- Country: United States
- Property Type: Horse Property
- Ref No 2003051354212117
STONEWALL FARM, WESTCHESTER COUNTY'S LARGEST EQUESTRIAN ESTATE ON A REMARKABLE 740 CONTIGUOUS ACRES
This magnificent equestrian estate is a true Thoroughbred: Four decades in the making, the property is set amid winding roads, apple orchards, rolling hills, ancient stone walls, woodlands, and ponds, with sweeping vistas of the Westchester countryside—all just an hour from New York City.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME TROPHY OFFERING
Situated on 18 deeded parcels of 740 contiguous acres, the estate is a rarity—the largest privately owned property in Westchester County. Dedicated to raising championship Thoroughbred racehorses, the land has been scrupulously preserved and enhanced by its current owners over the last 40 years. Their passion for racing shows in the estate's superbly maintained grounds and world-class equestrian facilities, which include a turf racetrack, riding trails, a 40-stall yearling barn and two 24-stall broodmare barns, round pens, and 4board-fenced paddocks and pastures with run-in sheds. The result is an equestrian estate of the highest caliber.
A THOROUGHBRED ESTABLISHMENT
Yearlings, colts, and fillies graze in fields reminiscent of the pastoral landscapes of Lexington and Versailles in Kentucky's bluegrass country. The owners' commitment to the Sport of Kings began when they purchased the first patch of this 740-acre equine oasis—an hour from Belmont Park racetrack—back in 1979. Since then, the farm has produced winners of 40 stakes races, such as the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes (both at Belmont Park), and several have gone on to run in the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders' Cup.
A network of private roads and paved trails links the 40-stall yearling barn and two 24-stall broodmare barns with professional racing facilities, barns and paddocks, agricultural land, the working cattle farm, staff quarters, and the owner's compound. There are hayfields and pasture, ponds, apple orchards, and outbuildings, including several garages, and an original stone spring house taps the aquifer, supplying hundreds of gallons of water a day. The estate's auxiliary housing includes eight staff residences, a guest house, and caretaker's residence.
THE OWNER'S COMPOUND
The Main Residence
The heart of this private demesne is the colonial plantation-style manor house, set on a rise to take in all the pasture, vale, and woodland that surround it. A long, winding drive passes a stocked pond surrounded by weeping willows, a pastoral scene to introduce the main house: Designed in 2004 by New York-based architect Rebecca Rasmussen, the four-story residence has an elegant white clapboard facade and columned balustrade under a roof of slate repurposed from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. That traditional order conceals a classic yet contemporary interior, styled with the signature East-meets-West aesthetic of celebrated British interior designer Kelly Hoppen. The 24,000-square-foot living spaces have been featured in numerous high-profile publications. The rooms have been finished in a neutral palette that evokes a warm, inviting atmosphere, lavished with sumptuous materials and eclectic details.
Among the bespoke appointments are furniture by Tim Gosling of David Linley and antiques and objets d'art from Karl Kemp Antiques, including a Qi Dynasty Buddha, English mantel, and Jean Pascaud chairs, illuminated by chandeliers by international designers from Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann to Hermès. Double-height windows flood the dramatic two-story sitting room with sunlight, enhanced by a circa-1958 two-tier chandelier by Jean Royère.
The living spaces' fluid layout invites elegant entertaining, whether intimate or on a grand scale. The front hall segues into the rear gardens and the reception areas: The formal dining room connects to the vast gourmet kitchen, with its large center island and breakfast bar, which opens to a fully equipped butler's pantry. The sunroom—a favorite place of the owners—has an arched glass ceiling and French doors opening to a beautiful bluestone terrace, ideal for an intimate breakfast or luncheon, inviting a postprandial stroll through the boxwood- and laurel-hedged French gardens to the poolhouse beyond.
The luxurious, two-story library would delight any devoted reader with its abundant natural light and built-in shelves below and above the second-tier balustrade. Saddle-leather tiles accent the floors and fireplace in proper homage to the equestrian lifestyle. The same leather tiles adorn the floors of the adjacent office and the elevator. Nearby is a sunlit salon with fireplace and French doors that lead out to a terrace. The lower level houses a 2,200-bottle wine cellar and tasting room.
There are eight spacious bedrooms and eight full bathrooms. The master suite, on the third floor, is an expansive private sanctuary, Zen-like in its symmetry and tranquility. The vast space has a Japanese-inspired indoor garden and a limestone bathroom with an enormous, stone and wood soaking tub overlooking the front paddock.
The Formal Gardens and Pool Pavilion
The interior flow moves outside to meticulously tended formal grounds designed by notable landscape architect Edmund D. Hollander. The geometric symmetry of French gardens with lavender and boxwood hedges lead to the wisteria-trellised columns of the pergola walkway adjoining the pool pavilion. Beyond lie the Japanese gardens with a koi pond, and the butterfly house. Other grace notes in the landscape are the tranquil pools shaded by weeping willows, an allée of trees, verdant parkland, and natural woodland.
Just beyond the formal gardens is the 4,000-square-foot pavilion-style poolhouse. Its repurposed slate roof also came from Yale Divinity School. The colonial exterior encloses the Kelly Hoppen-designed interior. The centerpiece is the 60-foot-long swimming pool and spa, which is flanked by rows of French doors that fold open to the gardens on one side and paddocks on the other. In addition to the stone fireplace with its inviting lounge area, and two circa-1926 French chandeliers, the poolhouse includes a gym, sauna, changing rooms, and a kitchen. The pool pavilion is flanked by columned pergolas surrounding a beautiful garden courtyard for alfresco events or dining.
A world away from the hustle of the city, yet within an hour from both Manhattan and Belmont Park, this property is undoubtedly the most significant equestrian estate in Westchester and, quite possibly, in the New York tri-state area.
FEATURES AND AMENITIES
- Elegant custom-built 24,000 square foot colonial manor house designed by Rebecca Rasmussen with interiors by Kelly Hoppen
- Private elevator, wine cellar, tasting room, game room, and pub
- 740 contiguous acres of land, the largest in Westchester County, New York
- 40-stall yearling barn, two 24-stall broodmare barns, round pens, paddocks, turf racetrack
- Formal grounds and French gardens designed by landscape architect Edmund D. Hollander
- 4,000 square-foot pavilion style pool house with 60-foot swimming pool, spa, gym and kitchen
- Auxiliary housing includes guest house, eight staff residences, and caretakers residence
- State of the art security and technology systems
- Within one hour of New York City