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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Milford estate description
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. 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 was once 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.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Limited Accessibility:
- Children Welcome
- Alternative Lifestyle
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11
- Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5)
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library:
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Water Tubing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Wildlife Viewing
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Duty Free Shops
- Winery Tours
- Scenic Drives
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- 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....moreless
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August and September three nights, $2000 / six nights, $4000 Maximum 6-8 people for additionl guests, contact us for pricing and for rental of adjacent cottage $200 cleaning fee, no pets, smoking outide only, Refundable Security Deposit Contact us for pricing for longer stays
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- Nearest Train: Port Jervis to New York & New Jersey at 10 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Pocono Ski Resorts at 25 Miles
- Nearest Golf: 2 Golf Courses at 4 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Delmonica Room, Bar Louis,Apple Valley, Dimmick at 3 Miles
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
This house combined with the adjacent 'Stable House' is perfect for large Reunions and Holidays. Stable House: VRBO # 430713
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This 19th century French country estate resonates with beauty and history.
Front porch overlooking the walled garden, mountains & stable house.
Outside kitchen. Morning coffee or evening cocktail, gorgeous view.
Warm, spacious living room with working fireplace, front and side porch access.
Large dining room with table that seats up to 12 with 4 extra leaves.
Bedroom or common room, first floor. Piano, DVD player, side porch & single bed.
Spacious, round Tower Room. Queen size bed.
Private Corner Suite Room. Adjacent single bedroom with private bath.
Pinchot Falls, 60' tall, a short walk from the house.
Swimming pool tucked beneath the garden wall, view of stable house.
Grey Towers, steps beyond the houses through electronic gate. Tours available.
Morning light on the Forester's Cottage.
Cascading lawns and walled garden below, here is the view from the front porch.
View from kitchen corner seating area.
Elegant, comfortable living room, a place to talk, read, play games.
Forest Room. Shares bath with adjoining room w. 2 singles. Porch access. Queen.
Spacious Garden View Room. Double bed.
Second floor hallway. Six beautiful bedrooms on the second floor. 3 bathrooms.
Guests can set up French style dining tables outdoors with gorgeous views.
Totally private, beautifully landscaped pool.
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Date last modified - Thursday, August 01, 2013
6 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
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