The Hut

A contemporary painting by Chinese artist Yue Min-Jung in the breakfast room greets guests each morning.

A contemporary painting by Chinese artist Yue Min-Jung in the breakfast room greets guests each morning.

The jewel of the house, and The Huts’ most dramatic room, is, appropriately, the ball room. Here, the architect respected every detail of the Tuscany Villa originally crafted for the Hillandale estate. Guests of ’s fantastical Halloween parties know first hand that with the right combination of guests and energy, the ball room simply comes alive with spirit and elegance.

The outside grounds are as meticulously prepared as the interiors. While roaming the property one is immediately struck by the lavish landscaping which seamlessly melds mature plantings, large oaks trees, stone retaining walls and open stretches of lawn. Nearer to the house, the foliage intertwines with farm-house terraces, porches and decks that nearly encircle the entire house. Perhaps it is the presence of the old oaks that gives The Hut its true place. In fall, the trees gracefully sway in the breeze as their leaves explode in a kaleidoscope of colors, and everywhere even for the busy Manhattan business man there are nooks of artist serenity to find recluse in. To be sure, this quiet farmland in Middleburg, although filled with a sense sophistication that could easily work in an Upper East Side condo, never really falls to far from its country roots … and that is what it such a special place.

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