A historic Fort Salonga estate once owned by Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duchess of Marlborough, has gone on the market for $1.15 million dollars.
The estate was once owned by Lily, Duchess of Marlborough who later gifted the home to Consuelo Vanderbilt, who married her stepson, the 9th Duke of Marlborough, Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill. Lily gave the home to them as a wedding gift.
According to Smithtown Historian, Brad Harris, there was an important reason for Lily to come back to America.
"She had to come back to America for a required number of weeks to get her inheritance and that is what she was doing in Fort Salonga," said Harris.
According to tax records, the home was built in 1895, origianally sat on 40 acres. The 1.73 acre lot includes an in-ground pool gunite pool with a dive rock, tennis court and a fish pond.
In the early 1900's the home became the Beresford Lodge, a boarding house, which was named after the Duchess. The home is currently owned by Bill and Cindy Chase and serves as a home for their two daughters, according to a listing on the home.
"I guess it is rare that one with so much history makes it to the open market," said Harris. "It is kind of unusual."
The home has a total of 16 rooms, pine wood floors throughout along with five fireplaces and nanny quarters.
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If you would like more information or a private showing of this home or any home currently on the market, please contact Tricia Dwyer-Johnston, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Realty Connect USA, directly at (631) 921-6520. On the web at www.TriciaTheRealtor.com.