Spend your vacation in a stately historic hudson valley home ! Historic architecture, modern comfort, grand yet intimate, beautiful grounds - ideal for a family group, special occasion, or simply as a getaway!
Schoolfield (originally known as "The Orchard") was built in the 1850's by a prosperous local farming family, descended from the original Palatine settlers of Germantown. The large, square brick Italiante home was modeled as a smaller, modest version of some of the nearby Livingston "Manor homes" along the river. The farm's property, which predates the house by about fifty years, originally stretched down to the Hudson River and back to well beyond what is now known as route 9G. Though parts of the property have been sold off over the years (the neighboring homes and farm buildings were all part of the original property), The remaining 8 acres of lawn, meadow and woods, large early barn, stone walls, and small "schoolhouse" lend the property a very rural feel.
The large house with it's graciously proportioned rooms and funky 60's back entry is elegantly yet comfortably furnished with a blend of antiques and contemporary art and furniture, including many family heirlooms belonging to the current owner. Aside from the large kitchen and dining room, 4 additional sitting rooms allow for both large gatherings and privacy for individuals. The downstairs game/tv room has a large selection of dvds, plus popular board games such as Monopoly, scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit for guests to enjoy, as well as playing cards, a poker set, etc. For the reader or book lover, the owners library consists of over a thousand volumes, including large sections of biography and literature, plus an extensive selection of art, historic architecture, landscape and gardening titles. There is an antique baby grand piano as well.
Setting and Gardens
A front porch with rocking chairs, large gravel seating area with fountain, ancient maples, and expansive lawns provide a beautiful setting for relaxation. The gardens, which have been featured in the book "Gardens of the Hudson Valley", are the owners hobby. Thousands of daffodils in mid to late April give way to fragrant lilacs, lily of the valley, viburnum and forget-me-nots in May. June sees an explosion of peonies, spirea and roses, while the rest of the summer brings a colorful show of phlox, daisies, and annuals. Autumn is when the Maples shine, as well as the asters and mums. There is plenty of room to play horseshoes or the vintage croquet set, both to be found in the house.
The property is located on a scenic road half way between the popular tourist destinations of Rhinebeck and Hudson. It is located right outside of the village of Germantown, close enough to be convenient to the town's amenities, but far enough out to feel like one is in the "country".
Hiking, scenic drives, state parks, historic sites, apple picking, antiquing, boating, golf and plenty of other activities near by.
Local farmer's markets, and many regional restaurants offering everything from comfort food to fine dining.
Keywords: country house, farmhouse, historic, 19th Century