February 5, 2006
In the Region | Long Island
A Mansion With a History (Some of It True)
By VALERIE COTSALAS
BESIDE the lead-paned window in the petite salon, just past the entry foyer and the carved wooden staircase of the Château des Thons in Upper Brookville, there is a writing desk. The desk, surrounded by oak-paneled walls, a stone fireplace and soaring 20-foot ceilings, seems to wait for someone.
“There’s a stillness in the house,” said Stephen Brown, who owns the chateau, which is for sale for $6.995 million, including almost seven acres. “The stillness is not so much a quietness, but a feeling of awe that this is something that is several hundred years old and has a history.”
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