Bruyn Estate at Red Mills Farm

Our New York estate and farm, on the National Register of Historic Places, focuses on marrying the original feel of the 1835 Greek Revival estate with designer Cristy Lee’s eclectic, imaginative sensibilities. Situated on just under 10 acres, Bruyn Estate has two residential dwellings totaling eight bedrooms. It’s surrounded by acres of private, open-canopied woods and located just under 90 mins north of New York City. Bruyn House at Red Mills Farm or "Miller's House" is a historic home located at Shawangunk in Ulster County, New York. It is on the east side of the Shawangunk Kill at the Ulster/Orange Counties line. Wallkill Avenue is north of the building with the Shawangunk Kill east of it. The one half story frame house with a partially exposed cellar and interior end chimneys was constructed c.1835 on a site overlooking the Shawangunk Kill. The northwest facade of the five-bay center hall structure has 6/6 sashes with plain window heads and sills. The center entry, framed by pilasters which support a full entablature, has three-paned sidelights. The Miller's House at Red Mills is significant as a distinctive example of Greek Revival style architecture. It is also significant as a surviving component of an industrial complex originating in the eighteenth century. The architectural integrity of the house is embodied in its form, original materials, unique iron grillwork, elaborate interior woodwork and door moldings. The house at Red Mills known as 'Red Mills Farm' was built c.1835 by Roe and Arminda Coleman on this site overlooking the Shawangunk Kill. The early mill site included a sawmill and gristmill which were in proximity to the miller's house (only the miller's house survives). The location allowed the miller a view of mill operations, and the height of the water in the mill could also be monitored. The sawmill and gristmill were destroyed by fire in the mid-twentieth century, leaving only remnants of a dam and mill race channel, and the existing miller's house. (The mill site is located on a separate parcel.) The site was originally owned by the patentee, Abraham Jansen. Roe Coleman purchased the land in 1835 and began construction of the mill buildings and the house. (A date stone set in the garden wall which surrounds the house reads, 'Erected by M. Webb / July 4, 1839'. This may refer to the date the wall was constructed since it does not relate to the house or it may have come from one of the other mill buildings. No documentation has been found to link M. Webb with the site, however.) The site is known as 'Red Mills' and this name has been attributed to the color of the mill buildings. It has also been called 'Green Mills', presumably after a subsequent owner, Russell G. Green. ------ Bruyn Guest House has five en-suite bedrooms plus a full kitchen and communal living space, all custom designed using a reclaimed 1840s pioneer cabin. It’s surrounded by acres of private, open-canopied woods and located just under 90 mins north of New York City. Our friends, family, and guests have always experienced something truly unique, an “upstate experience” that’s authentic, reinvigorating, and FUN. Maybe even a bit magical. We wanted to create an experience that allowed our friends, family, and guests to disconnect from their daily lives while being tucked away in the southern Catskills along the Shawangunk Ridge.
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