Sycamore is an elegant Chester Township landmark with an illustrious history. Set on 49.5 view-filled acres, the stately Norman-style stone manor was built in 1935 and designed by renowned architects Adams & Prentice for Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Luce, the founder of Time and Life magazines. Set far back from the road, this impressive residence is entered by a pea gravel drive lined by mature Sycamore trees. Magnificent distant views of the Somerset Hills extend from the vast acreage, 41.5 acres of which are farm assessed. Manicured surroundings are enhanced by a walled serpentine garden and formal boxwood garden....
Original features and modern updates are seamlessly integrated into the 16-room floor plan of seven bedrooms and nine-and-one-half baths. The current owners have thoughtfully restored and renovated this estate since 2000. Highlights of the graceful layout include seven ornately mantled fireplaces; flooring of flagstone, marble and parquet wood; beamed ceilings; egg and dart crown moldings; a chef’s kitchen; and a primary suite featuring dual baths and a dressing room.
Rare design elements distinguish every room. Double doors lead to the front hall with limed oak woodwork and bronze Doré hardware imported from France. From the front hall is the stairhall and circular staircase. Nearby, a powder room contains a Turkish marble sink, and a charming paneled bedroom suite. The Petit Salon’s upholstered walls replicate scenes from a 17th century Aubusson tapestry. An expansive living room features parquet de Versailles floor, de Versailles boiserie moldings, a carved marble fireplace and French doors to a terrace.
Anchored by a limestone fireplace detailed with oak leaves and fleur de lis, the great room features an interior balcony with carved squirrel and oak leaf motifs, a cathedral ceiling embellished with hand-hewn beams from a chapel in France, and French doors to informal gardens. In the formal dining room, a fireplace with an antique carved limestone mantle, imported Italian tile floors, a beamed ceiling and French doors lead to the flagstone terrace and loggia and gardens.
A butler’s pantry leads to the beautifully updated spacious chef’s kitchen which has marble floors edged in tumbled marble, limestone countertops, upper-end appliances from Viking and Sub-Zero, and a dining area. A mudroom, staff bedroom and full bath are further conveniences. Accessed from the loggia are an octagonal-shaped library, a tray ceiling bedroom with a fireplace and French doors to a private covered terrace, a full bath, and access to the garage courtyard.
Upstairs, the primary bedroom’s focal point is a fireplace with an antique carved wooden mantle, while upholstered walls and a balcony with wrought iron railings are sophisticated details. The dressing room has five closets with upholstered walls and doors to match the bedroom walls and views of the serpentine garden. Two marble-accented baths serve this inviting suite. There are three more bedroom suites in this part of the home, while a separate staff wing contains a workroom, sitting room, bedroom, full bath and rear staircase.
A detached, heated four-car garage is heated provides a workbench, commode, laundry and utility rooms. Upstairs, a one-bedroom apartment is arranged with a living room, kitchen, sitting room and full bath.
Sycamore is a premier estate property in a coveted part of the state.
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