“Chaillot”, Indian Avenue, Middletown, RI
“Chaillot”, designed by award-winning architect James Estes in 1993 for the present owner, is a unique and charming private country estate on ten acres on Middletown’s renown Indian Avenue. It includes a two-car garage with upstairs guest quarters, a secluded swimming pool with its own cabana, and a separate barn. The graduated slate roofs, yellow stucco walls, arched entry and windows of the main house are echoed in the interiors, where plastered wall edges are rounded and openings are arched in the same manner as older, gracious traditional French residences. One feels as if one is in Europe… much thought and creativity has been devoted to every detailed inch of this exceptional property. The main foyer opens into a vaulted “Great Room” with beamed ceilings and a multi-paned, translucent skylight, French limestone floors, large doors that open on to a terrace, and two antique mantled fireplaces that anchor both end walls. The main staircase leads to a balcony level that can serve as a platform for a musical quartet, or an overlook for guests if one is entertaining. Adjoining the great room are more intimate spaces. On one side is an extensive family room with an informal dining area and west-facing wall of windows with soft, filtered light. To the east is a cozy seating area, considered to be the “heart of the home,” with a fireplace and vistas across fields of private acreage, plus a delightful adjoining seasonal screened terrace room. Dividing these spaces is a highly functional gourmet kitchen, with lighted display cabinets for treasured “objet d’art.” Appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, gas stove, a pair of raised ovens and dishwasher. A large pantry, half bath, and laundry/mud room area are found off the back entryway. At the other end of the great room is another half bath and a corridor with multiple closets leading to a beautifully proportioned study/guest room with tall windows, a beamed
ceiling and separate full bath. A built-in Murphy-style bed allows for the dual use of the study. The cultivated landscape surrounding the main house has passages that open from private walled gardens to wisteria arbor ways and a sunny terrace and lily pool, with distant water views of the Sakonnet River. A separate, secluded stone decked pool and pool house provide added privacy and beauty to this peaceful getaway. The heated pool mechanicals are conveniently hidden behind the changing rooms. Upstairs in the main residence are two bedroom suites, each with its own large separate bath. The Master bedroom area enjoys a fireplace and elevated water vistas, as well as a large bathroom with soaking tub under an arched window-wall and a separate steam shower with stone finishes. The Garage wing, which is attached to the main house by a covered passage, has two deep carports and a long gardening counter with sink. Upstairs, under the eaves, is a wonderful guest cottage with a kitchenette, bath and cozy bedroom. Sunlight filters in everywhere from atmospheric rounded windows. The mechanicals, housed on the spacious lower level of the main house, include a four hundred amp electrical service, a top of the line five-zone hydro-air oil-fueled furnace with integrated central air conditioning, as well as an Amtrol domestic hot water heater. The lower level has an imaginative playroom with sea and jungle murals that would delight any small child. There is plenty of storage, both in the lower level and in the attic space above the master bedroom wing. The property consists of five lots; two of these are classified and taxed as open space.
Offered by Prudential Prime Properties 208 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840 401-849-1800
Rick & Terry Grosvenor 401-862-1995 Rick@PruNewport.com
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