Luxury Outlook 2022
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Single Family Homes
Grand. . classical. .formal. . inviting. . are just some of the adjectives that describe this magnificent estate in Bedminster’s famed horse country. Completed in 2007, the 19,000-sq-ft manor house spans 3 levels, sitting on over 81 acres, is the meticulous realization of the owners’ vision of an elegant and welcoming home rooted in the architectural vernacular of the Georgian style.
Their vision was painstakingly executed by the masterful design of Alan Greenberg, a leading classical architect of the late 20th and 21st centuries, and Elissa Cullman, principal of interior design firm Cullman & Kravis. The seamless collaboration, over multiple years, is evident in the masterpiece that is “Barryleigh.” Designed and built for luxurious contemporary living. Its essence draws deeply from the Georgian aesthetic of balance, to which are added exquisite detailing and finish.
The entrance to the property sets the stage for the beauty to come. Across a stone-arched bridge, a long driveway winds up a gentle hill through woodlands to reach a plateau of grassy wildflower meadows, giving way to dramatic views of the stately home and its surrounding gardens, designed by the internationally prominent landscape architecture firm Deborah Nevins & Associates.
Superb craftsmanship, time-honored materials, and artistic ornamentation define every room and structure on the estate. The classic exterior of the main residence features custom-made brick with limestone detailing. Inside, gracious and sophisticated spaces with thoughtfully crafted details abound: quartersawn oak flooring, French-polished doors, intricately layered crown molding, detailed coffered ceilings. Patterned limestone and carved antique marble give the residence a museum-quality ambiance.
The main “flying” staircase in the wide gallery hall is so graceful it really does seem to fly up to the second level where light streams in from the dramatic dome and cupola. Another dome, defining the intimate informal dining room, is painted in gold leaf and framed with windows. In the principal bedroom, cove lighting illuminates the patterned barrel ceiling. In the east wing, a stone-floored potting room exits across a courtyard to the cutting garden with raised flower beds, harking back to the centuries-old estates of horticulture-loving Europeans.
Nothing was spared to achieve the desired effect of beauty meets history meets 21st-century comfort. The stenciled floor of the crystal and china room is delicately sublime. The shower in one of the bathrooms of the principal suite is gently curved, as are the cabinetry walls in the architect-designed kitchen, which features a granite-topped island and handmade ceramic backsplash. Hand-painted 18th-century Chinese wallpaper adorns the formal dining room. Delightful leaded-glass lunette windows embellish many of the deep-set interior and exterior French doors. Throughout are intricate hand-carved ceiling moldings and chandelier medallions.
The lower level of the residence is its own world of relaxation and entertainment. The gym has an adjacent sauna and massage rooms; the theatre is sound-proofed; the club room features a custom-designed bar, fireplace, and 5,000-bottle wine cellar; and for the kids, there is a sports room and a playroom.
Adhering to the Georgian-style emphasis on geometry and formality, the grounds of the estate feature formal gardens and a topiary dotted grand lawn, in “rooms” defined by the expansive arborvitae hedgerow. An allée of perennials and an English rose garden add color to the shades of green. Also on the property are an Olympic-size pool and spa, 4-car-garage with apartment, 3-car carriage house, and estate manager’s office.
While offering the ultimate in privacy and seclusion, this exceptional listing, which is being offered in 2 parcels, is minutes from fine dining choices, shopping, equestrian facilities, nationally ranked golf courses and excellent schools.
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