This Celebrity-Owned Pawling Estate Just Hit the Market

In Dutchess County, the most expensive house on the market has interesting ties to a notable American talk show host.

Pawling is known for its small-town charm and vast stretches of farmland in southern Dutchess County. Now, the tiny town is generating some buzz in the real estate world as Harriet Norris of Douglas Elliman just listed the most expensive house on the Pawling market at $6.5 million. The equestrian estate, located at 618 Quaker Hill Road in Pawling, is the home of famed American talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael, known for her show Sally.


The 25.5-acre estate known as Elmwood Farm was first developed in 1744, the main house being a later addition in 1840. Until Raphael purchased the property in 1997, Elmwood Farm had remained in the same family for over nine generations.

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On the estate stands a 15,000-sq-ft Elizabethan-style manor teeming with stunning original features including hand-painted plaster ceiling moldings, a grand staircase with 30 hand-carved animals, and harlequin stained-glass windows. Aside from the main house, on the estate also sits two caretaker homes, a carriage house with groom’s quarters, a yoga studio, a 12,000-sq-ft stable, and a greenhouse.

Elmwood Farm has stunning views and endless possibilities on the crest of Quaker Hill. The main house consists of three levels, 17 bedrooms, nine baths, four half-baths, and 10 fireplaces. The entrance to the manor is just as grand, with a long, gated driveway at the end of which is a porte cochere that provides access to the sunset-facing veranda.

No detail is too small for the Elizabethan manor. Hand-carved pilasters, leaded glass windows, and variegated gables with carved vignette timber fascia and Gothic spires are the highlights of the home, in addition to the original figured-oak grand staircase and second-floor wing that features hand-painted storybook murals.

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The steep price is fitting for the timeless elegance of Elmwood Farm, from its original features to its bountiful property. Whether for its historical significance or its modern amenities, this Pawling property is sure to be popular with architecture lovers and real estate aficionados alike.

Elmwood Farm is located at 618 Quaker Hill Road in Pawling. 

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