This is a unique opportunity for the next owner to customize this rare 8.5 acre level property in Gates Mills, surrounded by wooded natural landscapes. The MAINHOUSE & CARRIAGE HOUSE face beautiful views of the CHAGRIN RIVER w/miles of preservation land & metroparks full of wildlife. Rare direct access available to hiking trails, beaches, steelhead fishing & bird watching w/eagles & blue herring. Behind the home is a cottage & new four bay garage facing 6 acres of tranquil pastureland. Also at rear of the property are 100s of acres of forest w/your own gorgeous stream tributary to the Chagrin River feeding an abundance of wildlife. The stately colonial main home, built 1935, features expansive 1st flr spaces for everyday life & entertaining. Home features wood floors throughout, home office, living room w/fireplace, built-in bookcases & beautiful dining room. Hardwood floors continue into 32x20 great room that overflows into gorgeous sun room. 2nd flr features a private oversized master suite including a master bath, dressing area, fireplace, closets-galore & walk out balcony. Four additional bedrooms & two full baths complete the 2nd flr. There is abundant storage throughout. 2 staircases lead to the lower level & the 2 recreation rooms w/2 more fireplaces, laundry, work bench & half bath. Bonus charming CARRIAGE HOUSE w/upper apartment featuring living room, bedrm, kitchen & full bath over 3 car garage & garden shed. This is a unique opportunity that you don't want to miss!