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Artfully restored house in heart of village, leave the car at home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3BD, 2 1/2 BTH 1850's house with historic character and modern comforts

Even in a village with 400 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, this Carpenter Gothic house, in the manner of Andrew Jackson Davis, stands out. It's a favorite of the many walkers who stroll the leafy streets of Rhinebeck. Surrounded by maple trees and lawn on a corner lot, the clapboard house wears a fresh coat of white with crisp black window frames topped by a steep slate roof. A graceful front porch welcomes you, an eastward-facing side porch is the perfect place for breakfast, and a stone terrace in the back catches the long rays of late afternoon sun.

Step inside to a generous entry foyer furnished with a Moroccan rug and a long church bench, opposite three doorways. One leads to the library/tv room, one to the stairs to the second floor, and one to the bright living/dining area formed by two rooms that open to each other. The first has a bay window, the perfect place to curl up in a club chair and read with the light spilling over your shoulder. The second has sofas flanking a wood-burning fireplace, French doors to the side porch, and a high counter where everyone hangs out to talk to the cook. Both rooms have tables for dining and other activities. Throughout the house are antique and vintage finds that reflect and suit life in the country.

The kitchen is a delightful place to cook, well-laid out and well-equipped with dishwasher, microwave (tucked inside a pantry cupboard), Viking range, built-in refrigerator, and a complete array of small appliances, cookware, and bakeware. A hallway from the kitchen leads to the back door to the terrace, past a wood-lined powder room and a narrow flight of back stairs leading to the upper floor.

With its red walls, seagrass rug, and comfy seating, the library/tv room is an inviting space for lounging on the daybed to read or watch a movie, or for playing games or catching up on your laptop at the table by the window. (WiFi router, Apple TV, DVD player and 42' TV are located in this room.) The bookcase holds a library of novels, local guidebooks, and other books as well as a selection of two dozen DVDs. This room has two doors which can be closed, making it a private ground floor room as well as an ideal fourth bedroom.

The main staircase leading to the second floor features a graphic wool runner, subtle Venetian plaster walls, and a small chandelier brought back from Florence. At the top of the stairs, the bedroom to the right (the goldenrod room) has twin beds with upholstered headboards, the bedroom to the left (the cocoa room) has a full-size iron and brass bedstead. All beds come with European square and standard pillows as well as down comforters. Both rooms are comfortable and spacious for an old house, with good mattresses and lighting, and connect to a large bathroom furnished with antiques and a deep soaking tub with a handheld shower.

A small hall decorated with exotic botanical prints leads to an additional bathroom with tub and shower and to the back (robin's egg blue) bedroom with a queen-sized bed, chaise longue, and plentiful closet space. In late spring, the room fills with the perfume of the blossoming pink crabapple tree that arches close to its windows.

Because of its large windows, most with their original wavy glass, the house is filled with light throughout the year. Every room captures a different quality of light and has a different mood but all are designed with comfort in mind, accented by a measure of visual spark provided by art, antiques, and design. Further stimulation is just a few blocks away.

A short walk (4 blocks) brings you to the center of the village which has wonderful shops like Paper Trail, Oblong Books, Hammertown, and Sawkille and great restaurants like Gigi Trattoria and Le Petit Bistro. For a cheap and cheerful evening out, nothing beats a burger at Terrapin and a movie at Upstate Films, an independent movie house that has been a beloved local fixture for 40 years. The Rhinebeck Farmers' Market, voted best in the Hudson Valley, takes place every Sunday opposite the firehouse. One block west of the main intersection, up the hill, is Rhinebeck's Starr library and a recreation center which includes big and kiddie pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and playground. At the northern edge of town is the Rhinebeck fairgrounds which hosts events (antique fair, craft fair, wool festival, Dutchess County Fair...) yearround.The Rhinecliff train station, serviced by Amtrak, is right on the Hudson, only two miles from the center of Rhinebeck. Staying in the village means visiting is as easy as hopping a train and catching a cab. There's no need for a car unless you want to explore further afield.

Bard College with its Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, Hessel Museum, and Olafur Eliasson installation (the first permanent one in the U.S.) is 20 minutes up the road. In summer, the Spiegeltent sets up camp in the trees, bringing in eclectic performers and cabaret acts. Further north is Olana, painter Frederick Church's house (not to be missed) and Hudson with its incredible concentration of antique shops.

East of Rhinebeck is the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies which offers dozens of classes and workshops. 20 minutes south of town are the Vanderbilt Mansion, sites associated with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (and an old-fashioned drive-in right across the road from the Presidential Library), the Culinary Institute of America (five restaurants), Vassar's Frances Lehmann Loeb Art Center and the Powerhouse Theater (summer only) and MetroNorth train service (last stop on the Hudson River Line.)

Nature enthusiasts can climb Burger Hill and follow the path of Poet's Walk, two local parks.Paddlers can put in at Tivoli Bays, a sheltered cove on the Hudson. Hikers and climbers may prefer the greater challenges offered by the Catskills, just half an hour west. Golf, horseback riding, and skiing are also close by.

For a village of only 2600 people, Rhinebeck has alot to offer as does the Hudson Valley. But we hope you'll feel so content in the house that you won't feel driven to leave and, if you do venture out, will always be happy to return.

More Details

H.S. MacIsaac
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017


Rhinebeck Village Business District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Front bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , soaking tub with hand shower
    Back bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ceiling is low.
    Powder room - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Goldenrod - 2 twin/ single
    Robin's egg - 1 queen
    Cocoa - 1 queen
  • Ground floor library doubles as an overflow guestroom. Daybed is furnished with two foam mattresses (stacked). Additional fee applies for extra guests.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
House has been furnished over time with thought and care. It is meant to be a welcoming and comfortable environment to be enjoyed by guests who respect it as they would their own home. The house is not child-proofed so is probably best for families with babies and/or children older than toddlers. That said, it is a family-friendly place, especially for those who enjoy board games, books, and movies. There is a playground with a stream one block away, playing fields and a running track (behind the high school) a five-minute walk from the house and the town recreation center (pool/tennis/basketball/playground) is just on the western edge of the village, behind the library, all about a ten-minute walk away. As for older guests, the main stairway has a good handrail for those who don't mind stairs. The ground floor library can be made up as a guestroom but the downstairs bath is a half bath. Bathing is only available upstairs.


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Artfully restored house in heart of village, leave the car at home
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful home with charm and character!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the home - well decorated, cozy, and inviting. The house is an easy walk to town - very convenient and we would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

Just as described. Property was very clean and well maintained. Loved the location--- being able to walk to the town, which had great restaurants, bars and shops. Very comfortable and nicely decorated. Had a great weekend!!! Oh.... and really comfy beds and nice linens!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Barrington, Rhode Island

Wonderful location,Delightful decor,Comfy beds!

  • 5 of 5

We (4 sisters and a childhood friend) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the 'Parsonage.' We dubbed it that, given its interesting architectural details (those windows! those doors!) and the well-being that animates the place. It was spotless, with every household necessity easily accessible, and filled with ample bed linens and towels. After days filled with historic sites, interesting shops and a fun filled farmers market, it was a delightful place to return to...and indulge in all the creature comforts so thoughtfully provided. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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A Gem

  • 4 of 5

My family stayed here while visiting a son at a nearby college in November.

It is a darling house, the owner has impeccable taste.

Each room has a unique charm, and the beds are so, so comfortable.

Most of all I loved the feel of the house, the sense of history, and a bit of mystery.

Great location for a walk to town.

Highly recommended.

Holly and Harvey Kahn

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrison, NY

Charm, Charm, Charm!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a great had everything you could need, and then some!!! Me and my 3 best friends went for our 50th....the bedrooms were comfy and cozy....all the rooms were decorated so beautifully and artsy....great side porch and back yard! We cooked one night and the kitchen had everything we needed!

We did drive to town which was a hop-skip-jump away... and had the best meals!!! Sunday we went shopping and found so many charming stores...and there happened to be a huge Farmers Market of all the local business sharing their foods/flowers/honey, etc with everyone!!! We had the best time!

Notice the small plastic barn in the living room....we got such a kick out of it!

Hope to be back for our 60th :)

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Perfect place for our annual girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year renting the house and it's absolutely perfect. The locations allows us to walk everywhere in Rhinebeck and the property is lovely.

Everything is clean and cozy. The towels and linens are white and crisp. The beds are comfortable and the house is spacious; we have room to spread out and relax.

We talked about renting it next year pretty much the minute we arrived. The owner is easy to deal with and I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Stewart Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
within walking distance (4 blocks)
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrak (2 mi.), MetroNorth (17 mi.)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Taconic Parkway or NYS Thruway
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
17 within walking distance (4 blocks)
Nearest Ski
39 Miles
Catamount (39 mi.), Hunter (43 mi.)
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rhinebeck Village Business District House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
cleaning fee $175

Three-night minimum for Fall weekends.
Five-night minimum for Sheep and Wool Festival, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Three-night minimum for other holidays.
Holiday rate: $450/nt

One week minimum rental in summer season (Memorial Day-Labor Day). 50% payment at booking, 50% payment due 91 days prior to arrival.
Cancellation for summer rentals: 91 days prior to arrival for full refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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