The driveway enters open fields with wooden fences – horse property with a magnificent stone stable that has 30 stalls, an indoor riding ring, and incredible architecture (circa 1910) including a Guastavino tile ceiling like the one in the concourses at Grand Central Station in New York City and is fireproof to protect the horses, plus has great acoustics. There is a practice polo field and an outdoor ring, all with views of the water on this wonderfully protected bay or inlet off Long Island Sound. There is a large dock and boathouse for winter boat storage in an extraordinary protected inlet known as a hurricane hole to protect your boat in any storm, created around 1902-1920 by an architect in that period. It is very rare to have a large property like this to stay in one family from 1900 -2017. Great Island gives an incredible feeling of being in your own paradise; there is nothing else on this beautiful coast because it is a large island with mature woods entered by broad driveways, some of which are bordered by stone walls. Great Island is ideal for a kingdom buyer who wants to have a property for their family for many future generations. It is the largest private island closest to New York City. The birds love this sanctuary and give a feeling of total privacy, peace and being in your own kingdom. The amazing half-mile gated driveway to the main house built around 1902, and rebuilt later in about 1915-1920. It is a pleasant surprise driving past the harbor, into the woods and up to a tall stonewall which leads to the gated entrance of the main house. Walking up the path to a front terrace entering the front door is a spectacular English hall, a wide center hall with a wall of french doors to spectacular southerly views across Long Island Sound and shore about 8-10 miles with a charming small lighthouse in the foreground. You feel far away from the world as a whole, yet you can also feel the entrance gates are one mile from the train station with New York only an hour away by Metro-North rail line. The airport is conveniently located for both private and commercial airlines. In the early days, the family of Great Island was taken to the train station in New York City by horse-drawn carriages. Wandering along the totally quiet and private lanes or walking in the open lawns, it is apparent that this is unlike any other estate. This is a unique opportunity to create a family compound for generations to come - truly a magic kingdom.
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0 Great Island, Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut