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Friday, April 20 News

On the market: Graceful and charming

The charming Colonial at 281 Lambert Road in New Canaan offers the elegance and grandeur of more than a century, remaining one of the town's signature and premiere homes.

Celebrating its 100th birthday, "Woodley," as the house was originally called, was designed and built by renowned architect Cameron Clark for the VanSinderin family.

Enjoyed as an equestrian country retreat, the property included the main house, stone and carriage barns, chauffeur quarters and secret sunken garden.

Renamed "Treetop" in 1925 by Walter S. Hutchinson, then-Washington Post editor of the Sunday magazine section, after the long driveway studded with majestic trees, the home has endless stories and a colorful history.

"This house is full of these hidden secrets and stories. Every owner passes them down to the next," said Wendy Fog, a real estate agent with Brotherhood & Higley.

Gracefully updated with sophistication while keeping all of the integrity of the original design, the property enjoys English-styled landscaping with extensive stone walls, perennial gardens, fountains and a sightline down to the meadow.

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ADDRESS: 281 Lambert Road, New Canaan
PRICE: $7,995,000
STYLE: Colonial
ACRES: 4.67
FEATURES: English gardens, stone barn, swimming pool, porch
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
ASSESSMENT: $3,532,060
TAXES: $51,533

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The property includes an in-ground heated pool and spa and the original stone barn with stalls.

Into the original entryway and foyer of the home, there is beautifully milled woodwork, marble tile floors and elegant wallpaper.

To the right there is a step-down formal living room with custom built-ins, leaded glass windows, paneling and a wood-burning fireplace with a hand-carved mantel from England.

The two alcoves in the living room could be used as game nooks or music areas.

The formal dining room enjoys vistas of the home's extraordinary landscaping and grand porch out its picture windows.

A formal butler's pantry, equipped with a wine cooler, warming tray, ice maker and extensive storage, leads to the bright and airy kitchen.

The kitchen features Carrera marble countertops, a Viking range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The eating area offers beautiful views of the English landscaping. The kitchen opens into a sunken family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, built-ins and a window bench.

Off the kitchen is a storage area with Miele wine coolers.

There is a mahogany library or reading room as well as a home office, powder room and oversized mudroom with heated limestone floors on the first level.

Downstairs is a carpeted multi-functional room that could lend itself as a large playroom for families as well as a home gym.

The milled staircase to the second floor features original spindling and vertically striped plaster walls that sparkle in the sunlight.

There is a guest suite with a sitting room that overlooks the backyard gardens lush with peonies, irises and shrubbery. The bedroom features a fireplace, built-ins and a full bath with a step-in shower.

There are three additional en suite bedrooms on the second floor.

An elegant master suite features an architecturally designed tray ceiling, padded fabric walls, a fireplace with a marble mantel and a private balcony.

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The luxurious master bath includes a double steam shower, Carrera marble-carved sunk-in bath and the original oval leaded windows of the home.

The master includes his-and-hers walk-in closets, one with its own private balcony.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Wendy Fog of Brotherhood & Higley at 203-801-5342 or wendy@wendyfog.com.

Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.