An oh-so-private retreat

Presented by Houlihan Lawrence

Photographs by Tim Lee

When the goal is to find a grand estate where the wealth of amenities is matched only by the level of privacy, the search just might end at 888 Bedford House.

The stately manor house, set high on a hill and designed by noted architect Ralph Mackin, is the showpiece of the sprawling 75-acre spread of protective forest combined with open vistas.

Mackin’s work displays a creative blend of classic design and fresh modern style, a mix that adds up to simply stunning results.

Built in 1999, the four-columned Colonial offers expansive living space at 12,000 square feet that includes six bedrooms and nine and a half baths.

Superb materials and beautiful finishes distinguish every room of the residence, which is further refined with soaring ceilings and exquisite detailing, including custom moldings, furniture-quality woodwork and statuesque fireplaces.

In addition, countless walls of windows and French doors flood the home with natural sunlight.

Balancing the classical influences found throughout the home is a wealth of modern comforts. These include a tour-de-force kitchen where a generous, marble-topped island complements an incredible amount of storage space. Features also include an internal passenger elevator, expansive family spaces and a wine room.

There are, of course, the basics expected for this style of living, from an alarm system to walk-in closets to staff quarters. For those with pets, the property offers its own kennel. A four-car garage with additional ample parking courts makes large-family living or entertaining a breeze.

And when it comes to recreation, you might wonder if you are at home or at a resort, since the facilities are unparalleled.

There is an indoor lap pool complete with artful skylights and adjacent is a mirrored gym. A sauna is also featured.

In addition, there is an outdoor pool, an outdoor sunken tennis court and perhaps most notable, a specially permitted and rarely available indoor tennis pavilion that delivers a professional-caliber facility in a residential setting. The pavilion’s features also include a dressing room, bath, kitchen and viewing lounge.

All these offerings are contained within a breathtaking setting, where beautifully designed gardens and sylvan lawns invite outdoor living in style.

Elsewhere on the property, which offers access to Bedford schools, is a handsome guesthouse. That property, set artfully aside the outdoor pool, includes two spacious bedrooms, a large central living room and a modern kitchen.

The privacy of this gated property is further enhanced by having 10 internal acres protected by a 9-foot deer fence and the spread itself being buffered by 18 acres of conservation land.

In all, this exceptional property represents the very best that Westchester County has to offer, unrivalled in its scope, privacy and amenities.

For more information, contact Camille Branca at Houlihan Lawrence Bedford Village Green Brokerage at (914) 403-3754, (914) 234-9099 or




• Bedford

• 12,000 square feet

• 75 acres

• Bedrooms: 6

• Baths: 9 full, 2 half

• Amenities: Main house surrounded by deer fence, privacy, sports facilities echo resort offerings, soaring ceilings, extensive windows, French doors, gourmet kitchen, elevator, wine room, designed gardens, guesthouse.

• Price: $14.5 million



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