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The Forester's Cottage, a 19th C. French Chateau

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This 19th century French country estate resonates with beauty and history.

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Last updated: 07/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7-14 nights
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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. 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 Grounds

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.

History

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.



Property Type

      • Estate

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                25...moreless

              • Alternative Lifestyle
              • Children Welcome
              • Limited Accessibility:

                First floor bedroom handicapped accessible....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                We ask you to only smoke outside on the porches....moreless

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • DVD Player
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Satellite / Cable:

                TV available for movie watching...moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic

              Attractions

              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Duty Free Shops
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Monument View:

                Grey Towers National Historic Site is right next door. ...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Lovely rolling peaks are visible from the front porch. ...moreless

              • Rural:

                Adjacent to a hemlock forest, a mountain stream and the gardens of Grey Towers. ...moreless

              • Village:

                The charming town of Milford is a lovely half-mile stroll away and includes a supermarket, shops and galleries. ...moreless

              • Waterfront:

                The Delaware River runs through the town of Milford. Tubing, canoing, kayaking and swimming in the river. ...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Skiing
              • Swimming
              • Water Tubing
              • Whitewater Rafting

              Dining

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 10 people

              General

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Heating
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Mobile Phone:

                Cell phone service....moreless

              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone:

                Telephone available for local calls. Use cell phones for long distance....moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                Excellent throughout the house....moreless

              • Wood Fireplace:

                fireplace in the main sitting room...moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Balcony
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill

              Pool / Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Beautiful swimming pool hidden behind a stone wall....moreless

                   

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                  Jul 14 - Oct 31, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  $2,800
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                  14 night min stay

                  $2,800 $12,000

                  Rates are based on 4 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:

                  • cleaning fee $250
                  • Pet Fee $200
                  • Property Damage Protection $89
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Cancellation policy:

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                  Location

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                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  2 Golf Courses
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Port Jervis to New York & New Jersey
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Delmonica Room, Bar Louis,Apple Valley, Dimmick
                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Pocono Ski Resorts

                  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.

                   

                  Manager info

                  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.


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                  • This 19th century French country estate resonates with beauty and history.

                    This 19th century French country estate resonates with beauty and history.

                  • Front porch overlooking the walled garden, mountains & stable house.

                    Front porch overlooking the walled garden, mountains & stable house.

                  • Outside kitchen. Morning coffee or evening cocktail, gorgeous view.

                    Outside kitchen. Morning coffee or evening cocktail, gorgeous view.

                  • Warm, spacious living room with working fireplace, front and side porch access.

                    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.

                    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.

                    Bedroom or common room, first floor. Piano, DVD player, side porch & single bed.

                  • Spacious, round Tower Room. Queen size bed.

                    Spacious, round Tower Room. Queen size bed.

                  • Private Corner Suite Room. Adjacent single bedroom with private bath.

                    Private Corner Suite Room. Adjacent single bedroom with private bath.

                  • Pinchot Falls, 60' tall, a short walk from the house.

                    Pinchot Falls, 60' tall, a short walk from the house.

                  • Swimming pool tucked beneath the garden wall, view of stable house.

                    Swimming pool tucked beneath the garden wall, view of stable house.

                  • Grey Towers, steps beyond the houses through electronic gate. Tours available.

                    Grey Towers, steps beyond the houses through electronic gate. Tours available.

                  • Morning light on the Forester's Cottage.

                    Morning light on the Forester's Cottage.

                  • Cascading lawns and walled garden below, here is the view from the front porch.

                    Cascading lawns and walled garden below, here is the view from the front porch.

                  • View from kitchen corner seating area.

                    View from kitchen corner seating area.

                  • Elegant, comfortable living room, a place to talk, read, play games.

                    Elegant, comfortable living room, a place to talk, read, play games.

                  • Forest Room. Shares bath with adjoining room w. 2 singles. Porch access. Queen.

                    Forest Room. Shares bath with adjoining room w. 2 singles. Porch access. Queen.

                  • Spacious Garden View Room. Double bed.

                    Spacious Garden View Room. Double bed.

                  • Second floor hallway. Six beautiful bedrooms on the second floor. 3 bathrooms.

                    Second floor hallway. Six beautiful bedrooms on the second floor. 3 bathrooms.

                  • Guests can set up French style dining tables outdoors with gorgeous views.

                    Guests can set up French style dining tables outdoors with gorgeous views.

                  • Totally private, beautifully landscaped pool.

                    Totally private, beautifully landscaped pool.

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                  Date last modified - Friday, October 10, 2014

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                  5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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