The name is Hidden Pond Farm, but it's an Obvious Gem
Here is a quintessential Georgian Estate in a prime Harding Township, NJ setting
A grandly-styled and completely renovated all-brick Georgian residence, Hidden Pond Farm was originally built in 1927 as a weekend home for the family of Thomas M. Debevoise - a prominent attorney and personal counsel to John D. Rockefeller Jr. The architect William Delano of the celebrated Delano & Aldrich firm, happened to be a Yale schoolmate of Debevoise's and designed this home as a birthday present for him thirty years earlier in 1897.
Situated on 43-plus acres of farm-assessed property, the residence takes in sweeping views of lush green lawns, colorful gardens, bluestone patios and a refreshing swimming pool edged by manicured grounds. True to its origins as a working farm, the several dependencies on the acreage include a four-bedroom cottage currently used by the caretaker, a barn with two stalls, a heated kennel, an additional storage building and an adjacent three-bedroom apartment.
The grand entrance, introduced by a marble-floored circular entryway opening into a finely detailed foyer anchored by a winding stairway, hints at the graciousness to come. Not surprisingly then, each of the mansion's 24 rooms displays a high quotient of sophisticated style and panache. For instance, the expansive formal living and dining rooms, wrapped as they are in deep moldings and washed in serene colors, set the tone for special occasion entertaining. Inspired by the gardens framed by their numerous windows and French doors, the sun porch and breakfast room are bright, airy spaces with an openly welcoming spirit. From the sun room's floral fabric-lined walls to the breakfast room's tile surround fireplace, bright splashes of color are illuminated by natural light. The sets of French doors in the sun porch and living, dining and breakfast rooms open onto an expansive bluestone terrace for warm weather enjoyment.
The chef's kitchen, an epicurean delight with its collection of upper-end appliances, features Carrara marble counters edged by a crisp white tile backsplash and reclaimed French tile flooring. The combination creates a most inviting centerpiece from which the well-equipped butler's pantry, dining area and mud room extend. Connection to one of the bluestone terraces encourages al fresco dining. Perennial gardens and fragrant outdoor spaces with restored terraces, show off the imaginative work of a landscape architect. A decades-old peony walk bursts into vivid blossoms every May, while the well-tended pumpkin patch is an autumnal favorite.
Of special note is the master suite of rooms upstairs arranged with a fireside bedroom, dual walk-in closets, another of the property's ten working fireplaces in the sitting room and access to a balcony. The modern master bath is enhanced by a multi-spray steam shower, soaking tub and radiant-heated floors.
Hidden Pond Farm represents the epitome of pastoral landscapes for which Harding Township is rightly known. Nonetheless, its strategic central New Jersey location is a mere thirty minutes or so from Midtown Manhattan by direct train service. Also convenient are a network of highways and both Morristown Airport and Newark Liberty International.
Elegantly inviting to nature lover and homebody alike, Hidden Pond Farm is an architectural treasure in one of the state's most-coveted locales. To learn more about 157 Village Rd in Green Village click here.