Winter's "gift" of heavy snow still covered the ground and roof of the Colonial Tudor Revival house at 1139 Mill Hill Road when promotional photographs for the property were taken recently. But not even the amount of snowfall the region received this year could diminish the enchanting appearance of this impressive house and 4.56-acre estate, which resembles an English country manor.

The house was built in 1929 in the Southport section of town, with a level of detail, inside and out, that would be cost-prohibitive to duplicate in today's construction. The exterior of the ivy-covered house is adorned with a façade of fieldstone, half-timbered wood, stucco and red brick; steep, finial-topped gables; mullion pane windows; Tudor-arched doors; tall, decorative red brick chimney shafts and a slate roof.

Attractive as those features are they pale in comparison to the exquisite details inside this 6,539-square-foot house, where rooms comprise a grand scale yet are welcoming and comfortable. The house boasts a fine balance of authentic period detail interwoven with modern upgrades and amenities.

The walls and ceilings were hand-finished with artfully placed stucco plaster. The original oak floors in the great room, banquet-sized formal dining room, and library are random-width and pegged. Doors from one room to the next are arched, and each arch is topped with a subtle point. This feature is replicated in the fireplaces.

This property is listed in Fairfield's Historic and Architectural Survey and a plaque is visible at the attractive front entrance, which features a paneled oak door with bronze hardware set in a depressed limestone arch below a square hood mold framing a carved Tudor-Gothic rose.

According to historical documents provided by Elizabeth Rose, library director of the Fairfield Museum and History Center, this Tudor revival was built by Sophie Nones on land she purchased from Mary Shannon in 1926. Sophie's husband Walter Nones was president of a Stamford business. Mary's husband was Martin Shannon who had farmed this land since 1874.

"The house is architecturally significant as one of the most imposing Tudor Revival houses in Fairfield; although there are relatively few Tudor Revival style houses in Fairfield, this house, because of the quality of its detail, is a quintessential text-book example of the popular American suburban style. Its setting, banked drive and stone pool contribute to its picturesque effect," according to the 1988 Historic Resources Inventory survey of local houses.

The front door opens to a cut stone foyer or entrance hall with steel casement windows framed by cut limestone surrounds and wide stone steps into the sizable center hall.

Step down into the great room, which features an over-sized limestone fireplace with unusual hand-carved details: one side of the surround depicts oak leaves and acorns, the other side has grape leaves and bunches of grapes. Two sets of French doors with transoms lead to 2,500 square feet of stone terraces. Another set of French doors provide access to the solarium, which features rough-hewn beams, slate flooring and one stone wall. Two walls of windows look out on the botanical park-like setting and a door leads to the terraces and lawn.

Elaborate plaster crown molding frames the dining room, which also has a large gas fireplace with a stone mantel, chair railing and numerous antique brass sconces. In the library, features include natural cherry cabinetry, fireplace with stone surround, natural wood crown and base molding, chair railing, and French doors to the terrace.

In 2014, the kitchen was completely rebuilt, giving it random-width oak flooring, Carrera marble counters, two center islands also topped in the same marble, deep porcelain farm sink, recessed and pendant lighting, stylized ceramic subway tile backsplash, and an eat-in area. Appliances include Wolf commercial grade six-burner range, paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher.

An elegantly curved staircase with oak treads and banister is embellished with wrought-iron spindles. It is bathed in natural light from the large, nine-paned depressed arched window with stained glass accent depicting a coat of arms.

On the second floor the master bedroom suite has a separate dressing/sitting room with four mirror-fronted closets, cupboards with shelving, and built-in drawers. This suite also features two full baths.

The inherent privacy of the nearly five-acre estate is enhanced dramatically by the surrounding 37 acres of town-owned protected open space. Still, the house is only minutes from the Southport and downtown train stations, shops, restaurants and schools.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Denise Walsh and Jessica Walsh, of Denise Walsh and Partners, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate; Denise at 203-650-1583 and Jessica at 203-844-0784.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Colonial Tudor Revival

ADDRESS: 1139 Mill Hill Road

PRICE: $1,699,900

ROOMS: 14

FEATURES: 4.56-acre property abuts a 30-plus acre municipal open space, private setting, banquet-sized formal dining room, in-ground Gunite swimming pool and sunken garden, expansive bluestone terrace and patios, new custom gourmet kitchen, second catering kitchen in the lower level, solarium, large vintage butler's pantry, wet bar, dumb waiter, staff/au pair quarters, new laundry room, three fireplaces, restored chimneys, new mechanicals, 2-foot-thick interior stone walls, many exterior stone walls, gas heat, front and rear staircases, lush lawns, perennial gardens, retractable awnings, attic fan, walk-out basement, cedar closet, covered porch, long circular driveway, six bedrooms, and six full and two half baths (one of them new)

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

ASSESSMENT: $1,120,000

MILL RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $27,328

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Colonial Tudor Revival
ADDRESS: 1139 Mill Hill Road
PRICE: $1,699,900
ROOMS: 14
FEATURES: 4.56-acre property abuts a 30-plus acre municipal open space, private setting, banquet-sized formal dining room, in-ground Gunite swimming pool and sunken garden, expansive bluestone terrace and patios, new custom gourmet kitchen, second catering kitchen in the lower level, solarium, large vintage butler's pantry, wet bar, dumb waiter, staff/au pair quarters, new laundry room, three fireplaces, restored chimneys, new mechanicals, 2-foot-thick interior stone walls, many exterior stone walls, gas heat, front and rear staircases, lush lawns, perennial gardens, retractable awnings, attic fan, walk-out basement, cedar closet, covered porch, long circular driveway, six bedrooms, and six full and two half baths (one of them new)
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
ASSESSMENT: $1,120,000
MILL RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $27,328