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Revitalized luxury events center, including new ballroom, set for June 2017 debut

Peapack-Gladstone, NJ … October 2016 – Local leaders, influencers and executives from BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, gathered at Natirar in the Somerset Hills of New Jersey recently to ceremoniously launch a large-scale renovation and expansion initiative for the historic mansion. The project will return the circa 1912 Tudor mansion to its original grandeur, complemented by the addition of a new ballroom and events center. Set to debut June 2017, Natirar’s transformation will make it the region’s most exclusive retreat for weddings, galas and important meetings. 

Noted for its majestic architecture, opulent interiors and Gilded Age glamour, the Natirar Mansion and its surrounding buildings were originally designed as the country residence of Walter Graeme Ladd and his wife, Catherine (“Kate”) Everit Macy Ladd, an heiress to a Massachusetts shipping and whaling fortune.  His late Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco purchased the Natirar Mansion in 1983.  Natirar has joined Benchmark’s prestigious Gemstone Collection of distinguished hotels and resorts.

Natirar Founder Bob Wojtowicz welcomes local New Jersey dignitaries to the mansion, including from left, Mayor William Muller of Peapack and Gladstone and Mayor Paul Vallone of Far Hills.

Natirar’s groundbreaking celebration included from left, Natirar General Manager Tom Garcia; Hal Powell, Regional Vice President, Sales & Marketing and Ellen Sinclair, Senior Vice President, Operations for BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company; Mayor William Muller of New Jersey’s Peapack and Gladstone; Natirar Founder Bob Wojtowicz; Epic Management’s John Epifano, Mayor Paul Vallone of New Jersey’s Far Hills; MW Electrical Services’ Michael Wojtowicz and ConnectOne Bank’s Bob Murphy.

About Natirar

Natirar is one of the country’s most bucolic retreats, set on a 500-acre estate in New Jersey’s Somerset Hills. In 2017 a complete renovation to the historic Natirar Mansion will be complete, including restoration to the 1912 Tudor and the addition of a new ballroom event facility, ideal for galas, weddings and exclusive meetings. Natirar already boasts one of New Jersey’s most acclaimed restaurants, Ninety Acres, built in the estate’s restored carriage house, which includes a cooking school, a private club and a 12-acre farm. Secluded, yet easily accessible, the Natirar estate is less than an hour from New York City and 90 minutes from Philadelphia. BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company is Natirar’s management and operating partner.

About Gemstone Collection

The Gemstone Collection® includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence.  A distinguished  portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years,  Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine . To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at, on Instagram at, and on Pinterest at

About BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company.

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is a trailblazer in the development, management, marketing and owner-advisory services of resorts, hotels, conference centers and exclusive private clubs. In addition to the company’s iconic Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio, the Gemstone Collection is a distinctive luxury portfolio of independent hotels & resorts in highly preferred destinations. Benchmark’s distinguished and proven reputation is deeply-rooted in core values that are focused and aligned with exceeding ownership and stakeholder performance expectations. The combined portfolios feature nearly 70 unique and distinctive properties domestically and internationally. The company leadership and valued employees are passionately committed to delivering the industry’s most authentic, enchanted, soulful, vibrant, unrivaled and  memory-making experiences. Benchmark’s progressive “Be The Difference” culture and values are a cornerstone to the company’s nearly 40 years of extraordinary achievement and prosperity. Many properties have been recognized with the Benchmark Conference Centers® mark of meeting excellence.  BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, is based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and has regional offices in Park City, Utah; Miami, Florida; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Seattle Washington; and Tokyo, Japan.
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