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NEW YORK COUNTRY ESTATE THE INSPIRATION BEHIND JAMES BOND NOVELS!

New York country estate, Black Hole Hollow Farm, which boasts James Bond credentials, has been listed for sale priced at $2.95million …


Home to John Felix Charles Ivar Bryce, a former British intelligence officer and wife Josephine Huntington Hartford an Atlantic & Pacific heiress, Black Hole Hollow Farm often frequented visits from the who’s who of the day from Princess Margaret and Jackie Kennedy to former British intelligence officer-turned-author, Ian Fleming, who as a long-term houseguest wrote parts of his James Bond thrillers, Diamonds Are Forever (1956) and Goldfinger (1959) within the farms walls. Legend has it that it may have been while staying at Black Hole Hollow Farm that Bond was actually invented by Fleming.


Nestled within 440 lush acres of woods, pasture and flower gardens, the 1770’s-era main house of 8,143 square feet includes eight bedrooms, seven baths, multiple fireplaces, formal and family rooms, an office, large kitchen and dining room for large dinner parties. Well cared for, the home is spacious enough to get lost in, but the farm’s crowning glory - and likely where Fleming spent much of his time - is the spectacular greenhouse opening to a large, roofed garden room. Like being in a cultivated jungle, it has the sound of water in a koi pond and paths winding through the greenery.



Fleming often stayed in guest quarters known as the Yellow Room where he would take long treks into the woods surrounding the estate. In an old guest register, Fleming once wrote, “Lived here like a king — an uninvited one — in fragrant and luxurious solitude.” There are also four dwellings: the lodge and cottage, each with three bedrooms; the two-bedroom Federal House; and the former milk house - now a one-bedroom home. Other amenities include a maple syrup-production facility, an outdoor swimming pool and three stocked ponds.


Few fictional characters have been as popular to both men and women as Bond, James Bond. Men want to be him and women? With 12 novels, 24 movies (soon to be 25) and two Academy-award-winning songs (Skyfall by Adele and Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith), the James Bond brand has been one of the world’s most profitable with over $17 billion in sales.


Black Hole Hollow Farm is located near Cambridge, New York and 30 miles to Saratoga. Priced at $2.95 million, the property is listed with agent Story Jenks of LandVest, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, Woodstock, Vermont.


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