09 November

Soul of Discretion

Nick Churton of the Houlihan Lawrence London office visits a beautiful home in the Greenwich Back Country where the less said is always, the better.

The House: 4 Ashfields Lane, Armonk, New York

The Agent: Angela Kessel

The Broker: Houlihan Lawrence

You don’t have to play polo to enjoy living at Conyers Farm, a gated community between Greenwich and Armonk. And as far as polo ponies are concerned, you don’t even have to know which end the hay goes in. But the meticulously manicured polo field at the entrance to the estate gives a clue to how well things run around here.

And the people who live at Conyers Farm appreciate things run correctly. After all, many residents manage or have managed important organisations like Fortune 500 companies, investment banks, major sports franchises and sections of the US government. To mention more about the residents would be indiscreet, and if there is one thing you get at Conyers Farm, it is discretion – that and a highly comforting degree of security.

Wrapped within this haven is the home I visited. It is the last word in efficient and expansive living. But here’s the thing, this home may be a beautiful Greenwich villa, but first and foremost, it is a home. It is comfortable without being pretentious, welcoming instead of intimidating, unstuffy and relaxed rather than formal. It is a kick-your-shoes-off sort of place, but in a matter of moments can be dressed for dinner.

The property, wrapped in ten beautifully landscaped acres, includes a lovely pool, pool house, tennis court and garaging for seven cars. The house contains eight bedrooms, eight batrooms, spacious reception rooms, an eleven-seater theatre, gym, library and office.

The Conyers Farm Association provides 24/7 security and maintains roads and and roadside grounds to an astonishing degree. For those who still run important things in New York City, the rail service from Greenwich takes only an hour. And for the weekends, from Westchester airport, just fifteen minutes away, you can jet to Palm Beach in 3 hours and Nantucket in one.

If you like polo on your doorstep, you will love it here. But, if stick and ball isn’t your thing, don’t worry; you will still feel right at home. Now, I should finish; to say more wouldn’t be done in this circle.