Great Spaces: The Ultimate Bed and Breakfast
By Nick Caruso
In an area known for its historic architecture, the Silas W. Robbins House of 1873 stands as one of the great period homes in Connecticut. A masterful 6-year restoration (2001-07) resulted in a lavish transformation that preserved the timeless elegance of this distinguished Second Empire mansion. From its mansard roof with cast-iron cresting and porte-cochere entry to its remarkable interiors resplendent with ornate millwork and stained glass, the 7,500 square foot home is an aesthetic tour-de-force.
Highlights include a grand foyer, parlor, library and several dining areas. A ballroom is found on the top level of this three-tiered confection, presently operating as a Bed and Breakfast. Readied for 21st century living, there is a deluxe kitchen, 7 ensuite bedrooms, 8 full and 3 half baths, an elevator, state-of-the-art mechanical systems and whole-house generator, and a carriage house with 3-car garage. Opportunities to enjoy the splendid 1.2 acre setting are abound with several sunny terraces, a wrap-around porch and a gazebo.
Located in Old Wethersfield, Conn., the estate faces the charming village green in the historic district, one mile from the scenic Connecticut River. It’s also accessible to some of the area’s major cities; the home is situated within two hours of both Boston and New York, and is just minutes to Hartford, Conn.
Whether serving as a dream luxury home or income-producing property (or both!), the Silas W. Robbins House promises to be a treasured gathering place for family and friends for generations to come.
Listed for: $2,195,000