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Oneonta, New York
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Really brings you back in time to the grand estates of the 1800s. A masterpiece of the aesthetic... read more

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Reviewed August 30, 2018

Historic New England has done justice to this magnificent Gilded Age stone mansion. Each room is glorious, with an abundance of architectural and material detail that should overwhelm but that is so well-designed that the effect is harmonious. Features such as huge arches, a giant round window, and brickwork patterns area feast for the eyes. Inside, elaborate woodwork, stained glass, unique fabrics and elaborate chandeliers reflect sunlight from huge windows. Several rooms had a small display of foot and hats.

Docents are extremely knowledgeable and clearly proud of the place. Rooms have screens on which visitors can read, and see (videos), more in-depth information about a room and its specific pieces. The $15 price may deter some people, which is a shame.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RachelRaven
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a fantastic addition to the properties owned by Historic New England. They have done a great job with the restoration of the house and filled it with beautiful art and furniture. Excellent guide. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MB747
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

The Eustis Estate Museum is a Historic New England property that opened to the public in May 2017. It was purchased from the Eustis family for $7.1M in 2014 and underwent extensive restoration. The 18,600 square foot mansion is on 80 acres adjacent to the Blue Hills Reservation.

Admissions:
$15.00 - Adults
$12.00 - Seniors
$8.00 - Students and Children

We visited on a Saturday and took the 11:00 AM tour.

The docent-led tour began outside. Before entering the 1878 mansion designed by Boston architect William Ralph Emerson, the docent talked to us about the Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century. In architecture, hallmarks included decorative embellishments, stained-glass windows, hardwood floors, embossed surfaces, Japanese motifs, embellished hardware.

The Eustis Estate had it all. It was quite spectacular --- from its size and reflective metallic wallpaper to its impressive fireplace mantels. It had a lot of elements of the Queen Anne Revival style.

To me, the most remarkable thing about the estate as a whole was that it was 100% self-sufficient with its own pond for water and ice supplies, crop fields, greenhouses, fruit orchards, flower gardens, and protein meat supply from chickens, pigs, and dairy cows. And, eventually, it generated its own electricity.

The interior of the mansion had many elaborate features, but it also gave off a sense of warmth and livability.

One of the most striking parts of the mansion was the fireplace in the vestibule with its ceiling-to-floor mantel. It was made of terra cotta and wood.

Intricately-carved woodwork and furniture were everywhere. The table and chair in the hall were outstanding.

I got the impression that this mansion was built to impress in very subtle ways.

Upstairs, there is a museum with some interesting fashion. The exhibit was tidied Head to Toe. It was a hat and shoe display. There was a pair of size 12 shoes that belonged to chef Julia Child, who was a very tall woman.

It was a rainy day when we visited so we did not walk the grounds. What we could see of the grounds during the drive up to the visitors center, on the walk over to the mansion, and from the windows inside the mansion was very well cared for and quite scenic.

We rate the Eustis Estate at 5.0. We highly recommend a visit.

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Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

The house was wonderful and where else can you go where they would let you sit in the library and actual handle the books. The grounds were another great attraction

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

Newly opened to the public, this terrific example of the Aesthetic Period does not disappoint. After checking out the website, plan your visit to this well maintained and beautifully restored home. Take a guided tour or stroll the rooms using the tablets for detailed information.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Micoda1
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