The Bernardsville Mountain Colony-the stories of the men of wealth who inhabited it, the country homes they commissioned which inspire architects to this day, the lifestyle they lived-is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous chapters in American history. That many of those great houses no longer stand leaves the ones remaining all the more treasurable as visual depictions of the Nation's gilded age.
Built circa 1923, Cragwood, a striking three-story Georgian-style manor, was purchased by industrialist Charles William Engelhard and his wife Jane in 1951. With their five daughters, the residence became a bustling household of children and pets. For the internationally connected Engelhards, the vibrant atmosphere at Cragwood also included celebrities from all walks of life.
Mrs. Engelhard continued to live at Cragwood after her husband's untimely death in 1971. In 1996 she selected the present owners to be the next stewards of this remarkable property.
Meadows, fenced pastures and eye-catching fountains line the drive beginning at the gated entry to Cragwood. It continues past old growth trees and a paradise of plantings to arrive at the crushed stone courtyard fronting the three-story manor The slate roof, soaring columns and substantial balustrades impart classic elegance. Appropriate to the home's English inspiration, ivy trails the brick exterior.
Indoors, the skills of old world craftsman are revealed in layers of distinctive crown moldings, artistically carved plaster, improbably rounded doors. High ceilings crown spacious rooms including the ballroom-sized drawing room, front-to-back family room, the dining room seating up to 22. The outdoors is invited in through the glass ceiling and window walls of the conservatory. Multiples of French doors open to covered terraces. The fireplaces number fourteen, hardwood floors flow throughout, and tall, weighty doors retain their period hardware.
Giving a nod to twenty-first century aspirations is the wholly renovated kitchen whose T-shape allows for a long length of custom cabinetry, two considerable islands and multiples of appliances including a Delfield triple door and drawer refrigerator. On the second level is the theater with acoustic-enhancing wall coverings, reclining leather chairs and an adjoining
kitchenette. Sheltered within the home's stone foundation is a 3000-bottle capacity, temperature-controlled wine cellar with wet bar and tasting alcove. And yes, there is central air conditioning on every living level.
Included in the home's twenty-four room count are nine spacious bedrooms, ten full and three-half updated baths. Accompanying the bedroom in the master suite are two full baths, a room sized closet/dressing room, prep station, multiple closets, wet bar and a sitting room with French doors opening to a Juliette balcony.
Preserving Cragwood's gilded-age aura, its authentic depiction of the era, are its immense lands and the lifestyle they sustain. Sited among the estate's 112 acres is the former carriage house now with offices and five modern apartments. Need a man cave? Head for the rustic cottage just steps from the manor. Cattle graze in pastures continuing Cragwood's tradition as a working farm-now allowing for farmland assessed tax valuation. Various garages accommodate up to 19 vehicles. Orchards and vegetable gardens supply the kitchen. Horticultural fantasies shape formal gardens and frame the tennis court, the pool with fountain, the virtually residence-sized pool house. And then there are the views-to Ravine Lake shimmering in the valley, the woodlands, the distant hills . . .
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