“Be my guest” – and I was.

When my fabulous friends, Carol and Peter, have a summer soiree you can count on me being there in a heartbeat. Last Sunday was no exception, as they celebrated the end of a successful all-day garden tour to benefit the national Garden Conservancy Open Days Program. I arrived with my lovely date, Barbara, at this magnificent estate – one that, quite frankly I would love, love, love to live in. Or, as I keep hinting, one day my LV luggage and Schnauzer will arrive for a long, long extended life stay. Hmm, it’s funny as I have yet to hear Carol or Peter say “yes, please do.”

All kidding aside, this home and property has everything you ever need, and you’ll never want to leave. Gracious owners, seven fireplaces, plenty of guestrooms, craft room, billiards room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and breathtaking gardens that surround the property. I learned that I need to keep my trunks in my trunk as I could only dunk my feet in the heated outdoor pool.

We all arrived just as the garden tour was ending, so we too wandered and wondered in the gardens, then headed to the back patio for cool refreshing cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres. Truth be told, Carol is my number one fan and has personally purchased over 100 books over the years, giving to friends and family and those in attendance, and she was excited to introduce me to the recipients.

Carol, an avid gardener herself, also admits to having talented helpers, such as Heather whose eye for detail is surpassed by no one else. And the amazing team from Odd Jobs who can deliver a concept from start to finish with expertise and knowledge. Let’s not forget Mother Nature, as she also has an influence on the magical experience that is bestowed on you the moment you arrive at this magnificent estate.

I have experienced many wonderful homes across the country, but this one is on the list of special ones because, like the others in this select group, each time I arrive at this home I experience something even more meaningful than the vision of beauty. A house, whether large or small, can become a home only when the owners embrace the elements of good will, good cheer, and good meals. Add good friends and you have it all. No wonder I’m such a happy guest. Any questions as to why I’m ready to move in? For now, I’ll gladly take the summer soirees and eagerly anticipate my next visit. (Fair warning, Carol: my bags are packed!)