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Remarkable Estate on 228 Acres with Extensive Riding Trails Throughout

Arlington, Bennington County , Vermont

hay barn • pool • pond • 1 barn

Property description

Ian Fleming, Famed creator of James Bond, once mused in the guest register of Black Hole Hollow Farm, "Lived here like a king - an uninvited one - in fragrant and luxurious solitude" a bucolic and timeless sanctuary. This remarkable estate located on 228 verdant acres bordering both state and national forest, offers an unparalleled backdrop to an especially private hideaway. Extensive walking and riding trails are interwoven throughout. The beautiful stone mansion overlooks lush hilled lawns, two tiered ponds and waterfalls. Original house dates from 1772, expanded and designed by the renowned architect Jerome Cerny in the 1930's. The grand living room and downstairs bedrooms open onto the gardens through French doors and master suite provides private access to a poetic walled garden. There are fireplaces throughout, attached guest house, heated greenhouse, barn, cutting and vegetable garden. The estate has entertained a cast of characters including Sir Ian Fleming, spending summers finding inspiration and writing the classics "Diamonds Are Forever," "Goldfinger" and "For Your Eyes Only." Owners were Josephine Hartford Bryce, heiress of the A&P Dynasty and husband Ivar rumored to be the inspiration for Bond. Easy drive to Albany Int'l Airport, Manchester and Saratoga's thoroughbred racing. Cultural activities of theatre, art, museums and dance are nearby. To hike, ride, hunt, farm, fish or drive off-road in the surrounding forest. To find inspiration in a deeply rooted sense of home.


Home Features

  • 19 Rooms
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 8 Baths
  • Fireplaces throughout
  • Large heated greenhouse
  • Extensive riding trails
  • Abuts state and national forest
  • Tiered ponds and waterfalls fed by the White Creek Brook
  • 2 bedroom attached guest house
  • High speed fiber optic internet
  • Inground pool
  • Especially private serene hideaway

Lot Features

  • Black Hole Hollow Farm is located on a quiet VT unpaved country road lined with Sugar Maple & Oak.
  • Mosaic of hills, valleys and considerable flat agricultural land well suited for crops, horses or other livestock.
  • 228 Acres of old growth hardwoods consisting mostly of Sugar Maple, Red Oak, Birch, Beech and White Pine.
  • Walking and riding trails are interwoven throughout the property.
  • Natural pond contains wild Brook Trout and excellent viewing opportunities for birds and waterfowl.
  • Pond is fed by a cold-water stream running from 3000' Grass Mountain and continues thru the property.
  • Beautifully landscaped and adorned with a large greenhouse and inground pool.

Horse Facility Features

  • Grounds comprise lush pastures and fields well suited for horses.
  • Additional land and 10 stall horse barn are available to purchase. Please contact real estate agent for information.


  • 46 miles to airports
  • 18 miles to hospitals
  • 18 miles to shopping

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Buyer to verify all information


1048 Black Hole Hollow Rd, Arlington, Bennington County, Vermont


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