In April 1777, British troops marched up Redding Road toward Danbury to destroy patriots' supplies being stored there. They passed through the town's bucolic farmland and by the home of Joseph Sherwood.

The town's northernmost region still retains its bucolic charm and Sherwood's house still stands. It is not on the market, but next door is an antique barn, once part of the Sherwood estate, which is available. The barn does not date back to the Revolutionary era. It was built in 1900 on a 2.34-acre pastoral property at 3565 Redding Road in the Greenfield Hill section of town and years later was converted into a residence.

A three-room, 708-square-foot guest house on the property also dates to 1900. The fenced property also contains a nicely sited in-ground swimming pool.

While Redding Road is well traveled, relatively speaking, the setting of this house and its neighboring properties are definitively rural in character. From the second-floor living room of the converted barn, the road is not even visible. The only view is of the wide, open pasture across the street and the horses inhabiting the dozens of acres.

The floor plan of this 2,700-square-foot home is unique in that the main living quarters are on the second floor, which includes the living and dining rooms and the kitchen. The third floor houses a loft space with two skylights that could be used as a den or sitting room, and the master bedroom suite. Three additional bedrooms are found on the ground floor.

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The main level is open, one room to the other, and as such the floor plan is flexible. The dining room can be set up in one of two spaces, one being near the gas fieldstone fireplace. This area of the house has a two-story cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors, and numerous exposed, hand-hewn beams with hanging lanterns. The living room features a wall of windows starting about two feet off the floor and soaring to the roof ridge.

The kitchen features include a center island with butcher block counter and built-in wine rack, granite counters, exposed red brick wall, white subway tile backsplash, built-in desk area and sliding door to a small wood deck/balcony and stairs to the bluestone patio. The hardwood floor is stained in a two-toned diamond or checkerboard pattern created by one of the two artists who currently call this house "home."

Appliances include a Jenn-Air cooktop with grill and double wall ovens and Traulsen refrigerator.

The master bedroom has wall-to-wall carpeting, ceiling fan and a sliding door to a private deck/balcony facing the pool and rear yard. The large walk-in closet has a sitting or dressing area and the master bath features a marble tile floor arranged in a diamond pattern, ceramic tile backsplash and a double row of glass blocks on an upper wall.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique barn, converted
ADDRESS: 3565 Redding Road
PRICE: $839,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
FEATURES: 708-square-foot guest cottage with fieldstone fireplace, 2.34-acre level property, in-ground vinyl swimming pool, balconies, wood deck, stone patio, loft, skylights, cathedral and nine-foot-plus ceilings, exposed beams, one gas-fueled fieldstone fireplace in main house, stone walls, well water, ceiling fans, exterior lighting, vintage hardware, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society's Larsen Sanctuary and the Patterson Club, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High
ASSESSMENT: $514,290
TAX RATE: 24.4 mills
TAXES: $12,549

On the ground floor, the front entrance features a two and a half story foyer with gray and off-white ceramic tile flooring, also arranged in a diamond pattern, a powder room with glass mosaic tile on the walls. There is a room with built-in lower cabinets that line one wall. This room and two other bedrooms are fully carpeted. One bedroom has exposed beams.

One of the bedrooms is en suite and has a door leading to the outdoors and a private patio, and built-in bookshelves. Its bath has Carrera marble flooring and backsplash.

The property's guest cottage features a living room with a working stone fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves, bedroom, full bath, and kitchen with an eat-in area and sliding door to a concrete patio.

The current homeowners replaced the cedar roof with an energy efficient R34 roof, which has insulation sandwiched between wall board and particle board.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Catherine Fingelly Granneberg of Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate at 203-454-5194 or email her at cfingellygranneberg@yahoo.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Antique barn, converted

ADDRESS: 3565 Redding Road

PRICE: $839,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

FEATURES: 708-square-foot guest cottage with fieldstone fireplace, 2.34-acre level property, in-ground vinyl swimming pool, balconies, wood deck, stone patio, loft, skylights, cathedral and nine-foot-plus ceilings, exposed beams, one gas-fueled fieldstone fireplace in main house, stone walls, well water, ceiling fans, exterior lighting, vintage hardware, proximity to the Connecticut Audubon Society's Larsen Sanctuary and the Patterson Club, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Burr Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Warde High

ASSESSMENT: $514,290

TAX RATE: 24.4 mills

TAXES: $12,549