If you were reading design blogs a decade ago, then you probably remember seeing this classic country cottage. It first appeared in magazines like Martha Stewart Living, and then the photos spread to blogs.
While I don’t think I wrote about the house myself, I remember seeing this picture pop up a lot back then. I think we were all smitten with the image of this neat little cottage with the white picket fence.
The early-19th-century cottage belonged to antiques dealer Angus Wilkie and architect Len Morgan, who restored it and filled it with antiques. Now the nearly four-acre property, which comes with an historic L-shaped barn and a “summerhouse,” is on the market for a little over $1 million. Take a look!
A Classic Country Cottage For Sale
The simple foursquare cottage was built in 1820.
The white picket fence provides the perfect frame around the house.
The listing says:
2 Selden Road is a 3.5 acre historic property in Hadlyme, CT where privacy, efficiency, ease and comfort are key elements; equally important are rolling lawns, hedges, stone walls, water features and towering trees. The balanced equation creates a unique sense of place, a rare find that is artfully curated and original.
The teak-paneled library has engravings from Francisco Goya’s series “La Tauromachia” (“The Bullfight”):
There are chestnut hardwood floors, vintage 1920s porcelain bath fixtures, and two woodburning fireplaces.
A previous owner removed a mural from the living room, leaving the glue remnants on the walls:
Instead of removing or covering them up like most of us would do, Wilkie thought it looked “pretty,” and decided to leave them as they were, saying it looked to him like someone had “gone to great effort to achieve that trompe l’oeil effect.”
“The house is a good representation of what we sell,” antiques dealer Wilkie told Martha Stewart Living. For example, the guest room is filled with Biedermeier furnishings. (He’s an expert on Biedermeier who has even written a book about it.)
The 8-room cottage has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and about 2,000 square feet.
The listing photos seem to be a mix of new photos and old ones that were originally published in magazines.
The red kitchen is a departure from the classic, understated decorating in the rest of the house:
It boasts a custom French Lacanche Range:
The pantry was painted white, and the oak countertops coated with varnish. The sink is original to the house:
Impressionist Willard Metcalf once lived here and painted its interior in 1914, calling it Summer at Hadlyme:
The listing says:
A cluster of impressive 19th century outbuildings frame the entrance to this magical property. The handsome 2.5 story, L-shaped cedar roofed 3,400 sq. ft barn, listed on The CT Trust for Historic Preservation, allows unique access to a courtyard ringed with high stone walls which unite an ice house and entry pavilion.
“Professionally designed and landscaped, the property has frequently been published in both American and European books and magazines.”
Wilkie said it’s a comfortable place to be: “It’s a very lived-in house.”
There’s a 40-foot pool in the backyard:
According to Zillow, the property last sold for $350,000 in 1990.
The historic L-shaped barn is so darn cool — would love to see inside it, too:
The house is located 110 miles northeast of New York City.
Thanks to Steve @urbancottagehome for letting me know it’s on the market! It was really fun to see the house again after all these years and to learn more about it.