F R E N C H C O U N T R Y E S T A T E
French Country Estate
Oakland County, Michigan
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This French-chateau-inspired home, approached from a mile-long, winding private road, is beautifully sited on extensive acreage. The plan for siting the house, inspired by the landscape plan of Frederick Law Olmsted for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, creates an approach road that winds through beautiful, natural meadowland and forest. While the house is surrounded by extensive, manicured landscaped gardens, including a kitchen garden, with future plans to plant a vineyard, the area further from the house is allowed to be natural to support botany, forestry, and wildlife, and for beautiful walking trails through the woods. The house is extended over a large footprint, suited for the extensive grounds. A 3-car garage is attached to the home, with an additional 4-car garage attached by a horse-carriage-style porte-cochere, allowing the garage doors to face to the rear motor courtyard, and further elongating the overall footprint. The home features many French-country-estate spaces including a true conservatory, wine cellar and tasting room, and large dining and gathering spaces. The Provencal-style gourmet kitchen supports multiple gourmet cooks and is a delightful space to prepare for entertaining. The home also features five bedrooms, “her” office, “his” library, an exercise room, a media/ theater room, a beautiful formal staircase in the foyer, and a secondary staircase set in a round turret. Authentic old-world materials are used throughout the architecture, including French tumbled limestone floors, wide-plank wood floors, timber beamed ceilings, wrought-iron stair railings, and stone interior walls.