With its zen gardens, yoga and meditation rooms, and private waterfall, The Retreat, near Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, is a little corner of paradise on earth
Imagine getting up and taking a refreshing walk among dew-moistened flowers. Imagine coming back home after a long day and unwinding with yoga in a restful, tranquil room. Imagine relaxing with your friends by a waterfall. Imagine doing this every day because the walk, the yoga room and the waterfall are all in your house. That’s what awaits the new owners of The Retreat, a fabulous estate in Pennsylvania where luxury living meets nature and mindfulness.
It took owner Esther Dormer more than a decade to turn an ancient farm into the perfect getaway. At the heart of the estate is the 100-year-old original farmhouse, a beautifully restored three-bedroom home that oozes period character. The interiors are beautifully decorated in a relaxed, yet sophisticated style with antiques and one off finds.
At The Retreat, guests have their own place to stay in a separate four-bedroom guest house, and everyone can converge in the Recreation Club, a large but cosy area to have a nightcap, play cards or watch a favourite film with your friends, and the Entertainment Pavilion, where a large open space welcomes lively parties.
The Retreat's crowning glory are its magnificent gardens, with their zen paths, stunning sculptures, atmospheric viewing houses and elegant entertainment areas where you can enjoy a glass of wine as you soak up the tranquil views across your one of your seven ponds.
Although The Retreat is the perfect country bolthole, you are only twelve minutes from Pittsburgh, with its vibrant atmosphere, fabulous shops and useful airport. The Retreat is for sale by auction on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, through Grand Estates Auction.