Nestled into the hillside overlooking Southport Harbor, the Country Club of Fairfield golf course, and Long Island Sound beyond, a charming stone house combines the best of historic details with modern amenities. Built in 1914, expanded in the 1940s, and completely renovated by its present owners in 2016, the home comprises the ambiance of an English Cotswold cottage with an open floor plan, state-of-the-art appliances, and completely new electrical and mechanical systems.

The house, which is currently for sale, has a history to tell: In the early 1900s, Oliver Gould Jennings, an heir to the Standard Oil fortune, decided to build a golf course at the mouth of the Mill River in Southport where it meets Long Island Sound. This was an ambitious project, taking three years to complete. To oversee his construction project, Jennings built this stone cottage and gave it to the Country Club of Fairfield, which he founded, after the construction of the golf course was complete. The club owned the house until the 1940s, when it sold it to owners who added the north and south wings designed by renowned local architect, Cameron Clark, who designed the Fairfield Town Hall, as well as many other homes in Greenfield Hill and Southport. The gardens were designed by Clark’s wife, noted landscape architect, Agnes Clark.

Another layer to the home’s noteworthy history: Even the current owners didn’t know when they bought the house that its original architect was Ernest Flagg, who designed the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., several buildings at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the historic Scribner Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and the Singer Building in downtown Manhattan.

The home’s current owners, a husband and wife, purchased the property in 2010. In 2015, they embarked on a year-and-a-half complete renovation of the home, with a new floor plan and a new south wing (to replace the old one which was demolished) designed by David Scott Parker Architects in Southport.

“We removed everything down to the exterior stone walls and the roof structure,” the husband explains. “We then supported the entire house on steel girders and excavated underneath to create two new garage spaces, a boiler room, a wine cellar, and a storage area. The house was then gently placed back down on a new foundation.”

The interior offers traditional décor with an eclectic feel. The combined kitchen and family room features DEANE custom cabinetry, new appliances, blue-veined marble countertops, a limestone fireplace, and a wall of windows to enjoy the view. In the north wing, the former enclosed porch became the living room, featuring a fireplace, original brick walls, a recycled oak tray ceiling, a Noir limestone floor, and a wall of French doors. The brick walls and massive fireplace make it feel like a room in a castle.

Other new details in the home include quarter-sawn oak flooring, custom-made wood paneled doors, and radiant heated floors throughout; a scullery; a study; and marble and limestone tiled bathrooms. The William Morris wallpaper adds a sophisticated, country feel. Additional amenities include a security system, central air conditioning, a three-car heated garage with a potting workroom, three separate attics, a Vermont hand-cut slate roof with copper gutters, and even a four-passenger elevator.

A central staircase with a continuous wreathed handrail winds from the garage level up to the second floor where a master bedroom suite features his-and-hers limestone and marble master bathrooms and a walk-in closet. “The best part is the view,” says the husband. “You’re up three stories and you feel like you’re in a treehouse.”

The property’s gardens complement the home’s stone and stucco exterior. “I wanted to recreate the woodland feeling Agnes Clark intended,” explains the wife. “I had photographs of the garden as originally designed in the 1940s, which were an inspiration to revive the overgrown landscaping to what it is today.” Two Stewartia pseudocamellia arboretum-quality trees remain from the original 1948 design. Paths that meander through two woodland gardens were created, while a garden along the front of the house is filled with pollinator and cutting plants. A wall fountain with an antelope spout adds to the quaintness of the exterior.

A custom-designed greenhouse imported from England offers winter shelter for tender plants while a basement potting shed is ideal for repotting and starting young seedlings. To enjoy the property and the view, there’s a large stone terrace under a cedar pergola perfect for outdoor dining in the summer.

On clear days and evenings, you can look across the golf course and Long Island Sound and see the Manhattan skyline from nearly every room in the house. “It’s magical,” says the husband. “From fifty miles away, the New York City skyline looks like a distant Shangri-La.”

For more information on this property, contact Nancy Dolan, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 203-258-2303.