Just Listed in the Poconos: Family-Sized “Cottage” in Buck Hill Falls
This century-old stone grande dame comes with a complete vacation resort community included.
Newport this isn’t, but the grand stone house you see above is a “cottage” all the same.
In fact, every one of the houses in the expansive yet secluded Monroe County resort community of Buck Hill Falls is styled a “cottage.” That tradition began with the very first actual cottages Samuel E. Griscom, son of a Philadelphia Quaker industrialist, built for sale in 1901 on the roughly 1,000-acre tract of land in Monroe County he inherited from his father the year before.
There are now 305 such “cottages” located throughout Buck Hill Falls’ 4,500 acres, ranging in size from actual cottage to grand mansion. This Buck Hill Falls stone house for sale sits at the upper end of that range.
Known as “Gateways Cottage,” this low-slung manor house was built in 1910, according to public records. (The listing agent gives its construction date as 1921.)
If you dream of inviting all your relatives or a bunch of friends to spend time with you in your vacation retreat, this is the house you want. With nine bedrooms and 6,500 square feet of interior space, it has room to accommodate them all.
And it does so in style thanks to a 2006 restoration that brought its original rustic elegance back while adding every modern amenity and convenience.
This “cottage” is designed not only to accommodate a large brood but also to provide single-floor living for its owner.
The main floor’s decorative centerpiece is a double-sided, full-height stone fireplace shared by the living and dining rooms.
The living room also has a fully outfitted bar and wine fridge just inside the front door.
The dining room, meanwhile, is one with a deluxe kitchen.
In it you will find classic cabinetry, an island with seating for three, a hammered copper farmhouse sink, a Sharp drawer microwave, a top-drawer fridge, and a six-burner Viking gas range with double oven, griddle and pot filler.
Behind the range is a backsplash with a tile mosaic depicting the bridge that welcomes travelers to Buck Hill Falls.
Two of this house’s nine bedrooms are also located on the main floor. Both are primary suites, which means you can treat a visiting guest like royalty, too. One primary suite features a two-story-high bedroom and its own den and bar on the loft balcony.
Five more bedrooms, two full baths and a breakfast bar comprise the walkout lower level, which opens onto its own patio and fire pit. This floor’s features allow you to operate this residence as a guest house or Airbnb if you so chose.
The upper level contains a huge bedroom with six bunk beds that are perfect for putting up kids. Let them fight over who gets to use the floor’s full bathroom first.
In front, an expansive deck welcomes you and your guests, with the lower-level patio below the deck on one side. Two more covered porches are at the rear of the house’s main floor.
And that wraps up all the nice things this Buck Hill Falls stone house for sale offers. But we haven’t even gotten to the best amenities yet.
Buy this house and a full resort community comes with it. Buck Hill Falls boasts a 27-hole golf course whose first nine holes were designed by famed golf course architect and first PGA President Robert White; noted golf course designer Donald Ross added the next 18 holes 25 years later. And there’s more: A tennis club with 10 Har-Tru courts, a pro shop and a tea room restaurant. An Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool with a deck and grill overlooking it. A year-round fitness and activity center with platform tennis and pickleball courts. Lawn bowling greens. More than two miles of streams offering fly fishing and more than 45 miles of hiking trails. A year-round calendar of events and activities for young and old.
And finally, a friendly, tight-knit community of homeowners, some of whom have been making Buck Hill Falls their vacation or year-round home for four generations.
All of this comes with ownership of this truly grand house, which may well make it one of the best vacation values in the Poconos even with its high-for-the-Poconos price tag.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 5 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 6,500
SALE PRICE: $989,000
OTHER STUFF: A $1,200 per month homeowners association fee covers security, trash removal, road maintenance and the community amenities.
617 Lenape Lane, Buck Hill Falls, Pa. 18323 [Caroline Salvino | Classic Properties, Mountainhome]