Here in Manhattan, $22 million barely buys a townhouse, but not far away upstate in Dutchess County, it’ll get you a whopping 289 acres, complete with a Georgian-style manor, Greek Temple-inspired pool house, equestrian facilities, and some serious historic pedigree. The Post reports that the 1851 Atalanta estate was built for Franklin Hughes Delano and his wife Laura Astor Delano (FDR’s great uncle and aunt) as a wedding gift using land from the Astor’s nearby Rokeby estate. It’s now hit the market, providing a wealth of views inside the home and throughout the stunning Hudson Valley grounds.
The 16,000-square-foot mansion has “museum-quality details and luxury amenities rarely attained,” according to the listing. This includes a grand staircase with a skylight encased by a painted arts and crafts-style cove ceiling, six bedrooms and baths, a first-floor staff wing, and a second-floor guest wing.
There’s a mahogany paneled office with an ornate ceiling mural and carved fireplace, a dining room with a gold leaf tracery ceiling and gold leaf walls, an enfilade with Minton tiled floors, and a sitting room with a balcony that overlooks the formal walled gardens.
On the lower level is a glass-enclosed wine cellar and tasting room that can hold 5,000 bottles.
Outside, the 289 acres resemble Hyde Park in London, with their “sweeping irrigated lawns dotted with specimen trees and surrounded by light woodlands.” Included in the walled gardens are a terraced boxwood garden, koi pond with fountains, wisteria-covered pergola, and colorful perennial border.
A Greek Temple-inspired pool house overlooks the 75-foot pool and adjacent tennis court.
There’s also a three-bedroom guest house, three-bedroom farm house, stone gate house, carriage house with two second-floor apartments, a two-bedroom Victorian gardener’s cottage, and a commercial-grade greenhouse.
The equestrian facilities are quite impressive thanks to an eight-stall barn complete with office, full bath, tack room, feed room, heated indoor ring, and outdoor dressage ring.
According to a separate piece in the Wall Street Journal, the estate is currently owned by investment adviser Martin Sosnoff and his wife Toni, contemporary art collectors. They listed the estate because they now spend most of their time in Florida, but noted that when they’re in residence it requires a staff of 14 to maintain the property.
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