Mount Holly, a Bedford estate of remarkable beauty

Photographs by Tim Lee.

 

A country estate of remarkable beauty, Mount Holly offers 47.5 beautifully designed acres highlighted by sweeping views of the pastoral countryside. Ensconced within the Mount Holly Road estate area — prized for its unpaved country lanes and quiet rural character — the setting provides a sense of privacy and expansiveness that is simply unrivaled. In addition to the fully renovated 1928 manor, the grounds also host a stunning 80-foot pool and extensive outbuildings, including a guest cottage, staff building with three apartments, stone cabin and garages accommodating 10-plus cars.

Here three barns, fenced paddocks and an outdoor ring meet verdant lawns, rolling meadows and woodlands, and views that embrace the lush, green countryside.

A gated entrance and formal cobblestone courtyard provide an apt overture to the distinguished stone and shingle manor house graced with exquisitely detailed living spaces. This classic residence blends the expansive dimensions and refined ornamentation of a grand period house with a sophisticated European sensibility that sets the home apart. The 12,944-square-foot space showcases exemplary workmanship and artistry throughout with original paneling, time-polished woodwork, ornate moldings, antique beams and statuesque fireplaces.

Distinguished by large principal rooms, the dramatic interiors are resplendent with Old World detail, including vaulted ceilings, hand-painted canvas wall coverings and antique architectural appointments. French doors open out onto stone terraces commanding unobstructed views of the breathtaking setting.

THE RESIDENCE is designed for living on a grand scale, complete with splendid living and dining rooms, a dazzling great room, a paneled library and a sun-filled conservatory. An impressive showplace for entertaining, the home also offers plenty of space for more casual pursuits with an inviting family room, a heart-of-the-house kitchen, home theater, gym and sauna. Nine bedrooms, including a private master suite with twin dressing rooms and baths, seven full baths, four powder rooms and 11 fireplaces are included in this magnificent estate home, which is further enhanced with such sophisticated technology systems as a Crestron Smart Home System offering centralized audio, video, security and lighting controls.

THE PROPERTY: Noteworthy for its scope, extraordinary natural beauty and privacy, Mount Holly represents the very best Westchester County has to offer. Endowed with a wealth of resort-level accoutrements offering wonderful outdoor pleasures throughout the seasons, the property features such towering specimen trees as mature apple and pear trees, open level lawns and meadows and sylvan woods that seclude the vast rear grounds. For memorable outdoor entertaining, an immense stone terrace with a built-in barbecue overlooks the pool area, accented with fountains. Served by a long main drive, a secondary service drive circles the entire property, where privacy is further bolstered by the 177-acre Mount Holly Preserve that borders the estate.

OUTBUILDINGS: The guest cottage offers ample room with a bedroom, living room, kitchen and full bath. A charming one-room stone cottage is ideal as a writer’s retreat or studio. Three one-bedroom apartments are in the staff building, which also includes a six-bay garage. A separate garage accommodates parking for four additional cars.

EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES: Two large barns, with capacity for 18 stalls, contain a wash stall, tack room, workroom and craft room. Heated and air-conditioned, the third, octagonal barn is set beside an outdoor riding ring. Seven paddocks complete the setting, which also features easy access to the area’s extensive network of trails and preserves.

THE LOCATION: Known for its peaceful landscape and distinguished country estates, this tranquil community is less than an hour from Manhattan and can be easily reached via the nearby Metro-North Railroad, the Saw Mill Parkway and Interstate 684. Westchester County Airport is 20 minutes away, and the international airports are within an easy 75-minute drive. Mount Holly also enjoys proximity to the nearby village, schools and the many cultural and recreational attractions offered throughout the area.

For more information, contact Angela Kessel at the Houlihan Lawrence Bedford Village Green office at 914-234-9099, ext. 22359, 914-841-1919 or akessel@houlihanlawrence.com or Hilary A. Evans at the Katonah Brokerage office at 914-232-5007, ext. 24329, 914-584-5713 or hevans@houlihanlawrence.com.

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