FRENCH MANOR HOUSE
Modeled after a manor house in the North of France, which was begun in the 12th century and improved during the 15th and 16th centuries, this home is designed with entertaining and privacy in mind. The basic form, plans and interior details are typical to French Renaissance vocabulary. After traversing the moat and parking in the motor court, guests are greeted in the entry parlor with its hewn timber ceiling and limestone fireplace, then escorted to any number of the light-filled public spaces on the first level. A spacious kitchen makes it easy to host large parties, as well as intimate enough for family dining.
The library, despite it's floor to ceiling shelves, has ample light and overlooks the adjacent meadows. A terrace at the rear allows for al fresco dining overlooking the moat - a bit of private Paris, if you will. The long halls, with their over-sized french doors, surround the walled parterre and serve as wonderful entertaining spaces that remind one of the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. Guests can easily flow between inside and out for those summer evening parties.
The second and third floors, accessed either by the grand stair or private elevator, are reserved respectively for a spacious and well appointed master suite, and bedrooms for family, guests and staff.