An elegant estate with trails and gardens
As the summer home of Helen Stevens Coolidge and her husband, a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Isabella Stewart Gardner’s nephew, it was transformed from a family farm into a beautiful country estate. I can’t imagine the summer parties they had during its heyday.
The Stevens-Coolidge Place is managed by The Trustees of Reservations and while the house with it’s amazing architectural features like the ballroom aren’t open to the public right now I’d love to do a house tour some day. There are plenty of things you can do outdoors though. From picking your own flowers in the summer, wandering through the formal gardens or enjoying a relaxing picnic it is the perfect spot for a relaxed day.
We went on a September afternoon. Somehow, I convinced my family to come with me to explore the grounds for the first time and none of us were disappointed. The formal gardens, the lily pond, and the outside of the lovely old house were all enchanting. According to the Trustees website the gardens are best enjoyed for their lush colors from mid-June to September so we caught the tale end before the flowers slept.
There were other people milling around. Two sisters chased their children around trying to capture their delight across the fields and there were quite a few buying flower bouquets in the late afternoon. I can’t wait to go back again later this year maybe when it’s not so cold!