Vacation Like Gatsby on This Historic 500-Acre Fairy Tale Estate
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Cooperstown estate description
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.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
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
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28, Beds for 25-28
- 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
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Cooking Utensils
(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 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
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- 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
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- Mobile Phone:
- Broadband Access
- Free Long Distance
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden
- Porch / Veranda
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hunting Small Game
- Hunting Big Game
- Cross Country Skiing
- Massage Therapist
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Medical Services
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
family of 15
family of 15
We called it our mansion and for a week we lived the life. House is great, views are incredible, fires every night for s'mores. Pool was refreshing and room for many to play and splash, kitchen held us for breakfast and card games. All 15 around the grand table for dinner and room to spare. Children had fun picking different bedrooms to sleep in and fans were all some needed. It can only be imagined the grand lifestyle that had occurred in the house that at times we felt like peasants running around in our swim suits. Thanks to Vicki and Jen for all the memories.
- Guest Mary Jo (South Carolina)
- Date of stay 07/19/13
- Review Submitted 07/23/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, pet owners, families with young children, age 55+, girls getaway.
Manager response: Thank you so very much! We really appreciate such a warm review and are grateful you chose to be our guests!
Entire House: Memorial Day to Labor Day - $5000/week Entire House: September through April - $4000/week or $2250 per weekend Entire House: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's - $5000/week 1 Double Guest Room: Bed & Breakfast Nightly Stays (Limited) - $795/night 1 Single Guest Room: Bed & Breakfast Nightly Stays (Limited) - $495/night Cleaning and tax is additional. Security deposit required with week or wknd stays. Please inquire about a la carte services (meals, entertainment, activities) Tours provided with valid identification and advance notice.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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- Nearest Airport: Cooperstown Westville Regional Airport at 33 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Oneonta at 18 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Oneonta restaurants at 18 Miles
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!
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.
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Unce upon a time...
The pool is 20'x40' and 9.5 feet at deepest. HUGE. Will be fenced, also.
2000 sq ft Living room with original herringbone hardwood floors
Every guest suite has a working fireplace, bath, and French doors to balconies.
View from butler's kitchen into the dining room. Stocked with baking needs.
Dining room, flanked by a myriad of windows offering a view for miles
Preakness Room (nursery)
Be our guests
Of course we have horses!
This is the smaller kitchen - also known as the butler's kitchen
Furnishings are hand-selected period pieces
Dining room fireplace
Guest suites are spacious
Foyer stair-case to guest suites
Bostwick Bedroom ("Hunt Suite") library
We provide dishes, pots & pans, utensils.
Take a walk...count the waterfalls.
Fenced pool. 20' by 40' and 9.5' deep!
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