D esigned in the early 20th century by New York architects Hunt & Hunt for then publishing magnate H J Fisher, Sabine Farm is a regal fieldstone manor on Round Hill in Greenwich, Connecticut. Described and illustrated in detail in the November 1916 issue of The Architectural Record, the estate spans more than nineteen acres of rolling lawns, allées of trees and formal gardens. An idyllic country residence, it exceeds all expectations for a property that is just over one hundred years old. While the main farm’s original, museum-quality appointments – centre-cut English oak panelling, plaster friezes and handsome fireplaces – have been meticulously restored, New York’s Pamela Banker Associates has updated the residence with inspiring new decor, including imported wall coverings, carpets and draperies.
A century after The Architectural Record noted the estate’s “cheerfulness and hospitality,” these qualities remain in ample evidence, with arched entry doors opening to an expansive reception hall and its three-storey staircase; a grand living room’s French doors leading to a serene water garden; and a formal dining room featuring leaded-glass windows, a fireplace and an adjoining seasonal dining porch. The panelled library’s fireplace with a Caen-stone mantel continues to draw praise, as do antique friezes by William A Mackay. While the ground floor is dedicated to living and entertaining, the upper level focuses on rest, with six bedrooms. The master suite’s two dressing rooms, luxurious baths, fireplaces and office make it a perfect temporary retreat. Outside, of course, acres of beautiful land offer myriad activities, including dozing by the alluring swimming pool and cabana. For a historic property, Sabine Farm possesses all the ingredients of luxurious 21st-century living.
LEAD IMAGE: SABINE FARM’S OAK-PANELLED ENTRANCE HALL LEADS TO A DOORWAY OVERLOOKING A PERGOLA-COVERED TERRACE.