I came across this amazing neoclassical home, called Burklyn Hall, built in 1908, and couldn’t wait to share it. It was built around the same time as The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires, and there are many similarities. This amazing property is for sale for what seems like a steal and it would make an amazing small hotel, b & b or event space. I can so see a movie being filmed there as well.
From the New York Times:
Built in 1908 by Elmer Darling, who ran the luxurious Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City, Burklyn Hall is a stunning Colonial Revival home that evokes the elegance of a bygone era. Located on the border between the towns of Burke and Lyndon in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, just two hours from Montreal, three hours from Boston and just minutes from Burke Mountain Resort which is practically in the backyard.Burklyn Hall overlooks wide-sweeping vistas of Willoughby Gap, Burke Mountain, and 86 acres of rolling fields and mature woods. Within the 31-room residence are many refined decorative details, including rich mahogany paneling, hand-carved wood accents, hardwood flooring, and marble mantles gracing ten fireplaces. On the first floor, the original Darling family’s coat of arms still hangs in the main hall, which connects the formal entertaining spaces. Additional rooms include a sitting room, a formal dining room, a smaller private dining room, a music room, a study, a kitchen, and a butler’s pantry. A grand staircase leads to four en-suite bedrooms with fireplaces on the second level and an additional 8 bedrooms on the third level. Outside, a carriage barn, a formal barn, equestrian facilities, and gardens can be found on the vast grounds.
The house appears beautifully situated on a rise with amazing mountain and valley views. Vermont at its finest! The fall leaf peeping season must be spectacular. There’s a video at the end of the post which shows some fall foliage views.
Gorgeous spot for a lawn party, wedding or other special event!
Burklyn Hall – Central Hall
The central hall is just spectacular. Look at the floor! The woodwork – the staircase!
Burklyn Hall – Main Rooms
Just take in these spectacular ceilings! The ornamental plaster work on the ceiling, walls and fireplace are dreamy, aren’t they? I also love the bright pink color. It’s very feminine counterpoint to the more masculine front hall.
Across the hall from the pink sitting room is this salmon colored room that is ever so slightly less ornate and formal.
And here’s another formal room off the main hall. I love how each room has its own personality.
The dining room is another spectacular space – more masculine and yet there is still some beautiful ornamental detail in the coffered ceiling.
In the rear stairwell leads to a second floor library space.
The quality of the detail is apparent in this closeup of the stairwell.
Burklyn Hall – Bedrooms
Not surprisingly, the bedrooms (there are 12 in total) are less detailed than the primary first floor rooms, but still, each of these I’m showing has some decorative ceiling detail. There is certainly a huge amount of decorative potential in these rooms.
Burklyn Hall – Conservatory Pool Room
I’m not sure what it’s called, but this detached “conservatory” pool room features gorgeous Palladian windows and a monumental fireplace.
It takes a village to build a house like this:
A vintage post card.
Burklyn Hall is located at 2864 Darling Hill Rd Burke, Vermont which is on the border of the towns of Burke and Lynfield (hence the name), in the area known as the North East Kingdom.
The house is over 13,000 sq. ft., boasts 10 full and 3 partial bathrooms, 12 bedrooms, and 31 total rooms and sits on 83 acres. It is on the National Register for Historic Places.
Now, the fact that there are no available photos of the kitchen or bathrooms should tell us something about how much work they likely need. But, and without knowing any other details about the property and how much maintenance and restoration is needed, I think the price is a steal.
Can you guess? Take a guess in the comments before clicking over to see the current asking price.
The house is listed with Landvest.
Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: It’s been reported that Burklyn Hall was sold just after I initially wrote this post (not that I’m suggesting a connection!) and that the buyers intend to turn the property into an inn called, The Inn at Burklyn!
UPDATE #2: Here’s a post I did on the beautiful renovation of this amazing mansion.