The Chatham town area in New York’s Hudson Valley seems almost quintessentially Hometown, U.S.A. The countryside of rolling hills and horse farms is punctuated by small towns that are both vibrant and sleepy. Old-time variety stores are interspersed with quaint bookshops, yarn stores, and delis that serve the latest trends in avocado toast and artisanal cheeses.
Asking an eye-watering $15 million, and listed with Nancy Felcetto at Brown Harris Stevens, the 157-acre White Bridge Farm, in Old Chatham, exemplifies the area’s bucolic vibe. The farm is anchored by a thoroughly restored and updated circa 1775 main house set amid gorgeous grounds, with picturesque stone walls, hidden gardens, and three miles of riding and walking trails. There’s also a pond with fountain, a stream, and a waterfall.
Besides the three-bedroom and four-bath main house, there’s a barn complex that comprises one-of-a-kind guest quarters, a stabling block, a “gathering barn” for parties, and a pool house. In all, there are seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms in about 7000 square feet of space.
The main house, as you’d expect from a nearly-250-year-old building, is filled with original, authentic details, including old beams and random-width floor boards. Wood-burning fireplaces are featured in the living room, dining room, and master bedroom, while the roof is handmade “dog ear” copper tiles. Of special note: all buildings on the farm benefit from radiant heat and central air conditioning.
The barns are arranged as a courtyard, with two separate guest suites along with substantial unfinished space. Original stalls have been retained in the ground-floor Bridle Suite (har har), and above that is the three-bedroom Hayloft Suite, with an open dining area and a terrace. Each suite has retro-style appliances, a wood-burning fireplace, and a washer/dryer. The Horse Barn has original, restored cobblestone floors. The stalls are intact and decorated as living spaces; there’s also a bath with shower and a stunning copper tub.
Originally kenneling for hunting dogs, what’s known as the Gathering Barn has been completely transformed as an entertaining space, with soaring ceilings and original beams. Attached is a four-bay garage with original barn doors. Finally, there’s the pool house, with another wood-burning fireplace, a beamed and vaulted ceiling, a full kitchen and a bath. French doors open to the gunite pool, surrounded by bluestone patios, pergolas, a hot tub, and a stone shower.
Quaint, yet up-to-date? Yep. This historic farm reflects the local, easygoing lifestyle, as long as you have the dough to pay the high-price of ownership.