One of North America's premier Arabian equine estates, North Carolina's Butler Farm, is available for purchase. It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own an iconic manifestation of what is to some a profession, to others a pastime, and, ultimately, a passion and revered way of life. On 350 picturesque acres approximately 85 miles south of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle, the estate has been the breeding and training site of an impressive roster of Arabian horses for nearly a quarter-century.
Resting in this pastoral setting are a handsome owner’s home, staff quarters, client and visitor areas, and, at the heart of Butler Farm, its equine facilities. Each element and amenity has been expertly and thoughtfully designed and constructed without compromise. It is obvious from the time one enters through the grand front gates that this is an incredibly special equine property.
Offering over 11,000 square feet of traditional Southern charm and sophistication, the owner’s residence is classic in every detail. From its imposing red-brick Georgian façade and expansive front portico to its interior’s extensive millwork, gracious rooms, and master craftsmanship, the home is a showcase of time-honored luxury and hospitality.
Its welcoming foyer showcases a soaring two-story ceiling, lovely chandelier, Emperador Turkish marble floor, and gracefully curving staircase. From there, a parlor, stunning formal dining room, and large living room with doors to the rear terrace await. The home’s main level also hosts the beautiful primary bedroom suite with its sitting area and lavish salle de bain featuring floor-to-ceiling marble, luxurious spa tub flanked by gorgeous stained-glass windows, bidet, and dramatic fireplace.
The gourmet kitchen, a chef’s or caterer’s dream, has top-of-the-line stainless appliances, abundant cabinetry, a versatile center island, granite countertops, marble floors, and an informal dining area. Generous windows bathe the space in natural light. A convenient and fully-equipped butler’s kitchen stands at the ready nearby.
On the second level are a lounge, a sizeable guest suite, an additional guest room, and a sitting room or third bedroom.
The centerpiece of the equine facilities at Butler Farm is the fabulous main barn. Much more than a mere barn, however, it features a two-story “heart” between its north and south wings, devoted to a spacious reception area, executive and administrative offices, and a full kitchen and bath. Upstairs are well-appointed 3-bedroom and 1-bedroom apartments, and an enormous multipurpose room featuring a dance floor, full kitchen, and music equipment room.
The barn’s upstairs areas overlook a circular 60-foot covered training arena, the show arena, and two regulation-size riding/schooling/training arenas. Sixty-six stalls, as well as laundry, tack and employee break rooms, and employee or visitor bathrooms with showers, comprise the vast structure’s north and south wings.
There are additional barns for breeding, mare isolation, and halter schooling, and a roofed open-air pavilion perfect for alfresco weddings, parties, and more.
Visitors are frequently in awe of the estate’s impeccably landscaped, meticulously maintained grounds. Dozens of crepe myrtle trees flank the seemingly endless driveway, and there are sprawling lawns, emerald pastures, mature trees, and perfectly placed shrubbery and flora. Over a dozen charming ponds and custom-designed water features embellish the property, as does statuary and custom lighting. All landscaping and residential facilities are serviced by an extensive irrigation system fed by 6 deep wells. The list of amenities at Butler Farm goes on and on.