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In the heart of New Jersey's renowned horse country, less than an hour outside NYC, resides River Run Farm; a storied 20th century equestrian estate situated on 130 acres along the Raritan River. The European-style, ivy-covered brick mansion, designed by the famed New York architectural firm of Delano & Aldrich, retains bygone elegance while its impeccable restorations and updates provide every present-day appointment.
Commissioned in 1926 by the married scions of two of Somerset Hills’ most prominent families, the 22-room home was completed in 1928. The architects, whose oeuvre includes the New York Public Library, diverted from the more typical Georgian and Neoclassical designs they were know for, inspired by both English and French country elements.
The estate was completely renovated under the stewardship of the home’s current owners, refreshing it for a cozy and comfortable feel while maintaining its original grandeur. Embracing their equine roots, they added a full equestrian center, accessed by its own private entrance. Thoughtful and seamless modernization throughout includes solar energy that powers a substantial portion of the property, hardwiring in every room for internet access, an Avaya phone system and a Connect4 audio system.
Set at the end of a sugar maple lined drive and just beyond the gatehouse, the home stands majestically. The façade is exquisitely framed by the formal gravel motor court with antique lion fountain, stacked stone walls, and mature plantings.
Enter through the front door and into the foyer. Perfect for entertaining, the main house is rich in grand gathering spaces. The beautifully appointed library/drawing room is as refined as it is inviting. The dazzling dining room takes inspiration from Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House dining room, creating a considerable and lasting impression on its guests.
A men’s lounge, fitted with board-and-batten chestnut raised-paneled walls, reclaimed from the Duke Estate and quarter sawn plank flooring offers a refined retreat. The light-filled morning room, with three double-width iron French doors emanates feminine sophistication.
Each room is unique yet complementary. All include intricate moldings, paneling and custom millwork and most rooms enjoy wood-burning fireplaces. All grant breathtaking views of the surrounding terraces and gardens.
The grounds at River Run Farm are as much a part of its splendor as the structures that grace it. With formal gardens, specimen trees, fountains, pool and patios buffered by acres of open lawns the estate is expansive and private.
Two carriage houses, a separate Cape Cod and a barn apartment provide opportunities to generate rental income, allow for multi-generational living, or grant private accommodations for house guests.
The area’s gently rolling hills, bridle paths, country roads and deep equine traditions are the hallmark of Somerset County. With a fully-equipped twelve-stall stable and an indoor arena, riders of any ability will be well-situated to care for their horses and advance their sport.
A hundred years of gracious and refined living has occupied this estate as well as those of its neighbors. It is a perfect marriage of house and garden; history and modern living. River Run Farm is an extraordinary residence.
Bedminster is a community situated in the middle of the state, east to west and north to south. It offers luxury accommodations with estates, condominiums and townhouses. The local leadership and its residents have done a magnificent job of maintaining the large estates, thereby preserving the rural character of the community. Bedminster has four historic village neighborhoods: Pluckemin, Bedminster, Lamington, and Pottersville. The main streets in these villages are small, and most businesses are located in former homes, mainly charming old Victorians and colonials from the 1920's. In a nod to English ancestry, fox-hunting clubs and horse racing comprise some of the main social events of the modern-day Bedminster resident, hunting calls can be heard as mounted sportsmen bound through the undergrowth. Since many of the estates are contiguous, foxhunters are given access to each other's property.While resident children attend Bedminster-based grammar and middle schools, they attend high school at Bernardsville High School. Alternatively, parents may elect to send their children to one of the area private schools, including Far Hills Country Day, Gil St. Bernards and the Willow School.The United States Equestrian Center Foundation, Trump International, Hamilton Farm Golf Club, and Natirar are just a few of the well-renowned area landmarks.Because of the convenient location near Interstates 287 and 78, the commute from Bedminster to Manhattan is not uncommon for many township residents.