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A peaceful return to a simpler life

Helen Mullany of Helen Mullany Real Estate offers a Berkshire treasure – a historic farm with beautiful land and buildings and a distinguished history.

FOUR BROOKS FARM, owned by the De Kay Gilder Palmer Family since 1898, is now available. This exceptional property embodies idyllic country living in the heart of the Berkshires. This historic property consists of the Main House, Guest Wing, Barn with Tack Room, Roman Walled Garden with Sunrise/Sunset window, Stonewalls, Pastures, Trails and Views. Ready for restoration to former glory, many recent improvements have been completed. Some lots may be sold separately. Rolling meadows, gardens, stone walls and views! Rich in history, with so much potential to be a cherished Berkshire retreat. Close proximity to notable area cultural attractions. Reportedly visited by notables such as Mark Twain and Grover Cleveland.

What’s the most compelling thing about this property?

Here is a place to unwind and enjoy the peacefulness of country life. This is a true old farm. Owned by five generations of the same family, Four Brooks Farm still boasts rich farmland and beautifully crafted farm buildings. The property includes an artist studio, a horse barn with tacks, and a dance and music barn crafted in the post and beam style from Dutch Elm. Formal gardens are oriented toward sunrises and sunsets. The famous American architect Stanford White had ties to the properties, and gifted pillars as a wedding present.

For whom is this house perfect?

This farm is looking for a new owner who can appreciate the joys of country life and who will lovingly conserve the beauty of this site and its 60 acres.

What’s the most fun thing to do within five miles of this house?

With 60 acres of beautiful land, the possibilities are endless – vegetable gardening, beekeeping, riding horses on your own property, hiking, birding, cooling off in your own small pond. Nearby, you’ll find the 220-acre Tyringham Cobble Park which is lovingly maintained by the Trustees of Reservation. Bicycling on the quiet roads of Tyringham is always inviting. The Appalachian Trail is also nearby, as are historic Stockbridge and the Norman Rockwell Museum and many other important Berkshire attractions. There is also easy access to the turnpike to Boston and New York.

If this house could talk, what secret would it tell about its history?

Steeped in Gilded Age history, this house was owned by the artist Helena DeKay Gilder, founder of the Art Students League and the Society of American Artists and her husband Richard Watson Gilder, poet and editor of Scribner’s and Century magazines. They shared a rich cultural life, and their farm was visited by many of the leaders of their day. This house could tell you about the fascinating conversations that took place within its walls.


Interested? Contact Helen Mullany

Helen Mullany Real Estate

Office: 413-429-7733



183 Main Street

Great Barrington, Mass.


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