On the Market: Enter Fairfield’s “The Woof Lodge”
Published 1:38 pm, Monday, June 19, 2017
FAIRFIELD — “The Woof Lodge” is the name that the current owners have given to an extraordinary 3.44-acre gated compound set high up in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood. The name is a bit of a misnomer, though, because this property is a suitable retreat for pawed, hooved and two-footed creatures.
The house and property at 627 Hoydens Hill Road combine to create an attractive weekend retreat from New York City or a year-round equestrian property. There are bountiful agrarian amenities on the property but the humans have not been overlooked. Their accommodations are quite spectacular as well starting with the custom-built 5,556-square-foot house, stone terrace with an outdoor fireplace, and heated in-ground swimming pool.
For horses this property has a three-stall stable with a heated tack room, utility sink, and hay loft, as well as a paddock, corral, and grazing fields; and the humans have a large barn of their own, a party barn. The natural weathered wood barn can accommodate large scale parties and family gatherings. Under the party barn, there is a guest house with a sitting area, kitchenette, bedroom and a bath with a Costa Esmeralda marble bath. Two screened porches are accessed from the sitting room and bedroom.
Also on this property there is also a chicken coop, allowing the family to collect eggs every morning. They don’t come any fresher than that. Raised and fenced vegetable gardens add to the menu. Split rail fencing and stacked stone walls encircle the estate.
This property is in a very private setting down a long driveway. Because the property is high above Fairfield it enjoys seasonal views of Long Island Sound and the nearby Hemlock Reservoir. It does give the sense of being miles from anywhere, although the Merritt Parkway is only about two minutes away. The house is also walking distance to several municipal open spaces with hiking and bridle trails including the protected lands of the Grace Richardson Conservation Area Open Space. The H. Smith Richardson Golf Course is also quite close by making this a real recreational compound.
The taupe-colored house with brown shutters was built in 1998 and has clearly been updated and renovated for today’s lifestyle. It has a five-zoned Sonos system and a Savant system, both with smart phone apps. Granite steps lead to the formal front entrance, which is framed with sidelights and a transom, and to the covered porch of the more casual “side” entrance, which has four columns and a stone façade.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 627 Hoydens Hill Road
FEATURES: equestrian property, party barn, horse barn, guest house, chicken coop, paddock, 3.44-acre level and sloping property, gated and fenced property, heated in-ground swimming pool, outdoor shower, stone patio, wood deck, pergola, outdoor fireplace, one indoor fireplace, audio system throughout inside and outdoors, exterior lighting, storm doors and windows, generator, close to H. Smith Richardson Golf Course, only two minutes from the Merritt Parkway, convenient to shops on Black Rock Turnpike, adjacent park with hiking and bridle trails, well water, workshop, walk-up finished attic, two-car attached garage with over-sized doors, zoned oil heat, full partially finished basement, potting shed, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Fairfield Woods Middle, Fairfield Warde High School
MILL RATE: 25.45 mills
Inside, the formal living room has a stone fireplace and French doors to a large screened porch. The house has a formal dining room but it’s hard to beat the view of the property when dining in the spacious, gourmet eat-in kitchen or al fresco under the wisteria-laden pergola of the wood deck. Kitchen features include a large center island with a breakfast bar for four, wide-planked wood floor, vaulted ceiling with cove lighting, ceiling fan, walk-in pantry, and door to the deck. High-end appliances include a Viking Professional wall oven Wolf six-burner range.
At the center of the house there is a small office with built-in cabinetry and a mudroom with a door to the backyard. There is also a second office in this house with a wall of built-in cabinetry and a desk area. A large family room with wall-to-wall carpeting has a media or television area and a game or billiard area.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms. The master suite has a walk-in closet, dressing room, and full bath with a steam shower. The finished third floor has Brazilian cherry wood flooring and ceiling of a different type of wood.
In the full, partially finished lower level, there is 2006 square feet of space and its features include an exercise area with a mirrored wall, the second office, and plenty of storage space.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Amy Curry of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 203-913-8744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.