Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Magazine, December 2008

The Fairfield County Hunt Club is a pristine, posh sort of place that provides a perk to even those among us who have never ridden to the hounds: Its bucolic acreage is awfully pretty to look at. The neighborhoods that have grown up around the club benefit from its convenient location, as well. They're within walking distance of the elementary school, along tree-lined streets with real sidewalks. The Post Road shops are a few minutes drive away, as is the train station and Staples High School—newly named the best high school in the state.

Hard by the Hunt Club, the Sprucewood Lane cul-de-sac makes for a family-friendly kind of place. And this is your classic, white-clapboard and picket fence kind of home, large enough for the biggest of broods, with six bedrooms and six full bathrooms (plus two half bathrooms). Built by John Dumke of Sterling Building & Restoration, its prewar details set it apart from the typical developers' spec home. Our favorite features: the handcrafted mahogany entryway with its three-story staircase; the dining room and butler's pantry with a bar sink and wine fridge; and the master bedroom with its fireplace and luxe bathroom featuring a stone tub.

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