Well outfitted, fully stocked (1740's) farm house with every comfort for relaxing vacations in any season.
Elegant and yet comfortable, furnished with antiques, art and classic modern furniture with a minimum of clutter.
The house and garden are well known for the parties we've hosted here. The garden has been honored by inclusion on the National Garden Conservancy tour in past years.
Claw foot tub for long winter soaks. Outside shower for refreshing summer cool offs.
Large kitchen with two ovens, perfect for family gatherings, (not too) formal dining room, library/den for quiet reading or family games, living room with fireplace and large outdoor columned porch for summer dining.
Woods and fields to explore within the 70 acre farm and a creek to plunge and swim in.
Keywords: House and Private Farm
Built in the 1740's, the house has enchanted us and our friends. When digging the vegetable patch, I found Native American skin scrapers and arrow heads. There have been people living on this hill overlooking the river and flood plain for thousands of years. We have felt blessed to be here. The farm is named for the praying mantis that live here, along with the owls, coyotes, ground hogs, opossum, deer and raccoons.
Within an easy drive of New York City and yet surrounded by true bucolic beauty - this area first drew our attention. As we spent more time here, Columbia county has unfolded with more and more wonderful connections. The lovely, unusual friends and neighbors. The towns of Hudson and Rhinebeck and all they have to offer. Art, unique stores, antiques, a high standard of restaurant foods and a few great wine stores. Then there's the outdoor living that is spectacular ... kayaking on the Hudson, horse back riding, cycling, fishing and of course swimming.
The house lends it's self to the season so perfectly. A roaring fireplace in the living room to sit by for screening nights. 'Formal-ish' dining room for the dinner parties. A large claw foot tub to soak in, before friends arrive. A library/den for games or peaceful reading. There is a large outdoor porch for dinners and parties. You will enjoy the great swimming spots on the creek (the Taconic) that runs through the property, and the woods and fields to explore on the 70 acres.
Dressage arena and horse trails on the property.
Fishing in the creek on the property.Equipment & rods available.
Cross country Skiing on the property and mountain skiing available in Berkshires or Catskills.
Catamount 30 mins, Windham Mtn 40 mins and Hunter Mtn. 40 mins.
Amazing walking trails and swimming at Lake Taconic.
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