Situated on a sanctuary-like two acres of property, the five-bedroom colonial on Lambert Road offers a private waterfront setting with 360 degrees of views straight out of a Claude Monet painting.

A trickling sound of water gently welcomes visitors to the front steps.

A rock pond feature is hidden behind a curtain of green plantings just alongside the front entry while layers of Rhododendron, Azalea and Andromeda thrive under the towering evergreens.

A fieldstone path winds around the side of the house, alongside the sunroom balcony and sweeps down to the Five Mile River where an age-old cherry tree sits at water’s edge.

A path picks back up from the lawn to a charming footbridge leading to a small private island shaded by a weeping willow tree.

Climbing hydrangeas and shrubs soften the terraced stone patios, offering defined dining and sitting spaces overlooking the pond and waterfall.

Featured in the 2015 New Canaan Nature Center Secret Garden Tour, the property is a hidden oasis between the country club and downtown with more than two acres of a private sanctuary and an additional two acres of New Canaan Land Conservation Trust property across the pond.

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About this house

TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 181 Lambert Road

PRICE: $3,795,000

ACREAGE: 2.1

YEAR BUILT: 1984

YEAR RENOVATED: 2009

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 8,789

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15

BEDROOMS: 5

FULL BATH: 5

HALF BATH: 2

NOTABLE FEATURES: Tennis court, bluestone terrace, balcony, skylights, solarium, wet bar, private pond, bordered by New Canaan Land Conservation Trust, French doors, three-car attached garage

SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Sax Middle School, New Canaan High School

ASSESSMENT: $2,264,710

TAXES: $36,201

The Har-Tru tennis court is surrounded by a perennial garden with peonies, roses and dwarf yellow Iris with another stone path that meanders past a Butterfly bush and Rhododendrons back up to the sweeping driveway.

And that’s just the outside.

With nearly 9,000 square feet of custom millwork, high ceilings and countless French doors throughout, the home fits naturally into its serene setting with painterly views from nearly every room in the home.

Inside, a gracious two-story marble foyer features a custom built-in staircase winding up to the second floor with intricate rope-inspired moldings and curved paneling.

A wide door casing with two columns lead into a formal dining room with two sets of built-in china cabinets and two hidden custom closets for storing linens and serve ware.

A gallery-style formal living room with a barrel vaulted ceiling features five sets of French doors leading to the rear bluestone terrace and a recessed wet bar hidden behind pocket doors equipped with a second Avanti wine refrigerator.

The expansive kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances like a six-burner Wolf range, full-size Subzero refrigerator and freezer and double Eklay under-mount sink.

A wet bar area with a butcher-block counter features an Avanti wine refrigerator and plenty of storage for stemware.

The kitchen opens seamlessly into a cozy family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by two sets of French doors with interior transom windows leading into a sun-drenched solarium.

A private first-floor master features a sitting area, his and hers walk-in closets plus a cedar closet and a large picture window overlooking the footbridge.

The master en suite includes a double-size walk-in shower, his and hers vanities and an Aqua Bain tub.

The first floor also includes a mudroom, two powder rooms, a surprisingly large laundry room and a wood-paneled study with built-in paneled desk areas and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround.

On the second floor, three generously sized family bedrooms each include an en suite bath.

The lower level offers nearly 1,900 square feet of finished space lending itself as a family room with a wood-burning fireplace and projection system, a recreational room with a full bar featuring granite counters and a private guest suite.

Ideal for an in-law suite, the guest room has access to a private terrace overlooking the pond and includes a full bath with a marble basket weave floor and a dual Carrara marble vanity.

For more information or to see the property, contact Paola Carey of Houlihan Lawrence at 203-918-4487 or email pcarey@houlihanlawrence.com