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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    It's always great to entertain family and friends during the holidays, and for many, there is no better place to celebrate than in a country setting. Here are a few of our newest listings that offer showstopping environments for entertaining during the holidays and throughout the year.

    Hawk HillHawk Hill,Pound Ridge

    Tucked away off a quiet country lane, Hawk  Hill offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with over 7 acres of rolling lawns, pristine woodland and a meandering stream. The home's simple and elegant living areas open out to decks, porches and stone terraces -  the perfect spots to entertain, relax or simply watch the soaring hawks that are frequent visitors to this tranquil setting. There's even a basketball court to work off the extra calories from those heavy holiday meals. Contact Mary Anne Condon at the Houlihan Lawrence Pound Ridge Brokerage for more information.

     

    Strawberry Hill FarmStrawberry Hill Farm, Quaker Hill, Pawling

    Surrounded by a picturesque rural landscape of verdant meadows, walking paths and sparkling ponds, Strawberry Hill Farm's  nearly 40 private acres host a sprawling main residence, an 8-stall barn and extensive equestrian amenities. The residence, once the ski lodge for the Lowell Thomas estate, continues to retain the comfortable ambience and warmth of a classic lodge.  Winter is particularly beautiful here with views over the icy ponds and woodland beyond. Contact Robert Morini at our Brewster Brokerage to learn more about this special offering.

     

    Beech HouseBeech House, Millbrook

    Hollywood couldn't conjure up a more perfect setting for the holidays than this graceful circa 1900 Colonial home, which displays all the rich character and warmth of its period roots. Beautifully-detailed living and dining rooms are ideal for large-scale gatherings, which can easily be serviced from the expansive country kitchen and adjoining pantry and bar. For outdoor enjoyment, there are broad lawns, light forest and rolling fields that seemingly stretch out forever. A handsome barn and cottage also share this captivating setting. Contact Carol Smerling at the Houlihan Lawrence Millbrook Brokerage for more information.

     

    Round Hill FarmRound Hill Farm, Armonk

    Another memorable setting for entertaining is Round Hill Farm, an early 19th century farm that has been transformed into a luxury estate overlooking Gifford Lake. The circa 1817 farmhouse is imbued with period charm enriched by original woodwork, vintage fireplaces and antique floors. A recent expansion and top-to-bottom renovation has yielded a stately home fitted with the latest 21st century amenities including a home theater, game room and bar that are sure to keep your guests entertained. Contact Brian Milton at Houlihan Lawrence's Armonk Brokerage for more information.