$4,195,000

4820 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 19807

MLS Number: Denc2000782
Status: Active
Community: None Available
Bedrooms: 6
Full Baths: 6
Half Baths: 2
Perfection is a relative term, particularly when that judgment is determined by personal taste. Yet it would be fair to say that Beverstone, a classic DuPont family estate on the scenic Kennett Pike, has achieved that level of excellence. It is a residence of grace and warmth. You are welcomed to a gated property with a grand driveway. It is architecturally impressive and intimate. Presumably this American manor house was named for Beverstone Castle, an early 13th century edifice that still exists as a magnificent ruin near Gloucestershire, England. Built by Thomas Coleman duPont and his wife, Alice, in 1927, the house is solid stone construction in a 7.7-acre, impeccably landscaped setting. Given the inherent privacy and a location across the road from Winterthur Museum, it’s not surprising that the house was home to subsequent members of the duPont family over the years, including Henry and Martha duPont, Beverley duPont and Edward and Ruth duPont. The architecture sets the stage for an interior that accommodates large-scale entertaining and family living in equal measure. The heart of the house is circular, as reflected in an enormous front-to-back entry room defined by the inverse curves of a grand staircase open to three levels. Distinctive decorative millwork begins at ceiling height and introduces architectural character without overwhelming the space. An impeccable design eye guided a renovation that carefully preserved historic elements while introducing stylistic changes and modern updates. The effect is distinctly European yet undeniably original. Common living areas, both formal and informal, are simultaneously inviting and awe inspiring. Just as the house has been flawlessly maintained, every room is superbly appointed. The vast owner suite has the ultimate in comfort and spaciousness. The kitchen, as perfectly appointed as the rest of the house, opens onto a sunroom that feels like part of the garden. The finished lower level is brilliantly conceived and executed in stone and natural light. The interior architecture of the house wears its mantle of history and elegance well. Think elegance without pretention, a difficult achievement that Beverstone manages to capture as few other estate properties have done. The horseshoe shaped driveway, designed to showcase the architecture, and the reclaimed turn-of-the-century granite front staircase reflect the owner’s passion for exterior detail. That same passion was invested in the surrounding gardens, each one promising a unique experience that can only be realized by being there.

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Exterior Features

Architectural Style
Tudor
Construction Materials
Stone
Exterior Features
Extensive Hardscape, exterior Lighting, underground Lawn Sprinkler, tennis Court(s), stone Retaining Walls
Garage Features
Garage Door Opener
Parking Features
Circular Driveway
Outdoor Living Structures
Patio(s), brick
Roof
Slate

Interior Features

Heating
Heat Pump(s), forced Air
Heating Fuel
Natural Gas, electric, oil
Cooling
Central A/c
Hot Water
Natural Gas
Fireplace
Yes
Flooring
Hardwood, ceramic Tile, tile/brick
Appliances
Range Hood, exhaust Fan, cooktop, oven - Wall, oven - Double, oven - Self Cleaning, refrigerator, extra Refrigerator/freezer, icemaker, dishwasher, disposal, dryer, washer, water Heater, water Conditioner - Owned
Basement Type
Full, fully Finished, sump Pump
Interior Features
Spiral Staircase, attic, attic/house Fan, breakfast Area, built-ins, butlers Pantry, curved Staircase, kitchen - Gourmet, kitchen - Island, pantry, primary Bath(s), recessed Lighting, skylight(s), stall Shower, tub Shower, walk-in Closet(s)

Additional Details

Elementary School
Brandywine Springs
High School
Dupont
Middle School
Dupont A
Square Footage
11725
Acres
7.70
Year Built
1920
New Construction
No
Property Type
Residential
County
New Castle
Lot Size Dimensions
52.10 X 655.50

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