Michael R. Franklin
Licensed Real Estate Broker
(o) 315-876-2262


5558 Saxe Road Ellisburg, NY 13636

Michael DeRosa
Licensed Real Estate Broker & Auctioneer
CNY Office 315.406.7355 NYC Office 212.757.1550

Sandy 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 past.

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 buyer.

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.

Abel & Jane Ward

Ed Machold & Jennie Ward Machold

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 spaces.

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.


    Michael L. DeRosa, Licensed Real Estate Broker & Auctioneer
    The International Building 45 Rockefeller Plaza 20th Floor, Suite 2000 New York, NY 10111 Office: 212-757-1550
    P.O. BOX 391 Skaneateles, New York 13152 c. 315.406.7355 p. 315.685.7400
    7 South Marvine Avenue, Auburn, New York 13021

    Broker: Franklin Ruttan 1406 North State Street Syracuse, NY 13208
    (O) 315.876.2262 E-Mail: info@FranklinRuttan.com

    Brokers fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.

  • The property is being offered for sale in cooperation with D M & H E Williams Realty, LLC.
  • (c) 2015