Good things come to those who wait. These homeowners had purchased two acres of pristine property shortly after they were married, but didn’t build on it until they’d finished raising their kids 20 years later. By that time, they were established enough to commission a manor house that would serve multiple purposes: Single-level living for the two of them; public spaces to serve both intimate gatherings and corporate-level events; and plenty of space for their many children and grandchildren, who visit often.
Having spent several years living in Europe, they requested a French country-style house situated around a center court. The grand, central entry aligns with an equally impressive peaked conservatory in the rear, which floods the living room with natural light. Two wings flank the central mass; one contains public entertaining spaces, including a “garage” that showcases the owners’ vintage luxury cars, while the other is for the family, with a kitchen and breakfast room, library and master suite.
The lower level offers play space for all ages. The husband, a competitive triathlete, trains in a 15-meter indoor lap pool. The columned space becomes a ballroom when the pool is covered over with custom, flush-mounted flooring for the couple’s large corporate events. This level also contains a replica of a vintage soda shop—right outside a private movie theater.
The second level is the children’s domain, where the owner’s children, their spouses, and the grandchildren can enjoy their own space. Designed with features such as hidden doorways, jaunty bunk beds, and a crawl-through door panel, the kids enjoy the upstairs just as much as their grandparents revel in the private wing below.