On the Market: An Indoor-Outdoor Living Resort in Rhode Island
Lush gardens and Narragansett Bay vistas envelop this Bristol estate's main home, guest quarters, greenhouse, and tea house.
79 Shore Road, Bristol, RI
Size: 5,735 square feet
What if you could take a tropical vacation without boarding a plane or even leaving New England? This Bristol estate does exactly that. Lessen the sting of your cancelled travel plans by watching the sun set over Narragansett Bay from the warmth of its heated infinity-edge swimming pool. The 1.4-acre oasis comprises three structures: A sprawling, single-story main home, a guest house, and a Bali-inspired tea house. All of the abodes are enveloped by a rolling lawn, raised garden beds with organic plantings, and a resort-like pool area serviced by a cabana with a sauna.
Whitewashed walls and floor-to-ceiling windows in the main home capitalize on the west-facing views of the gardens and water just outside. The great room, a cathedral ceilinged sitting area, makes those views even more alluring by sporting walls painted with an Italian plaster technique. Gorgeous wooden beams sourced from a barn in New Hampshire and a reclaimed fireplace carry the rustic look throughout the room.
When the current owners first purchased the land, the main home was actually the only building there. In honor of the years they spent living in different parts of Asia, they created an estate that exudes balance and peace, and prioritizes indoor-outdoor living. Take this perfect architectural symmetry, for example: The two-level guest house mimics the simple gabled silhouette of the greenhouse, and in the middle of both, the three-peaked roof of the tea house imitates the horizon that the whole line of buildings forms.
Inside the tea house, a massive jellyfish-esque fixture hangs from the middle of the ceiling, which is one of four sculptures made of Balinese petrified wood. Directly below, a tabletop also made from petrified wood offers a surface to set down your cup of tea or glass of wine, while perching on the teak floor and dangling your legs into the sunken sitting area. Large pebbles furnish two of the tea house walls, while the other, longer lengths are open to the elements, interrupted only by the pecky cypress beams—unless you pull the sliding doors shut to enclose the space. The lush, magical gardens are the backdrop to the east, while the beach and bay offer another kind of spectacle to the west. Whichever side of the table you sit on, you’ll have an otherworldly outlook.
For information, contact Kristin Parella, Lila Delman Real Estate, liladelman.com.
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