DARIEN — Tucked at the end of Althea Lane, this Mediterranean-style retreat sits on a private, 1.5 acres lush with flowering gardens, stone terraces and pergolas that back up to the Wee Burn Country Club.

A winding, tree-lined drive approaches a formal courtyard of a sophisticated, French-style country chateau.

With plenty of old world, European charm, this four-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath home spans 6,000 square feet of living space featuring 10’5 ceilings and finely crafted millwork.

Inside, the home’s gracious, elegant interior is evident upon entry into a formal foyer that features limestone flooring, sophisticated beaded moldings and lovely, built-in alcoves.

With five sets of French doors, many of which open onto a pergola-covered terrace, an oversized formal living room offers a dreamy, European feel.

Once outside, the West-facing terrace is surrounded by romantic perennial gardens, lush in peonies, salvia and foxglove, all overlooking the 14th hole of the Wee Burn Country Club.

An intimate library features the first of four fireplaces, with bowed French doors that open to the backyard, welcoming a warm breeze during summer months.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Mediterranean

ADDRESS: 3 Althea Lane

PRICE: $4,275,000

YEAR BUILT: 1956

YEAR RENOVATED: 2004

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 6,098

ACREAGE: 1.56 acres

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8

BEDROOMS: 4

FULL BATH: 5

HALF BATH: 1

NOTABLE FEATURES: Four fireplaces, two-car attached garage, lap pool, pergolas, terraces

SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $2,367,050

TAX RATE: 15.35

TAXES: $29,702

On the opposite end of the first floor, a spa wing, featuring Venetian plaster walls and a tumbled stone shower with walkout access to a Grecian-style lap pool and a second, pergola-covered terrace.

Added on by previous owners, an eat-in country kitchen features a cozy siting area with a limestone fireplace and breakfast room with vaulted ceilings, a skylight and custom French doors designed at Jelliff Mill.

With terracotta-tiled floors, beveled limestone counters and a butcher block center island, the kitchen offers a warm and inviting space for entertaining and day-to-day living.

Appliances include a five-burner Thermador range, Thermador ovens and a SubZero refrigerator.

With floor-to-ceiling custom paneling, the stairway to the second floor creates a statement with a wrought-iron railing.

The second floor includes three, family bedrooms, two of which include their own en suite bath and one guest room that uses the hall bath.

A private master suite features a gas fireplace with a granite surround, a wall of built-in bookshelves for displaying collections and a walk-in dressing room with mahogany built-ins.

A lovely master bath includes a deep-soaking tub, a frameless glass step-in shower and a private balcony overlooking the grounds.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Janet Olmstead of Halstead Property at 203-554-4022 or email her at jolmstead@halstead.com