Resplendent European Country Estate211 Douglass Ave, Bernardsville Boro, NJ, 7924, USA
VIEWS • PRIVACY • TWO-STORY CARRIAGE HOUSE WITH THREE-CAR GARAGE • THREE BEDROOM COTTAGE • POOL Resplendent European Country Estate — A Haven of Privacy, An Entertainer’s Delight Wonderment begins as the extensive entry drive winds past woodland and open fields eventually arriving at the main house. Standing tall amid the estate’s 22± acres, distant views are its Bernardsville mountaintop panorama. Echoing the grandeur of Europe’s country manors, this 1999 build was gracefully added to an existing structure. A subsequent renovation and expansion by the present owner brought the estate to its full potential in 2015. Enveloping over 11,000+ sf within the wood-shingle...roof, stucco and stone façade, the home is at once current, livable, and energetically youthful. Wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces speak to the estate’s intent - to be an entertainer’s delight. Catch sight of the expansive bluestone terrace with waterfall, outdoor kitchen, fire pit. Magnificent plantings accompany the terrace’s cascading descend to the 40-foot pool and sweeping lawn. Dine here or at “the folly” - a whimsical, intriguing "ruin" bestowing a fairytale playfulness to the ambiance. Indoors entertainment can continue in the main level billiards room with one of the home’s 6 fireplaces, the entertainment room with pub-sized mahogany bar and appointments, and adjoining media room. Upstairs is the card room. Friends can be invited to stay in a guest suite or enjoy the fabulous designer-inspired upper floor of the carriage house. Exceptional architectural detailing abounds on every level. Ceilings are tray-shaped, coffered, cathedral, vaulted. Floors are oak, brick, bluestone, marble. Select bedrooms open to sun decks. Windows are topped with transoms as are multiples of French doors opening to terraces. The spacious updated kitchen includes a 10-foot island. The window-filled octagonal breakfast alcove looks to the family room with fireplace, beam studded ceiling and further to the fabulous grounds. The main level also features an office, and oak wood Library accompanied by a covered porch and terrace. The home has five bedrooms (each en suite), six full (two with steam) and three half baths. The spacious master suite includes a sitting area and large dressing room with fitted room-size closet. The luxurious bath boasts onyx and marble surfaces and radiant heat. Relax on the suite’s private sundeck. The walk-out lower level presents play and game rooms as well as voluminous storage and systems rooms, the latter home to state-of-the-art mechanicals providing all-season comfort and security. The estate also includes an updated carriage house with three-bay climate-controlled garage and superb 1,000-plus square foot upper level for living, working and entertaining. Further afield is a 1,100-plus square foot three-bedroom cottage, perfect for guests or staff. Offering supreme privacy and seclusion, this unique offering is a ready venue for the outdoor life - riding ATVs, go-carts, playing sports and for the horse lover there is ample acreage for a barn and paddocks. Get off the grid—Install solar or wind power. Indulge your inner gentleman farmer—grow crops, add to the existing fruit trees, initiate a vineyard. Bernardsville is located in the heart of the Somerset Hills yet readily accessible to New York City and airports. The Lincoln and Holland Tunnels can be reached in approximately 50 minutes. Newark Liberty International Airport is an easy 35 minutes. Morristown Airport is but 20 minutes.
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