Double H Farm, Ridgefield, CT
Double H Farm’s Ridgefield, Connecticut farm extends over a lush 87 acres of rolling hills, grass paddocks and never-ending views of dramatic sunsets.Ridgefield, about 1.25 hours from NYC—voted ‘best town in Connecticut’ in 2013—is minutes from top equestrian venue Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY and convenient to HITS in Saugerties, NY.The circa-1765 farm is adjacent to conservation forever protecting the original privacy and history of the area. Since 2005 the farm has undergone a series of renovations to turn it into a world-class, Olympic level equestrian facility and dream estate.The ‘dream’ house was built in 2009. Every amenity has been included in the 14,500 square feet of living space.Framed with vintage, reconditioned barn beams from Vermont, the entire house incorporates ‘green’ technology including geothermal heating. There is an elevator that goes to all floors.The living room has 38 ft ceilings, a massive limestone and fieldstone gas fireplace highlighted by the scaffolding of barn beams and a wall of glass overlooking the property.The formal dining room has cove lighting and a gas fireplace as well.The eat-in gourmet kitchen and family room has an informal dining area and gathering area around a cozy fireplace. The fully outfitted outdoor kitchen is built into the screened porch off the kitchen.An office with a fieldstone gas fireplace, Japanese plaster walls, and vintage Oak flooring is down the hall.The first floor houses the luxurious master bedroom with 20 ft domed ceilings , Venetian plaster walls, a limestone fireplace, a large marble bath with 2 showers, a Jacuzzi tub, a gas fireplace and generously proportioned his and hers closets in addition to a ‘safe’ room. Gorgeous views over the property and a secret stairway down to the golf room complete this fabulous master suite.The formal powder room features Italian mosaic floor tile and an Asian inspired décor.The balcony over the living room is a comfortable gathering area with a wet bar.There are two additional bedrooms, en suite with gas fireplaces and private terraces.At the other end of the second floor is a guest or staff apartment with a bedroom and bath, kitchen and living room.A reading room is featured on the third floor. It has a floor to ceiling fieldstone gas fireplace, Japanese plaster walls, a tray ceiling and French doors highlighting the dramatic views.The lower level features a state of the art media room with a fieldstone gas fireplace and a 105 inch plasma TV. The wine cellar has antique glass walls, an Italian mosaic tiled floor , ornate iron doors and a tasting table. It is accessed past the giant wood bar.A charming guest room and bath share the lower level. There is also a sauna as well as a ‘golf ‘ room with a putting green and a golf simulator.There is garage space for 7 cars, Mahogany decks with two stone fire pits, a Jacuzzi spa with a waterfall, a Koi pond. No amenity was left undone.An additional architecturally beautiful four bedroom home and the totally renovated historical home, dating from 1765, grace the property sharing views past the pool and tennis court of a bucolic pond and paddocks.Double H Farm features two beautiful barns with a total of over 40 stalls. Lavish woodwork, decorative metalwork, climate control and a full line of training equipment enable the horses to enjoy every equine comfort.The main barn, originally a dairy barn, has 20 spacious stalls, four grooming and wash stalls in addition to laundry, tack and feed rooms. There are 3 beautifully appointed staff apartments with living rooms and kitchens. It also features a large trophy room and lounge which overlook the property, two offices, and a full kitchen.The second barn, built for the breeding operation, has 14 airy stalls and two grooming and wash stalls, one with UV Therapy lights, in the central area of the barn. The flooring is rubber tiling. Additionally, there are 8 stalls in an outside shed. All stalls have luxurious ‘Soft Stall Matting’. There are 3 luxury staff apartments above the barn.The 3½ acre Grand Prix jumping derby field with natural jumps is a highlight on the property. It features every sort of jump one might find in any world class competition: two open water jumps, double liverpools, a table bank, a slide bank, a grob, a ditch and a hedge jump. Designed to fit naturally into the landscape, it is framed by perennials, stone walls and a gazebo for viewing. Layers of specially formulated material provide excellent drainage and footing.The large outdoor riding ring is 135 ft X 280 ft and has custom footing. There is an indoor riding ring as well as a network of riding trails through the property. Covered walkers, a treadmill, an equine spa, garages and 12 immaculate, rolling grass paddocks are just a few of the many amenities.Double H Farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut is one of the premier riding/training compounds in the country if not the world!
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman