The Colonial Americans who lived at the top of Kellogg Hill in Weston during the Revolutionary War stood in the doorway of the original Merwin House and watched as British troops marched through the farmland, part of which later became the Aspetuck Valley Country Club, on their way to the Battle of Danbury in April 1777.

The Merwin House and its many wings, which were added through the years, still stands today and is currently on the market. A previous owner described its appearance this way: "When we first saw it in June 1949 it looked like a large white ship floating in a sea of petunias."

Today, the modernized antique Colonial farmhouse at 83 Kellogg Hill Road is surrounded by rose bushes, mature herb and flower gardens and sheltering trees.

The house was originally built around 1760 and then about 1830 it became the JS Kellogg Homestead. For many years it was the Faraway Farm, although one family called it Sunnyhill Farm.

Over the years, the property transitioned from a working farm to a private, hill-top retreat. One of its previous owners said they enjoyed spectacular views all the way to Long Island Sound to the south on a clear day and into the Berkshires to the north. The attractive, landscaped grounds and nearby rolling hills serve as a perfect setting and backdrop for festive garden and pool parties.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique Colonial farmhouse ADDRESS: 83 Kellogg Hill Road, Weston PRICE: $1,795,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 19 AMENITIES: Panoramic views of Aspetuck Valley, cottage/artist studio, in-ground pool and hot tub, cabana, terraced granite patio, secondary driveway for service deliveries or party guests, porch, balcony, Thermopane windows, storm doors, 2.02-acre park-like level property, gourmet kitchen with antique ironwork, butler's pantry, four working fireplaces, wet bar, exposed beams, security system, large sunroom, gas-powered generator, whole house water filtration system, dog containment system, walking distance to Aspetuck Valley Country Club, walking distance to Aspetuck Land Trust hiking trails, convenient to Merritt Parkway OTHER INFORMATION: Six or seven bedrooms, six full and one half baths, three-car detached garage with game room above, partial unfinished walk-out basement, baseboard hot water, oil, propane and solar heating system, walk-up attic, attic fan, wide-planked pegged wood floors, septic system, private well water, exterior sprinkler system, zoned central air conditioning SCHOOL: Weston Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High ASSESSMENT: $975,000 TAX RATE: 23.94 mills TAXES: $23,342

Entertaining notable celebrities as well as common folk is part of the property's interesting history. It has hosted such guests as Marilyn Monroe and Louis Armstrong.

One of the seven bathrooms in the main house has a hand-painted outdoor scene of a great lawn and a stand of trees, a reminder of what is just outside the door.

In addition to the main house, which comprises 5,537 square feet of living space, there is a 400-square-foot cottage -- the former carriage house, which has a fieldstone foundation.

It could serve as an office, artist studio or party barn. The three-car detached garage contains additional entertainment space.

Its spacious second floor is a game or play room.

On one side of the main house the old hitching post is still there, although hidden behind shrubs.

"There is a lot of history here," one person said.

Inside, there are 19 rooms, some dating back to the 18th century.

Others are more contemporary additions. A previous owner said it is interesting to note that what is currently the "little" living room was the original kitchen. In Colonial times it was the hub of the household and traditionally that room had seven doors. Only six exist today.

A spacious sunroom, which has a hand-painted patterned floor by Connecticut artist Matt Wood, has French doors that lead to the granite patio and the solar-heated pool and Jacuzzi beyond.

One "poolside" area of the house serves as a cabana and bath area with two changing bays.

The formal dining room has recessed and raised paneled Wainscoting on the lower walls. The kitchen has a polished limestone floor with decorative green marble mosaic tile inserts and new General Electric Monogram appliances.

There are four multi-room suites as well as two to three additional bedrooms. All have updated bathrooms. The master bedroom suite features his and hers walk-in closets and a laundry closet.

As one person put it, the next owner is "buying a lifestyle, not a house."

There will be an open house on Sunday, July 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house call Randy Plimpton of William Raveis Real Estate at 914-227-0000 or email him at Randy.Plimpton@raveis.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique Colonial farmhouse

ADDRESS: 83 Kellogg Hill Road, Weston

PRICE: $1,795,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 19

AMENITIES: Panoramic views of Aspetuck Valley, cottage/artist studio, in-ground pool and hot tub, cabana, terraced granite patio, secondary driveway for service deliveries or party guests, porch, balcony, Thermopane windows, storm doors, 2.02-acre park-like level property, gourmet kitchen with antique ironwork, butler's pantry, four working fireplaces, wet bar, exposed beams, security system, large sunroom, gas-powered generator, whole house water filtration system, dog containment system, walking distance to Aspetuck Valley Country Club, walking distance to Aspetuck Land Trust hiking trails, convenient to Merritt Parkway

OTHER INFORMATION: Six or seven bedrooms, six full and one half baths, three-car detached garage with game room above, partial unfinished walk-out basement, baseboard hot water, oil, propane and solar heating system, walk-up attic, attic fan, wide-planked pegged wood floors, septic system, private well water, exterior sprinkler system, zoned central air conditioning

SCHOOL: Weston Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High

ASSESSMENT: $975,000

TAX RATE: 23.94 mills

TAXES: $23,342