French-style Country Manor, Mendham Boro NJ - Real Estate Homes for Sale

June 18, 2014
For more information visit http://www.turpinrealtors.com/property/20970395/ This exquisite French-style country manor is reminiscent of manors of the Loire Valley. It is situated on a promontory on nine acres of wooded and open land offering solitude and privacy. Meandering walls of stone, indigenous to the property, accent the carefully tended land. This exceptional residence was designed and constructed in the early 2000s. It is constructed stucco and fieldstone mined from the property. Unique cooper details and antique architectural-salvage elements enhance the residence. The handsome roof, highlighted by copper flashing, is of wood shingles. A unique feature of this magnificent property is a stone chapel, known as the Little Church in the Wildwood and as the Edward Chapel. Constructed in 1908 as a part of the Balbrook estate, the chapel is a replica of a Bavarian chapel and with matching stone, compliments the more recently constructed home beautifully. Located at the end of a private drive with an allee of sugar maple trees, this exquisite home, built in 2002, was hand-crafted by old-world artisians with incredible attention to detail. From the oval plaster recessed ceilings in the dining and living rooms to the basket-weave mouldings and Venetian plaster walls, each element of the building was painstakingly created by the finer craftsmen in their respective fields. The main floor is wonderfully laid out with a combination of Sienna marble and approximately 150-year-old antique heart-pine floors. Every room has custom-crafted architectural elements, some with imported antique fireplace mantels. The formal rooms, and great room, enjoy gorgeous views of the front and rear of the property from custom windows and French doors. The great room, library and foyer all open out onto the expansive rear bluestone patio. The kitchen and family room areas include a keeping room with farmer's fireplace surrounded by Delft tile and stone and barn-beam mantle, informal dining area with French doors to the back garden. The French-style country kitchen is conveniently designed for the gourmet cook and includes custom-fitted, built-in antique cupboard and honed-marble countertops. A 90- foot galley hall with hand-plastered barrel-vaulted ceiling, leads from one end of the home to the master suite which has a gracious sitting room, fireplace, dressing room and bathroom with Carrera marble floor, tub surround and shower. The spacious bedroom has a plastered ceiling with French inspired designs, massive built-ins and beautiful views of the property. A first-floor laundry and mudroom with two sinks and dog-wash area, and the secondary office with built-in desk and tumbled Sienna marble floors, complete this handsome main level. The second floor of the home has five exquisitely designed en suite bedrooms, all with their own custom details, a second-floor laundry and a separate caretaker's apartment with living room, kitchen, bedroom and full bathroom. The finished lower level includes an office suite with reception area and separate outside entrance, as well as a large gym and full bath with steam shower. A stunning home theatre seats 11 on leather reclining chairs, with a 12-foot screen and Runco electronics. A full bar with custom wood inlay cabinets and Belgian marble counter tops is surrounded by a 1000-bottle capacity wine cellar with two stained-glass windows and marble floor, a pool-table area and seating area, along with generous storage rooms. To the rear of the house, a multi-level bluestone terrace is beautifully enhanced with stone walls, gardens and large pool, complete with pool house with full kitchen, bath and dressing room. A granite-block courtyard with French "bee-wing" motif leads to the four-car garage. A long and winding drive leads over a wooden bridge to the chapel that has been loving restored by the current owners, including bell tower and multiple stained-glass windows, one of which is said to be from Louis Comfort Tiffany, who allegedly worshiped there with other notables. Offering incredible privacy, this home is also very convenient to the villages of Mendham and Bernardsville.
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