The 1845 Farmhouse and historically significant dairy barn was once home to Yale educated author and American priest, Nathaniel Wheaton, whose interest in architecture inspired the design of the St Andrews Episcopal Church in Marbledale. The farmhouse represents one of the earliest homes in Washington, and one of the only Gothic Revival style homes in rural Connecticut.
Incredibly quiet and serene, the 61-acre compound at Wheaton Road includes a fully restored 4,500 sq/ft farmhouse, a Washington style dairy barn, calf barn, milk house, chicken coop, formal garden with trellis and marble patio, open and flat meadows, original apple orchard, sheep field, cornfield, two streams, stone walls, and marble walkways. There are four access points to the property: two on Wheaton Road, one on Church Hill Road and on Sunset Lane.
MAIN RESIDENCE: Privately situated in the heart of Washington Connecticut, the main residence offers protected pastoral and hillside views, and an array of distinctive features. A two-sided wraparound cantilevered porch with Gothic rose and scroll-sawn balustrade, premium grade cedar roofing with copper trim, screened porch/view patio with infrared heating, five-bay façade, round-arched gabled window, and original oversized 2-over-2 double-hung windows.
Exceptionally renovated, the 6-bed/4-full-bath farmhouse offers a well-designed living space with white oak flooring, gracious living room with wood-burning fireplace and marble mantle, and an in-ceiling projector with recessed 7ft projection screen. A chef's kitchen with large island boasts stylish contemporary elements with sleek cabinets, silver Travertine flooring and subway tile walls. A light-flooded eat-in dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows opens to the large screened veranda and views of the enchanting park-like grounds. Designer appliances include a Wolf stove, double Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer, two Asko Dishwashers, and Dornbracht faucet. Completing the main level is a spacious guest bedroom, office, and full bath with marble mosaic tile. Upper level comprises 3 guest bedrooms, a Master Suite with 13ft ceilings, an in-ceiling projector with recessed 10ft projection screen, and spa-like bath of marble mosaic tile, Lafroy Brooks fixtures with Samuel Heath accessories. Fully finished lower level (included in total sq/ft) with second washer/dryer set can be used as a nanny suite with separate entrance; offers ensuite bedroom, living/media room, sitting area, and separate art storage room.
CREATURE COMFORTS: All baths, kitchen, dining room and lower level are radiant heated; Lutron lighting; all closets are lighted; Creston whole-house media system with Sonos integration; projection screen and projector in both living room and Master; 5-zone heating; 3-zone air conditioning; remotely located whole-house generator with separate 1,000 gallon propane tank; central vacuum system, whole-house water filter; home security system.
DAIRY BARN: The main dairy barn is listed on the State Register of Historic Places. One of the oldest in Connecticut, it features a pair of double-height exterior sliding doors as the main entry. Above the doors are two twelve-pane transoms. The marble foundation was quarried on-site. The cupola, designed by Oscar Beeman, is one of the last surviving. The post and beam structure was completely reengineered to last another 100 years. Currently used as a space to entertain, the 30ft ceilings add drama and rustic sophistication to any dinner for a hundred.
The property derives further significance for its association with the Wheatons and Buckinghams, and their contributions to the development of the marble industry in western Connecticut.