Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty is unprepared for the superb welcome he recieved an extraordinary maritime estate in Connecticut.
A tall flagpole is positioned at the head of the long stone pier, at Salt Acres, the coastal estate on the edge of pretty Stonnington in Connecticut. The current owners fly the Stars and Stripes and the flag of the US Marine Corps. They signal the seafarer home.
Coming home is always nice. But at Salt Acres getting back takes on quite another dimension. Whether by sea or road, returning to Salt Acres is not so much achieving an arrival as making an entrance.
From the small, elegant and historic town of Stonnington the road to Salt Acres crosses a long straight causeway with the house, standing in eleven acres of beautifully tended gardens, beckoning from beyond the trees. In a boat, clearing Stonnington Point from Long Island Sound or rounding Sandy Point from Little Naragansett Bay, the three storey house with its fine elevations salutes your arrival.
I adored visiting this house a hundred miles from Boston and a hundred and forty from New York City. Who wouldn’t? This is a spectacular property situated on a private peninsula overlooking Fisher Island Sound. It has some of the finest ocean views in south-eastern New England. And it’s not just a spacious and elegant period house, the estate also offers a charming three-bedroom guesthouse and a two-bedroom caretaker’s cottage.
The fabulous grounds have 2,500 feet of water frontage, 600 feet of sandy beach and a 450-foot breakwater pier with a dock and two moorings. The gardens are a tour de force of the art.
What on earth is there not to like? Even the owners are charming. Visit yourself and make your own entrance.