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The Forester's Cottage, A 19th C. French Chateau

Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

5 Bedrm, 4 Bath French Country Estate, w/ pool & waterfalls

The Forester's Cottage is a historic 19th century French country estate only 1.5 hours from New York City. Designed by architects McKim, Mead and White the Forester's Cottage was built in 1897, with its wide porches, French windows, intricate ironwork and slate-roofed tower. The chateau is part of the original Grey Towers Estate, home of Gifford Pinchot, the nation's first conservationist. It was designated by Congress as a National Historic Site in 1990.

The elegant interior of this 5-bedroom, 4-bath house has all the original details and furnishings. You will feel as though you have stepped back in time. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The old-fashioned kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances and yet utterly charming. The working fireplace in the living room makes the house cozy and delightful in every season. There is wifi throughout the house.

The Grounds

The stone house sits at the edge of a pine forest within hearing distance of a 60-foot waterfall fed by a mountain stream that courses through a cathedral of ancient moss-covered cliffs. The veranda is the focal point of the house. As you sit on the wicker chairs, you can hear the Sawkill Falls and watch your children as they play on the lawn. The view is breathtaking. In the distance the clouds and sky mingle with the hills of the Delaware Valley. In the middle distance sits the walled garden enclosing boxwood hedges, giant Italian urns, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and open lawns.

Also within the walled garden, discreetly tucked out of sight, is the fenced and beautifully landscaped swimming pool. The pool may be shared with occupants of another, smaller house on the property, The Stable House, also rentable.

Secure behind a wrought-iron electronic gate, the Forester’s Cottage is a private setting for family gatherings and yet only a half-mile from the charming town of Milford, PA, with its shops, art galleries, and restaurants.


This property is the privately owned part of Grey Towers, a Richard Morris Hunt mansion commissioned by James Pinchot in 1884. Pinchot’s two sons, Gifford and Amos, inherited the property in 1908 and went on to offer distinguished service to their country. Gifford was one of the nation’s first conservationists and first head of the United States Forest Service (1905-1910). Later, he was a two-term Governor of Pennsylvania. Both Amos and Gifford were founders of the Progressive Party. They spent their summers at Grey Towers until they died. Amos’s children inherited the Forester’s Cottage, and Gifford’s son, inherited Grey Towers, which he later donated to the Forest Service to serve as a center for environmental and natural resource policy. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy dedicated the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies as “a living memorial” to Gifford Pinchot’s “practical idealism” in developing “a professional approach to the management of our nation’s resources.”

Grey Towers is open to visitors for tours. But as our guest, you can walk their grounds until dusk as if you were a 19th century guest of the Pinchots, wandering its beautiful gardens and gazing into the “Finger Bowl,” a wisteria-covered dining table where dinner guests floated food on wooden bowls as they sat around the bluestone rim.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Tammy

Grandchildren of the Pinchot family still own this 20 acres of land and we are happy to make available the Forester's Cottage especially to environmental buffs who will appreciate the historical importance of this site that housed Gifford Pinchot's first Forestry School.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Milford, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • cell phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Tower Room - 1 queen
    Forest Room - 1 queen
    Garden Room - 1 double
    Porch Room - 2 twin/ single
    Corner Suite - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

It was a good experience with a very nice place

  • Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Severn, MD

This property is amazing

  • 5 of 5

We especially liked the gardens, the pool & the waterfall. Would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceedingly special property!

  • 5 of 5

Our group loved this place! There is so much space, so many beautiful, private places to wander, and so much history and beauty. This is a rare opportunity.

  • Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful Serene Environment!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I walked through the front door, I felt as though I had stepped back in time over 100 years. My family and I truly enjoyed our stay in the Forester's Cottage. Served dinner in the dining room by candle was amazing. We never once missed television, instead reconnected in the living room over a good crossword puzzle and conversation.

  • Submitted: 19-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A bit of rural France in Pennsylvania

  • 5 of 5

A bit of rural France in Pennsylvania. Visiting here with friends, I had the most peaceful relaxing time, falling asleep to the sound of the nearby stream, and wish I could have stayed much, much longer. The house made me think of a country chateau where I recently stayed in France—big country kitchen just off the large dining room, comfortable living room and many bedrooms, porches and outdoor sitting places, and an absolutely lovely walled swimming pool. There is no air-conditioning, but even though it was hot when we were there, the house stayed cool and there were breezes at night. Very pretty gardens. All very private and secluded, though the town of Milford is just half a mile away, a nice walk, with interesting shops and restaurants. Check out the Waterwheel Café (good food) in town and the water-powered gristmill which it occupies. The property adjoins Grey Towers, a national historic site, once the home of Gifford Pinchot, the noted conservationist, and is well worth visiting for the interior and splendid gardens. A very special place. I will return.

  • Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Loved the stay, historic experience

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here at the Foresters Cottage, it is tough to describe, but it is a lot like a historic house tour where you get to touch the furniture and stay overnight. The kitchen and bathrooms have not been updated probably since the 50s/60s, but rather than being a drawback that adds to the authenticity of the experience; the butler's pantry still exists, and the bathrooms still have clawfoot tubs; quirky little details that are uncommon these days. Meals that we had at the house we cooked in the kitchen and then ate on the veranda overlooking the gardens. We did a lot of sitting on that veranda in the early evening just staring at the view. The kitchen has everything we could wish for to put meals together, it is a mix of French chateau with a little old pocono charm. The furniture and décor in the house is great and all feels like it could be the choices of the original architects.

The house does not have air-conditioning, but we did not miss it, with windows open the house lets air through and it keeps it cool. The nicest private pool I have ever enjoyed and the cool woods nearby are 2 better alternatives to air-conditioning. If you are somebody that really needs air-conditioning, you should consider very carefully. Given the choice the house is still nicer without air-conditioning, fresh woodsy air flows through and there is no need to worry about keeping the doors all shut, just how a Pocono house should be in my opinion. We will be returning whenever we can find some time.

  • Submitted: 6-May-2015
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
4 Miles
2 Golf Courses
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Port Jervis to New York & New Jersey
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Delmonica Room, Bar Louis,Apple Valley, Dimmick
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Pocono Ski Resorts
Car: necessary

The Pinchot Estates is next door to the Grey Towers National Historic Site (a magnificent 44 room mansion built in 1886 and lived in by the Pinchot Family) the Pinchot's Donated Grey Towers and 102 Acres to the USDA Forest Service. September 1963 President John F. Kennedy dedicated the site to 'The American Public'.

Pinchot Estates is only 1 mile from Quaint Beautiful town of Milford, PA.

Lots of great restaurants, shops, galleries, Theaters, Bars. Milford Beach just down the road, Delaware Water Gap, canoe & kayaking down the Delaware River.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Milford, Pennsylvania

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fourth of July
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$63 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add C$63 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$125.38
cleaning fee C$316.62
Refundable Damage Deposit C$633.25
Tax Rate 3.0%

House is closed from December 1 - May 1.

When your reservation has been accepted, we will send you to sign a lease agreement and a waiver permitting access to adjacent property for walks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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