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The Forester's Cottage is a historic 19th century French country estate only 1.5 hours from New York City. Designed by architects McKim, Mead and White the Forester's Cottage was built in 1897, with its wide porches, French windows, intricate ironwork and slate-roofed tower. The chateau is part of the original Grey Towers Estate, home of Gifford Pinchot, the nation's first conservationist. It was designated by Congress as a National Historic Site in 1990.
The elegant interior of this 5-bedroom, 4-bath house has all the original details and furnishings. You will feel as though you have stepped back in time. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The old-fashioned kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances and yet utterly charming. The working fireplace in the living room makes the house cozy and delightful in every season. There is wifi throughout the house.
The stone house sits at the edge of a pine forest within hearing distance of a 60-foot waterfall fed by a mountain stream that courses through a cathedral of ancient moss-covered cliffs. The veranda is the focal point of the house. As you sit on the wicker chairs, you can hear the Sawkill Falls and watch your children as they play on the lawn. The view is breathtaking. In the distance the clouds and sky mingle with the hills of the Delaware Valley. In the middle distance sits the walled garden enclosing boxwood hedges, giant Italian urns, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and open lawns. Also within the walled garden, discreetly tucked out of sight, is the fenced and beautifully landscaped swimming pool. The estate resonates with history and a quiet grandeur.
Secure behind a wrought-iron electronic gate, the Forester’s Cottage is a completely private setting for family gatherings and yet only a half-mile from the charming town of Milford, PA, with its shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
This property is the privately owned part of Grey Towers, a Richard Morris Hunt mansion commissioned by James Pinchot in 1884. Pinchot’s two sons, Gifford and Amos, inherited the property in 1908 and went on to offer distinguished service to their country. Gifford was one of the nation’s first conservationists and first head of the United States Forest Service (1905-1910). Later, he was a two-term Governor of Pennsylvania. Both Amos and Gifford were founders of the Progressive Party. They spent their summers at Grey Towers until they died. Amos’s children inherited the Forester’s Cottage, and Gifford’s son, inherited Grey Towers, which he later donated to the Forest Service to serve as a center for environmental and natural resource policy. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy dedicated the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies as “a living memorial” to Gifford Pinchot’s “practical idealism” in developing “a professional approach to the management of our nation’s resources.”
Grey Towers is open to visitors for tours. But after hours you will feel like a 19th century guest of the Pinchots as you wander its beautiful gardens and visit the “Finger Bowl,” a wisteria-covered dining table where dinner guests floated food on wooden bowls as they sat around the bluestone rim.
Thanksgiving Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2015 4 night min stay
Fourth of July Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2016 4 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Property Damage Protection$99
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
House is closed from December 1 - May 1.
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The Pinchot Estates is next door to the Grey Towers National Historic Site (a magnificent 44 room mansion built in 1886 and lived in by the Pinchot Family) the Pinchot's Donated Grey Towers and 102 Acres to the USDA Forest Service. September 1963 President John F. Kennedy dedicated the site to 'The American Public'.
Pinchot Estates is only 1 mile from Quaint Beautiful town of Milford, PA.
Lots of great restaurants, shops, galleries, Theaters, Bars. Milford Beach just down the road, Delaware Water Gap, canoe & kayaking down the Delaware River.
About: Grandchildren of the Pinchot family still own this 20 acres of land and we are happy to make available the Forester's Cottage especially to environmental buffs who will appreciate the historical importance of this site that housed Gifford Pinchot's first Forestry School.