The grand house at 98 Lambert Road in New Canaan is, in essence, a colossal castle with many accoutrements. Yet despite its large square footage, it's arranged in a way that doesn't overwhelm, and instead slowly reveals the expansiveness of its floor plan in inviting stages.
This private 2003 colonial is at the end of a long driveway on nearly 2.5 acres. On the approach, the stone and wood facade is a classic reflection of the property, which is lush with trees and well-groomed grounds.
The house does not have an oversized foyer or two-story entranceway typical of such large, new construction. Instead, it's an intimate one-story entry, with an old-fashioned stone floor, arched French doors ahead and a lovely view across to a wall-sized picture window.
The living room to the left is at once spacious and intimate, featuring fine mill work on built-in floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Double doors lead out to a south-side patio with pergola.
Straight on from the entryway is an inviting den-type room with a large fireplace, dark antiquated pine beams overhead, and a large picture window.
The layout of the combined kitchen, dining area, living room is a great example of the intimate philosophy that guides the architecture. The three rooms conjoin to create one long, large one, but they still maintain separation.
Out the back is a masterful pool design, with a flagstone patio, surrounded by perennial gardens. There's also a waterfall, mature cherry trees and a proper sense of seclusion. The yard includes an outdoor kitchen with a grill, refrigerator and service area.
Upstairs, the master bedroom possesses an ample sense of comfort and quality. Two bathrooms are linked by a double shower with glass partitions. Large walk-in closets and many built-in dressers complete the room, which, as a suite, also has its own sitting room and a stone fireplace.
There are five bedrooms en suite on the second floor, and a sixth on the third story. The top level also features an enjoyable potential craft room with lots of cabinets, and a skylight in the private, high-ceiling bedroom.
There are two sets of stairs on either side of the second floor, as well as two that lead into the enormous finished basement. More built-in cabinets -- as they run throughout the house -- are there, along with an ice maker, dishwasher and refrigerator. There also is a gym room, with a dance bar and mirrors, and a half-bath.
Along with a large wine cellar, there also is a full generator on hand to make sure this house is always running properly.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Lawrence Sullivan of Halstead Property at 203-952-3185.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.