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Country Estate in Cambridge, NY that Inspired James Bond Novels (Listed for $2.95 Million)

The creative twists and turns found in the home where Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, 007 spent much time is for sale. The transcendental quality of the home is thought to have inspired the literary and cinematic genius that's the Bond mystique. The estate's a steal at $2.45 million.

Aerial view of the property showcasing the beautiful architectural design of the house along with its landscaping.

This 8,143 square-foot palatial home has a story to tell. Black Hole Hollow Farm is up for grabs in Cambridge, New York. This estate has a story of intrigue, suspense, and international espionage. Not just any spy – the quintessential spy of all times, none other than James Bond, 007, himself!

The listing agent is Story Jenks of LandVest, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, Woodstock, Vermont.

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Arguably, Ian Fleming penned the most notorious and famous spy novel series of all times. James Bond has been the centerpiece of 24, almost 25 cinematic films, based on Fleming’s novels. Ian Fleming did not own Black Hole Hollow Farm, however, he was a frequent, extended-stay guest of the owners, John Felix Charles Ivar Bryce, and his wife Josephine Huntington Hartford. Both Fleming and Bryce were former British Intelligence officers. The literary genius used his service experiences to bring James Bond to life.

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This home has an eight-bedroom and seven-bathroom main house. The 440 acres of woods, pasture and flower gardens also contain other dwellings including; a lodge and cottage which have three bedrooms each, a two-bedroom federal house, and a one-bedroom former “milk house””. On the grounds, you will also find a maple syrup production facility, an outdoor swimming pool, as well as three stocked ponds.

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The most unique feature of this beautiful estate is the greenhouse and garden room. This unique escape boasts a Koi pond. Rumor has it that Ian Fleming used its refuge to come up with the literary goldmines that are Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger. This greenhouse/garden room is described as being a cultivated jungle.

What I like most about the house is that it all seems to be on one floor. No stairs to climb! You could meander through the over 8000 square-feet at your leisure without having to make it up a stairwell at all. Quite a place to get lost in!

The home features many fireplaces and wood-beamed ceilings. It has always been well-maintained and is quite the steal for this amount. There are bedrooms galore when you count the other houses on the property. An entire family and their offspring, and their offspring can live quite comfortably on this estate.

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To boot, you have the fascinating spirit of James Bond that permeates through the walls and fixtures.

With this much acreage, there are so many outdoor activities that can be enjoyed at the farm. There is fishing galore, as the ponds are stocked. There are endless trails throughout the estate to capture one’s desired solitude, and sense of wonder, and adventure. Could the quiet New York countryside provide the proper backdrop for the international intrigue that is Bond?

As the yarn spins, the connection of James Bond to the farm grows larger and larger depending upon the storyteller. Some think that the whole idea of James Bond was created right on the grounds of Black Hole Hollow Farm. This would make it the creative birthplace of the greatest spy that ever lived!

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