One Of The Great Estates: Taconic Farm
This offering represents the enviable combination of a beautifully restored 1880 Antique on 60+ picturesque acres in a superb location.
LAND. The topographical diversity of the property cannot be overstated. There are expansive lawns, formal cutting and ornamental gardens, an herb and vegetable parterre, woodlands, meadows, an orchard, stone fences, a spring-fed pond and Moore Brook, considered an ecological treasure, runs through the property. The 50’ heated gunite pool is idyllically set adjacent to gardens and the orchard. Woodland trails for horseback riding, hiking, or cross-country skiing have been established.
LOCATION. Taconic Road, home to many other fine turn-of-the century estates, runs parallel to the western shore of Washinee Lake, one of Salisbury’s famed Twin Lakes. To the west are magnificent views of the distant mountains. It is in close proximity to Salisbury Village, O’Hare’s Landing Marina, the Appalachian Trail, the cultural events in the Berkshires and only 100 miles north of Manhattan.
RESIDENCE. The current owners, an award-winning builder/designer team, realized the potential to go beyond restoration and have painstakingly expanded, improved, and updated this house to retain the classic elements and design while enhancing it with systems and fixtures to ensure its future endurance. The project spanned 2 decades and has delivered a perfect outcome. The front of the house is graced with a welcoming wrap-around covered porch. On the main level are the gracious entry hall with stairway, living room with fireplace, dining room with a bow window and built-in cabinets. Between the dining room and kitchen is the butler’s pantry/wet bar. The kitchen features a soapstone island, farm sink, Thermador 6-burner rangetop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wall ovens, Bosch dishwasher, decorative tin ceiling and pantry. It has doors to the terrace and front porch. It opens to a casual dining area with a second stairway and the family room with fireplace and built-ins. French doors access both the large screened-in porch and the stone terrace. The western views from the porch and terrace are stunning. Second level: The master suite has a fireplace, 2 walk-in closets, French doors to a private porch with mountain views, coffee bar, bath with dual vanities, soaking tub and steam shower. There are 3 additional bedrooms and 2 baths, study and laundry room. Third level: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and storage area. The lower level has been partially finished as a media room and half bath. The interiors feature extraordinary details -- crown moldings, antique fireplace mantels, wide plank flooring, 9’ ceilings, fluted board/corner block window and door casings, custom light fixtures. The oversized 2 over 2 Thermopane windows provide interiors with abundant natural light. Updated systems include Hydro-air heat, zoned central air-conditioning, water softener, full-house generator, security, copper plumbing.
OTHER BUILDINGS. Garage with 4 bays, one heated. Second floor is unfinished. Stable/Garage with 3 stalls, wash stall, feed, room, tack room, drive-in hayloft, half bath and 2 garage bays. Second floor unfinished. Surrounded by paddocks, dressage ring, a cross-country course, grass jump field and trails. A cabin with woodstove and screened-in sleeping porch is sited in the wooded portion of the property.
This exceptional property is a wonderland of divergent yet complementary characteristics. A grand country house. Equestrian Facility. A fishing pond stocked with large-mouthed bass. A gardener’s delight. Woodland trails. Rustic cabin. A place for every mood, interest, discovery.