- Updated On:
- January 4, 2021
- 9 Bedrooms
- 10.3 Bathrooms
- 14 Garages
- 16,160 ft2
- Year Built: 1923
About this property
THIS PROPERTY IS NO LONGER ON THE MARKET. Once home of the Somerset Country Club, the terraces, meadows, and pastures of Cragwood Estate today were the elegant lawns, golf course, and tennis courts of yesteryear. Reimagined as a private estate, and completed in 1923, the property offers the town and country lifestyle on the grandest scale. Sited on a west-facing ridge of the Somerset Hills, and possessing uninterrupted vistas of hills, woods, and lake, Cragwood is in the kind of location one would expect to find in the English countryside, not a mere hour from New York.
The estate is comprised of a 16,160 square foot Georgian-style Mansion, surrounded by perennial gardens, and seven additional out buildings, including a pool house, a five-unit staff apartment building, offices, farm buildings, a children’s playhouse, and covered parking for fourteen cars. The estate is a working farm and this is reflected in the extraordinarily low real estate taxes for a property of this size. The hilltop location is private and secure with up to 95 acres of contiguous land available.
After passing through the gates, a long drive gently curves through a canopy of trees, meadows, and an apple orchard, to finally arrive at the mansion’s driveway and circular formal entrance. Set among tall trees, the mansion has an approachable appearance that conceals the overall size of the house. The rear facade, with its stately Greek revival columns, reveals the immense scale and dramatic setting of the property.
The mansion has four distinctive floors. The main floor consists of the formal public rooms and informal gathering rooms. The second and third floors hold the master suite, guest suites, and private residential areas. Finally, the finished basement is utilized for general operations, utility systems, a vast wine cellar, and more. A 1998-2000 modernization and restoration of the mansion included an expansion undertaken with great care and respect for historical detail. In all, the mansion has twenty-four rooms, nine bedrooms, ten full and three half baths.
Alongside the mansion is a preserved wooden Adirondack-style clubhouse, which once served as the caddy shack for the original Somerset Hills Country Club, and is now as a billiards and gaming lodge. The 2,600 square foot pool house is located through the descending lawns or down a path next to the tennis courts. The pool house is self-sufficient with its own kitchen, mechanical systems, and solar powered roof for heating the pool. The pool is large and ten feet deep with a diving board and a fountain.
Originally settled by the founders of New York City and the American industrial revolution, the Somerset Hills has continuously attracted people seeking a town and country lifestyle. The lands surrounding the estate are comprised of large tracts of undeveloped forest, farmland, and other large estates, including the neighboring Upton Pyne and Blairsden. Somerset County is one of the ten wealthiest in the United States.
This is only the third time in its nearly one hundred-year history that the property is available for sale.