Robert & Ronnie's Breath of Summer Escape

Robert & Ronnie's Breath of Summer Escape

Gregory Sparks
Aug 23, 2010

Name: Robert & Ronnie
Location: Madison, Connecticut
Years lived in: 3 — owned

Living in the city of New York there are few places where you can really get away from it all. The proverbial motto of the city rings true especially in reference to peace and quiet; if you can get it here, you can get it anywhere. Luckily, Robert and Ronnie's clubhouse in Madison, Connecticut is not only their respite from the grind of Manhattan living but it has become the go to spot for family and friend weekends.

The strength of this home is in its ability to recapture a semblance of simpler times. The clean white bead board and river stone finishes inside with a back drop of the surrounding green forest and sea breezes outside are antitheses to the streets and avenues of the city. The main house and adjacent clubhouse flank an existing pond and wetland while the view to the bay is framed by more wetlands, trees, and an open sky.
Here the television stays asleep through the day. The parking has no meters or daily fees. The only appointments are the impromptu meet-ups with the fridge for bbq leftovers or a frozen Dilly Bar! It is the perfect escape.

When Robert and Ronnie first came upon this property they only had the opportunity to buy what is now the clubhouse. Soon after they refinished and added a pool to the house the adjacent property came on the market. As an architect the opportunity was too good to pass up. After they purchased the property they demolished the dilapidated structure and set out to build a modern but classic beach house-inspired retreat.

Used mostly on the weekends, the property can now accommodate the many family and friends that are lucky enough to make the 1½ hour train ride. The décor reflects the fun loving and young hearted family and youngsters who weekend here. Antique Americana and new American craft fill the rooms. The space is hung with many pieces by notable contemporary fine artists curated to move the eye around and envelope you. These prints and photographs are seamlessly placed amidst the owners own fine photography and the art of their grandchildren. This pairing of high design and art may be a reminder of the culture and energy of the city, but from the perspective of this retreat and refuge it all seems so easy.

Thanks, Robert & Ronnie!

Images: Gregory Sparks

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