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And so begins the season when we celebrate the great indoors—fires in the hearth, dinner preparations fragrancing the kitchen, guests gathering around the table. This month, Connecticut Realtors and sellers are busily burnishing interiors to give off that “good life” glow. Sure, curb appeal still matters, but prospective buyers’ first real impression is less likely to strike during the brisk walk from the car and more likely to happen as they walk through the front door. Consider this column a virtual celebration of six of Connecticut’s finest “for sale” interiors. Come on in! We hope you’ll like one of them enough to stay for a long, long while.

Ashton Manor
$10.9 million

This 13,732-square-foot Georgian on 2.5 acres rivals a resort for the amenities it offers. Consider the lower level with its billiard room, home theater, wine cellar and grotto, gym, massage room and changing rooms that service the pool, just steps outside on a landscaped terrace. But wait, there’s more: You’ll also find a disco downstairs—mirror ball included. The large, elegant rooms on the two top floors are posh and proper with high ceilings, plaster walls, elegant millwork and a total of six fireplaces. In all, there are 24 rooms, including seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Barbara Daly and Leslie McElwreath of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich have the listing. 203-618-3171 and 203-618-3165.

Litchfield County Estate
$5 million

This Shingle-style compound seems tailor-made for house parties that last all weekend. There are plenty of places to put up guests, starting with the charming, two-bedroom guest cottage clad in weathered barn siding. The circa-1850 main house has six bedrooms and five bathrooms (plus one half bathroom) and loads of space to entertain, including a large kitchen, a family room with a stone fireplace and a living room with exposed beams and views onto the terrace. And then there is the 50-acre property that ensures both privacy and a great first impression: The approach to the home features a long, tree-lined drive ending in a front courtyard. The grounds also offer a pool and pergola, tennis courts, a large pond, waterfalls and a barn. Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate has the listing 860-868-7313, ext. 24.

Windsor House
New Canaan & Wilton

Straddling the New Canaan and Wilton town line, this Federal-style Silvermine estate was built around 1803 and has been entirely renovated, from its plush media room to its two-bedroom guest cottage. While “Windsor” is a hard name to live up to, the 15-room home looks pretty royal to us: It’s got seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms (plus three half bathrooms) and a pretty conservatory that opens onto the 8.7-acre property with gardens, a circular pool and a pool house. It’s co-listed with Wendy Brainard of William Raveis 
in New Canaan and Julie Carney of William Raveis in Wilton. 
203-966-3555 and 203-451-9966.


West Hartford Tudor
$2.9 million

Here’s a terrific circa-1929 Tudor that boasts 8,624 square feet of beautifully renovated interiors. Its owners had been living in England where they renovated a grand country home. When they moved back to the U.S., they looked to bring an English sensibility to their new house, from the formal dining room with purple-papered walls to the lovely garden room with its vintage tile floors and a fountain. The new kitchen—once three separate rooms—sets up well for entertaining with a restaurant-quality stove, two sinks, two dishwashers and the original butler’s pantry. There’s also a home theater and wood-paneled library/office with a fireplace. In all, it offers seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms (plus four half bathrooms), including a master suite with vaulted ceilings, a private dressing room and a fireplace. The brick-and-half-timber home sits on one landscaped acre and is listed with Susie Hatch of William Raveis in West Hartford. 860-841-0866.

Weston Antique

Our favorite part of this circa-1795 property is its spectacular terrace with a massive fireplace and stone chimney, perfect for entertaining even as the days grow colder. We also love the pretty pool and cabana and the immaculate four-stall horse barn. Inside, the Colonial has been renovated and expanded to give its 4,892-square-foot interiors a light and open floor plan—not often the case with antiques—while retaining the exposed, weathered beams. It offers four bedrooms, four bathrooms and four fireplaces. Andrew Whiteley of Fite Shavell & Associates has the listing. 203-258-1595.