This story was originally published in the Boston Globe on January 25.
The stone wall along the perimeter says New England, but this custom house on 24 acres exudes Holland, flappers, farmers, and formality.
It’s a Federal-style farmhouse with two octagonal towers jutting out the back and wings. The foyer leads to the proper spaces: dining and living rooms and the library. These spaces, each boasting a fireplace with a hand-carved mantel, evoke a sense of formality, but not so much as to require gowns and tuxedos. The dining room has waist-high wainscot, crown molding, a candle-style chandelier, and a built-in china cabinet of a scallop shell design. The living room is an elegant cousin with the fireplace as its focal point.
But, frankly, the library may be the prettiest room in the entire house – a look only enhanced by the natural beauty viewable through windows on three sides. With a genuflect to the 18th-century British architect Robert Adams, the ceiling has a large raised-plaster oval that allows the candlestick chandelier to rest in a field of pastel blue. Built-in bookshelves are topped by millwork echoing the ceiling.
A hallway on the back side of the house leads to the less formal spaces, including a stunning family room with a 22-foot-high cathedral ceiling supported by massive trusses and beams that, as dramatic as they appear, are not the visual highlight. That distinction belongs to the stone fireplace with an oval window above the mantel.
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Only steps away are the breakfast area, a sunroom, and the kitchen, a square space reminiscent of a New England farmhouse. Reached by passing through a keystone-arched doorway, the kitchen features hand-rubbed cherry cabinets, soapstone counters, high-end appliances, and an antique Delft tile backsplash. There is desk area and a large island with a granite counter and a sink.
A dazzling, curvy stairwell connects all three floors. On the second level is the master suite, which occupies the right side of the house and offers a large dressing room, as well as a bath with a shower, two vanities, and a tub. A hallway connects the bath to the sleeping area. Here two doorways, each with keystone arches, lead to a sitting room with a Juliet balcony and a fireplace. The final piece of the suite is one level up, a gentleman’s retreat with dark wood, green paint, a fireplace, a wet bar, and half bath.
Three other bedrooms, two with en suite baths, occupy the second floor. The third bedroom, which is octagonal, has the most dramatic ceiling and is the prettiest. Another full bath and a laundry room complete the floor.
The lower level changes everything.
With long drapes, Art Deco fixtures, and dark (sometimes lacquered) wood, the design goal was a New York apartment circa 1920s. There is an entertainment room with a wet bar, an overhead projector, and a screen hidden behind a velvet curtain. A long hallway passes a workout room with steam and sauna and a full bath before ending in a glammed-up bedroom. This level also has a wine cellar and a music room.
The property includes an attached three-car garage and a separate post-and-beam carriage house reminiscent of a barn’s structure. The carriage house, which adds 2,100 square feet of living space, offers three garage bays and a one-bedroom suite with a kitchenette, living room, fireplace, dining room, full bath, game room, and loft.
The property has a fountain, a well for irrigation, and a tennis court with a pavilion. The current owners participate in the Chapter 61A open space-preservation process, which reduces their property taxes by $7,096 in 2017, according to Cynthia Gerry, director of assessing for Sudbury.
Realtor Elise Siebert of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. in Weston is the listing agent.
Style: Federal-style farmhouse
Year built: 2005
Square feet: 11,837
Baths: 6 full, 3 half
Taxes: $84,047 (2017)