Burn Brae Mansion sits on over 20 wooded acres at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. The grounds are lush with streams, open fields, and walking trails, one of which leads to the historic Glen Spey Cemetery, final resting place of the original owners. Somehow, they’re terribly interested in the paranormal – like ghosts. So boo! You may be interested!
Burn Brae Mansion was built in 1907 by Margaret Ross MacKenzie Elkin as part of the estate of George Ross MackKenzie, third president of the Singer Sewing Machine company, who made his fortune as confidant and advisor to Isaac Merritt Singer, the company’s founder.
Burn Brae Mansion has had five owners since the Elkins, and over the years it has served as a boarding house, a tea room during prohibition, and a bed and breakfast. The current owners, Mike and Pat Fraysse, have lovingly restored the character of the home and brought back many of the original elements. They currently operate the house as a bed and breakfast, along with a 10-room motel on the site of the former horse stables. Pat & Mike also play host for murder mystery dinners throughout the year. And honestly, what better place to host one that at a haunted mansion?
Spending the night at Burn Brae Mansion is a unique and memorable experience for all ages and interests. Packages include a home-cooked dinner and full breakfast including fresh-baked bread and eggs from their own chickens. Overnight guests are also invited to take a guided tour of the mansion, including the Attic of Curiosities. Tours are exclusive to overnight guests. The Inn is BYOB.
“Burn Brae Mansion is one of my favorite places to stay when I am up here.”– Linda Blair, The Exorcist
There are accommodations available in the Mansion, open year-round, or the Stables Motel, open April through December.
Nearby activities include Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Woodstock Museum, river rafting, hiking, golfing, skiing, shopping, crafts, antiques, and flea markets. Burn Brae is is listed on the Haunted History Trail of New York State.