$17M Dutchess County ‘castle’ once belonged to Andrew Carnegie

Posted On Tue, November 7, 2017 By

Posted On Tue, November 7, 2017 By In Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Built in 1927 for Andrew Carnegie‘s daughter, the 34,000-square-foot estate in Millbrook, NY known as Migdale Castle was modeled after Carnegie’s Skibo Castle in Scotland. Beginning in 2002, the home’s current owners spent four years renovating its four floors, the 100 acres it occupies, and another 100-acre adjacent plot, giving new life to one of Dutchess County‘s most distinguished estates. Migdale first hit the market for $25 million, making it the county’s most expensive listing, but a recent $8.1 million price chop resulted in the current $16.9 million ask.

Centered on a 100-acre parcel of land, the property offers views of the Catskill Mountains. At the start of a long gated driveway sits a 5,000-square-foot, fully renovated gatehouse.

Massive entertaining rooms with beamed ceilings and 12 fireplaces spread throughout the house have been designed with classic old-world elegance, though modern amenities like an elevator, central air, radiant heat and a sprinkler system quietly do their jobs in the background.

Now that’s a chef’s kitchen. It’s clear that the home’s current owners entertained large, hungry crowds. State-of-the-art kitchen gear like a massive Blue Star range and numerous ovens make sure no one stays hungry for long.

Though this might be a mansion bigger than some city apartment buildings, there’s plenty of warm and cozy to be found–for example, in the home’s 10 bedrooms.

The pool is a paradise all its own. Want more? How about a 10,000 square-foot staff house, wine room, tennis court with cabana, golf simulator, screening room, huge and well-stocked gym, playground, and several ponds.

On that adjoining 100-acre parcel are those ponds, plus a large organic garden with a greenhouse, orchards, fields, and trails.

The listing suggests the estate be a good choice for a club, corporate retreat, spa, or religious or academic institution.

[Listing: 3872 Route 44 by William Pitt and Julia B. Fee for Sotheby’s]

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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s.

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