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Well outfitted, fully stocked (1740's) farm house with every comfort for relaxing vacations in every 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, with ping pong table, living room with fireplace and large outdoor columned porch for summer dining and relaxing.
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, raccoons and eagles.
Antony Nagelmann purchased this house in 2001
Within an easy 2 hour 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, skiing, cycling, fishing and of course swimming. There is roughly 5 acres of fenced in garden around the house that is a treat for any dog to hunt, roam and run.
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 with seating areas, and a large table 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.
The master bath is adorned with unique tiles that were made by a previous owner; an illustrator for the New Yorker in the 1950's, and done in this style.
Fresh organic eggs daily from our own free range chickens and the fully stocked kitchen with twin ovens adds to the bucolic life of quality country living.
Unfortunately the owner informed us four days before our stay that the property had been double booked. Though we had booked first, we had not completed our security deposit and the other party had. While these types of mishaps happen and the owner was apologetic, he was extremely difficult to reach when trying to verify that we needed to find new lodgings for our trip that week. He did not respond until the day before the booking to confirm that we were released from the contract and that we did not have the house. Again he claimed mishaps but in this day of accessibility to the internet and phones, it was irresponsible behavior as a landlord.
My family stayed there over Thanksgiving weekend and just loved it. The place was well kept up and inviting. The yards were gorgeous. We felt right at home and hope to go back.
What a beautiful setting and comfortable house! The gardens are beautiful and the daily gardener adds to the sense that you're being well cared for. There's wilder land to explore as well--we found the creek (which is a bit of a challenge) but didn't take advantage of it for a swim. The house is comfortable and the kitchen is great--excellent porch to enjoy. We took a trip to Olana which was about as much additional activity as we needed--it's definitely worth the effort.
Beautiful and Easeful
We rented this beautiful house with its charming grounds for 5 days in March. We had a wonderful time exploring the large property in the afternoon sun - fields, forest and creek. The house is very inviting, pleasant and spacious. The kitchen is well appointed, fun to cook in and lovely to be in. It was wonderful to watch the sun come up through the big kitchen window while sipping coffee. The fenced in area around the house was a safe and perfect paradise for our dog. Clearly the house and the property are well loved by the owner, who was kind and welcoming. This is a gem of a place.
Stayed here with several other couples for the weekend and had a wonderful time. The house is exactly as described, very warm and inviting. The owner is very friendly, helpful and responded quickly to emails. The kitchen was well stocked and included everything we could have asked for. The bedrooms were all comfortable and each room has great light and great views. There is plenty of space for a large group to stretch out without feeling crowded. We also loved how dog friendly the house is! Our pup enjoyed wandering around outside in the large fenced-in grounds and we very much enjoyed the peace of mind in knowing she was safe.
The house was very comfortable, clean and pretty with great views and privacy. The owner renovated this old farm house and it's surrounding property in a rather elegant way. The kitchen is large and well stocked -- we enjoyed cooking meals together there from ingredients bought at a local farm. The house was conveniently located just a few minutes off the main highway. The owner was very nice and helpful. The Hudson river is a short drive away. The large porch on the back of the house is a lovely sunny place to spend an afternoon reading or an evening eating dinner.
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.