comprises the houses and outbuildings
and supporting farmland and woods that surround the gardens and
grounds of a very large property, such as a country house
. It is an "estate" because the profits from
its produce and rents are sufficient to support the household in
the house at its center. Thus "the estate" may refer to all other
cottages and villages in the same ownership as the mansion itself.
of such an estate is Woburn Abbey in
"Estate", with its "stately" connotations, has been a natural
candidate for inflationary usage during the 20th century, much as
" that can be effected
in a front or back yard.
In the US, Long Island and other affluent East Coast enclaves had
strong traditions of large agricultural estates attempting to rival
those of Europe; however, after the 1940s, many were lost, and
today large houses on a few acres
referred to as "estates".
Traditional American estates include:
Farm, East Islip, New
York; estate of H.
B. Hollins (demolished)
Great River, New
York; estate of William Bayard Cutting
- Coe Hall, Oyster Bay, New York; estate of William
- Indian Neck
Hall, Oakdale, New
York; estate of Frederick Gilbert
- Inisfada, Manhasset, New York; estate of Nicholas Brady
Hour, Oakdale, New
York; estate of William Kissam
- Biltmore, Asheville, North
Carolina; estate of George Washington Vanderbilt
- Oheka Castle, Cold Spring Harbor, New York; estate of Otto