Sobre Pennsylvania Equestrian Estate, Galaxie Farm, Ligonier Area
Galaxie Farm is a magnificent 504-acre equestrian estate just outside the scenic Pennsylvania township of Stahlstown, 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. A paved drive enters the wooded acreage to arrive at an elegant Pennsylvania fieldstone farmhouse, bordered by sweeping stone walls and impeccably landscaped lawns with perennial gardens. In perfect harmony with its surroundings, the main house overlooks a two-acre pond and a stone picnic pavilion, acres of fenced pastures, and a 15-stall horse barn, a guest house, and caretaker's house.
OLD WORLD GRANDEUR WITH 21ST-CENTURY LUXURY Built in 2002, the main residence has been designed to an exacting standard. The interior is characterized by warm and inviting living spaces with classic architectural elements, such as 10-foot-high ceilings, custom millwork, cherry hardwood flooring, and handcrafted cabinetry. The residence offers ample opportunities for grand-scale entertaining in the formal reception rooms, on the many covered porches, or outdoors on the stone patio or the pond-side pavilion.
LIVING AND ENTERTAINING SPACES: FORMALITY WITH FLAIR A circular cobblestone courtyard introduces this beautiful home. Visitors are welcomed in grand style at the soaring two-story entrance hall, which opens to the living, dining, and family rooms. The two-story family room is graced with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, cherrywood built-ins, custom window treatments, and crowned with an ornate box-beam ceiling. Adorned with crown moldings, chair rail, wainscoting, and cherrywood floors, the living and dining rooms also have their own unique features. The former is warmed by a fireplace, while the latter has a large butler's pantry and ceiling medallion. Complementing the main level is a library, with an exquisite coffered ceiling and cabinetry crafted entirely from mahogany, a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite counter-tops and custom cherry cabinetry, and a luxurious master suite. A three-season porch is warmed by a fireplace and provides access to the stone patio.
RETREAT TO PRIVATE QUARTERS Upstairs, the luxurious appointments continue with four bedrooms, an office, a children's study/play room, and abundant storage. The finished lower level comprises an intimate wine cellar and tasting room, a room with chinked log walls, stone fireplace, bar and media area, and a service area with a second laundry room, storage room, and safe room.
GROUNDS FOR RELAXATION Set amid more than 500 acres of picturesque grounds, Galaxie Farm is a recreational idyll. The two-acre pond has a stone picnic pavilion enhanced with a stone fireplace and fully equipped kitchen; there is also a children's play area and bocce court, which are set amongst perennial gardens and natural landscaping.
THE EQUESTRIAN'S DREAM Equally outstanding, Galaxie Farm's grounds are arrayed with a host of amenities designed for the equestrian. The fully renovated equine facility includes 15 stalls with soft-stall flooring, two ceramic wash bays, a tack room/office, and hay loft. The farm is also appointed with such commercial-grade facilities as a machine shop which adjoins the stables, and a large outbuilding that houses fuel tanks and farm equipment. A paddock, fenced pastures, and five run-in sheds complete the equine picture.
EXTRAORDINARY AMENITIES A superb array of amenities and features are found throughout the estate. Supporting the property is a charming caretaker's residence, which is housed in an original, fully refurbished log cabin. Other ancillary structures include dog kennels and a three-car garage with a wash bay. Designed for contemporary living, Galaxie Farm is equipped with 21st-century amenities: Highlights include radiant floor heating and designer lighting, geothermal heating, central vacuum, emergency generator, and security and fire alarm systems.