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 1900’s for New York most famous equestrians and heirs of a Standard Oil founder and Rockefeller partner has been restored to maintain the charm of yesteryear while providing updates of modern conveniences. The View of the surrounding 550 acres overlooking the Butternut Valley provides a peaceful retreat from the city and an amazing back drop for New York’s most grandiose weddings and events. Whether you’re looking to bring your family and friends together for a reunion an office Holiday Party or to hold the a casual backyard barbecue or the classiest of weddings, Centennial Farm Manor is an amazing setting in the foothills of the Catskills in Upstate New York.
We are the first non-heirs to own this property. We purchased the property, several other structures (Butler House, Carriage House, Linen House, Farm House, (The Village Farms complex) and over 550 acres because we are crazy about architecture, history and horses. We've tried to maintain the charm of yesteryear while providing updates of modern conveniences but original wall paper still fills the hallways, original oak parquet floors still take your breath away when you walk into the living room or dining room. The eighteen 10’ French doors overlooking the Butternut Valley still leave you in awe as you look out for miles. The 6’ fireplaces in the Living Room and Dining room still cast a romantic glow as they once did. Hopefully you can feel the history in the rooms that entertained the rich and famous from the gilded era of the Roaring Twenties. It’s a place where you take a minute and enjoy the smell of a fresh cut hay field, gazing at a night sky in disbelief on how many stars fill the sky. It’s a place where enjoying a camp fire with friends and family becomes a nightly occurrence. It’s walking for miles on endless hiking trails and appreciating nature without looking at a watch or a cell phone. The Manor House is such a place. It is truly a special and unique place rich in history, natural resources and beauty. The setting together with a 9500 square foot Neo-Classical Mansion full of antiques from an era long gone make it place you won’t forget. Come be our guests.
Construction began on Centennial Farm Manor in 1914. It was placed on hold due to the War and 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, a legendary polo player, as well as tennis champ and a steeplechase winner built a world class polo field and complex on the estate. Equestrians and polo players from all over the world would bring their grooms their tack and horses to play World-Class Polo Tournaments. On Sundays people would come from all over New York to watch the best polo players in the world, feel the excitement in the air and hear the pounding of hoofs as the players would charge their horses toward the ball. At one time the estate included over 1500 acres and included Restaurants, a club house, a practice field and additional houses and barns. The Butler's house is still part of the estate and is also available for rent. Also located on the estate is the Carriage house, the linen house, and the original 'Village Farms' farm-house and barns. We still have a Thoroughbred broodmare or two and maintain a 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, come and be our guests!
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Located in the historic village of Gilbertsville NY, this location has served residents and visitors since 1894. Not a reproduction, the Value Way features its original interior, local food, regional specialties and old-time grocery brands.
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