rugs lay on the floors, magnificent oil paintings in gilded frames dress the walls and Leslie’s grand piano holds center stage in the main room. The room also boasts a partial second story loft, often used as a raised stage for musicians who perform at many of the lavish parties thrown here.
Upon touring the rest of the expansive home, you are wowed by many more well-curated collections that can only be amassed over years of collecting. Meticulously crafted Christmas scenes blend seamlessly with the many important, and often rare, antiques. One remarkable collection is that of Mark’s antique sterling meat domes. Each is unique to its maker and country of origin. Some have family crests, some are quite simple, while others are ornately decorated. History is alive throughout this home.
Being here is an experience for the senses. The delicious fragrance of Mark’s gourmet cooking draws you to their stunning dream-kitchen where a slow-cooked Sunday supper satisfies both body and soul. Even in the massive, elegantly decorated kitchen, there is a feeling of hominess. Though we dine on fine china, eat with sterling flatware and drink from hand-blown crystal stems, the atmosphere is light and lively.
After dinner, if you’re lucky, you will be enchanted by the captivating music of Leslie, a concert pianist. To watch and hear him play is completely spellbinding. You are drawn to just stop and listen to every perfect note. You release your worries, settle in, and absorb the magic of Christmas.