and Eduardo are lovely and gracious hosts-- meeting us at the house when we arrived, leaving us a bottle of wine and answering any questions we had all weekend instantly via text. The whole experience feels like a vacation get away even though it is really a short ride from NYC.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Property in Connecticut. Lovely Family

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, Kid Friendly. Great Yard. Enjoyed being close to town and close to train and parkway. Cosy House. Lovely pool. Really nice family that owns it and they could not have been sweeter.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

What a gem

  • 5 of 5

I love it and love the hosts!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Stay in a Stunning Property

  • 5 of 5

What an fantastic place! I spent 2 weeks here with my family. A beautiful property right in the middle of lush parkland with loads of outdoor space for the kids to safely play and a gorgeous pool for luxuriating - it's gated so no worries about the toddler straying. The house is beautiful and spacious with very tasteful decor. Super comfy beds! We were welcomed by the charming owners who gave us loads of tips about local activities, restaurants and shops - and a very nice glass of rosé too!! Was great to enjoy this place in the summer sunshine. We also plan to come back in the winter to cosy up by the roaring fireplaces.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Westchester County Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
New Canaan Downtown
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Bridgeport Ferry to Port Jefferson
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Oak Hills Golf Course (Public)
Nearest Train
3 Miles
New Canaan Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Merritt Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Silvermine Market Cafe
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Mohawk Mountain or Mount Southington
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Weed Beach Darien or Calf Pasture Norwalk
Car: necessary

New Canaan is a quintessential New England town that combines “old fashioned harmony with contemporary sophistication”. Considered part of the CT Gold Coast, New Canaan offers a wide range of architectures from the Harvard Five Modern Houses to historic farms/parks and stately mansions. New Canaan has one of the most charming and picturesque bustling downtowns in the region with premiere shopping, diverse restaurants and gourmet stores. Most recently, we have been blessed to enjoy the newly opened Grace Farms, named “Top 10 destination from NYC” and considered a Spectacular Spiritual Sanctuary with an Ultramodern twist.

There are an abundant of Activities to do, all within minutes from the House:

The Philip Johnson Glass House

Silvermine Guild Art Center

Public Golf Courses (Oak Hills Golf Course and Sterling Farms)

Horseback riding at Silvermine Farm

Waveny Park (Wooded Trails ideal for walking/running, Paddle Tennis Courts and acres of lawns perfect for picnicking), Mead Park (ideal for Tennis & Playground), Irwin Park (ideal for walking/ running and biking)

New Canaan Nature Center (Trails and Nature) and Stamford Nature Center (Animal Farm)

15 min drive to the Post Inn (The Posh Relais & Chateaux Property, owned by Richard Gere with a Yoga Studio and 2 notables eataries; and the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

10 Minutes to Darien and Norwalk Beaches

20 min to Westport and Greenwich Beaches

20 min to Westchester Airport

5 min to Train Station

45 min to the picturesque Litchfield County, CT (perfect for antiquing and exploring)

1hr from Mystic Seaport, CT

2.5 hrs to Boston and Cape Cod Massachussets, Newport Rhode Island

2 hrs to the Hamptons New York

This beautiful property is nestled in the historic neighborhood of New Canaan, called Silvermine, a wooded quaint enclave that follows the Silvermine River. It is steeped in history and the arts with an eclectic array of architectural styles. This Home is within 2 min walking distance to the Silvermine Guild Art Center (Art Gallery and an Art School with classes/workshops for all Ages and summer Camps for Children); The Silvermine Market (a quaint BYO Café ideal for breakfast, lunch, Dinner or take out if you don’t feel like cooking; the Silvermine River; and finally the soon to be reopened Silvermine Tavern and Inn (Boutique Bed and Breakfast with a Farm to Table restaurant).

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £305.92
Pet Fee £344.16
Property Damage Insurance £75.72
Refundable Damage Deposit £2,294.4

100% cancellation refund 60 days before checking in except during the Holidays where no refunds will be issued once property is booked.

No Refunds after 60 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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