456 Pittstown Rd, Franklin Twp. NJ
A Currier & Ives setting is a scenic backdrop for this 1700s stone and clapboard manor overlooking a sun-dappled pond. The meticulous re-building process in 1999 respected the home’s architectural heritage while incorporating numerous updates and amenities. Within Stone Spring’s extensive borders are a horse barn and a separately deeded and sub-divided ten-acre parcel. Set at the end of a long paved drive, views of open fields, fenced pastures and grazing horses lend tranquility to the surroundings. An artful blend of antique elements such as interior stone walls, original fireplaces and exposed ceiling beams combine with designer touches throughout. The refreshed layout includes a three-stop elevator, hardwood floors, classic moldings and recessed lights. Natural light illuminates the floor plan graced by oversized windows and French doors. The expansive layout also provides a guest apartment featuring a bedroom, full bath, living room with fireplace and kitchen. Introduced by a grand foyer fitted with a floating staircase, a spectacular 18-foot wall of glass leads to the original living room. This circa 1730 space is enclosed by stone walls and beamed open ceilings, while two stone fireplaces create enchanting focal points. Classically appointed with crown and chair rail moldings, the spacious dining room offers a French door to the manicured gardens. An adjacent butler’s pantry contains two walls of wood cabinetry and a sink. The inviting family room is arranged with a sitting area anchored by an English fireplace and doors to a covered wraparound porch. There is also a dining area in the family room which features a built-in corner cabinet and bookshelves. The updated country kitchen offers a fireplace, center island with farm sink, painted wood cabinetry, open shelving, teak countertops and upper-end stainless steel appliances. French pocket doors topped by colorful stained glass transoms reveal a bright and airy solarium tucked under vaulted and skylit ceilings. A first floor master suite is a gracious retreat offering a walk-in closet and marble-accented master bath worthy of a five-star spa. Upstairs bedrooms showcase a high caliber of designer style and enjoy an expansive secondary family room at the top of the main staircase. This handsome lofted space has built-in bookcases and a railed overlook set above the stone-walled living room.