Holly Hill, Estate of the Day
If you like Brooke Astor's New York City apartment, be prepared to swoon over Holly Hill. The property in Briarcliff Manor, New York is everything you'd expect of Mrs. Astor's country abode. Max Abelson of the New York Observer's Manhattan Transfers recently took the tour with real estate broker David Turner.
The home is on 64.6 acres that include a four-bedroom gardener's cottage, a chauffeur's apartment atop a five-bay carriage house, an ancient pump house, barn with a three-car garage, a small museum, greenhouse, root cellar, pet cemetery, cutting gardens and something called the Love Temple. The land can be subdivided and developed.
The main house is a 1927 stone manor designed by architect William Delano. It has six marble fireplaces and 13 bedrooms, including staff quarters. The home has an elegant marble foyer, 42-foot-long parquet-floored drawing room, a sun room, an indoor pool and a beautiful library. Other rooms include the photograph-covered Memory Room; the Cardinal's Room with telegrams from the Vatican on the wall and of course a huge master suite. This home is listed at $12.9 million.
Gallery: Holly Hill