Vast, private domains with parkland, pastures, hunting grounds, vineyards, forests, and coastline, these trophy properties showcase just a few of the pleasures to be had when living on 100 acres or more
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Landed Gentry: 8 Properties on More than 100 Acres

Luxury Defined showcases eight fine estates which prove the pleasures of living on 100 acres—or 1,000!

Land ownership, always the proud symbol of wealth and prestige, is like any resource: finite and scarce. Large private estates are increasingly rare as rural development around the globe continues apace. For those lucky enough to live on 100 acres or more, the advantages of owning a big piece of land are many: unrivaled access to nature, room to expand a sizable home or raise a family—and enough seclusion and privacy for social distancing to become second nature. Big country also offers unparalleled field and stream sports, the equestrian lifestyle, and the microeconomics of animal husbandry, farming, and winemaking. Even so, self-sufficient living in wide-open spaces doesn’t mean going without the creature comforts of more settled places—as these eight dream properties on 100 acres or more so eloquently attest.

The Mystique of the West in Arizona and Montana

MorDo Ranch and Horsethief Basin Ranch
The Mystique of the West is a unique offering of two trophy ranches: a 7,000-acre black angus cattle ranch near Lewistown, Montana, and a 100-acre contemporary ranch just outside Scottsdale, Arizona.

Comprising two separate, trophy ranches, MorDo Ranch and Horsethief Basin Ranch, the Mystique of the West affords an unprecedented opportunity for a turnkey Western lifestyle. The Arizona ranch, MorDo, representing the New West, encompasses nearly 100 acres on the outskirts of Scottsdale. The property features a grand estancia home styled in the Argentinian tradition with an open floor plan and outdoor courtyards, perfect for entertaining. World-class amenities include equestrian facilities, guest and manager’s houses, a pool and cabana, tennis court, shooting range—even an art museum. The Montana ranch, Horsethief Basin, is a throwback to the Old West and located outside the quaint town of Lewistown. This spectacular estate includes a majestic log home, two guest houses, a six-stall barn and numerous corrals, and approximately 7,000 acres of prime Montana land, which can support a cattle operation and a game reserve. The property includes an artesian spring, water and mineral rights.

Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland

Ireland Victorian mansion
The Liss Ard Estate is a grand Victorian manor house set in 163 acres graced with formal gardens, woodlands, meadows, and a private 40-acre fishing lake near Skibbereen in West Cork.

The Liss Ard Estate in County Cork, Ireland, abides on 163 acres of private grounds, including a 40-acre lake for fishing and kayaking, and a beach. The Victorian manor house is one of several dwellings, which together provide 18,135 square feet of interior space with 25 principal bedroom suites. Tennis courts, beautiful formal gardens, and a quaint mews as well as a lake lodge and coach house will delight residents and visitors alike. The highlight of the estate is the James Turrell-designed Irish Sky Garden, a unique grass crater that provides unrivaled views of the open sky. Cork City is just 50 miles away, but this rural manor is in a serene world of its own.

Stonewall Farm in Westchester County, New York

Stonewall Farm is a magnificent 740-acre equestrian estate in Northern Westchester—the largest privately owned property in the county—yet only an hour from New York City.

Situated on 18 deeded parcels of 740 contiguous acres, Stonewall Farm is the largest privately owned property in Westchester County. The world-class equestrian facilities, which comprise a 40-stall yearling barn, two 24-stall broodmare barns, and a turf racetrack, are dedicated to raising championship racehorses. The property also includes an owner’s compound, guest house, pool pavilion, superb grounds, and a cattle ranch. Over four decades, owners Barry K. Schwartz, co-founder of the Calvin Klein global fashion empire, and his wife, Sheryl, created an estate of refined elegance and exceptional taste. At the heart of the private demesne is a custom-built 24,000-square-foot Colonial-style manor house. The interiors, designed by Kelly Hoppen, include a luxurious two-story library and a third-floor owner’s suite with a Japanese-inspired indoor garden. Outside, meticulously tended formal grounds, orchards, woodlands, paved trails, and ponds await. The property is a world away from the hustle of the city, yet within an hour of Manhattan and Belmont Park.

Quinta Villa Beatriz in Santo Emilião, Portugal

Palatial manor and vineyard in the north of Portugal
Quinta Villa Beatriz is a 19th-century neo-Gothic mansion on 173 acres of landscaped gardens, ancient woodland, farmland, and vineyards in the heart of Portugal’s Vinho Verde wine region.

Oenophiles will be enchanted by Quinta Villa Beatriz, a 173-acre vineyard estate in Santo Emilião, northern Portugal, a region famed for its unique Vinho Verde wines. The vineyard boasts modern vinification facilities (including bottling and storage) for the excellent Loureiro, Trajadura, and Pedreña varietals produced on the property, as well as an on-site laboratory for the scientific study of these wines. The main house is a magnificent blue palace built in 1907 and restored to its original grandeur in 1991. The mansion comprises four wings, each two stories high, crowned by four towers at each corner. Each tower has three floors. The main façade is recessed to integrate the entrance hall and a balcony. The access is made by an imperial staircase with stone balustrade, on which two classic columns are placed. Lovingly maintained formal gardens, a barn, and frontage on the Ave River contribute to this property’s rural charm.

Brandy Hill Estate in Whitefish, Montana

Bounded on all sides by federally protected forests, this private wilderness retreat on more than 1,600 acres in Whitefish, Montana, includes three luxury lodges, guest and staff quarters, lakes and ponds, and nearly two miles of waterfront on the Stillwater River.

The Montana dream comes alive at this 1,603-acre homestead sequestered between three mountain ranges and bounded on all sides by federally protected forests in Whitefish, Montana. Residents can explore their own private wilderness of lakes, ponds, waterfalls, and wooded trails, as well as roughly two miles of frontage on the Stillwater River. The property includes three lodges and two guest houses. Lodge #1, “First Claim,” is a rambling 5,500-square-foot cedar log home with four bedrooms and a theater. Lodge #2, “Little Bootjack Lake Lodge,” offers 5,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and a library. Lodge #3, “Sharptail Meadow,” is a 5,500-square-foot rustic residence with five bedrooms. All dwellings are luxuriously appointed and sited to make the most of mountain views and access to the great outdoors.

Shining Hand Ranch in Ashland, Oregon

Shining Hand Ranch is a 700-acre estate In the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges in southern Oregon.

A nature lover’s paradise, Shining Hand Ranch occupies a 700-acre parcel of unspoiled Oregon wilderness. The design of the main house blurs the boundaries between indoors and out with generous windows permitting vistas across the property and bespoke detailing inspired by nature: the copper tree sculptures at the entrance, the custom hardwood floor designed to look like a rushing riverbed, and the preserved manzanita trees lining the dining room. The eco-friendly home’s floors are warmed by geothermal energy, and its endless pool is solar-heated, but this rustic ranch isn’t wanting for luxury: A wood-burning fireplace with artistic mosaic work and a jetted tub in the primary suite give this mountain getaway a sophisticated splendor.

Brazilian Beach Retreat in Paraty, Brazil

Brazil Spanish-style villa with private beaches
Brazil's Costa Verde is the setting for this 420-acre tropical hideaway, featuring two private beaches, a pool, nature trails, and 10,000 peach palm trees.

This expansive seaside property occupies some 420 acres along Brazil’s Atlantic coastline between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. There are two private beaches on the estate itself and three additional beaches within the gated community. The main residence, designed by Brazilian architect Jorge Elias, features more than 29,000 square feet of luxurious living space. Each of the 11 bedrooms has a view of the ocean, while terraces, both covered and open, are perfect for basking in the tropical breezes. A 1,937-square-foot guest house provides a further four bedrooms. Beyond the dwellings is a beautiful pool and 10,000 peach palm trees. Tucked away at the edge of the rainforest, this resort maintains its own power and water supply, with the convenience of a marina, services and amenities all nearby.

Aspinwall in Bremen, Maine

Maine historic estate for sale
Overlooking Flying Passage and Muscongus Bay on the northern coast of Bremen Long Island, Maine, Aspinwall is an idyllic summer refuge with 113 private acres and 5,500 feet of shorefront with a beach, dock, and loading wharf.

Aspinwall is a historic estate encompassing more than 113 private acres. This coastal refuge on Maine’s Muscongus Bay has 5,500 feet of shorefront comprising bold granite ledges, a sandy beach, and tranquil coves accessed by an all-tide dock and loading wharf. The land is a mixture of deciduous and coniferous forest with old woods roads and a lovely hidden meadow. The main house was built in 1917 for New York businessman John Aspinwall. The residence has been carefully renovated and restored over the years and includes a grand, open-plan living room with a large fieldstone fireplace and immense oak trusses which support the 20-foot ceilings. Other highlights include a sunroom, cozy library with fireplace, and oversized owner’s suite with a private deck. Two historic cabins and a classic barn with a garage/workshop and a four-season, one-bedroom apartment are among the ancillary dwellings.