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Painted pink with loads of gingerbread-embellished gables and eaves, this home has whimsy to burn. But its 7,000-square-foot interiors are seriously sophisticated—and impeccably restored. The nearly two-acre grounds feature a carriage house, formal gardens, a swimming pool, gazebos, a greenhouse and orchards. It's listed with Todd Gibbons of the Gibbons Group with William Pitt Sotheby's International in Southport (203-858-8525).
The Great Outdoors: Glorious Grounds and Gardens
Don't get us wrong—the estates featured here don't play second fiddle to their acreage. But this time of year, their appeal starts from the ground up with outdoor spaces for recreation, relaxation, entertaining and more. Stoneleigh House, New Canaan, $15 million
Talk about your curb appeal: This circa-1929 stone manse sits on 11 acres of amenity-packed landscaping designed by noted architect Wesley Stout. Most striking is the pool and terrace that features an eight-person Jacuzzi, an outdoor brick oven and a nearby Arts & Craft-style guesthouse (with vaulted-ceiling great room, master suite with fireplace and full kitchen with pass-through service to the poolside terrace). There are ivy-covered steps carved with cherubs, a koi pond and a reflective pool, with its own island. There's also a tennis court and a waterfall. The main house comes fully loaded, too, with a newly constructed kitchen, master suite and home theater, as well as a tasting room and 2,000-bottle wine cellar. Stoneleigh is listed with Carol Hollyday and Rita Kirby of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan (203-975-2214).
Circa-1753 Redding Antique, $2.2 million
New to the market, this family compound was the longtime home of Whitney heiress Nancy Whitney Lutz. A staunch preservationist, she protected more than 15 of her estate's 21 acres with a conservation easement—they'll remain open space forever. And what a space: rolling meadows, a bucolic pond and landscaped lawns are all located right in the center of town. The Lutz grounds also include a terraced pool and pool house, a classic New England restored barn, an artist's studio (Pierre Lutz was a watercolorist) and a rustic, two-bedroom log cabin with a bathroom and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.