One of the world's magnificent and rare estates, Darlington, praised by architectural enthusiasts as the American Versailles, is an architectural masterpiece located within 25 miles of New York City. Originally constructed in 1907 and meticulously renovated in the last seven years, this estate offers approximately 50,000 square feet of spectacular living space and more than 12 acres of marvelous grounds framed by the Ramapo Mountains.
The 58-room, three-story mansion that today is listed with both the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places was the dream of George Crocker, son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker. He saw in the area of Mahwah, New Jersey, an escape from the rushed and crowded life of New York City and ample space that would allow him to build the estate of his dreams. The majestic dwelling, modeled after an English castle nearly a century ago, rivals the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and overlooks the Ramapo Valley. The architect of the mansion was James Brite, who along with his partner, Henry Bacon, also created the original Madison Square Garden, American University in Washington, D.C., and the world-famous Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
During the last seven years, the mansion has been completely renovated. In this process, the original architectural genius was retained and original precious materials were preserved. At the same time, all mechanical systems were replaced, all bathrooms were rebuilt, and a new living area of 12,000 square feet was added. The renovation of the mansion was performed by a unique team of architects, designers, craftsmen, and local artists. Over 100 years after the original construction, the renovation project again employed the most talented Italian wood carvers (whose works include the Italian Parliament as well as the Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf-Astoria in New York City) and the world's top designers to bring the mansion into the 21st Century.
- Zoned as residential and also approved for use as a corporate retreat
- Approximately 50,000 square feet on over 12 acres with sweeping views of the surrounding grounds and hillsides
- Detailed hand-carved woodwork throughout, originally carved by master carver John H. Elliott
- Great hall with 30-foot-high ceiling and 1906 Aeolian Player Pipe Organ, one of, if not the only one, in the U.S.
- Library with 15-foot-high ceiling painted by muralist James Wall Finn (other works include the Payne Whitney Mansion and the New York Public Library)
- Formal dining room, formal tea room, restaurant-style kitchen
- Double master wing
- Wine cellar and tasting room, cigar room, beauty salon
- Theater, billiard room with bar, poker room, game room
- Luxury spa with lap pool, steam room and sauna, massage and exercise rooms
- Tennis court with cabana, two fountains, two pergolas, a gazebo, outdoor pool with cabana
- Gatehouse, eight-car garage, staff quarters with five suites and lounge