When attorney Francis Harrison Kinnicutt (1876-1939) commissioned the building of a home in Bedminster, he could think of none other than Franklin Nelson Breed, senior partner of the esteemed New York architectural firm of Breed, Fuller & Dick. Breed's design prowess manifested in an English Country House splendidly presiding over Kinnicutt's estate. The home was completed in 1928. After Kinnicutt's death in 1939, the main house had two other owners before being purchased by Oliver and Moira Filley in 1952 along with 27 acres. Land purchases over the years increased Oldacre in size and its holdings reached 106 acres held in three parcels.
Oldacre comprises of four residences, 3 ponds, barns, rolling lawns and abundant pastureland. Reigning at the summit of the 106 acres is the handsome English Country main residence with sweeping and dynamic views of the Bedminster countryside. The beautifully updated and expanded 4 bedroom cottage, the 2-bedroom farmhouse and the main barn date back to the mid-19th century. A detached 2 car garage with 1-bedroom apartment above and a Morton barn were added in the 1980's.
A Spanish tile roof and stone and stucco siding envelope the manor home. The gracious limestone entry exudes warmth. A curved, floating staircase in the 21 feet high foyer dazzles the senses. The 16 room, 3-level home hosts 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, living room, banquet sized dining room, kitchen accompanied with breakfast room and butler's pantry, library, great room, playroom and au pair suite. High ceilings, French doors and panoramic windows accentuate the generously scaled rooms. Elegance and charm are presented in raised-panel wainscoting, arched doors, hand-hewn ceiling beams, and in the paneled walls with acorn leaf details. Period features include plaster walls, wide plank random-width floors and as many as seven fireplaces.
The 27 square mile picturesque countryside of Bedminster comprises mainly of horse farms. Equestrian trails dot the landscape. In addition to Oldacre's prime acreage, miles of adjacent dirt roads and trails for hacking lie on its periphery. A secluded and peaceful setting yet minutes to major highways, shopping and world class restaurants. New York City is less than an hour away.
Block 21, Lot 3: 5.5 acres
Block 21, Lot 3: 82.7 acres,
Block 21, Lot 3.01: 3 acres
Block 21, Lot 3.01: 10 acres,
Block 21, Lot 4: 5 acres
Bedminster Township in northern Somerset County consists of 26 square miles of charming hamlets with antique homes, expansive equestrian estates, lavish townhouses, and rolling farmland in the heart of Somerset County’s legendary hunt country. This quiet area experienced unprecedented growth during the 1980s when The Hills, a master planned community east of Route 287, opened its doors and the population soared from 2,500 to 8,000-plus residents today. Yet much of the township retains its peaceful feeling; many unpaved lanes are ideal for bicyclists, horseback riders, hikers, and dog walkers. Bedminster is home to Trump National Golf Club.