Circle Creek Farm is the definition of a trophy property. This is like buying a Warhol, a Picasso, a Chagall. It is a true masterpiece.
Featuring a 16,000-square-foot custom home, world class equestrian amenities, featuring three riding arenas and a 12-stall barn inspired by old world Europe, Circle Creek Estate is an equestrian paradise. This magnificent home, set on 52 acres against the foothills of South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is now on the market for $22 million – making it the highest priced residential listing in South Carolina history. The cost to recreate this property today, would be north of $30 million.
Circle Creek features fully bespoke construction, thoughtful touches, and every amenity a luxury homeowner could want. Built in 2013 to resemble an English Manor, the home features six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and four powder rooms; soaring 25-foot-high ceilings in many rooms; custom stone mantels and fireplaces throughout the home; and amenities including a home theater, outdoor kitchen, network-controlled lighting and security systems, a lower-level pub, and an elevator. The estate is being sold completely turnkey, with all furniture, artwork and equipment included in the sale.
The attention to detail at Circle Creek is evident in the eclectic combination of materials sourced from around the world, including a streetlamp from Central Park, stone planters from the Great Wall of China, and reclaimed cobblestones from a street in Pittsburgh. The home features a roof made of blue slate originally harvested from Pennsylvania’s Chapman Quarry, which began operations in the 1850s.
The home’s interior is inspired by the English manors of the Cotswold District, with nods to the owner’s passion for the equestrian life found in design touches throughout– from a patina-kissed copper sculpture of a horse in a hallway to the Black Horse sign behind the lower-level bar, which hung in an English pub during the 19 th Century.
On the main level, the great room is surrounded by arched doors that open to a terrace and courtyard. Enormous cast-limestone fireplaces flank either side – their chimneys reaching into the barrel-vaulted ceiling punctuated by curved wooden beams. One of the most unique features of the estate, the floor of the great room is on a lift, which can be lowered into a storage area, where furniture can be swapped out to configure the room for different uses or events.
The chef’s kitchen has an elegant farmhouse feel, with a coffered ceiling and vent hood made from Longleaf pine beams salvaged from the historic Clifton Mill in Spartanburg. Travertine stone countertops, along with a custom Lacanche range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, create the perfect space for the most discerning chef. An adjacent butler’s pantry offers abundant storage, a Sub-Zero freezer, additional sink and dishwasher and laundry facilities. A chic wet bar is tucked between the kitchen and great room.
The den is a work of art in its own right. It features soaring 25 foot ceilings with reclaimed beams from Clifton Mill. The focal point is another of the homes many impressive stone fireplaces. The stone mantel, along with the beams were assembled using a crane.
Take to the outdoors and enjoy one of the many terraces. A winter terrace offers ample space for dining and lounging fireside while taking in the stunning grounds and pond. The summer terrace offers a built in grill and flows over to the stunning pool and pool terrace.
The primary wing is also on the main level and features an ensuite bath with a fireplace and soaking jacuzzi tub. Two walk-in closets, a private gym and steam room round out a few of the amenities of the living quarters. The second floor acts as the guest level and offers two bedrooms with ensuite baths on one end of the residence and two apartment suites with private entrances on the other end.
The home’s lower level evokes the feeling of an Old World European pub, featuring reclaimed wooden beams from barns across Kentucky, leather furniture and a temperature-controlled wine cellar. A large state of the art theater also resides on the lower level.
Equestrians will appreciate the three large arenas – one for warming up, one for dressage and a 200′ x 70′ covered arena for jumping. The covered ring is irrigated and features a mirrored wall and an adjacent storage area. The 12-stall horse barn, was constructed using reclaimed timbers from a mill along with an old barn. Thoughtfully designed with stalls from Lucas Equine, one of the world’s top horse stall manufacturers. The barn offers a gathering room, full bath, kitchenette, loft office/apartment and a well organized tack room. Several high level equestrians were consulted during construction, resulting in facilities that are impeccable and well thought out, with both the horse and rider in mind. The perimeter of the property offers trails and cross country jumps. In addition, the estate is just 45 minutes away from Tryon International Equestrian Center, host to numerous international-level horse shows.
The grounds are a mixture of rolling pastures, extensively landscaped and hardscaped areas, two ponds, a vineyard and an orchard. A maintenance shed is out of sight and holds the tractors and implements.
The estate is a short drive to downtown Greenville and the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Recently named one of Conde Nast’s best small cities and featured on ‘60 Minutes’ as a top relocation destination, Greenville is known for its farm-to-table restaurant scene, proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a 32-acre park that runs through downtown.
There are far too many features to mention. For more information, inquire to listing agent, Damian Hall at [email protected] or 828-817-2046. Three additional small homes across the street are included in this sale for staff housing.
Circle Creek has all of the advantages that astute equestrians have found enticing about the Upstate, South Carolina and Tryon areas… privacy, natural beauty, stunning lakes and mountains, lower property taxes, four mild seasons, and close proximity to award winning cities like Greenville and business centers like Charlotte and Atlanta.