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3 Reviews
Bedrooms 12
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Gilbertsville Estate Rental Photos and Description

12 Bedroom, 7 Bath Manor Rich in History & Class - Sleeps 20+

Vacation Like Gatsby on This Historic 500-Acre Fairy Tale Estate

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, 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.

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.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Albert Geldmacher/Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Albert Geldmacher/Property Manager

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 Albert Geldmacher/Property Manager chose New York

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!

What makes this estate unique

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.


based on 3 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews
Julian, PA

Beautiful. but needs some work

  • 3 of 5

Our 4-generation family had a wonderful week here. Plenty of space for young and old, indoors and out, which is hard to find for our growing family reunions. But I highly recommend that the owners do some needed work on the place. The large central staircase has a railing that feels like it is about to fall off. That was ok with most of us, but those that needed the railing were really in some danger. The refrigerators' ice-makers did not work well, if at all. Many of the toilets had to be turned off and on at the water intake pipe/valve. Many of the doors were hard to work...So if these things were taken care of, I'd rate this place Excellent.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very disappointed that your stay was not up to your standards. We have had several hundred vacationers in the building since May of 2015 and have only had great feedback. In fact it has been so well received that we now have four families that book their Family Reunions every year. The Manor House is truly a special place rich in history, natural resources and beauty with a gently restored 10,000 square foot Neo-Classical building sitting on over 550 acres. It offers a view from 20 French doors that over look the entire Butternut Valley. It was built by the Free Masons (1912-1917) who were brought to Gilbertsville by the widow of the son of Standard Oil Millionaire Jabez Bostwick. We have restored all the oak parquet floors, plaster walls, coffered ceilings, plaster crown moldings, the 11 working fireplaces, saved the original wall paper that enhances the back drop to a 30' 6 foot wide grand stair case with the original hand carved mahogany banister and spindles. All the bathrooms have the original toilets and tubs that date from 1917. They are all maintained on a regular basis but there are occasions were vacationers tamper with the workings, and parts need to be ordered. Typically jiggling of the handle is all that is required. I have replaced all the copper and galvanized water supplies to PEX piping. Just to name a few. I consider the Manor House to be a life long project and will continue to work on making it a place for families and friends, Brides and Grooms to come together and celebrate in Great Gatsby Style.
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A Wonderful Family Reunion in a One-of-a-Kind Property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family recently returned from a very special vacation at this lovely estate. Our family had a wonderful 3–generational reunion and so enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings. The view is magnificent, the home so inviting and comfortable, with ample space for our large family! The children had lots of fun riding the horses; singing and playing music around the fire pit in the light of gorgeous sunsets; playing ball games on the huge property; swimming, and hiking through trails in the woods and a brook with waterfalls. Our only recommendation would be to install heating in the pool, if possible. We look forward to renting this unique home again in the future!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Carolina

family of 15

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much! We really appreciate such a warm review and are grateful you chose to be our guests!
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Cooperstown Westville Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Empire hotel
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Oneonta restaurants
Car: recommended

We are located off Baker Road, about 30 miles from Cooperstown. Oneonta (site of Cooperstown's All-Star Village) is only 20 minutes away, with a plethora of shops and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Gilbertsville Estate Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 25 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Cleaning Fee $495 + Tax
Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.

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Gilbertsville Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 9500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 7 - toilet , This bathroom is the only one downstairs.
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , This bathroom is not attached to a bedroom.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is on the Servants' wing. Great hot water!
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Opens to bedrooms on both sides.
    Bathroom 3 - Opens to bedrooms on both sides.
    Bathroom 2 - Opens to bedrooms on both sides.
    Bathroom 1 - Opens to bedrooms on both sides.
  • 7
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This west-end bedroom has a TV with satellite.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This bedroom has a TV with satellite.
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
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

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