In 1893, financier Ramsay Turnbull and his wife Martha chose some of Bernardsville Mountain’s finest acreage as the site for their grand country residence. The estate, named Appletrees, was but one of a number of magnificent country properties which along with their financially prominent owners gave rise to the gilded age of the Somerset Hills. It was not until almost 100 years later, in 1990, that Appletrees was sold out of the family. While the manor house remains, five of its original premier acres now provide the landscape for this newly built classically elegant home. View Virtual Landscape Rendering. A well considered design by Chester architect David Ewald has been masterfully executed by Gordon Gutjahr of the Lancor Construction Group. Gutjahr, who has built a number of luxury homes in the Bernardsville area, was drawn to the terrain’s allowance for a high, prestigious setting before giving way to level, fully useable ground.
Standing three stories high and with long horizontal lines, the 13 room home is a commanding presence. Though lately arrived, it was intended that it appear to have been here for ages. Dormers and wings extend from the home’s central core as in days gone by when homes were expanded to accommodate new generations. Tall fieldstone chimneys, cedar and stone siding, window shutters and unpretentious columns are a worthy testament to colonial elegance. Indoors the architectural past complements today’s most desired features. Old world craftsmanship is evident in layers of millwork, custom cabinetry, carved mantels, 9.5" base moldings, honed granite and marble surfaces. Wide plank hard Pine and oak flooring prevail.
The library/office warmly boasts mahogany walls and coffered ceiling. Present day sensibilities are evident in the two story foyer and the first floor’s ten foot high ceilings. Tall Pella windows echo true divided light while offering exceptional efficiency. The family room, with one of the home’s four fireplaces, is open to the kitchen featuring custom cabinetry by Lauderdale Custom Kitchens and appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch. Bridging these areas is a turret-style breakfast room also with fireplace and a French door opening to the bluestone patio.
Five of the home’s bedrooms are on the second level. All of the secondary bedrooms are en suite and include walk-in closets. The master suite is accompanied by a luxurious bath and two spacious fitted closets. The walk-up third level is framed for a sixth bedroom, bath and sitting room. Practical aspects include two laundry rooms, a full basement, four-car garage and a host of high efficiency mechanicals for all season comfort.