|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Ham House is an exquisite 1854 Italianate Victorian mansion in Tivoli, NY.
The house sits perched on a promontory facing the Catskills Mountains, perfect for enjoying the glorious and famous Hudson Valley sunsets.
Ham House has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and updated with all modern amenities that one may expect from a modern country home.
There are 10 fireplaces in total; 4 on the ground floor, 4 on the second floor and 2 in the basement.
Entering the house through the front door, you find yourself transported to a different time. From the main hallway that divides the house in a west and east wing, on the west one enters into the double parlor, which stretches the full length of the house. It flows over into the equally large and majestic porch, overlooking the adjacent Tivoli Bays State Park and the Catskill Mountains Range.
On the east side of the hallway is the large and fully equipped live-in kitchen, as well as the living room/TV room.
Up the stairs to the second floor you will find the Bridal Suite on the west side, which also stretches the full length of the house and boasts 2 fireplaces, an over-size bathroom with cast-stone bathtub, oversize walk-in shower and a commending view of the gardens and Catskills.
On the east side one will find the Master Bedroom suite with fireplace and bathroom.
Also on the second floor is a large mahogany library/office/reading room with fireplace.
Onto the third floor where one will find three spacious bedrooms with queen size beds and a shared bathroom featuring 2 sinks, cast-stone bathtub and large walk-in shower with views of the garden.
The basement houses a professional full catering kitchen with a dumbwaiter system to the kitchen on the ground floor, guaranteeing privacy and intimacy when entertaining quests.
Through the back entrance into the garden, one first enters the walled-in herb garden, where you will find a variety of edible herbs and fabulous fraise-de-bois strawberry’s.
Continuing on, you will enter the walking path to the pool, which is accentuated by an Allee of fragrant Verburnum and old slabs of bluestone.
Entering the pool gate, you will find oneself immersed in a green room: a stone wall surrounds the pool area and is accentuated by a wall of evergreen arborvitae. The pool is reminiscent of an Italian dipping pool, with a large stone coping harvested from local blue stone. The pool is heated to a comfortable temperature and is 50 feet long, plenty for a good workout.
Walk on and one will find the park like grounds with a manicured lawn and a stream from the upper to the lower Koi pond.
Onwards, one passes the raised vegetable garden where a variety of Heirloom tomatoes will assure many delicious meals.
You will then pass the A.J. Davis inspired board and batten cottage, which has been restored to a 2-bedroom home and is where the owners reside full-time.
Still onwards, you will find the orchard where a variety of fruit trees and shrubs are awaiting your pickings; peach, apple, apricot, plums, raspberry and blackberry in abundance.
Take a stroll (or a bike) into the nearby village for lunch or dinner at a variety of restaurants (American, Japanese, Mexican and vegetarian) and enjoy the leisurely pace of Tivoli life.
Back to the house again to enjoy a sunset cocktail on the porch and roll right into a goose down feather bed into neverland.
There are many activities in and around Tivoli: the famous Performance Arts Center at Bard College as well as the Summerscape Program with the Spiegeltent, Rhinebeck shopping, walking trails and parks, Olana, VanderBilt and Roosevelt Mansions and many other worthwhile escapes.
I have actually stayed at this property twice , Both times my Family rented the entire place for Christmas (2012 & 2013, calendar would not allow those options).
Our host Michel (hope I spelled that correctly) was excellent, there when you need him & privacy when you don't.
The property is beautifully restored with large working fireplaces , antiques, and beautiful features throughout. Both times we had it decorated for the holiday, it was excellently done & made the whole experience so cosy and picturesque I felt like I was in a different time!
Although we didn't get to use the pool, it looks amazing as do the grounds, so I do hope to make it back in another season,
I would highly recommend this property for an amazing stay, I plan to stay again whenever possible,
First off the House itself is amazing and more beautiful in person. The week was spent with our families and they also appreciated the beauty and restoration efforts done by Michiel. It is impeccable and the grounds were just as well taken care of. The pond and pool areas are quite peaceful. Can't wait to see the finished tennis court area soon too.
For our reception it was a perfect location and with multiple spaces for our guests to lounge or explore. The guest were as taken with the house and property as we were. If we needed anything, the Ham House owner lives next door and was ready to help.
The art, furniture and architecture of the house are both comfortable and contextual to the original feel of the house. The additional items added to the house by Michiel have made the modern guest feel comfortable, like diswasher, laundry, heated bathroom floors, heated towel bars and house wide music Sonos system.
We loved every minute there and cannot wait to go back. Thank you Ham House for making our vacation and wedding dreams come true.
Jen & Todd
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
$750/nt - $6000/wk
High Season (April - October) $1250,- per night (3 night min) / $6750,- per week;
Low Season (November - March) $950,- per night (2 night min) / $5000,- per week;
Holiday Weeks (Christmas, etc) $1500,- per night (3 night min) / $8000,- per week;
Maximum occupancy 10 people.
50% non-refundable downpayment required. Payment in full 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.