Step into history at Windrift Hall, a restored 1790s Federal Manor house surrounded by 14 acres of nature. At the end of a long winding country road check in your past and future at the gate and just be. Situated on top of a hill the house overlooks a private pond, gardens and stonewalls, meadows, woods and a gently flowing creek. Windrift Hall sleeps 14, featuring 5 bedrooms with 12 individual single and double beds, 2 baths, library, study, gracious center hall and a beautiful country kitchen. Ideally situated in the beautiful Hudson Valley 2h drive from NYC and 20min from Hudson's train station breathe out the City and breathe in the Country in a secluded setting perfect for family gatherings, yoga retreats, think tanks and weddings. The house is filled with an eclectic mix of art and antiques reflecting the origins and artistic backgrounds of the European owners and their love for design and good craftsmanship and with a 1200sf pavilion overlooking the pond this is an amazing place to retreat, recharge, celebrate and expand your horizons. Leave the outside world behind and settle into a space where time seems to stand still. From the comfort of your deckchair you might see a blue heron landing gracefully on the pond or study the birds circling in midair. Spring is a beautiful time to see the gardens and wild flowers come into bloom, in summer you might like to cool off with a swim in the spring fed pond and take your meals in the shadow of the 250 old maple tree. In fall there's an explosion of colors with a spectacular foliage and winters are perfect for lounging in front of the 5 fireplaces after a run on the nearby slopes of Hunter or Wyndham. When you decide to stay at Windrift Hall, we'd love to offer you not just a beautiful location, but a holistic experience. Ease into your stay with a yoga class, massage or take advantage of a personal chef. We'd be happy to connect you to our dedicated team, who will take your mind off your to do list, so you can leave the outside world behind and just enjoy to be here.
- House3000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, French, German
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 9, 2018
About Susanne Frenk
After a busy day full of activities, we crave for space and tranquility. Breathing out the City and breathing in the Country, we found Windrift Hall to be the perfect place to empty our vessels and fill it with fresh thinking. Created as an escape and artist retreat you'll find peace within the privacy of a 18th century home surrounded by nature. As a well-lived in home filled with stories, love and much joy, family heirlooms and antiques mingle with contemporary design classics and art. The result is a unique melting pot of styles, which reflect our European roots and the time and place we live in. I'm a Creative Director, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner and my husband Jean Louis is an Artist. We divide our time with our 2 children between Brooklyn NY and upstate. Being rooted in the arts we both share a passion for design and good craftsmanship. You will feel a love for detail in every room. But we'd love to offer you not just a beautiful location, but a holistic experience. Ease into your stay with a yoga class, massage or take advantage of a personal chef. We'd be happy to connect you to a dedicated team that helps you to take your mind off your to do list. Check in the past and future at our gate and enter a space where time seems to stand still, so you can think less and be more.
Susanne Frenk purchased this House in 2007
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A very tastefully decorated, lovely home.The kitchen is phenomenal.
Susanne and Jean Louis were gracious and communicative hosts.
Would highly recommend a stay- our group had a lovely time and would be keen to visit again.
Best Weekend Getaway from Manhattan
I've traveled the world and stayed at some fabulous places. I'd rank Windrift Hall up near the top of my favorite places ever. The house was private, yet still close to downtown Hudson. There were 9 of us with only one car, but we were still able to easily get to and from Hudson via taxi service that was quick and convenient. Two of us drove our personal car to Windrift Hall and the other seven took the Amtrak train from Penn Station (New York); the train ride is only two hours (roundtrip train fare is around $75). The train arrives in the heart of the historic area of downtown Hudson. Cabs are well aware of the train arrival times so they're sitting there waiting to pick up passengers. The cab fare from the train station to the house is around $40.
Windrift Hall's kitchen is a delight for anyone who loves to cook and bake. The kitchen is camera ready for a magazine shoot. A Viking range and other great appliances (Viking refrigerator, dishwasher, KitchenAid mixer, etc.) make cooking and baking a delight in the house.
One of my friends is an accomplished pianist so we were able to enjoy hours of beautiful music he played on the stunning Steinway piano in the living room.
Other great amenities: Soaking tub in the upstairs bathroom, several working fireplaces throughout the house, an informal (kitchen) dining table as well as a formal (living) dining table, a Bose sound system, etc.
Assuming the owner's will allow us, we will definitely be back at Windrift Hall in the very near future!
My husband and I took 10 guests to Windrift Hall for my 30th birthday. We all live in NYC, so the rustic serenity of this place was a welcomed weekend break for the whole group. We cooked, hiked and played games around the multiple fireplaces. We're already looking forward to another trip to Windrift Hall!
-Truly amazing ambience. Every room has delightful, rustic touches that remind you of the history of the place. There are contemporary touches that give the home an overall stylish feel.
-The kitchen is a joy. My favorite memories of the weekend are sitting at the kitchen table drinking and nibbling by the fire while everyone took turns cooking meals.
-The nearest grocery store is 5min away! Super convenient, while still feeling removed and secluded.
-The beds are all very comfortable.
-Still some work to be done on an old house: cracks in floors, some of the lights don't work, very drafty from the old windows and doors, some windows don't open.
-The house rules (which are not stated in the listing) are to wash, dry and fold all the linens that you use by noon checkout on Sunday. With the house filled to capacity (12 guests), this chore made our Sunday morning a big pain. We wanted to savor the last moments of our relaxing weekend, but instead had to rush around doing laundry. *Laundry service should be included in the price of the cleaning fee. AlternativeIy I'd have even been happy to pay extra for it.
-The dishwasher doesn't wash the dishes properly. So, we spent a lot of our time hand washing dishes for 12 people after every meal.
-The attic bedroom is very drafty and there's no heat in that room. *There should be a couple space heaters to make this a viable sleeping option.
-The owners requested we take our garbage with us when we left (again, not stated in the listing) but they gave no instructions on local dumpsters. *Again, I think garbage management should be included in the price of the cleaning fee.
-The water is very soft. Not a big deal, but it bugged some of our guests.
-Two of the rooms contain two beds, so be reminded that some guests will have to share a bedroom.
-If watching movies/TV is your thing, the TV size and setup is not amenable for large group.
-The nearest hiking is 30min drive away (but worth it!)
-The Black Horse Farm and other attractions are all closed during the winter.
-Shampoo, paper towels, toaster are not included, as listed.
All said, I highly recommend Windrift Hall!
Please read the house rules before you sign the contract we send to you. We're happy to offer a special cleaning/laundry service tailored to your needs. All the lights work, some are 3 way lights, so the switch needs to be in the correct position. The kitchen features a brand new Professional Viking fridge and dishwasher less than 6 months old. Before use please read the instructions on the inside door of dishwasher. There are different cycles for light to heavily soiled dishes. The attic is not listed as an official bedroom, but as a playroom for children. If you're using it to sleep in there, please be advised there's no heating. Space heaters are a potential fire hazard and are not allowed in there. If you have any questions or concerns please talk to us. We're only a phone call away and would like to make that your stay is a happy one.
Take a vacation in another era!
This treasure of a house served as our home for a 3-day weekend getaway. A wintry chill in the February air limited our outdoor activities to an icy afternoon hike up to Kaaterskill Falls (which I recommend to all area visitors). But inside the house it felt like we were the only people in the world, stoking roaring wood fires, sharing hearty meals, seemingly ensconced in another century. The ancient details in the house are breathtaking, from the brickwork to the fireplaces, from the ceiling beams to the floor planks. Similarly the house is appointed, though sparsely, with the most tasteful antiques and contemporary choices, not to mention the spectacular Steinway in the living room, at which we spent a happy evening having a singalong from the American songbook.
I recommend this house to anyone looking for a change of style from their own modern home. Staying in this beautiful house will change your outlook for the better.
We had a wonderful time at Susanne and Jean Louis's charming house. The place is beautiful and serene. The house was very comfortable and clean. The kitchen is by far the most beautiful room in the house, it had all the charm of an old country house plus the amenities of a modern kitchen. We had a lovely time cooking, reading by the fire, playing chess and walking by the pond. Thank you for sharing this wonderful place with us, we would love to come back again!
Very nice house and property, great for a cozy family gathering.
Would like to stay sometime in the spring and get to do a little more exploring when the weather is a bit warmer.
Windrift Hall is a secluded and bucolic setting at the end of a winding private country road. It's close to Hunter and Windham ski areas and all the recreational opportunities of the Catskills. AMENITIES: Conveniently located at the corner of Route 81 and 9W, you’ll find a Grand Union supermarket, a gas station, a pharmacy, a pizza restaurant, a wine shop and a medical emergency center. Personally I love to shop at the Black Horse Farm on 9W towards Athens. They have a huge selection of fresh organic produce. While listening to the classic radio station, you can sample their delightful spreads of homemade products while browsing through the shop. Our 300sf spring fed pond is set in a dramatic natural setting and perfect for swimming, but if you feel like going to an outdoor swimming pool, there’s the Catskill Valley Pool in the nearby town of Athens. You’re welcome to use the public tennis courts of Coxsackie or you might enjoy a round of mini-golf on 9W while trying one of the 26 delicious ice cream flavors served at Tom’s next door. If you feel like watching a movie we have a flat screen TV with a Netflix account or you might like to see the latest flic at the charming Drive-In Theatre on 9W. There’s a beautiful horseback riding farm in an idyllic setting within 5min from us. For more details go to (website hidden) If you’re interested in historic places don’t miss out on a tour through the Broncks House and Museum. It’s in walking distance and one of the oldest houses in America. Our library has books about all the historic places in the Hudson Valley, Olana across the river at the Rip van Wrinkle Bridge or Clermont on 9E are just a few other beautiful mansions to visit within 1/2 hours drive. If you stay with us I’m sure you have a love for old and beautiful things. Our place is the best starting point for your antique treasure hunt. Just around the corner on 9W is the Coxsackie Antique Center showcasing the wares of 100 local dealers. Across the river there’s the town of Hudson, famous for some of the most eclectic antique shops in the country. A stroll along picturesque Warren Street takes you to dozens of shops ranging from high-end stores with fine period pieces to unique little boutiques. There are also some nice restaurants. My personal favorites are the Swoon Kitchenbar and DABA. Some of the best hikes are in the Catskills. You’ll find maps, hiking and walking guides as well as other information about Greene County in our library. Within 30min drive there are 2 great ski resorts in the town of Hunter and Wyndham. After a day on the slopes, you will really enjoy to snuggle up in front of one of the 5 working fireplaces in the house.