A 375-Acre New York Estate with English Style Asks Almost $11.9M

For years, holidays for many have meant gathering with family and friends for laughs and meals. While this year’s holiday season may be different, no venue seems better for picturing a large Thanksgiving feast than Mole’s Hill Farm, a country estate near Albany sprinkled with English style. It has a series of formal reception rooms and 375 acres of land ideal for a digestive game of post-dinner football or the loved-or-hated Turkey Trot. Picturesque and abundantly spacious, the property asks $11.85 million.

Constructed in 1809, the Manor House with detailed pediments sits at the estate’s center spanning 8,500 square feet. It has historic carved fireplaces warm the vast interior living and dining spaces, plus custom millwork, but these aren’t the details that bring England to mind.

Famous English garden designer Penelope Hobhouse and British architect Sir Anthony Denny teamed up to create the grounds, featuring a juxtaposition of Edwardian symmetry amidst rolling hills. An obelisk folly guarded by two rows of zelkovas trees sits between two formal gardens, one with fruit trees and a greenhouse and the other surrounding a lap pool. These delicate, one-of-a-kind grounds provide serene spaces to eat outdoors as well, so summers here can be relaxed and full of spotting fireflies.

A stunning year-round home with more than enough privacy, the listing is held by John R. Friend of Houlihan Lawrence. Upstate New York is becoming more of a destination and there are plenty of sprawling estates to choose from for someone seeking a permanent and enchanting change. The estate where Ian Fleming wrote two bond novels recently listed in Saratoga County for those who want even more acreage.