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- 4 bedrooms
- 6 bathrooms
- Outdoor Activities
- Guest House
- Vaulted Ceilings
- Detached Garage
- Guest Suite
- Artist Studio
- Access Type - Road
Property descriptionThe delightful compound known as Hickory Cottage in the heart of Bedminster’s famed hunt country has much to offer the discerning buyer looking for a peaceful and elegant rural retreat. The property has long vistas of the surrounding pastureland to the distant hills, yet is convenient to interstates and commuter rail lines.The lovely 4-bedroom main residence, architect-built in 1993, is at the center of the 4.8-acre property. A fully renovated two-bedroom caretaker’s cottage, dating to the 1800s, provides private quarters for family and friends, with gorgeous wide-plank flooring and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Also on the property are an in-ground pool, a detached garage with exercise studio, and a children’s playhouse.
Set back from scenic River Road, the main house is designed to replicate the colonial homes of days gone by with its clapboard siding, dormer windows, and porches. Towering brick chimneys are evidence of its six wood-burning fireplaces. Dry stone walls and brick terracing surround the home, creating multiple outdoor living and entertainment spaces.
L ight floods the interior of the house thanks to multiple French doors, walls of windows and sunburst transoms throughout. A palette of soft colors emphasizes the sense of space in the house while flooring is of handsome hardwoods.
On entry, a 15-foot foyer opens to the large living room with four sets of French windows that access a brick patio and lawns. A wet bar and wood-burning fireplace add elegance to this lovely room. The formal dining room, serviced by a butler’s pantry, is a delight of old-world detailing, with dentil crown molding, wainscoting, and a wood-burning fireplace.
A guest suite with its own private entrance is in a wing off the main living areas. A wood-paneled library, also with a wood-burning fireplace, has spiral stairs to a loft—one of the many custom design features of this pretty home.
Truly dazzling is the wonderful, bright kitchen, which adjoins the family room—both with lustrous knotty-pine flooring and commands views over the property. Adjacent to the kitchen/family room is a brick-floored screened porch with a wood-burning fireplace and built-in grill.
F rench doors to a private deck and a wood-burning fireplace are highlights of the second-floor master suite, where a wall of windows gives westward views to the hilltops. A wide hall with old-fashioned window seats connects to the two other en suite bedrooms on this floor, one of which has a sitting room.
Nature is on your doorstep in this secluded corner of Bedminster. Behind the swimming pool are a stand of trees that are home to a nationally recognized breeding colony of great blue herons. Across the road from Hickory Cottage, the Raritan River runs wide enough for skating in the winter and canoeing in the summer. There are numerous world-class restaurants, golf courses, and equestrian facilities within minutes. Shopping, major highways, and NYC trains are conveniently accessible.
1675 River Road, Bedminster, New Jersey, United States
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