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Circa 1760 Country Living

If walls could talk. This property represents an eclectic blend of 2 historic homes on a bucolic 6.8 acre parcel, high on a hill above Hamburg Cove of the lower CT River.  It offers 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half baths. In 1989 the John Mansfield house from Wallingford, CT was dismantled and moved to 83 Joshuatown Rd in Lyme, where it was reconstructed as a wing to a circa 1760 antique colonial home that had graced that site since its origin. The two homes were joined by a constructed common kitchen area with a two story ceiling and arched windows which provide wonderful views down the hillside toward Hamburg Cove. Pass through the French Doors to enjoy the garden of roses, box wood, fountain, arbor, garden house and other plantings. Views of the garden can be captured from the tavern room and home office as well as rooms on the upper levels. Architectural artifacts are creatively used throughout the home. The two story windows are from Middlebury College and the 18th century walnut staircase came from a barn in Maine as just a few examples. The property offers five bedrooms, 4 full baths and a powder room. The original home is constructed into an embankment which allows for the main level and upper level direct access to the outside. The lower level of the Mansfield house connects to the kitchen and contains the tavern room, home office and an exercise room. Ascending the staircase from the kitchen brings you to a landing and the first floor of the Mansfield house and connects to the second floor of the 1760’s home. Turning into the older home brings you to the primary bedroom with views of the cove and a full bath across the hall. This level also has a second bedroom and second bath. Turning to the Captain Mansfield wing brings you to the music room, library, main parlor, center hall and staircase leading to the upper level. The upper level of the Captain Mansfield house has an ensuite bedroom, two other bedrooms and a hallway bath. Not to be missed is the 60 x 40 foot post and beam barn that was moved to this site from the White Mountains of New Hampshire and serves as three tandem garage spaces on the ground level for cars and or boats. Two upper levels are currently used to store collectables, and a workshop. At one time sheep grazed the land and there is a small sheep barn. It is now time for a new steward of this property to enjoy the eclectic blend of structures and architectural artifacts, that with love and care, will restore this special property  to the vision held dear by the original owners.

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Paul Smyth

Paul Smyth

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