French Country Manor at Cokesbury Meadows
A sophisticated take on French County style distinguishes a stone and stucco manor home at Cokesbury Meadows in Tewksbury Township. Featuring a front parking courtyard, stone turret and stone walkways amid the pastoral splendor of three acres, this 5, 400 square-foot residence presents four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and an attached three-car garage. Custom built in 2000, this elegant home is sited in a quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood of other fine properties.
Highlights of the detailed floor plan include intricate custom moldings, flooring of limestone, marble and white oak hardwood, two fireplaces, one wood-burning, highlighted with unique design mantles, custom-painted rooms, arched room openings, six-panel solid pine doors, high ceilings, a secondary staircase, French doors and numerous oversized and transom-topped windows.
A formal introduction to this manor home begins in the entrance foyer, where limestone flooring with tumbled marble inlays, chair rails, crown moldings and a curved staircase featuring wrought iron railings are dramatic design elements. Spanning from the front to the back of the home, this foyer also offers access to some of the main gathering spaces. In the living room, a French-inspired gas fireplace is fitted with a stone mantle and travertine marble hearth and façade. Overhead, coffered ceilings with applied moldings are balanced by white oak floors and transom-topped window walls. A French door in the living room reveals the expansive screened porch overlooking sublime country views. Limestone flooring with tumbled marble inlay and French door access to the screened porch characterize the formal dining room, which features crisp ivory-toned woodwork contrasted by custom paint. Of special note is the formal powder room, a creative combination of limestone tumbled marble inlay floors, upholstered walls designed with Mexican limestone on the lower half and a scalloped sink on glass counter with carved stone supports. The French country look continues in the chef’s kitchen, where glazed maple cabinetry, granite counter-tops, a ten-foot center island, recessed and under-cabinet lighting are sophisticated amenities. Top-of-the-line appliances include a six-burner Viking™ gas cook-top and exhaust, stainless steel Dacor™ double ovens, a Sub Zero™ paneled refrigerator and a Bosch™ dishwasher. The windowed breakfast area is a sunny spot for casual dining. Nearby is a mud room with a covered bluestone porch service entry, two pantries and access to the three-car garage. A laundry room with Italian tile flooring and a sink is also near the kitchen.
The main floor continues with a dramatic family room opening from the kitchen. This inviting space is anchored by a distinctive floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace surrounded by mahogany wood featuring a carved upper mantle and antique lower mantle reclaimed from an estate home. Custom crown molding, transom-topped windows and a French door to the porch are additional family room features.
Privacy and luxury converge in an exquisite first floor master suite. The tray ceiling master bedroom is fitted with Berber carpeting, a large bay window and French door access to the porch. Storage options are easily met in the custom glass door shelved closet, a walk-in closet and three more custom glass door closets. A handsome master sitting room/library offers a French door leading to a private patio, crown and dentil moldings and white oak hardwood floors set on the diagonal. Upper-end amenities in the luxurious master bath include soaring volume ceilings, a walk-in shower enclosed by frameless glass, a jetted tub set underneath a transom-topped bay window, double sinks with limestone counter-tops in a cherry vanity, and four wall sconces which illuminate this stylish space.
Within the dome-topped circular turret is the main staircase leading upstairs. Each of the three spacious bedrooms is painted in neutral colors and appointed with white oak flooring and ample closet space. Two bedrooms share a full sky-lit bath, while the remaining bedroom offers a private en-suite full bath with skylight. Completing this level is an oversized bonus room featuring cathedral ceilings, Berber carpeting and Bose™ speakers. This space is perfect for a future home theater, exercise room or play room.
Storage needs are accommodated on the lower level and in custom closet architecture throughout the home. In order to take in the majestic scenery, this home is designed with a bluestone front porch and a roomy screened porch with bluestone flooring and wooden tongue-in-groove ceilings. Outside, rock walls, evergreens, flowering trees and native plantings lend additional serenity to the country surroundings.
Mechanical workings of this impressive manor home include multiple zones of natural gas forced hot air heating, central air conditioning, a water conditioner and softener, extensive security system, private septic, well water and underground utilities. A Bose™ sound system serves the family room, dining room, living room, master sitting room/library, master bath and second story bonus room. Wiring is in place for a natural gas generator.
Located in Hunterdon County’s Tewksbury Township, residents appreciate a central location about an hour from New York City while still enjoying a tranquil setting in the heart of the Hunterdon Hills horse country. This home is located near the quaint hamlet of Cokesbury, a scenic and historic part of the township established in the early 1700s.