A Historic Connecticut Cottage with an Artful Past Wants $1.1M
We fell hard for this circa-1820 cottage, owned by antiques dealer Angus Wilkie and architectural designer Len Morgan, partners in the Manhattan gallery Cove Landing. Their country house is in Hadlyme, a hamlet accessed via a tiny ferry shuttling back and forth across the Connecticut River to historic Chester (or, less poetically, up Route 136). Painters at the nearby Lyme Art Colony, said to be home of American Impressionism, favored the spot. Indeed, impressionist Willard Metcalf painted Summer at Hadlyme (1914)—now at the Florence Griswold Museum—in this very house.
Wilkie and Morgan made inspired choices when renovating the property, which includes several stylish outbuildings, most notably a 3,400-square-foot, cedar-roofed barn, now listed by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. They also curated the interiors, opting for a luxe French Lacanche oven and built-in Miele and SubZero appliances, 1920s porcelain bath fixtures and cool living-room walls that are textured by the decades-old glue and plaster left behind when a canvas mural was removed.
The 3.5-acre grounds are just as inspired, especially the courtyard, ringed with high stonewalls, and a 40-foot-long pool and terrace. The property is on the market for $1,095,000 with Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.