NEW CANAAN — Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not, chances are this region will have another six weeks of winter. But, once the snow and cold temperatures clear out the two-acre property at 23 Llewellyn Drive will spring to life.

The private backyard of the impressive clapboard and stone colonial house has a large bluestone patio with a quarried stone sitting wall, an outdoor fireplace, and a built-in grilling area. Then again, the hardy among us might enjoy sitting around the fire and roasting marshmallows even in winter time. For those who prefer staying inside until the warmer weather arrives there are almost 9,000 square feet of living and entertaining space in this house including a wine cellar, a wet bar, and a large recreation room in the full, finished lower level.

The house is as rich in décor as it is in recreational and living amenities. The current owners hired acclaimed professional designer Marshall Watson to meticulously decorate the interior with lush fabrics, designer lighting and wall coverings. Watson is known for his classic, romantic and elegant interiors, which have been featured in Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, and many other publications. Architecturally, the house was infused with extensive moldings and millwork, offering finishing touches to this customized estate, which was built in 2013 by New Canaan-based Woodcrest Homes.

This house is in the west end of town not far from the center shops, restaurants and train station. The gated entrance is marked by stone walls and pillars topped with lanterns. A long paved driveway bordered in Belgium block wends its way to the generous parking area and three-car attached garage. The covered and columned front entrance is framed by sidelights and a transom. The two-story foyer has a gracefully curved staircase and hardwood flooring arranged in a herringbone pattern.

To the left of the foyer is the formal living room, which has an over-sized marble fireplace, and French doors with an interior transom into the family room. To the right is the formal dining room. The living and dining rooms have wainscoting on the lower walls. The butler’s pantry has a marble counter, glass-front cabinetry, a beverage refrigerator, and a built-in wine rack.

In the gourmet eat-in kitchen there are two center islands with two-inch thick marble counters, floating glass-front cabinetry, under cabinet lighting, a built-in desk area, and a door to the patio. The breakfast room has French doors to the patio and an entryway into the family room, which features a coffered ceiling, fireplace, and walk-in bay window area. In the paneled library there is a fireplace, and built-in cabinetry and bookshelves. The sizable mudroom has a stone floor, bead board walls, five cubbies with storage above and below, the rear stairs, and garage access. There is also a door to the side yard.

On the second floor there are five of the home’s six bedrooms. The bedrooms on this level are en suite and have walk-in closets. The cavernous master suite features a marble fireplace, tray ceiling, a sitting room, spacious walk-in closet and dressing room, and a two-story marble bath with two separate vanities, large shower, and jetted tub. On the third floor there is a wall of built-in shelves and lower cabinetry, bead board on the lower walls, window seats, and a video game alcove. This space can be used as a play room, office, storage or a number of other purposes.

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The walk-out lower level features the wine cellar, the large recreation room with a fireplace, a bedroom, and a half bath. The wine cellar has an old world feel with an arched door and a red brick floor and wall in a herringbone pattern. Sliding doors lead to a stone wall and steps up to the patio.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Jaime Sneddon and Kendall Sneddon of the Sneddon Team/William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-219-3769 or

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 23 Llewellyn Drive

PRICE: $3,995,000


FEATURES: two-acre level and sloping parcel, gated property, wine cellar, generator, lawn sprinkler, stone terrace, six fireplaces including one outdoors, wet bar, attic fan, central vacuum, rear stairs, thermal windows, wood roof, five-zoned heating system, full finished walk-out basement, attached three-car garage, room for a pool, proximity to downtown New Canaan and the Metro North train station, six bedrooms (five en suite), five full and two half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $2,635,780

MILL RATE: 16.669 mills

TAXES: $43,938