Luxurious Surroundings and a Relaxing Country Setting Come Together at Clarks Bridge Equestrian Estate
Breathtaking is the only word you’ll use to describe Clarks Bridge Equestrian Estate, a magnificent country escape located in Gainesville, GA. This pristine property provides the seclusion of 64 acres (with additional acreage available*) of green pasture and manicured lawns, yet is just 45 minutes from the bustling metropolis of Atlanta. Horse lovers will delight in getting in an early morning exercise in the equestrian center before enjoying a cup of coffee on the covered terrace overlooking the zero entry infinity pool in the spacious back garden with expansive views of the land. A smart-home system offers remote access to open the main gate, from your mobile device. This manor home is the perfect location for a vacation getaway or year-round luxury and is offered at Absolute Auction on August 29, 2013 at 2 pm, Selling with No Reserve.
Luxury from the First Moment
Upon driving through the stone and wrought iron security gate, you begin to get a glimpse of the craftsmanship this equestrian estate offers. Meander down the winding country lane and marvel at the meticulously landscaped grounds, complete with crepe myrtles and natural foliage adjacent to the fenced pastures that envelope each side of the drive. As you approach a fork in the lane, choose the left path of the large, circular driveway and head toward the main manor house, continuing nearly .5 mile through a forested canopy until reaching the centerpiece of the estate. A quaint Tennessee Field stone bridge marks your approach, and the manor house peeks out from the top of the rise to greet you with its stunning craftsman-bungalow architecture and gable style roof complemented with copper chimney caps. Choose to park your car in one of three separate garages or pull through to the stone and brick-covered entryway.
A Stunning Retreat
Entering the main entrance of the home, the wrought iron and glass double doors open into the foyer, which ushers you to appreciate the more than 8,000 square feet held within this magnificent manor house. Look up to admire the custom chandeliers and vaulted ceilings with both paneled and exposed beams that accent the home’s dramatic architectural features. Brick, stone, and antique wood line the walls, which feature exquisite wainscoting and reach up to 15 feet in the great room, where they meet the wood-trimmed ceilings that make this home feel like a five-star lodge. Just off this casual gathering area, the custom kitchen welcomes culinary enthusiasts with its granite countertops, handcrafted Habersham custom cabinets, breakfast bar, and top-of-the-line Wolf, Kitchen Aid, and Sub-Zero appliances. Your guests can appreciate your gastronomical delights in the banquet-sized dining room with striking twin alabaster chandeliers imported from Italy and wood-encased custom stone fireplace, perfect for chilly evenings. For lighter meals, the breakfast room is just off the dining room, with plenty of space for quick snacks and leisurely Sunday mornings with the newspaper and coffee. All of the rooms flow together in the open floor plan that perfectly supports large parties and gatherings as well as the everyday needs of a busy family. A combination of antique oak and flagstone flooring seamlessly draw the design together and add to the warmth of this one-of-a-kind estate.
This 2008 residence features three bedrooms, three full baths, and three half baths,office, great room, and dining room spread across two separate wings. The master wing provides a romantic escape in the luxurious master suite, complete with its own sitting area, inviting granite fireplace, double vanities in the spacious en-suite bathroom, shower with body massage feature, and a soaking whirlpool tub under a mural of a blue-cloud sky. This is on the opposite end of the home from the guest wing, where the additional two bedrooms are situated. The guest wing may be accessed through the main entryway of the home or through the separate entrance in the hall of the wing. A natural stone fireplace and handcrafted wooden doors are the main features of this wing, with a second complete kitchen and living area for guests to have their own retreat to relax. A sitting terrace is accessible from the living room and overlooks the patio and pool area with direct access to the finely manicured back garden.
The rear covered patio is merely an extension of the rest of the home, with a high-end outdoor grilling station and several levels for seating and entertainment, all of which enjoy panoramic views of the infinity edge, salt-water pool and surrounding pastures. The pool features three levels with cascading waterfalls flowing in between. Step into the hot tub on a cool evening or enjoy the unique zero entry feature of the pool during warmer weather. Year round, you’ll enjoy the tranquil sounds of the water from any seat on the terrace.
Adjacent to the manor house lies the state-of-the-art barn that showcases architecture and landscaping that blend seamlessly with the rest of the property. Eight fully climate-controlled, wood and steel stalls with computer-controlled water-consumption indicators, await your equine friends. An automated, timed Full-Spectrum Lighting system is in place to prevent the horses winter coats from coming in. The barn includes a Farrier stall, tack room with shower, feed room, laundry room, and veterinarian office with kitchenette plus additional storage for their two-legged caretakers. A drive surrounds the barn, making transport of supplies and horses an easy task, and an equipment barn keeps everything out of view. The barn is as functional as it is beautiful, with easy access to the stalls through the wide, high-ceilinged hallway as well as the exterior doors.
The upstairs of the barn is unfinished and available for storage or ready to be converted into living space as needed. Back downstairs, the spacious tack room boasts not only storage for your gear but also a sink, snack area, and shower. The barn office has a kitchenette, seating area, and porch to sip a cool beverage after a long ride.
A covered riding arena connected to the barn has vast ceiling fans spanning 30 feet across, reducing summer temperatures 15–20 degrees. Installed equine lighting fixtures extend riding times for use day or night. Train and exercise your horses no matter what the weather in the arena with its engineered, dust-free polymer footing that provides lateral and vertical stability for both horse and rider. Hands-free exercise is also available for your team under the nearby gazebo-style cooling ring with electric four-horse walker.
Welcome Guests to a Peaceful Retreat
Just a short drive from the main home is the guest cottage, a one-bedroom, 1.5-bath retreat for your visitors who desire a little more space. A one-car garage and complete floor plan make this a home unto itself, perfect for long-term guests. In keeping with the rest of the property, the cottage features craftsman architecture and manicured landscaping. Nestled among the mature trees and pastures, your family and friends will feel secluded and relaxed in this home away from home. A wraparound porch with plenty of shaded seating welcomes your guests to lounge a while longer, and the exterior fireplace creates a cozy ambiance. Inside, a vaulted ceiling and second fireplace make for warm winter evenings. The details continue here with a claw bathtub and old-fashioned cast iron stove in the kitchen. Your guests will feel so spoiled!
Begin Your Adventure
Clarks Bridge Equestrian Estate offers a unique living arrangement for horse lovers, their family, trainers and guests. This property is being offered at absolute auction on August 29, 2013, selling with no reserve. Call now to reserve your opportunity to bid and schedule your exclusive tour of this magnificent estate.
Area of Gainesville, Georgia
Located just 45 minutes from Atlanta, Gainesville, GA is surrounded on three sides by Lake Lanier, considered to be one of the nation’s most popular inland water destinations; annual visitors enjoy its many recreational facilities. Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Gainesville will celebrate its 192nd anniversary in November. Small enough to know your neighbors yet large enough to provide the amenities of a larger city, Gainesville is a quiet, welcoming community with true Southern charm. The population exceeds 35,000 with a daytime population of more than 100,000 due to its proximity to Atlanta and business focus. Gainesville has its very own Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport offering both T-hangars and corporate hangars for private and corporate aircraft.
Gainesville’s charming downtown harkens to days gone by when neighbors would run into each other on the streets while shopping. With more than 50 businesses centrally located, shopping is an easy pastime and dining options are plentiful. During the summer months, head downtown to Gainesville’s Historic Downtown Square with your blanket and chairs for “First Fridays” and enjoy a variety of live music including acoustic, rock, and jazz.
*An Additional 88 Acres is available under a separate bill of sale, on the opposite side of Clarks Bridge Road from the property.
Equestrian Arena Walker-Cooling Ring 64+ Acres with Pastures
|Manor House || Pool House|| Guest Cottage|| Barn
|3 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms3 Half BathsKitchenGreat RoomDining RoomDenGuest Wing with 2nd Kitchen
||Zero Entry PoolInfinity Edge PoolSalt-Water PoolHot Tub Whirpool
|| 1 Bedroom
1 Half Bath
|| 8 Stalls