Trip To Sands Point Preserve, Falaise Tour


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The Sands Point Preserve on the original Guggenheim Estate embodies the grandeur and elegance that defines the Gold Coast period of the early 20th century, when prominent American families built great mansions on large estates as summer retreats along the Long Island Sound. 


The Guggenheim mansion, Falaise (French for “cliff”) built in 1923, was design in the style of a 13th-century Norman manor house.

Distinctive features of the house include an enclosed cobblestone courtyard, thickly mortared brick walls, steeply pitched roofs of heavy tile, and a round tower. The medieval atmosphere continues inside with archways, thick wood beams, textured plastered walls, and carved stone fireplace mantels.

Falaise is furnished with antiques, many from the 16th and 17th century as well as architectural fragments of medieval and Renaissance-period. There are woodcarvings, sculptures, columns, doors, gates, Renaissance paintings and several important pieces of modern art.

Arriving at the Sands Point Preserve is, in itself, a special experience. Cross a century-old bridge as you drive down the historic “allée” of mature trees and landscaped gardens to the Preserve’s Gate House. The first view of the Sands Point Preserve includes Castle Gould, Hempstead House, and the Long Island Sound from a distance. The Great Lawn is a majestic park – the green centerpiece of the Preserve. The Rose Garden behind Hempstead House has 1,500 red rose bushes – its fountains add an historic quality.