May 20, 2009

The Rye House

By Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate

Designed by noted architect Wilson Eyre, and constructed in 1908, the Rye House is an authentic Country Estate, nested in the Hills of Litchfield, CT

Litchfield Estate on 210 +/- Acres

This one of a kind English Country Estate sits on a private 210 acre site with magnificent views to the south. Built in 1908 and designed by noted architect Wilson Eyre, the Rye House features many unique architectural treasures including; extensive hand carved chestnut wood paneling, hand carved limestone fireplaces, a hand carved marble stairway and 14 ft. ceilings with exquisite plaster details.

Step back in time as you pass thru the gated entrance. A luxurious, romantic setting, perfect for entertaining. The main house includes 18 rooms, and offers 10,000 sq.ft. of living space. The house exterior is completely stone, with a classic stucco finish. The graduated slate roof and hand-made copper gutters communicate the grandeur of the house and are amplified by the antique, hand carved elements of the house, such as the original window and door hardware and carved wooden shutters.

The Rye House offers six main bedrooms, six full baths and three half-baths. The third floor includes an additional bedroom and bath. In addition, there is a private four bedroom room guest wing with a full bath. Four fireplaces on the first floor and five fireplaces on the second floor. Stunning oak and fir floors are throughout the home. A security system and gated entrance service the residence.

The estate also includes a new 75’ x 35’ pool with adjoining hot tub, tennis court, garden house, detached four car garage, and custom built play structure. The tennis court features the original stone pillars and stone walls surrounding it. The architect, Wilson Eyre, was also a noted landscape architect. He designed a walkway of stone pillars, covered with a grape arbor, under which one could walk from the Main House to the Garden House. Along that walkway there are three garden rooms that open to a stone walled grass pasture with original carved wooden gates. The grounds include priceless specimen trees such as a Japanese Pagoda Tree, magnificent Copper Beeches, Magnolias and a flowering Wisteria.

A large one of a kind castle play structure was designed and built by Barbara Butler. A few of the play castles special features are: a hidden castle chamber with a secret door, a play jail with an escape hatch, a 30 foot slide, a water canon, a zip line, a climbing tower and hand carved gargoyles.

The 210 +/- acre private estate offers breathtaking views and some fantastic trails for hiking, biking, riding, ATV's, etc. Bantam Lake and Lake Waramaug are within close proximity, offering world class scenery for biking and boating.

The Rye House