19 Tudor Road, Redding, CT – A Bucolic Gentleman’s Estate In An Exquisite Private Setting
Surrounded by nature, this picture-perfect 20 acre estate is second to none in both its beauty and distinction. Owned by famed New England children’s author Tasha Tudor, as well the heiress to Crane Paper, Seven Maples is the ultimate in peace and tranquility. The bucolic, private 20 acres frames a wonderfully renovated six-bedroom home steeped in history, but also featuring an updated floor plan and all the amenities required for modern living.
A stepping stone path leads to the stately antique Dutch entry door complete with a Palladian transom and leaded glass panes enveloped in custom woodwork. Red brick paths, stone walls, specimen plantings such as white spruce, dogwood, butterfly bushes, white pine, maple, wisteria, vibernum, clematis and multitude of other flowering bushes surround the property with a lushness befitting this centuries-old home.
The antique entryway features a plethora of wood paneling unique to the wealthy houses of the time. The dining room includes a wood burning fireplace and unique built-in corner cabinetry, wrought iron fixtures and hand hewn exposed beams. The adjoining butlers pantry features a wet bar, ample cabinetry, a wine fridge and two custom-built display cabinets, as well as a continuation of the hand been exposed beams seen throughout the remainder of the original home. The living room also enters off the foyer and enjoys yet another antique fireplace. Of note, a master electrician retrofitted the entire original structure with new integrated electrical, as well as surround sound which can be enjoyed throughout many areas of the house. The spacious family room features a gas-starter wood burning fireplace, as well as a bay window and built-in shelving. A laundry room, mud a room, plenty of closets and one full and one half bath are found off the family room.
Heart & Hearth
Built as a farmhouse, the true heart of this home is the sitting room featuring an antique granite fireplace, which flows seamlessly into the adjoining gourmet kitchen and breakfast room. With spectacular views of the apple orchard beyond, the kitchen enjoys a spectacular four-oven, two burner AGA stove designed to keep a constant temperature for immediate cooking any time of the day. Other appliances include a side by side, SubZero integrated refrigerator and freezer including two refrigerator and two freezer drawers, a Miele and a Bosch dishwasher, and an ice maker. The custom-built chestnut wood cabinetry is complemented by an oversized island with a prep sink and Vermont soapstone countertops, as well as ample counter space throughout. Harlequin patterned stained wideboard floors and French doors to the flagstone patio beyond complete the area. A full-sized accompanying dining area makes family meals and conversation a joy for the chef in the house, and provides for a great entertaining space.
Relaxing In Comfort
Utilizing either a front or rear staircase to the upper level, you are greeted by a perfect marrying of old and new. The large master suite enjoys multiple windows, an elegant gas fireplace, gorgeous white-wood paneling and a coved ceiling. An oversized walk-in closet and dressing area adjoins the master bath complete with a deep soaking tub, oversized marble shower and two custom, marble topped vanities.
Sharing a common landing, the additional bedrooms are spacious and feature such defining features as exposed beams, a Dutch Door, or in the case of the guest room – a commanding view of the gorgeous grounds and its own full bath with a marble vanity and a walk-in closet. The renovated hall bath enjoys penny floor tile, a deep jetted tub with subway tile, a linen closet, wainscoting and a pedestal sink.
The finished lower level includes a spacious recreation room, exercise room, a half bath and plenty of storage space.
Outdoors, the perfectly manicured grounds are meticulously watered every evening by a sprinkler system that draws ground water from an impressive underground storage tank on the property. Fed by three wells, the storage tank more than adequately provides all the necessary water to keep the developed part of the property in beautiful condition. An Apple orchard provides for many varietals from July through November, while the wooded area of the property directly connects to either Devils Den nature preserve or the Saugatuck Trail. The incredibly private, heated Gunite saltwater pool is surrounded by butterfly bushes and offers views of the rose arbor with a vegetable and herb garden, while the chicken coop stands ready for its new inhabitants.
Welcome Your Guests In Style
If all of this wasn’t enough, the property also features an antique one room schoolhouse that has been meticulously restored for use as a studio or office space, and a two bedroom apartment that includes an updated kitchen, renovated full bath and living room with a fireplace and built-in cabinetry. Ample storage in the lower level as well as a generator, laundry and a walk-out to a private patio make this the perfect in-law or Au Paire suite.
With a total of five garage bays including a 3-car Carriage house, 8-foot high deer fencing encompassing 12 acres, and a gated entrance, this estate is a piece of paradise in the heart of Redding. Not to be missed!
For more information about this incredible property visit www.SevenMaplesCT.com