By Jaymi Naciri
Once a playground for dignitaries and royalty, the famed Cragwood Estate enjoys privacy and pedigree.
First Lady Jacquelyn Kennedy riding horses on the property. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor celebrating the annual “Royal Weekend” as guests in the home. Stories of gold Kruggerands being doled out as party favors during elaborate galas.
Cragwood Estate in Far Hills, New Jersey, has both an inimitable pedigree and a storied and fascinating history, having once been owned by precious-metal magnate Charles Engelhard and his socialite wife, Jane. The couple was renowned for their lavish parties and for the dignitaries and heads of state, including Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, who visited.
Today’s soirees might not be quite as posh, but the 112-acre Georgian revival mansion certainly is. Crafted to exacting standards circa 1923 and lovingly restored and modernized by its current owners, the home features three levels of beautifully designed living space. In all, there are 24 rooms, including nine bedrooms, a professional home theater and a climate-controlled, 3,000-bottle wine cellar with a tasting room, plus an elevator and three terraces to take in the rare views of Ravine Lake and the distant hills…