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I fell in love with this image many years ago, from a photograph torn out of an old issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. I had no clue about its owners, its location or anything more really than this picture of its exterior. But it was enough because I’ve never seen a home more beautiful, more charming or more inviting than this one. With perfectly manicured hedges, a white picket fence and an old world lantern by the front gate, white shutters on white exterior, cedar shake roof – this home spoke to my love of old houses and classic design. It is a dream, and the?front yard alone is impossible to rival, in my opinion. I knew right there that the owners must have impeccable taste and suspected its interiors must look just as lovely.?And I was right!?I’ve recently found out through Instagram that the home is located in Lyme, CT but it wasn’t until last week that I accidentally found a real estate listing for it. It turns out it is for sale, although I can imagine it must be with heavy hearts that the owners are parting with it. Here’s what I found out from a Sotheby’s listing.

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“This impressive home is a 3.5 acre historic property in Hadlyme, CT where privacy, efficiency, ease and comfort are key elements; equally important are rolling lawns, hedges, stone walls, water features and towering trees. The balanced equation creates a unique sense of place, a rare find that is artfully curated and original. A cluster of impressive 19th century outbuildings frame the entrance to this magical property. The handsome 2.5 story, L-shaped cedar roofed 3,400 sq. ft barn, listed on The CT Trust for Historic Preservation, allows unique access to a courtyard ringed with high stone walls which unite an ice house and entry pavilion.”

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“Built circa 1820, the 8-room residence with 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths is beautifully renovated with modern amenities while preserving fine period details and antique charm. Professionally designed and landscaped, the property has frequently been published in both American and European books and magazines. Modern HVAC, custom French Lacanche range, built-in Miele and SubZero appliances, outdoor lighting and 40-foot pool go hand in hand with original details, chestnut hardwood floors, vintage 1920s porcelain bath fixtures and two wood-burning fireplaces. Near Whalebone and Selden Coves, the area is known for its boating, preserved open land and hiking trails as well as museums, restaurants and theatre. American Impressionist Willard Metcalf lived in the house and painted its interior: Summer at Hadlyme, 1914, now at The Florence Griswold Museum.”

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What can I say? It’s the perfect country retreat.. If you’d like to find out more about this property, sbo365 zenyclick here for?the real estate listing. As for the owners, here are links to their respective Instagram accounts Len Morgan, Cove Landing.

Happy October!



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  1. Linda
    October 1, 2018 / 7:06 am

    What a beautifully curated, perfectly appointed home. I always remembered that image as well, and I’m so glad to finally see what was behind that wonderful exterior!
    Thank you, again, for your beautiful and inspiring blog.

    • Eva Contreras
      October 1, 2018 / 7:19 am

      Thank you so much, Linda! I’m so happy you enjoyed today’s post!! xo, Eva

  2. Diana Bier
    October 1, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    It’s just a treasure, so beautifully landscaped and decorated. It preserves all the history while being perfectly fit for living in 2018. I would have expected it to be listed for way more than $1.1million.

    • Eva Contreras
      October 1, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Hi, Diana! To be honest, I also expected a much higher asking price…I’m not familiar with the real estate market in that area but here in Amherst, homes like that would go for much more. I’m happy you enjoyed today’s post, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! xo