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Captivating 14 Acre Estate, Great for Vacations, Sm company off-site,sm wedding

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths2
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house


About the property

Chateau / Country House, 7 Bedrooms + Den, 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 18)

Corporate off-site, family getaway, or Wedding - Brookmill Farm is a captivating 14 acre country retreat situated an hour from Manhattan and minutes from the famous artistic communities of Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA. The property’s main house is a four bedroom, colonial Bank style home dating to 1807, that boasts a wrap around, columned porch with comfortable seating for 14. Recently exposed exterior original stonework anchors an alfresco dining area for six under a charming pergola.

There is a large, three bedroom guest cottage with two full baths, a family room, a full kitchen, sleep in den and laundry room.

The centerpiece of the property’s summer entertainment is the pool house, the original stone building on the property which overlooks the lap pool. The downstairs section of the pool house has been restored to its original “speakeasy” format complete with custom bar, kitchenette, and half bath. The striking, nautical themed rooftop lounge area was designed in the mid 1990’s by the curator for the museum of modern art in New York.

The long, stone-wall lined private driveway leads you into this dream property with ancient trees, a trout-stocked pond frequented by blue heron and ducks, a babbling brook and a foot bridge over a waterfall and another bridge leading to the tent location. The perennial gardens all over the compound have been professionally redesigned and labeled by the head master gardener from the prestigious Cranbrook Institute in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Dramatic, tiered perennial gardens in the back of the main house are accessed by stone steps installed years ago and peacefully watched over by an ancient Aphrodite-style garden fountain in the center. The stairs lead to an old rose garden and sunset gazebo. The natural wooded back acreage of the property rises up a rocky ridge and descends down to the brook.

Brookmill Farm was once home to the theater-owning Fox family of Philadelphia, who used the property as their playground in the country. Whimsical garden decorations installed by the Fox family can still be found amongst the bucolic grounds. Stone garden frog fountains dot the property, a favorite of which has been updated with an automatic timer, signaling cocktail hour. Another noteworthy resident was Brian Garfield, author of “Deathwish”, which later became a movie starring Charles Bronson. Brian wrote the book while he owned Brookmill Farm and mailed the draft from the property. Legend has it that during the days of prohibition, moonshine was sold out of the cellar reached by hidden stairs.

As you step inside the main house, an elegant foyer reveals a formal living room with restored original paneling, beamed ceilings and raised panel window frames. The paneled Inglenook stone fireplace lends additional charm and warmth to this inviting space flanked by three sets of double French doors leading out to the porch. A walk-in, stone fireplace anchors the dining room, situated in the original part of the home. The Dutch door in the dining room opens to the alfresco dining porch overlooking the brook and the pond.

The kitchen features Viking appliances, granite countertops, a glass tile backsplash and radiant heat floors. Original stone walls in the adjacent family room are enhanced with local reclaimed barnwood. Sunlight streams in through eleven windows in the vaulted two story section of the family room. The old door on the wine cellar completes the vintage feel of this room.

An authentically restored staircase appointed with era appropriate millwork leads to a sophisticated, three-room master suite. The spacious, chic master bedroom with wood burning fireplace adjoins a glass-walled sunroom that overlooks the back gardens. Two pedestal sinks, a marble tile shower and deep jetted tub enhance the master bath. This level also contains the laundry room with new appliances and the enchanting “Princess Suite” bedroom that sleeps two and has its own en suite bath and walk in closet with built in organizers. The middle floor of the home boasts two more bedrooms and en suite baths. One of the bedrooms has a full/single bunk bed set and the other one has a day bed/trundle set.

The guest cottage has two levels featuring three bedrooms, a den with a queen sleeper sofa, a kitchen with granite countertops, two full baths and a laundry room. One of the second story bedrooms has a wood burning fireplace.

Keywords: Country compound, private estate, historic country retreat, private compound near historic New Hope and one hour from Manhattan ,reunions, corporate events

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2018

Why Zak chose Hopewell Township

Brookmill Farm has an unexplainable feeling to it. It truly is a property with a soul that really spoke to us. We were having trouble finding the perfect place to get married, so we decided to buy a property that spoke to us and share it with others! It's the type of property that is so conducive to building happy memories that we just couldn't resist!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Private, enchanting, one-of-a-kind property ideal for multi-generational family gatherings, corporate team building and, of course, weddings! Close to boutiques and restaurants in Lambertville and Bucks County's New Hope, PA yet only an hour from Manhattan. Like a dream!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Even prettier than the photos! Everything was just serene and charming - a perfect mix of elegance and country living. We stayed in the guest cottage, which was extremely clean and comfotable, and had access to all the ground. We were running late on check-in and Jim was super flexible, as well as with check-out. I hope to go back again!
Jun 2012
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Hopewell Township Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , Mill House
  • 4.5 in estate house 2 in cottage .5 in mill house
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Estate - 1 king
    2nd Master Estate - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , There is a trundle bed with two twins also in the room
    Estate Upstairs - 2 twin/ single
    Estate Bunks - 2 bunk bed , The bunk has a Full bottom and a twin top
    Master Cottage - 1 queen
    Cottage 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sized sleeper
    Back room Cottage - 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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  • 5 of 5

Those are just some of the adjectives that attempt to describe this hidden gem located near Lambertville, NJ. The reason for the visit: a family reunion with folks coming in from as far away as California and Georgia. The property and the amenities were beyond our expectations. All who attended kept raving about the grounds and the homes: main house, carriage house, pool house and game room. And one of the best parts was the separate barn yard area where the kids got to visit the goats, chickens, ducks, cow, calf, and papa bull. What an experience! This was all enhanced by a more than lovely walk across a covered bridge with a running stream underneath. I could go on for pages waxing eloquent about this property, but suffice it to say this is THE home rental to consider if you want the perfect ambiance, a more than well-appointed home, and truly a wonderful time. Many thanks to Brookmill Farm, great memories were made!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old house and falling apart both in and outside, filthy inside

  • 1 of 5

I don't even know where to start regarding the disaster of this property. First of all the property is claimed to be on a 14 acres as if you will be surrounded by vegetation, wrong, that is bogus, the property is surrounded by about 5 other houses that are within 50 feet away from this house. So it is supposed to be for events but it is in the middle of a residential area. The picture on the outside looks great but wait until you get inside, the carpets and rugs were filthy and smelling to say the least. The rugs in both the main house and cottage were filthy. The carpets had so many stains that is in all rooms with carpeting. The floor boards in the bathroom close to the living room were uneven and raised in some areas causing a safety hazard to walk on. In addition the sink in that bathroom was closed shut and you had to prop it open with a spoon just to drain the water. The kitchen had the door locked (looked like it has not been opened in a while because it had spiderwebs around it) there were no kitchen windows that you can open so you can let the heat out or get some air.

Then you go outside to the so called bar, the door to get inside had hitches that were off and rusty, the door was propped open and held by a bungee cord to hold it together. Inside the bar was so filthy to say the least, spiderwebs everywhere and dirty on the floor. Then you go upstairs on the porch above the bar the cats sleep in there and tore a part of the screen where they come in and out as they please.

Then the owner Zak was not available he had to be out of town during our stay, how convenient. I would say if you want to stay at this property do so at your own risk. Looks are deceiving don't be caught off guard by pretty pictures, it is not at all what it is seems, be warned.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is very inappropriate and inaccurate. This guest not only stole from us and our home, but also destroyed our property inside and out. A claim has been filed against them. We are sad when things like this happen and hope that at the end, this post will be removed.
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Best Hosts and Venue ever

  • 5 of 5

Brookmill Farm is an absolute dream, with dream hosts and a dreamy locale. I would (and will) absolutely recommend the farm to everyone I know. It has a perfect mix of awesome hosts, amazingly well kept grounds, thoughtfully designed cozy spaces, and captivating scenery and sounds to keep guests entranced for hours on end. I would say that staying at the farm has been probably the best experience for our extended family ever. The nearby towns of Lambertville and New Hope only add to the gorgeous backdrop that is Brookmill Farm. We be returning at the next available opportunity, whenever that arises.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous accommodations & setting for any occasion

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the weekend for our intimate, family only weekend and could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. I think EVERY guest repeatedly stated how gorgeous and perfect the setting was! Zak does an amazing job keeping the property in pristine shape and the visits by the ducks, birds and bullfrogs just enhance the park-like experience.

The property is unique and nothing like you've ever experienced. We will always be grateful to have found the farm for our celebration and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a tucked-away gem to gather with family and friends!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Belle Mead, NJ

Lovely historic estate, totally updated.

  • 5 of 5

This estate was perfect for our house party of 20. The buildings are nicely maintained, comfortable and so welcoming. We had a 30th birthday weekend house party and everyone loved the place.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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new york city

Excellent choice

  • 5 of 5

The location is much better than you would expect just by looking at the images on VRBO. The listing is definitely accurate, but the property has much more to offer than expected. The house is extremely clean and well kept, and the owner is extremely accommodating and helpful. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking to have a great time in a beautiful place.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
57 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Marsha Brown Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Nicola Pizza
Nearest Point of Interest
The Boathouse Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Hamitons Grill---- is a BYOB
Car: necessary

Just outside of two quaint sister towns of Lambertville and Ne Hope you will find a balance of being out of the busy busy, but just around the corner from plenty to do and enjoy!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Cottage Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $79

Our property is available for events. Please feel free to visit our website:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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