Nestled in the Berkshire foothills between New York's Harlem Valley and the Housatonic River, the postcard-perfect town of Sharon, CT, has long offered respite from the tensions of everyday life. Despite its close proximity to Manhattan, progress has always been kind to the corner of Litchfield County, leaving it an unspoiled Eden of rushing rivers, towering trees, blossoming gardens and soaring ridge lines. Its low-key nature has kept its popularity for grand-scale estates, slipped discretely into nature's canvas.
Mole's Hill Farm epitomizes all of this. Dating to 1809, the classic Manor is surrounded by more than 375 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds, a collaboration of English landscape luminary Penelope Hobhouse and architect Sir Anthony Denny. The grounds plan was meticulously conceived, the sheer scale beyond even Vauxian proportions. Cresting the nearest hillside to the home is a rustic obelisk folly, flanked by a lush double allee of Zelkovas. Formal gardens showcase perennial beds, espaliered fruit trees, and a hedge garden hugging the pool, which boasts a double pavilion with cabanas and a guest studio.
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