This incredible 290-acre estate was built in 1851 for Franklin Hughes Delano (whose great-nephew was Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and Laura Eugenia Astor (granddaughter of John Jacob Astor, known as the nation’s first multi-millionaire). The property was listed last summer for $22 million by its current owners, the investor Martin Sosnoff and his wife Toni. Now it’s just gotten a price cut to $20 million. That will get you a 17,000-square-foot mansion with 28 rooms, 10 full bathrooms, 18-foot coffered ceilings and 16 fireplaces, along with rolling, green hills, a guesthouse, gardener’s cottage, equestrian center, and pool house. After 133 years in Astor and Delano ownership, the property–known as Atalanta–is looking for its next buyer.
Under Astor/Delano ownership, the property was known as “Steen Valetje” (little stone valley) for the creek that runs through it just south of the main house. The brick and stone manse was designed by British architect Frank Wills, then expanded upon in 1881 by New York architect Thomas Stent.
The interior details, unsurprisingly, are lavish. 18-foot ceilings exhibit frescoes, while delicately carved fretwork surrounds marble fireplaces. The “public” rooms all have oak and mahogany parquet floors as well as French doors that open to river terraces and porticoes.
The formal entrance hall displays a grand staircase with a domed and frescoed skylight above.
Elaborate tilework lines the foyer. The owners are art collectors and have displayed works around the home.
The home is surrounded by incredible views, as the land on both the northern and eastern sides has been preserved.
This grand dining room leads out to an expansive porch with views of the property’s elaborate gardens.
The barn was renovated by the current owners into an equestrian center, and it features an outdoor dressage ring and heated, indoor riding facilities.
Here’s an aerial shot of the sprawling property of “ancient lanes and lawns with stately oaks and other now mature specimen trees,” as the listing says. Besides the mansion, the list of extra perks will make you weep: a greenhouse, seven barns that includes a 1875 brick carriage barn, a pool and Doric temple poolhouse, tennis court, walking and bridle trails, four guesthouses and three ponds. It’s a property fit for the Astors, indeed.
- 289-acre Hudson Valley estate built for the Roosevelts and Astors asks $22M
- $3.85M waterfront estate designed by McKim, Mead & White is just 30 minutes outside NYC
- J.P. Morgan’s 120-year-old ‘Great Camp Uncas’ in the Adirondack wilderness reduced to $2.7M
Photos courtesy of Hudson Home Tours
Tags : atalanta
Neighborhoods : Rhinebeck