Old World Aesthetic
A contemporary home inspired by historic Poland
A majestic European style country manor graces nearly two acres of land on Winter Street in Norwell. A long cobblestone driveway, flanked with granite pillars, transports guests to the stone covered home, built in 2008.
Double oak doors with beveled glass torches make a grand entrance revealing an oversized oak staircase, lined with a white balustrade banister. A glass cupola brings sunlight into the home and a fifteen-sconce chandelier made of frosted glass and brushed nickel hangs elegantly from the high ceiling.
Even on a cloudy day, light floods into the main house through windows imported from Poland. Magnificent oversized palatial looking double doors open inward. In summer, these windows can be propped open to bring a sense of the outdoors inside.
The home is surrounded by a landscaped yard with an apple orchard and a marsh in the back and carefully placed pine trees in the front. There is even a cobblestone wishing well and a functioning well, which will be attached to the irrigation system.
The main house has approximately 4,000 square feet of living space with two gas fireplaces, flanked with manufactured sandstone shale. The builder and current owner of the home moved to the South Shore from Poland in 2006, building what he knew and loved: a replica of a home in Poland.
The spacious living room has a tray ceiling and recessed lights with white moldings and sage green walls. Oversized French doors lead to an outdoor landing and stairway to the yard.
The family room is flanked with a curved wall that looks like a 14th century fortification tower, commonly found attached to castles. A mirror hangs over the stone fireplace, but beneath it there is wiring for a flat screen television. Two more large French doors lead out to the apple orchard in the backyard. There is also an elegant half bath downstairs with a raised red granite bowl sink, and river stone ceramic tile. There is not a room in the house that is not soaked in light from large windows.
The kitchen, which adjoins the dining room, is made for entertaining. A mahogany island sits in the center of the kitchen, with a sink and a wine refrigerator, along with extra storage. The painted white hardwood cabinets are topped with granite counters, with a slate backsplash behind the sink and the oven. Every cook will love the industrial, dual stainless steel convection oven, topped with six burners, and a griddle, with a faucet attached to fill pots on the stove. The kitchen also offers views of both the front and backyard.
Upstairs, a periwinkle blue master bedroom features a castle lookout tower with a Juliet balcony. Over the rod iron railing there is a view of the orchard, creating the feeling of being in a romantic countryside estate in Eastern Europe. A full bath with marble flooring, a double jetted spa tub, and stone tile shower with double glass doors offer a sense of luxury. Dual sinks with sand colored countertops sit beautifully against old world antiquing on the almond painted cabinets. Three children’s rooms are also upstairs, each with a unique yard view. Built with true European style, the bedrooms are designed so that large armoires will provide most of the storage space. However, the owner has a plan to create additional closet space.
The carport connects the three garage bays, giving the feeling that there ought to be horse and carriages inside. That’s not a far cry, since the 2200 square-foot guest house- or carriage house as one might call it, is centered around a historic two story, exposed brick wood hearth in the living room that rises up to cathedral ceilings. A large fire burns opens to the sitting area, and an antique black iron cook stove, with a bread-rising oven and an ash pit faces the dining area. The guesthouse offers a loft overlooking a brick hearth and great room. There are two office areas, a reading room, and a bedroom located above the finished three-car garage. The floors of the great room are crumbled red tinted marble. Light flows into the guest house with three large double patio doors exiting into the yard.
This luxurious two-acre estate on Winter Street will make anyone who lives here feel like royalty. The unique individual who wants something extraordinary among the quiet lanes
of Norwell will find this home to be his castle.