Film Spotlight: New Jersey Manor Evokes The Grandeur Of A European Hunting Lodge

The grand 11,000-square-foot estate combines an ornate design with resort-like amenities. (TURPIN REALTORS)

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As modern architecture continues to trend toward sleekness, it is properties like this palatial estate in Chester Township, New Jersey that remind us of the value of ornamentation and elaborate detailing. Known as Kestrel Ridge, the 11,000-square-foot mansion draws inspiration from European country estates, emphasizing grand living spaces and crafted architecture.

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The gated entryway is lined with a waterfall and mature trees that part to reveal the home’s stately stone facade. An impressive two-story entry hall climbs to a domed ceiling, setting the stage for the opulence to follow. Up the stairs, a landing overlooks the great room, whose ornately carved, arched beams and wall of towering windows evoke images of a cathedral. Versailles pattern wood floors adorn that space, as well as the formal dining room.

Occupying one entire end of the first floor, the primary suite wing houses a spacious bedroom with a fireplace, an office/seating room, an exercise room, two walk-in closets and two full baths with etched shower glass doors. The second floor is dedicated to three ensuite bedrooms, two of which feature fireplaces. Off the back stairs is a three-bedroom apartment with separate living accommodations.

Even the estate’s lower-level recreational and entertainment amenities bear the same sophistication of the upper living areas, in particular, an award-winning 22-seat movie theater worthy of a Hollywood premiere screening. Other highlights include a concession stand, bar and wine cellar.

Outside, the resort-like facilities continue with a private pool complex, complete with a free-form gunite pool with a waterfall, an outdoor barbeque area and a stone pool house with kitchen, dining area, laundry, separate bathroom and sauna. The sprawling 9.45-acre grounds are surrounded by the thick forestry of Hacklebarney Park, offering recreation and a sense of secluded privacy.

About the area: Somerset Hills, nestled in the picturesque region of northern New Jersey encompasses several charming towns such as Bernardsville, Bedminster and Peapack-Gladstone, each offering its own unique character and allure. The rolling hills, lush greenery and stately homes define the landscape, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and elegance. History buffs will delight in exploring the rich historical sites scattered throughout the region, including the historic Jacobus Vanderveer House and the renowned Natirar Estate. Outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in a myriad of recreational activities, from hiking along scenic trails in the Somerset County Park Commission to horseback riding in the sprawling equestrian estates. Somerset Hills also boasts a vibrant cultural scene, with art galleries, boutique shops, and fine dining establishments dotting its charming downtown areas.


Spencer Elliott is Forbes Global Properties’ content manager. His journalism on prestigious real estate is regularly seen on Forbes, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times.

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