Escape to genuine country by vacationing at the elegant, restored main farmhouse on our 268-acre real working farm.
The 6,300 square foot house has four spacious bedrooms, two living rooms, a media room, a game room, and a state of the art kitchen with double Viking stoves, two dishwashers, and a large Sub-Zero refrigerator. There are exposed hand hewn wooden beams as well as wide board floors throughout. The state of the art entertainment system lets you play music from either Sirius, your iPod, or CDs throughout the house.
The original part of the house dates from 1800, but all systems in the house have been upgraded to 2009, so there is the best of the modern and the antique combined. The house is zero net energy, as the electricity is provided by a 15 kw solar photovoltaic system, and the central climate control system of the fully air conditioned house is powered by a geothermal system.
There are two fireplaces, one in the dining room and one in one of the two living rooms, and plenty of firewood for your use. In the warmer months you will probably have your meals on the screened-in porch next to the kitchen, overlooking the large stocked pond and waterfall. You may also choose to have an evening fire in the stone fire pit that is only steps from the back doors.
Every room in the house has a fabulous view of nature.
Spacious bedrooms on the second floor open onto a common sitting area and all have fabulous views.
Watch TV on the flat screen TV in the media room, or on the other large flat screen TV while exercising in the gym room or while playing ping pong.
Our farm has sheep and their lambs, goats and their kids, cows and their calves. You can feed the goats their favorite treat – peanuts in the shell; let the sheep eat their feed out of your hands. But have no concern about farm noise or odors - the animals are off in the distance in the fields and pastures.
You also may see some of the wildlife on the property during your stay – foxes, coyotes, wild turkeys (there’s usually a flock of about fifty or more), white tail deer, and red tail hawks. Don’t worry, as none of these really present any danger to humans.
There are five ponds on the property for either swimming or fishing – fish for bass or catfish, or just enjoy feeding the goldfish and koi in the two ponds that have been stocked with these ornamental fish. Below the house on the property is a trout stream. Relax in the hammock by the waterfall that flows from the largest pond on the property. There are endless opportunities to hike and picnic on the property, either through the 100 plus acres of woods or alternately in the fields where you can take in the spectacular views of the Catskills in the distance to the west, Stissing Mountain to the east, or the Shawangunk Mountains to the southwest. Barbecue right out back or down by the stream or waterfall.
The towns of Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Pine Plains are each only about ten minutes away; Bard College, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and the Village of Tivoli are about fifteen minutes away, and the Village of Millbrook is only about a twenty minute drive. And we’re only about 90 minutes from the RFK (formerly Triborough) Bridge.
Larger gatherings or family reunions who need more than a single house might consider renting in combination with our friends who own VRBO 301466, only a 5-minute drive or a great overland hike away.
Our farm could also be a fabulous location to have a family reunion or other festive gathering. Use one of our barns for a party.
Keywords: House, Farm, Ponds, Stream, Fishing, Elegant, Hiking, Forest, Pastures, Views, Antique Barns, Swimming
We are so close to New York City, yet so far. It's an easy 90 minute drive up the Taconic Parkway from the RFK Bridge, and there seems to never be any congestion on the Taconic - if it's not 90 minutes, it's 95 minutes, but never 100 minutes!
When we are on the property we feel as if we are a million miles from civilization, but we are only a short 10 minute drive to either Rhinebeck or Red Hook, each with a fantastic selection of sophisticated restaurants and shopping. There are so many different spots to picnic on the property - by the side of the stream or one of the five ponds, or on a hilltop with fabulous distant Catskill views.
And in Spring, Summer, and Fall, we love the local farmers' markets on the weekends, and all the pick your own farms in the area for, depending on the time of year, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and apples, among other fresh off the farm treats, like just layed eggs.
Close to Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College
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