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Get away from it all and vacation like a Standard Oil heir at this gorgeous country estate, open to the public for the first time since its prewar conception.
Steeped in wealthy history, this former vacation home, built in the early 1900s by New York's most famous equestrians (and heirs of a Standard Oil founder and Rockefeller partner), has been meticulously maintained for decades. The view of the surrounding 500 acres overlooking the Butternut Valley provides a peaceful retreat from the city and an amazing backdrop for New York's most grandiose weddings. Whether you're looking to bring your family together for a reunion or to hold the classiest of weddings, Centennial Farms Manor is the most prestigious place in upstate New York to do both.
Each guest suite (part of the sleeping rooms) has a working fireplace, high-thread-count linens, private bathroom and French doors leading to balconies. Other bedrooms have privacy and shared bathrooms. Imagine enjoying a rich cappuccino in the courtyard each morning while the birds sing and the horses graze in pastures as far as the eye can see.
Take a dip in the totally refurbished 20'x40' swimming pool, go for a hike and photograph a number of our property's small waterfalls, play some croquet or lawn games, enjoy a horse-back ride, or roast dinner over an open fire. Peruse the history of the house, enjoy a good book by lamp light, or feast on a gourmet meal prepared in our huge kitchen. When evening embers glow dimmer, you can reflect on a glamorous day in the most beautiful place on Earth with a cocktail in front of one of the 10 fireplaces (winter guests only).
Your room is spacious, inviting and private. Guest suites have private baths and soft, cushy linens to snuggle into. What could be better?
Contact us today and plan your own fairy tale retreat in New York.
Must be over 25 to rent home and sign contract...moreless
Handicap-friendly: A short step up into the main level (where kitchens/dining/great-room/parlor/sun-rooms are) is available via the East porch by the circle driveways. Showers are upstairs, however....moreless
This west-end bedroom has a TV with satellite....moreless
Queen size Beds (2) Hunt Suite (Master) and Dolly von Stade Suites have Queen beds, Double Beds (7) Belmont, Derby, Saratoga Guest Rooms have double beds, as do the Barrow, Carson, Mason and Dawson Rooms in the 'Servants Wing'., Twin or Single Beds (5) Pimlico Room has two twin beds, Churchill (library), the Parlor downstairs, and the Preakness (nursery) can have single beds arranged beforehand., Baby Cribs (1) in Preakness Room or available upon inquiry, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in Great Room downstairs...moreless
For all sporting activities outside of lawn games, guests must provide equipment. Please inquire about any of the following: Hiking, Pool, Barbecue, Fire-pit, Croquet, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Lawn Darts, Bocce Ball, Horse shoes, Sledding, Mountain biking, Horse-back riding, Hot air balloon rides, Hunting small game (with license), Snowmobiling, Carriage Rides, Hay rides...moreless
Our iPod/dock has 4500 tunes from a variety of artists, but feel free to bring your own iPod and use our docking station....moreless
Several TVs throughout - in each 'suite' upstairs, in the maid's lounge, in the Great Room, and a couple in servants wing bedrooms....moreless
We have a playground, lawn games and children's toys around the property....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Amazing views of the Butternut Valley in the foothills of the Catskills...moreless
We are located next to the Village of Gilbertsville (less than two miles from our driveway), where you will find tennis courts, shops, churches, restaurants, and parks. There is also a post office....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Hot Air Ballooning
Hunting Big Game
Hunting Small Game
Seating for 20 people
We are the top of the Butternuts Valley (2000 ft elevation) & rarely need air conditioning. However, in the case of an expected 'heat wave', we can place air conditioners in some parts of the house. ...moreless
Free Long Distance
Iron & Board
We have installed a cell booster to the house to accommodate cell service. AT&T and Verizon pick up nicely....moreless
Parking Off Street
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
Plenty of room up here. Bring your snowmobiles, quads, horse trailers, etc. It's your vacation!...moreless
Full size washer and dryer in laundry room off of commercial kitchen...moreless
(9) All fireplaces work. We provide firewood, but we ask guests to allow staff to make fires in the fireplaces in bedrooms. Guests may use one of several fireplaces downstairs between October and May....moreless
We have referrals to in-town caterers and there is a Personal chef available, also. Please inquire....moreless
Dishes & Utensils
(3) Commercial kitchen has two dishwashers and Butler's kitchen has an additional dishwasher....moreless
Commercial kitchen as well as butler's kitchen for overflow dishes, appliances, etc. Commercial stove has two ovens, 6 burners, a flat griddle, and a stove-top grill. ...moreless
(2) French doors from four guest suites go out onto East and West balconies. Please keep children and pets off of balconies for safety purposes....moreless
Deck / Patio:
We have East and West sun-rooms/porches and a stone-wall lined courtyard/garden....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning Fee$450 + tax
Refundable Damage Deposit$2,000
Pet Fee$125 + tax
Hurry!! 2013 prices good on any future bookings finalized by October 31: Minimum 1-week stay during June, July, and August is $5950 and includes tax, cleaning, coverage. Rates are subject to change unless reservation is confirmed with a contract and deposits are paid. $5950 rate INCLUDES cleaning, taxes (12%), accidental property damage coverage ($89), but not refundable security deposit (varies).
We charge half down at time of reservation, and the other half at least 60 days prior to your stay. We require the refundable security deposit of $2000 a few weeks prior to your stay.
We prefer payment by check, but also accept MC, VISA & AmEx.
Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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We are located off Baker Road, about 33 miles from Cooperstown. Oneonta (site of Cooperstown's All-Star Village) is only 20 minutes away, with a plethora of shops and restaurants.
About: We are the first non-heirs to own this property. We purchased the property, several other structures (Butler house, Carriage House, Laundry house, Farm House, Village Farms complex, etc.) and over 550 acres because we are crazy about horses and history. We've tried to maintain the charm of yesteryear while providing updates, also. At Centennial Farms Manor, it's all about enjoying the rewards from a life of working hard. Cheers!
Why Cooperstown: Construction began on Centennial Farms Manor in 1914, was placed on hold due to the War, then completed between 1917 and 1920. The widow of Al Bostwick, son of Standard Oil millionaire Jabez Bostwick, remarried attorney Fitch Gilbert, Jr. and they spent summers here, vacationing with her children. One of her children, George Herbert 'Pete' Bostwick, is the most legendary polo player of all time, as well as a tennis champ and a steeplechase winner. We still have the Butler's house, the Carriage house, the laundry house, and the original 'Village Farms' farm-house and barns. We have our Thoroughbred boarding and breeding facility across from the old polo fields. The history of this place is phenomenal. We are the only owners since the Bostwick/Gilbert family to own the place and we have tried to keep the historical charm intact. Please, be our guests!
The Unique Benefits at this Estate: Solitude. If you'd like to dance through the acres of soft green lawn in your jammies, have at it. You will only have to share the serenity with the deer, the birds, and the trickling brook just across the lawn. Enjoy some peace.