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

Bedrooms 5
Space sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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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 estate resonates with history and a quiet grandeur.

Secure behind a wrought-iron electronic gate, the Forester’s Cottage is a completely 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:
February 20, 2017


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

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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


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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fourth of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$668
Property Damage Protection C$132
cleaning fee C$334
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

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