Honey Hollow

May 5, 2021

15 Honey Hollow is sweetness in situ! Perfectly set in a bend in the Stone Hill River, it’s immediately obvious why first settlers picked this most choice piece of property for their home back in 1860. The 16+ acres of professionally landscaped, mature and cultured grounds, include two ponds and two islands, and are immediately adjacent to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and on the Bedford Riding Lanes. The historic colonial home – both exquisite and understated at the same time – has been expanded and updated to magnificent proportion and standards, but carefully retains an original rustic feel throughout. This property is the perfect country escape. The 9,822 square foot clapboard main residence, with masonry foundation, wood shingle roof, and two large red brick chimneys, features oversized windows, and french doors that open onto several patios and porches, around the entire structure. And, with large rooms and high ceilings, all the light and air from all the walls of windows makes the entire interior feel clean and modern but still authentic and charming. The house has 5 bedrooms, 9 baths. The living room with coffered ceilings, fireplace and doors to the back terrace with fire pit and views over the ponds. The family room has two seating areas, one with a fireplace and tv and the other with a wall of windows overlooking the water. The dining room has a fireplace and exposed wood beams. The kitchen is large with high ceilings and a breakfast area surrounded by windows overlooking the pool and gardens, and includes Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, Miele dishwasher, Sharp microwave, Viking warming drawer, and Viking gas range with 2 ovens, 6 burners, a griddle and pot filler. A separate butler’s pantry includes a Marvel wine cooler and an additional Miele dishwasher. The lower walk-out level of the house includes a billiard room, full bar, wine cellar, full bath, hang out area with tv and doors out to the yard and ponds. Other features of the main residence include: wide beam heart pine floors in the main rooms; crown molding, coffered ceilings, raised paneling and other extensive millwork throughout; an extensive security system, and; an audio control system with in-wall and outdoor speakers. And there’s a 3-car garage next to the main residence.

The pool with spa is surrounded with patios and entertaining space, including a pergola with fireplace, a built-in grill area, an in-ground trampoline and the scenic gardens and Koi pond. The tennis court is ____________________.

The property also includes: a special Guest House with bedroom, bath, stone fireplace and kitchenette; a 3 bedroom Caretaker’s Cottage; a great barn, that houses equipment bays in the lower level and a full gym in the upper level, and; a root cellar, a chicken coop, and a goat house.

15 Honey Hollow is a country resort, carefully designed and managed to offer year-round views and aesthetic pleasures and complete with four-season recreational opportunities. While the exceptional inherent natural elements of the property can not be overstated, the entire offering has been enhanced by the current owner over the last two decades pursuant to a landscape master plan designed and administered by the prestigious landscape architect Glenn Ticehurst, of Bedford-based Benedek & Ticehurst. “We started with a broad vision that would feature changing color, texture, form and other aspects of landscape interest in all four seasons and evolving during the course of the year – and viewed from the house and other perspectives around the property. The property is an arboretum, with plenty of specimen trees, including Cut-leaf Maple, Magnolia, Weeping Willows, Dogwood and a mixed orchard producing apples, peaches and pears, but as part of our heavy planting around the water elements on the property, we added River Birch and and a variety of native plants with Willows along with thousands of daffodils and tulips and tons of boxwood, hosta, hydrangea and ornamental grasses. And as it all grows and matures, it just gets better and better.” Ticehurst explains. “But the overriding goal was to make the property work for a family, with fun things to do around every bend. The two islands, which are home to exotic Asian White Geese, are accessible by Monet-influenced foot bridges and include stroll gardens all linked as a part of a network of walking paths to explore every corner of the acreage. There are two distinct Koi ponds, the ponds on the property are stocked for fishing – and great for ice skating in winter, and there’s an old ice house, that used to be used to harvest ice blocks from the ponds, to explore. The place is virtually self-sustaining, and includes an extensive vegetable garden in addition to the orchards, bee hives with an associated pollinator garden, berry patches…and pet chickens and goats. The poperty is perfect for launching hikes and adventures into the adjacent Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and is on the Bedford Riding Lanes so it is directly accessible by horseback. There are patios and terraces around the property, including at the pool and tennis court, to take in the activity or sit and enjoy the view, and several firepits for night-time gatherings. I can’t think of anyplace more fun to be.”

15 Honey Hollow Road is listed at $15,000,000. MLS #6080595.

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