|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 25 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$2,000|
|Cleaning Fee||$495 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$125 + Tax|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.