Historic Beaconsfield Estate, located less than an hour from New York City in Westchester Country’s bucolic Bedford Hills, offered at US$12,500,000
Built circa 1900, the English country estate sited on 13.5 acres gloriously updated while retaining its century-old sophistication
New York, New York (December 2, 2020) — Beaconsfield Estate epitomizes Old World elegance while fully embracing a modern luxury lifestyle. Built for English aristocracy at the turn of the 19th century and named for the town of Beaconsfield, a medieval burg in Britain’s Buckinghamshire, the manor encompasses 13.4 wooded acres. Included in the offering is an outdoor pool and pool house with guest quarters, a caretaker’s cottage, a putting green and a four-car garage, A deeded 4.09-acre parcel with its own address has a three-bedroom house and small barn. Purchased as a privacy buffer, the new owner could easily divest it.
This Westchester County manor of 12,000 square feet with six bedrooms, all warmed by fireplaces, and six full and two partial baths is represented by David Sanders of Christie’s International Real Estate Westchester Hudson Valley with global marketing services by Christie’s International Real Estate.
A wrought-iron gate flanked by stone pillars opens to a long drive through a dense forested stand of old-growth hardwoods. Providing the ultimate in privacy, the canopy of trees opens to a large motor court to reveal the home’s exterior and its arresting color palette of cream and blue trimmed with dark accents. English architectural influences like turrets, octagonal bastions and bay windows imbue the structure with elegance, as do the manicured gardens and expansive lawns.
Said Kathleen Coumou, executive director of Christie’s International Real Estate: “The setting is magnificent with thick stands of trees and adjacent to the famed championship Glen Arbor Golf Club. The residence is ideal for entertaining with an array of rooms for socializing, all with fireplaces of carved marble and opening to the outdoors.”
Double rosewood mahogany doors, shaded by an entry portico, open to a 12.5-foot-wide gallery with polished hardwood floors. A stately staircase winds up the home’s three levels, filtering in sunlight from the galleries above. The hall terminates at the oversized combination parlor and dining room and a more intimate sitting area, each with a separate entrance.
This grand room is decorated in soothing hues of blue with fine carvings and moldings, and antique Zuber wallpaper depicting historic American panoramas. The dining area comfortably seats 10 with French doors opening to a terrace overlooking the pool.
The small sitting room flows to another larger drawing room with natural light streaming in on two sides through oversized windows. Both these rooms open to a large covered patio.
The spacious and airy kitchen, completely updated in a modern aesthetic, features a Viking stove, soapstone counters, a center island and oak cabinetry. The home’s three turrets create three octagonal spaces: a dining alcove off the kitchen, a den with a large bay window which opens to the pool and a lounge near the front entry. There is also a handsome library and a covered walk leading to the detached four-car garage.
The second level contains the expansive private suite with en suite marble bathroom, dressing room and walk-in closet, exercise room, office, fireplace and balcony overlooking the gorgeous grounds. This level provides an additional five bedrooms, all with fireplaces, and four-and-a-half bathrooms. The third level is reserved for the sixth en suite bedroom.
Completing the compound is a spectacular outdoor pool, tennis court, pool house with guest quarters and kitchenette, a caretaker’s cottage and a putting green.
Bedford has been described as right out of Norman Rockwell, with quaint carnivals, parades and other community-building events. The town is built around a village green that dates back to 1680 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Punctuated throughout with antique stone walls, the area is notable for large tracts of land, 130 miles of equestrian trails and nature preserves. Ultimately private and charming, the area has hosted former and current residents such as Glenn Close, Mariah Carey, Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart and Bruce Willis.
About Christie’s International Real Estate
Christie’s International Real Estate has successfully marketed high-value real estate around the world for more than 30 years. Through its New York City brokerage and invitation-only Affiliate network spanning 48 countries and territories, Christie’s International Real Estate offers incomparable services to a global clientele at the luxury end of the residential property market. The company has offices in London, New York City, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Palm Beach, and its affiliated brokerages have recorded approximately US$500 billion of real estate transactions over the last five years. (Data as of September 30, 2020.) For additional information, please visit christiesrealestate.com.