Descendant and inheritor of most of the vast fortune of his father, Cornelius Vanderbilt, a transportation and finance magnate.  William became president of the New York Central Railroad. 
Country Inn:  Retreat constructed by William Vanderbilt.
Built in 1889 as an escape from his upper class Victorian life in New York City.  Mr. Vanderbilt raised his family here, and his house remained a private residence until 1952.  Then came the "Baby Boom" and the "Age of the Automobile"  when families literally flocked to Upstate New York in station wagons.  The Vanderbilts fled the invasion, and the home ran as a small family resort for 37 years.
13 guest rooms thoughtfully decorated to evoke an earlier time; well-loved antiques, comfortable furniture and Victorian details.  Some rooms have canopied beds, private porches or sitting areas.  All have private baths, and for the "real" private touch -  no televisions or telephones. 
A national reputation for Art Workshops with an annual series of classes in painting and drawing on the grounds, and in the carriage house studio.  Ask for special brochure for details.  50 foot swimming pool surrounded by lovely maple trees, gardens and English croquet course; hiking and golf nearby.  Tariff includes a full country breakfast in dining rooms with brick-hearthed fireplaces.  Weekends feature the American Bounty Buffet.
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