Horsing around amid backcountry splendor: OldField Equestrian Farm

Presented by Sotheby’s International Realty
Photographs by Stefen Turner and Steve Rossi

OLDFIELD EQUESTRIAN FARM AT A GLANCE

= Greenwich

= 14,000-plus-square-foot residence

= 18.39 acres

= Bedrooms: nine

= Baths: 10 full, six half

= Amenities: equestrian complex; pool, clay tennis court; three-car garage; three-level elevator; 10-zone heating/cooling; 800-amp electrical service; ADT security system; seven-line Merlin phone system; four-zone indoor/outdoor sound system; 30-zone grounds irrigation system; seven gas/wood fireplaces moldings and paneling; fine moldings and paneling; 12-foot ceilings; French doors opening onto terraces and gardens

= Price: $21,500,000 million

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Traveling down a winding country road through the pastoral beauty of Greenwich’s backcountry leads past grand estates, horse farms and sylvan parklands to the private world of OldField Equestrian Farm. The estate is cloistered on 18.39  groomed, level acres of lawns and fenced paddocks, giving it a seemingly far-removed seclusion that belies its convenient location merely 35 miles from Manhattan.

Formerly a Yale University land holding of polo fields, this splendid showplace recently underwent a comprehensive 18-month remodeling by its current owner.

A meandering maple-lined drive arrives at a fountained courtyard introducing the classic Palladian-inspired villa, a paragon of grace, symmetry and balanced proportions designed by New York architect Robert Lamb Hart.

Relaxed warmth tempers traditional elegance in the interiors by designers Scott Snyder and Mark Hampton. The rooms — which include an intricately molded formal living room with French doors; a banquet-sized dining room in silk damask; and a library/entertainment center paneled in mahogany — weave together in the comfortable flowing floor-plan that suits everyday living and grand-scale social gatherings. Meanwhile, guests and staff have complete privacy in the flanking east and west wings.

Banks of French doors across the south façade open onto terraces, gardens, a pool and a clay tennis court, which stage the scene for outdoor entertaining and recreation.

But what makes OldField unique is what lies beyond an allée of linden trees — an equestrian center comprised of symmetrical east and west stables, custom-designed by specialist David Zublin to illustrate long-standing traditions of craftsmanship. Built of durable, low-maintenance Azek, each stable has handsome tongue-and-groove cedar interior paneling, massive sliding barn doors, a wash bay, a feed room and a classic cupola topped with a horse weathervane.

Originally both stables were able to accommodate up to 39 horses in 28 stalls. A dozen of the stalls have been converted to other uses. Six have been made into climate-controlled garage space, while six others have become two year-round recreational rooms. One of the stables features a heated/cooled groom’s apartment with living/tack room, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bath. There is a separate equipment barn. The stables are flanked by two paddocks, a stick-and-ball field for polo practice and a quarter-mile exercise track.

Hosting a distinguished array of resort-style amenities in unparalleled privacy, OldField is an estate of rare substance and beauty.

For more, contact Joseph Barbieri at 203-618-3112, 203-940-2025 or joseph.barbieri@sothebyshomes.com.

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