Creek Farm dates back to the early 1800s
Nestled between a row of historic Maples along a country road and
a spirited salmon and trout-filled creek, this blissful 12+ acre
country estate provides the ultimate pastoral setting, epitomizing
the quintessential gentleman’s farm with its charming colonial
farmhouse, carriage-house style guest cottage and garage, Dutch-doored
horse barn with green pastures, apple-cherry orchard, and its historic
This is a rare opportunity
to own a one-of-a-kind custom-crafted home, with every incredible
detail handcrafted for the original owners in collaboration with
their personal architects. Lush natural meadows, pastures, and gardens
are surrounded by woodlands, and vast rolling farmland. A place
for gathering family and friends, this welcoming home affords a
distinctive “Great Camp” feeling for the most discerning
Embodying life lived idyllically,
this extraordinary 20-room Colonial farmhouse estate is a scene
out of “White Christmas.” Being traditionally crafted
to perfection, this “home for all seasons” is of an
uncommon quality. From the oversized picture windows from which
you’ll enjoy the beautiful perennial gardens with peonies,
lilies, iris, hydrangeas and the rolling natural terrain with apple,
cherry, and maple trees, to the breathtaking gorgeous sunrise and
sunset views. Enjoy the pleasant, peaceful beauty of nature and
wildlife—deer, pheasant, fox, wild turkey— with family
and the closest of friends. Living in this home is unlike any other
you will experience.
In the late 1800s Sandy Creek Farm was part of a larger parcel of
farm property owned by Abel Ward. In 1900, Jennie Ward married Henry
Edmund (H.E.) Machold, who developed the property into several thriving
dairy farms. H. E. Machold was a successful business man, with an
interest in politics. He was Speaker of the Assembly for the State
of New York and at different times, President of the Northern New
York Trust Company, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, and the St.
Regis Paper Company. Even though H.E. Machold was an accomplished
businessman, his heart was in Ellisburg and he had a great love
for the North Country and its people. He had a reputation for being
a kind and generous man. In 1903, H.E. and Jennie had twins, Earl
and Doris. Eventually, Doris owned the original homestead on the
hill, and Maple Row Farm became the home of Earl and his family.
Ed Machold & Jennie Ward
Earl and Doris Machold 1918
Social gatherings have
long been a part of summer life on the farm. With H.E.’s birthday
being July 5, there were often large clambakes and outdoor parties.
Having a Waldorf Astoria second home, the Machold’s often
brought guests from New York City back to the farm to share in these
lavish festivities. Sandy Creek farm became more of a gentleman’s
farm, with Earl’s interest in horses and the addition of a
horse barn. The jockey weathervane atop the barn is reminiscent
of the frequently visited Saratoga horse track.
With it’s close proximity
to Lake Ontario, the Machold’s also entertained at their Galloo
Island home, where classic wood boats provided access to abundant
world-class small mouth bass fishing. A true sport-fishing climate,
the area is well known for many kinds of fishing, including bass,
salmon, trout and walleye.
Harvesting apples and making
homemade cider has been a tradition for generations, and still happens
today, with the latest cider making party taking place in October
2015. With an ample supply of lush apples, the party is a wonderful
time of joy and laughter for family and friends of all ages to gather
to enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures. The orchard also
provides a place of nurture and nourishment for the whitetail deer
in the surrounding field and meadows.
The estate’s grand light-filled layout provides the ultimate
backdrop for large-scale entertaining, as well as optimal comfort
for family and guests with a total of 7 bedrooms, 4 full baths,
2 half baths and sprawling living, entertaining, and recreation
You’ll be enveloped
by the ambiance of history from the moment you enter the quaint
foyer with its antique chandelier, papered walls, hardwood floors,
and center staircase. Be warmed by the 4 colonial fireplaces and
cook tableside from the raised hearth of the sunroom fireplace.
The formal living room
is dazzling with hand-painted, faux-finished walls, and fabulous
wood-burning fireplace with colonial handcrafted-millwork mantel.
At the opposite side of the foyer sits the formal dining room with
hand-painted walls and period-original wainscot panels and a pair
of hand-crafted built-in colonial corner cabinets situated on either
side of the bow window with its stunning views. In keeping with
the wainscot panels, the wood-burning colonial fireplace is of floor-to-ceiling
handcrafted panels, with a hidden feature. Perhaps a vestige from
the prohibition era, a secret wine closet in the wall behind the
fireplace waits for curious seekers. In the evening, as the sun
begins to set over Lake Ontario, this room is truly “aglow”
with warm golden light casting throughout.
Entertaining is divine in the extraordinary sunroom, added in 1940,
with it’s dreamy sky blue hand-painted ceiling, glistening
chandelier, and striking floor-to-ceiling wood-burning brick fireplace,
with raised hearth for table side cooking in the sunroom’s
large dining area. Encircled with light from the new Marvin custom
windows throughout, custom extra wide crown molding, well-patinaed
terra cotta tile floors, double glass doors leading outside to the
heated pool and lush and elegant perennial flower gardens—the
room and it’s views are breathtakingly lovely. This room is
gorgeous in every season, bringing the outdoors in.
Enjoy pure maple syrup from your very own Sandy Creek Farm estate-grown
maple trees, harvested especially for you by your local sugarman.
The generously-sized modern gourmet kitchen with views of pool and
gardens will delight even the most selective chef. Gorgeous features
include custom cabinetry, solid surface counters, triple sink, double
ovens, and, between the kitchen and formal dining room, a butler’s
pantry with many extra cupboards, solid-surface countertops, large
vintage cast iron sink, bar area, and second refrigerator. The mudroom,
with an additional large vintage cast iron sink and extra cabinets
and ample room for outdoor wear, adjoins the kitchen. The screened-porch,
providing entry into both the kitchen and mudroom, offers relaxation,
rocking chairs, and views of the glorious westward sky where warm
shades of pink and orange lay upon the horizon.
Retreat to the sumptuous
master suite that’s spacious and luxuriously private, with
custom walk-in closet and an ensuite master bath in the classic
style. Warm colors, plush carpet over oak floors, and ample room
for queen or king-size bed and cozy armchairs makes the setting
warm and inviting. Curl up with a good book or movie at the end
of your adventure-filled day.
Tucked at the other end
of the first story of the main house is a separate guest wing with
an extra large bedroom and ensuite bath, which is in addition to
the 2 bedroom, 1 bath guest house. There’s a washer/dryer
and large cedar closet off the guest wing, as well.
Ascend to the 3 upstairs
bedrooms, which overlook the gardens below and meadows beyond. With
plush carpet over antique hardwoods and cozy nooks and alcoves of
dormered windows, this space is especially adored for its sweet
and whimsical feeling of home.
The home boasts craftsmanship
and quality throughout, not often found today, with its solid doors,
wrought iron hardware, hardwood floors, and custom woodwork.
The lower level is beyond
what you would ever imagine a basement to be, with a 20’ x
40’ open space, room for Ping-Pong, entertainment, and hobbies.
In addition to the main floor laundry, a basement laundry area has
washer, dryer and utility sink and a huge storage area. This is
large clean poured-wall basement, with steel I-beams, 3 furnaces
and 3 zones.
Built in 1940, the 1300 sq. ft. carriage-style guest cottage, like
the main house, is adorned with custom crafted Essex green shutters
and flower-filled window boxes. Leave the door wide open and breath
the fresh lily-scented country air. Enter into the guest cottage’s
living space and you’ll find a large room with the ambiance
of a classic vintage Adirondack hunting lodge, with its tongue-and-groove
paneled walls and ceiling, wood floors and cozy wood-burning fireplace.
Two bedrooms and 1 bath, an updated kitchen, and extra large mudroom
with laundry facilities, make this space perfect for guests, relatives,
housekeeper/caretakers or for rental income potential.
Perched atop the 1700 sq.
ft. garage, the old rooster weathervane watches over Maple Row Farm.
This architecturally enchanting 6-car garage (4 front bays and 2
back bays) is perfect for the discerning buyer’s vehicles,
plus any collections: cars, antiques, boats, large items. A virtual
showroom for collections, this is a museum quality garage, of the
late Vanderbilt-era, handsomely crafted with custom millwork bead-board
tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling. H.E. Machold had his craftsmen
build this one to last generations: no expense was spared for this
garage right down to its steel I-beam construction.
Beyond the grassy green
backyard, past the large weeping elm, and before the lower pasture
and meadow, you will find the vintage-style 4-stall, horse barn.
Enter through the double Dutch doors and to the right there’s
a bead-board paneled tack room for saddles, blue ribbons, and bridles.
This room would also make a perfect home office, for the shortest
of commutes. The 4 horse stalls align a wide center space, and large
overhead doors open at both ends for open-air in mild weather and
for ease of access. There is ample space for feed storage. Part
of the horse barn is outfitted as a kennel and run, perfect for
dogs or small-breed animals. The meadow/pasture are beside the horse
barn, beyond and below the high north bank, flows the lively natural
wonder, the south branch of Sandy Creek.
South Sandy Creek is a
natural habitat for Lake Ontario migrating salmon and trout, and
highly sought after fishing is literally a stone’s throw from
your backyard. Part of the creek is within the property’s
deed, and ownership is yours.
Don’t miss this rare
opportunity to own a showpiece estate overlooking this natural paradise
and at the core of year-round activity and adventure.
Located off Interstate-81,
45 minutes north of Syracuse, NY, and its easily accessible Hancock
Airport, this lovely, old-fashioned homestead is nicely situated,
being close to many other areas of interest.
Historic Sackets Harbor,
19 miles away, is quaint and alluring with its beautiful harbor,
affluent restaurants, and rich 1812 history. The Thousand Islands,
and their wondrous beauty are a short 45 minute drive, and the gorgeous
Adirondack Mountains lie about an hour an a half to the East. Adding
to the list, with Saratoga and it’s famous horse racing 160
miles east, and Montreal a mere 200 miles to the north, there is
an abundance of exciting day or weekend trips to enjoy, if so desired.