Historic House Listings

Thistle Dhu, Circa 1919. Almost 8,000 square feet and over one acre in Pinehurst, North Carolina. $2,500,000

September 24, 2021

Thistle Dhu was home to the very first 18 hole mini golf course in America and a few of the holes remain which are to the right of the driveway. Thistle Dhu was built for James Barber in 1919. It is located on 1.19 acres in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The home features immaculate grounds, hardwood floors, beautiful french doors, crown molding, wide baseboards and claw foot tubs. Six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 7,775 square feet. $2,500,000

Contact Kristi Snyder with Everything Pines Partners

From the Zillow listing:


Pinehurst’s leading lady, Thistle Dhu, is back! Don’t miss your chance to own this architectural jewel that has maintained her place in the Sandhills golf history for over a century. Constructed in 1919, the James Barber family created a memorable retreat like no other. In 2017, an extensive renovation refined this luxurious mansion by restoring the historical finishes, improving overall layout, and updating utilities. Improvements continued in 2020 with a new CertainTeed Pro Series roof.Walking through the impressively manicured 10,000+ sqft lawn (which happensto hold the world’s first miniature golf course!), the Palladian archways welcomeguest into the stately living room that winds past a gaming corner, wood-burningfireplace and into a study, which is naturally lit by the adjoining glassed-roofed solarium. The original built-in glass door cupboards and period moldings in the formal dining room capture the historical grandeur reflected throughout the rest of the house. The gourmet kitchen is serviced by a prep-kitchen, and both boast top of the line appliances, quartz countertops, a breakfast nook and plenty of storage. Guests will feel welcome in their main-floor private wing with a large living area, private bath and laundry room. Upstairs, the expansive owners’ suite is divided by his/her bathrooms and has an impressive dressing room, outfitted with drawer banks, shelves and a center island. The additional 4 bedrooms, all with uniquely designed private baths, share an impressive living room gathering space with kitchenette and an additional laundry room.The lower level has a fantastic, large recreational space with a secret entrance to a masterfully crafted bar. The detail and artistry of this “Speakeasy” reflects the time period’s exquisite attention to detail. Finish your tour of Thistle Dhu by taking the brick path through the gardens to appreciate the fountains of “The Summer House” (gazebo). The rich history and halcyon memories of the past make Thistle Dhu a real estate treasure.


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