171 Pennbrook Rd,
Far Hills Boro NJ

5 beds | 4 baths | 15.17 Acres | MLS/ID#: 3371212


Pennbrook Hill

Enter past Pennbrook Hill’s stone-posted gates and savor trees here since long ago, a cottage cape set amidst winding garden paths and westerly views as far as Pennsylvania. Step into the storybook setting of this 15-acre country home built for Betsy Beinecke Shirley, the daughter of one of the original founders of The Plaza Hotel, and her husband. While The Plaza is known to the world for its pomp, opulence and celebrity guests, Pennbrook Hill is simply nature at its best.

A stone walkway cascades to the entry of the spacious yet cozy home. Rustic charm paired with just enough poised elegance captures the senses in its delightful interior. Brick and pine are as engaging as old friends in the foyer. Oak floors flow in the formal living room with slate-surround fireplace and views to the horizon are framed by a wall of windows.  Views continue in the wood-paneled library where Betsy, an avid collector of children’s literature, stored original works including Good Night Moon, Eloise, and A Child’s Garden of Dreams on richly carved shelves. Nearby the dining room with wainscoting is groomed to entertain and the two first-floor suites to offer guests a restful night. Not to be overlooked is the large eat-in kitchen where checkered flooring provides a dramatic stage for white, clean-lined cabinetry and open shelving with dramatic western views.

On the second level, the Cape’s pitched, varied roofline affords architectural intrigue to the master suite and 3 additional bedrooms.  Spacious rooms and customized dressing areas are pleasantly accented with diverse ceilings, dormers and eave closets. Generously expanding the home’s living area is the finished lower level with large recreation, laundry and storage room.

Inextricably though this home melds with its resplendent setting. Whether from expansive windows, the bluestone terrace, or its sweeping landscape, there is the tug to savor the view, the sights and scents and the unsurpassed beauty of the outdoor living space. Tucked into the landscape as well is a barn style 3-bay garage with loft handsomely bordered by a stone and paver-block motor court. And on a slight rise is the perfectly-sized greenhouse with wood-paneled and brick floor potting shed.  Pennbrook Hill is partially bordered by 40 acres of preserved land.

Pennbrook Hill is located in the enchanting community of Far Hills. Long known for its patrician homes and equestrian events, it is also home to the United States Golf Association. NJ Transit trains and interstates 78 and 287 offer efficient access to New York City, international airports and corporate centers.

This storybook setting is perfect for full time or weekend living! Located in sought after Far Hills, this 11 room, 5BR charmer offers a beautifully paneled family room w/fireplace, large LR w/ fireplace, eat in country kitchen - all with EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS. 2 first floor Bedrooms w/ 2 full baths. A private setting w/ approximately 7 acres of deer fencing, fabulous greenhouse w/ a brick floored potting shed, 3 car detached garage w/ loft, equipment garage, generator, 5 BR septic (installed 2018), newly painted, refinished floors, new kitchen floor and back splash. All appliances are "as is" . Farmland Assessed
Bedrooms 5
Full Bathrooms 4
Property Type Residential
Year Built 1949
Acreage 15.17
Style Custom Home
Taxes $17,791 (2017)


Elementary BEDWELL
Number of Rooms 11
Basement Yes
Basement Desc. Finished-Partially, Full
Renovation Year 2018
Community Living No


  • RgOvGas
  • Refrig
  • OvnWGas
  • Dishwshr


  • Bedroom 3
  • Library
  • Living Room


  • Tile
  • Wood


  • Multi-Zone

Fuel type

  • Gas-Natural


  • Central Air


  • Well


  • Septic

Room layout

Room Dimensions Floor
Master Bedroom 18x17 Second
Bedroom 2 19x14 Second
Bedroom 3 20x14 Second
Bedroom 4 20x13 First
Den Room 17x11 First
Dining Room 15x13 First
Family Room 14x13 First
Kitchen N/A First
Living Room 30x24 First
Bedroom N/A First
Library N/A First
Laundry Room N/A First
Game Room N/A Basement
  • Underground Lawn Sprinkler
  • Barn/Stable
  • Patio
  • Wood Fence
  • Open Porch(es)
  • Greenhouse Type Room
  • Outbuilding(s)


  • 3 Spaces
  • Detached Garage


  • Gravel
  • Crushed Stone
  • Fencing


  • Asphalt Shingle


  • Skyline View
  • Open Lot
  • Wooded Lot
Photo of Ashley Christus




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Far Hills encompasses five square miles in Somerset County, bordered by Bedminster Township, Peapack-Gladstone, Bernards Township and Bernardsville. It shares a public library, a community pool, athletic programs, civic organizations and a school system with Bernardsville. It also shares a fire department and a first aid squad with neighboring Bedminster Township.

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