Feel transported at this villa overlooking lush farm fields of Stouts Valley and distant mountains. The long meandering drive delivers you to this enchanting and secluded country retreat, a masterwork of texture, warmth and sophistication. Formal gardens with courtyard sets the tone for this incomparable residence, a c.1860 stone farm house architecturally-designed and renovated by artisan John Franklin in 2001. Published in several national magazines including Architectural Digest, the house boasts interior spaces both intimate and grand! Venetian hand-plastered walls and ceilings, antique doors, stained-glass windows, numerous fireplaces and European architectural artifacts are found throughout, embellishing the spacious interiors, merging old world with modern amenities. A showplace for entertaining, the living room flows effortlessly into the dining room which accommodates a large and festive gathering, and balconies open to the spectacular 2-story great room. This unparalleled space reveals architectural details and Palladian windows which breathe light into the room and capture the verdant rural views. A dramatic winding staircase, heated brick and limestone floor, commanding fireplace with carved mantel and Moravian tile, and hand-painted domed ceiling alcove add to the allure. Antique French doors open to bluestone terraces overlooking the pond and long-distant views. Labyrinthian hallways lead to the media room and bar, tasting room with fireplace and hand-painted mural and wine cellar with capacious capacity. The hi-end kitchen and breakfast room offer incredible views of valley and pond, and French doors open to a multi-level deck overlooking glorious gardens, natural-look pool and gazebo. The cozy den with white-washed beams and stone fireplace is ideal for relaxing while the chef creates. The library with built-ins, and the main bedroom with light-filled en suite and walk-in closet are located on the 2nd floor. Two additional bedrooms and large hall bath are found on the 3rd floor. The large antique barn with 2-car parking and the charming spring house complete the compound. The property consists of two separately-deeded parcels of land, offering the possibility to build on the vacant parcel. Whole-house generator adds peace of mind. This stunning union of architecture and setting is 80 minutes from NYC, 90 from Philadelphia and 15 from Historic Bethlehem, a wonderful oasis for weekend getaways or a remarkable full-time residence.
Sitting on the largest lot in Fox Creek, this upgraded cul-de-sac home offers privacy and an exceptional floor plan. The light-filled center foyer welcomes you and opens to the large formal dining room on one side, and through French doors to the spacious living room or office on the other. Ceilings are 9' and adorned with crown molding. Wood floors continue into the 2-story great room centered by the impressive floor-to-ceiling dry-stack stone fireplace with heatilator. Adjacent is the custom kitchen, an incredibly-designed space perfect for the gourmet chef with hi-end GE Profile appliances, double ovens, propane cooking and plenty of room for entertaining around the oversized contrast-glazed island with seating for 5! Sophisticated styling boasts Kitchen Craft custom glazed maple cabinets, Italian granite counters and tile backsplash, hidden under-cabinet power strips and lighting, walk-in pantry and wet bar with beverage refrigerator. The breakfast room opens to the sun room with a wall of windows overlooking the amazing pool and patio. Lush professional landscaping and aluminum fencing creates a private resort-like oasis! The Custom Lake dark plaster pool is surrounded by approx. 2,500sf of stamped concrete deck and has a waterfall, diving rock and separate spa. Relax under the 14x12 cedar gazebo with metal roof. The 20x12 shed wired with electric, phone and CAT5 lines is useful for gardening or outdoor office. Interior private quarters include a 1st floor bedroom and tiled full bath with oversized shower. The split staircase leads to three more bedrooms, one with en suite across the hall and two that share a J&J bathroom. Escape from the hectic day to the sizable master suite with ceiling fans and sitting room, walk-in closets and dressing area, and dual tiled bathrooms connected through the common shower, a unique design for luxurious privacy. Usable but unfinished, the 2,200sf walk-out basement has been waterproofed and pre-plumbed for a bathroom. Incredibly well-maintained, this home offers $200k in upgrades including 400-amp electrical service, CAT5, cable and 2-line phone/fax wiring, 20kw automatic generator, whole-house fan, custom window treatments, 3-car garage with hose bib, extended driveway, low-voltage exterior lighting and professional landscaping, setting it apart from the ordinary.