Hidden Valley Castle in Connecticut
If you think this historic stone estate looks like it could have come from the pages of a storybook, you might be onto something. Built in 1921, the home was designed in the “storybook” style that enjoyed a brief popularity during that era.
Known as Hidden Valley Castle, the home was built by Dr. Walton Martin, a highly regarded New York surgeon, and his wife, socialite Charlotte Bronson Hunnewell Martin. The couple had traveled extensively throughout Europe, collecting artifacts and materials along the way that were ultimately incorporated into the estate. Many of the columns are from France and Italy, and a 16th-century Dutch beamed ceiling graces the main residence. More than 100 workers dismantled the stone walls on the property and used them to build the chateau.
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A mile-long private road cuts through the 275-acre property, which is punctuated with a brook, ponds, several waterfalls, open meadows and gorgeous gardens. Inside the main residence, exquisite architectural details can be admired at every turn: beamed ceilings, nine fireplaces, mahogany paneling, chandeliers, arched doorways and windows.
Besides the main house, there are several additional buildings on the property, including a stone gatehouse, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a potting shed, a three-stall horse barn, a chauffeur’s garage and a second garage – together offering enough space for 18 cars. Plus, the property has its own licensed helipad – a rare find in Litchfield County.
About the House
- Location: Cornwall, Conn.
- Listed By: Ira Goldspiel of Litchfield Hills Sotheby's International Realty
- Price: $8,850,000