101 & 95 Yokun Ave., Lenox
Size: 11,748 square feet
You can almost hear the trumpets playing in the distance as you walk along the allée of pine trees up to this sprawling mansion, which looks like the setting for a Great Gatsby-era shindig. The home, which spreads out across 11,700 square feet and 31 acres, was built in 1927—and stepping inside today, it feels like not a moment has passed since then.
But it hasn’t stayed in such immaculate condition without help. In 2003, the estate’s current owners embarked on a grand restoration project. The laundry list of updates, according to listing broker Robin Kencel, included: Removing sheetrock partitions, chipping away at layers of concrete and tile to expose well-preserved hardwood, repairing crumbling ceilings, modernizing the kitchen, and restoring lead casement windows and brass and nickel fixtures, among other undertakings.
Feast your eyes on their handiwork in the conservatory, where windows on three sides soak original terracotta tiling in sunlight, or the library, where elegant Purpleheart wood sourced from the Amazon rainforest panels the walls. You can also feast, literally, in the gilded dining room, or retire to one of the 11 bedrooms, where extra-thick walls ensure a sweet night’s sleep.
And the grounds are anything but an afterthought. Given that the property is named Ethelwynde—an Old English portmanteau that translates to “noble path”—the Great Lawn is just as impressive as the residence it surrounds. You’ll find century-old copper beech trees, ginkgos, spruces, and maples, as well as flower beds and colossal rhododendron bushes providing spots of shade and color. You can’t miss the hand-carved muses and the fountain, made with Italian marble, or the mid-century guest house a short walk from the main home, either. And owing to its location all the way on the western edge of Massachusetts in the Berkshires, you can have your mansion and your mountain views, too.
For information, contact Robin Kencel, Compass, robinkencelgroup.com.
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