91 Camp Comfort Road, Tuxedo Park, NY
Walker & Gillette designed this magnificent mountain top manor in 1922 with breathtaking views of Tuxedo Lake and surrounding countryside for Charles E. Mitchell. Olmstead Landscape Architects designed the original gardens and stone walls.
Acreage: 16 acres +/-
10,000 Sq. Ft. +/-
Year Built: 1924
Full Baths: 8
Partial Baths: 1
Air Conditioning: Several Zones
Garage: for 3 cars
Sited majestically on sixteen mountain-top acres with views in every direction including Tuxedo Lake, this important home designed in 1922 by the famed architecture firm Walker & Gillette, has been maintained in what feels “like new” condition including the slate roof and meticulous resurfacing of the concrete exterior. While the home retains nearly all of its entire original details, including bathrooms and icebox, it has a modern feel that is perfectly suited to a contemporary lifestyle. Constructed with poured concrete floors (covered with wood), and metal casement windows—the house was ahead of its time and can be lived-in beautifully as is, or could be transformed into a Philippe Starck-style masterpiece with polished concrete floors, gothic windows and arched-covered lanais boasting lake views.
Located contiguous to several state parks with over 70,000 acres of protected forest, Tuxedo Park, New York is the original gate-guarded community—with many spectacular homes built by the important architects of the late 19th and early 20th century—surrounding three beautiful lakes. It’s a private place like no other and still only about 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge. This unimaginable beauty—so close to Manhattan and yet so protected—was made possible by the creation of Harriman State Park and Sterling Forest which, without their protection and surrounding natural wonders, Tuxedo Park could have been lost to over-development, which was the fate of many other beautiful places from the 19th century.
This gracious home and estate called “Children’s House,” boasts many architectural details including leaded glass windows, graceful arches and roomy porches, oversized windows, carved woodwork, a slate roof with copper gutters and leaders. The slate and copper roofs, gutters and leaders were all replaced in 2011 by master craftsmen to maintain the integrity of the original architecture.
Olmstead Landscape Architects designed the original gardens and stone walls. The lawns and gardens are extraordinary with stone outcroppings, terraced gardens and tiered water gardens.
Visitors to this stately home arrive by passing between stone pillars to a sweeping 1,500-foot-long Belgian block-edged driveway that affords great privacy and delivers guests to the home’s arched entrance. Built of stucco-covered masonry, the design of the home is a handsome complement of Tudor and Gothic styles. The heavy wooden front door opens to a stunning one-and-a-half story entrance foyer of approximately sixteen feet in height that is accented with hand-carved dark wood pillars, beams and balustrades, and is illuminated by a scrolling wrought iron chandelier. Natural light enters through the beautifully arched triple-leaded glass windows. Moving to the front hall, additional arched leaded glass windows are positioned above the imposing staircase.
The main floor (twelve-foot ceilings) begins with a banquet-size dining room that opens off the hallway through double doors. The sparking crystal chandelier and marble fireplace with its carved wooden mantel contribute to the splendor of this room. A walk-in silver vault is located off the dining room area. A table for everyday meals is nestled by a wide bay window that offers fabulous views of Tuxedo Lake. Similar vistas can be seen from the adjoining open-air breakfast porch facing east. The large kitchen connects to the dining room through the butler’s pantry for easy and elegant serving. This well-preserved room and the adjacent kitchen are equipped with all modern amenities. The breakfast/family room, a laundry room and cook’s porch with stairs to the back parking area, are conveniently adjacent to the kitchen. Nearby is a dumbwaiter, which goes from the basement to the third floor. There are back stairs leading to the basement and upper levels.
The south end of this level is anchored by an oversized, Georgian-style formal living room that is richly appointed with paneled walls, elaborate crown moldings, and built-in lighted china cabinets. The ornate marble fireplace is the spectacular focal point of this room, although the expansive bay window that overlooks the gardens, lawn and lake command equal attention. Four sets of French doors open to the surrounding open air dining porch on the south end of the house facing east, south and west, and an open air loggia on the west side of the living room faces to the south and west.
Gracefully framed by arches and bordered by the home’s sweeping lawn and flowerbeds, the covered patios provide a glorious venue for outdoor entertaining or quiet relaxation. A cozy library with exposed beams and fireplace, and a powder room complete the main floor.
The second floor (nine-foot ceilings) is comprised of six roomy bedrooms and an elegant master suite. Four bedrooms have marble fireplaces. All bedrooms open off a long, wide hallway and interconnect to five full bathrooms. This ingenious layout of alternating bedrooms and bathrooms allows for the flexible creation of guest suites. The spacious master bedroom, which is situated above the living room, has windows opening to the east, south and west. It features a marble fireplace and a beautiful parquet floor. Breathtaking views of the formal gardens, Tuxedo Lake and surrounding natural woodland can be seen through the room’s picture windows and from the attached terrace. Completely open and “treetop high,” the terrace serves as the perfect hideaway from the rest of the household activity.
New energy efficient Mitsubishi air conditioning has been added in many key areas. These have the benefit of operating as energy efficient heat pumps during the heating season.
Tucked away on the third floor are three multi-room suites, each with a private full bathroom. A fully equipped, small kitchen and dining room are on this floor. The rooms can be used as bedrooms or living space, as well as ideal living quarters for staff, guests or teens.
In the lower/basement level is a wine cellar, exercise room, and an oil-fired vapor vacuum steam heating system, and an additional area with exposure to the sun to keep tender plants throughout the winter, and tool and storage rooms. Located on the property are two dedicated fire hydrants, one near the front entrance and the other near the service parking lot. There is also a three-car garage.
The sixteen-plus-acre property is protected with a Conservation Easement, with the ability to add a tennis court, swimming pool and pool house, greenhouse and multicar garage. Because of the Easement a $5,000 New York State Tax Credit is available yearly to the owner.
Truly reminiscent of the estates of bygone days, this grand home has been lovingly maintained and thoughtfully enhanced over the years with an eye toward preserving a private and elegant lifestyle.