Groton Place

Last updated on September 17th, 2021 at 10:08 am

Groton Place


The Incorporated Village of Old Westbury is located on the North Shore of Long Island just 23 miles from Manhattan. With acclaimed resources nearby, such as the historic Old Westbury Gardens, 600-acres of equestrian trails and fine dining and shopping, Old Westbury offers a lifestyle where celebrated history meets today’s luxurious living.


A nearly mile-long drive ascends past broad verdant lawns dotted with trees that provide myriad opportunities for equestrian and recreational outdoor activities. The residence is complemented by amenities that include a sparkling gunite swimming pool and a well-appointed pool house conveniently located close by. Nearby, there is a stately ten-stall horse stable with a hay loft, a tack room with a fireplace, grooms quarters, a squash court and an attached cottage. A smaller stable features four stalls, a tack room and runs for chickens and exotic birds. Located at the foot of the long drive, a large barn, which is currently used for agricultural equipment storage, has a soaring loft and an estate office. There are numerous cottages, garages and dependencies sprinkled throughout the property. Extensive and picturesque horse paddocks add to the pastoral beauty of this self-sustaining estate.


Designed by the architect Henry Renwick Sedgwick for Robert Winthrop in 1932, the beautifully appointed manor residence is timeless in design and composition. The balanced design incorporates large windows tailored with Essex green painted shutters and a welcoming entry with lovely leaded glass fan and side lights. The center hall sets a gracious and inviting tone. French doors at the far end of the hall provide access to an expansive brick terrace facing east. Dentil molding and crisp white painted chair rail paneling are the impeccable accompaniment to exquisite French Zuber woodblock printed wallpaper depicting a hunting scene. A gallery hall with repeating arched door openings runs along the front axis of the residence. It leads past an elegant curvilinear floating staircase to the impressively scaled formal living room. Comprised of walls dressed with raised paneling and dentil molding that meets 11-foot high ceilings and a magnificently carved fireplace framed by French doors, the baronial room opens to a low-walled brick terrace with retractable awnings.

Graced with roses and climbing wisteria, the terrace overlooks lush lawns where a delightful oval pool features a spinning fountain that dispatches frolicking water droplets into the air. It is the perfect setting for al fresco dining and relaxing. Adjoining the living room, an octagon-shaped anteroom with display cabinetry and an intricately patterned parquet floor leads to a French library with richly furnished raised walnut paneling and shelves repurposed from a French chateau. These two rooms were added to the residence in 1956 under the design direction of the renowned architect Bradley Delehanty. A tranquil wing unto themselves, they are a superb setting for an elegant home office. Off of the center hall, gleaming knotty pine doors open to a library. Wrapped with Hunter green painted raised paneling and built-in shelves, the room features dentil molding, a fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling bay window with doors that open to the back terrace. The formal dining room is embellished with elegant gold-leafed crown molding and door. With a commercial gas range, ovens and refrigeration, the kitchen complex is well-equipped for gourmet cooking and large-scale entertaining. The kitchen overlooks a covered bluestone porch, and it opens to a breakfast room with built-in cabinetry and shelves. Off of the back entryway with staircase, there is a service wing with three-bedrooms, a kitchen and a bath. 

The circular stair hall opens to the principal suite. A luxurious retreat, it includes a sumptuous bedroom with a fireplace, a handsome study, a relaxing sleeping porch, a refined sitting room with a fireplace and two marble baths. There is a large family room, and five additional restful bedrooms many with fireplaces. A staircase provides access to the third level which has multiple rooms, a full bath, a cedar closet and capacious storage.

The main residence has central air conditioning with nine zones for warm weather comfort, a generator for essential power in the case of an outage and an organic vegetable garden that thrives in its sunny south-facing location.

The uniqueness of Groton Place lies in its storied history and the artistry of its past combined with the preservation and enjoyment of its glorious Georgian manor residence and pastoral 108-acre surround. It sits adjacent to the Glen Oaks Country Club, the State University of New York at Old Westbury and the Old Westbury Equestrian Center. It has the benefit of direct access to 600-acres of equestrian trails. The property offers flexibility of ownership in that it can be subdivided into eight lots. Groton Place is a magnificent Gold Coast property, and it is the epitome of a country estate.


Meredyth Hull Smith
Associate Real Estate Broker
Senior Global Real Estate Advisor
Sotheby’s International Realty
c. 917.696.8411

Christina F. Porter
Associate Real Estate Broker
Global Real Estate Advisor
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
c. 516.835.5512

Lois Kirschenbaum
Associate Real Estate Broker
Global Real Estate Advisor
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
c. 516.526.7425