The SpaceThis gorgeous Historic estate property is a gateway to Millbrook. A beautifully restored 5,200 sq ft 200 year old antique manor home with gracious details.The home includes 4 spacious and elegant bedrooms (sleeps 8), 3.5 baths, cozy TV room, formal dining room (banquet size table seats 10) , formal living room and a gourmet eat in kitchen. Ninety minutes to mid-town Manhattan. Heaven!
For summer recreation and swimming, it is only 4 miles from the lovely Millbrook Town Pool, Beach and Recreation Park (see photo above). Guest AccessWhile you are surrounded by nature and in a very private and quiet setting, there is a great deal of fun and exciting activities to explore close by - enjoy the best of both worlds!
An elegant manor house overlooking pristine country estate with rolling hills, paddocks and walking trails throughout the property. The NeighborhoodThe house is located less than 2 miles from the quaint village of Millbrook. Every Saturday during the season experience the local farmers market. Stroll down main street and enjoy lovely antique stores and great restaurants. Millbrook Vineyards and Innis free garden are less than 10 minutes away. Millbrook is nestled among many wonderful neighboring towns which make for fun filled day trips and great antiquing.
The estate is close to famous Hudson Valley towns like Hudson, Beacon (The Dia Art Museum) and Rhinebeck and New York City is a 90 minute drive south. There are many, cultural and sporting activities as well as colleges such as Bard, Vassar, Marist and the Millbrook School a short distance away.
The Culinary Institute of America is close by as well with its wonderful restaurants and facilities. The Hyde Park FD Roosevelt Library and Vanderbilt Mansion are just 30 minutes away. There are many local markets, farms, apple picking and wineries to choose from. Other Things to NoteThis is an historic home at the gateway to Millbrook. The property, now known as SilverBrook Farm, has been a farm since before the Revolutionary War, in the late 1700's, and it is believed that the oldest parts of the home were built during the Colonial period.
The residence as seen today is decidedly Federal, originally a five bay farmhouse likely built by the Lawton family. In the late19th century, the farm was acquired by the Smith Brothers family, of cough-drop fame, who made their famous cough drops at their factory in Poughkeepsie. They renovated the house to the height of Victorian fashion, and the once-simple Georgian was eventually graced by arched windows, deep porches, and a rather clumsy addition over what is now the portico.
It was not until financier Wentworth Bacon acquired the property in the early 20th century that the property began to re-take its original shape. "Wenty" set about re-Federalizing the house, simplifying both the exterior and the interior, while preserving some of the better influences of the Italianate style. The exterior appearance of the home is mostly unchanged since the Bacon renovations, save for a balustrade over the portico where the boxy addition once was. The resulting building is a hybrid of 18th and 19th century style - a stately 5-bay house with large, arched windows, rich mouldings, and high ceilings.
In the 1900's, the grand dame of the house was Wenty Bacon's wife, Catherine LaSalle, a well know actress of both Broadway stage and silent movie fame. It is a rare opportunity, in the 21st century, to live in a home from the "gilded era" that has been restored and is probably still as impressive and beautiful today as it was then.