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Following a nine-month restoration and expansion, a Tudor-era mansion in Somerset County, NJ, is now a stunning venue for meetings and events, its owners announced yesterday.
The 35,000-square-foot Mansion at Natirar -- the centerpiece of the 90-acre Natirar estate in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ -- once served as a private residence for the sons of Morocco's former monarch, King Hassad II. Originally built as a private home in 1912, it has since been updated in a way that simultaneously maintains its architectural integrity, preserves its historic nature, and introduces modern elements demanded by 21st century groups.
Among the property's highlights are several new spaces, including a brand-new 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom for groups of up to 225, the focal point of which is a 26-foot living wall comprising 10 species of local flora that provide aesthetic appeal, as well as air-cleaning and noise-reducing benefits. The rustic space also features iron chandeliers, open beams, brick walls, and wooden doors.
Other new spaces include The Conservatory, which connects the ballroom to the mansion, and the al fresco Conservatory Patio. The former can be used as a standalone event space or as a reception area for ballroom events while the latter can host small groups during warmer months.
In addition to new spaces, the Mansion at Natirar also has updated several existing spaces, including the house's foyer, which features a restored limestone fireplace, porcelain flooring, and restoration glass.
Elsewhere, groups can enjoy Natirar's award-winning restaurant, Ninety Acres -- which is located in the estate's original carriage house and offers several private dining spaces -- and an onsite cooking school for teambuilding events that includes a demo kitchen and cooking stations for up to 40 participants.
A public-private partnership between Somerset County and Robert Wojtowicz, Natirar's founder, the estate is located less than an hour from New York and approximately 90 minutes from Philadelphia.
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