Within the late Hollywood film star Katharine Hepburn’s extended family for four generations, 25 Pettipaug is a stunning 5,419-square-foot beachfront home located in the Fenwick area of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. A historic gem, the original “cottage” portion dates back to 1871, making it one of the oldest in Fenwick.
On a glorious beachfront lot, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house features large bay windows, a wrap-around screened porch and exterior patios, allowing the residents to fully enjoy the unparalleled views of the ocean and the Saybrook Light House.
The large formal dining room is ideal for dinner parties, with its exceptionally high ceilings and a fireplace. Adding to its charisma, the room is surrounded by charming blue stone patios and small flower and vegetable gardens. More casual dining can be enjoyed al fresco, in the long wrap-around screened porch.
While this house has retained its historic charm, it has all of the comforts that a modern family could need or want. The kitchen is very well appointed, with Sub-Zero appliances that include a dishwasher; garbage disposal; electric cooktop; gas cooktop; oven/range; and refrigerator.
Entertaining guests or just relaxing with family and friends will be delightful in the vast living room, with its large fireplace and bay windows. It is easy to imagine Katharine Hepburn lounging luxuriously on the window seat overlooking the lighthouse, or meditating in the adjoining family/yoga room.
Upstairs, the south wing of the house has three lovely bedrooms, each boasting a stunning water view. The master suite and a large office are located in the north wing.
A renovated private wing serves as a year-round in-law apartment. Designed to provide optimum privacy, the apartment has its own bedroom, kitchenette, office and bath.
Other highlights of this extraordinary property include a cedar sauna and a detached garage. The outdoor space also includes a barn, garden area, gas grill, shed, and terrace. Residents have access to the famed links, tennis, swimming, and the yacht club. The water side of the house has been carefully preserved and upgraded with newly renovated bathrooms. There is also a laundry room on the first floor.
The Middlesex County town of Old Saybrook—home to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center—takes pride in the preservation of historically meaningful buildings and landmarks. One such building is the Old Saybrook Train Station, where Amtrak provides commuter rail service. In addition, the Estuary Transit District offers public transportation throughout the community and surrounding towns.
Images courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty