5 Summerwind Drive, Muttontown, NY 11545
Approached by a winding drive off a tree-lined cul-de-sac street of beautiful homes, lies a hidden treasure a piece of Long Islands Gold Coast history. Thornwood, as it has been called since its creation in 1929, is one of the many North Shore mansions designed by the prolific and well-loved architect, John Washington Bradley Delehany, who is well known for many grand estates built for the rich and famous during Long Islands Golden Age. Having studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, creating this stunning example of a French Renaissance chateau, must have been a sheer delight for him.
With a background in painting from Cornell University, it is understandable why he designed this magnificent home to display such exquisite features as faux painted architectural details, ceiling murals, and intricate moldings of every kind meticulously painted in shades of pastels and 18-karat gold leaf. In recent years, this masterpiece of design has been perfectly restored to its original grandeur. Plus it has been embellished with outstanding modern creature comforts and high-tech amenities that blend seamlessly with the original style of the manse.
The end result is a breathtaking work of art in and of itself yet superbly suited for a luxurious and gracious lifestyle. This manor encompasses 7 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 5 half-baths, palatial rooms with 9 foot ceilings that would rival Versailles in décor, a spectacular eat-in kitchen/family room, and a luxurious master suite fit for King Louis himself.With an expansive bluestone courtyard framed by meticulously manicured hedgerows, the mansions U-shaped, turreted brick façade with steep hip roof and red-shuttered arched windows seems to welcome visitors with open arms. A charming front terrace creates a pleasant spot for relaxing in the sun. Upon entering the arched front door with fanlight, one is transported to a world of wonder. Glorious inlaid marble floors, shimmering walls accented with boiserie and gilded, arched niches give a sampling of the magnificent detailing exhibited throughout the residence. This stunning vestibule opens to a cloak room and a grand foyer boasting curved ceiling panels enfolding chandelier medallions and a custom painted mural above gleaming herringbone wood floors. To the right, a floating bridal staircase with faux-painted marble risers curves along the turrets walls, and a brass and bronze filigree balustrade accompanies it to the second floor balcony.Curved steps lead down through the delicately detailed library into the grand, ballroom-sized living room dressed from floor to ceiling in beautiful soft shades of pastel. Delectable hand-painted designs accent the fielded panel walls and ceiling embellished with carved plaster boiserie.
The original parquet floors invite one to waltz across them to the marble fireplace flanked by French doors opening to the screened veranda where faux-painted walls and arches overlooking the verdant garden remind one of a winery on the hillsides of Bordeaux. An ideal spot for enjoying a glass of wine is the lounge on the opposite end of the house. Also opening to the beautiful grounds, this sunny getaway offers a walk-in wet bar with seating area, a great place to watch the game with friends. For a larger gathering, the library beckons with its soaring fielded paneling carrying the eye upward to the exquisite custom ceiling with hand-carved plaster medallions interspersed with goldleaf moldings and pinpoint lighting. A charming fireplace beneath a built-in television provides a perfect focal point for entertaining.
Connecting the lounge and library, the banquet-sized formal dining room, with elegant fireplace and French doors to the rear property, is serviced through the circular butlers pantry built into the second turret, which leads into the immense kitchen/family great room. Butlers stairs access the second floor near a large dining island that faces the gourmets dream kitchen.