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Waterfront Historic Estate House For Retreats & Family Gatherings

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic Estate House, 6 Br, 5.5 Baths

The New Dawn Foundation is a not-for-profit holistic health retreat center located in an historic estate house with old-world elegance that offers it's facility for individual, small group or company retreats. Our stunning waterfront views and romantic property are a lovely setting for for people seeking non-commercial relaxation and tranquility just 18 miles from NYC.

This old-world house was built in 1900 at a time when wealthy New Yorkers came to Davenport Neck for summer vacations. For many years It was owned by the Mt. Sinai School of Nursing for retreats and it became a non-profit Retreat Center in 2000.

WEDDINGS: Many people want to get married at the New Dawn but please note that we are not zoned for tents.

Highlights of the grounds include a stone sea wall, old stone tea house, portico, wrap-around terraces and gardens.

Highlights of the interior include original Tiffany stained glass windows, wooden & leather paneled dining room, ceramic fireplaces and built-in window seats, not to mention stunning views of Long Island Sound from most of the rooms.

The bedrooms can accommodate a total of 20 people for overnight sleeping in 13 beds. Maximum occupancy for daytime events outdoors is 60, indoors standing up downstairs 60.

Pricing depends on number of people and intended usage.

NOTE: WE DO NOT RENT TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 25, or for after-prom parties or college graduation parties, or to any other group whose purpose or intent goes against our mission statement of humanitarian causes.

Your reservation at our property entitles you for membership in our organization for the duration of your stay.

Room Descriptions:

GROUND FLOOR: sun room, living room, dining room (seats 12), parlor (seats 6 at table) kitchen (2 sinks, 2 refrigerators, stove, microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, no dishwasher), grand staircase with Tiffany Angel Window, 1 full bath off kitchen, 1/2 bath off living room.

Second Floor Bedrooms:

Sound View Room: 1 Queen in main room, 1 DBL in alcove, full private bath with shower. (sleeps 4)

Acorn Room: 1 bunk bed, 2 twin beds, shared full bath with the Garden View Room. (sleeps 4)

Garden View Room: Queen size sofa bed and shared bath with Acorn room. (sleeps 2)

Turquoise Room: King bed in main room, alcove with twin bed. Private Full bath. (sleeps 3)

THIRD FLOOR: Two rooms share a bathroom in the hall.

Sunrise Room: 1 queen, 2 twins. (sleeps 4)

Sunset Room: 1 Full, 1 twin. (sleeps 3)

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Nancy

The New Dawn Foundation is a holistic health retreat center that is operated entirely by volunteers. We offer workshops, classes and spiritual ceremonies in addition to site rentals for reunions, weddings, and corporate retreats. Our mission statement is "We Serve Those Who Serve Others."

Nancy purchased this estate in 2000

Why Nancy chose New Rochelle

If you are looking for a rejuvenating retreat away from electronics and commercial entertainment, then you will enjoy the peaceful tranquility found at the New Dawn Foundation.

If you want a full-service 5 star vacation rental with game room, video games, televisions in every room, and built-in bars and hot tubs, then this is not the place for you.

What we offer is the beauty of our historic house - stained glass windows, wood paneling, sweeping terraces, ocean views, trees, sunsets, sunrises, and a rocky coastline with ever-changing light. This is a place for people to come together for the purpose of sharing and connecting with each other, away from the rat race of modern life.

What makes this estate unique

Lots of tranquility and open space very close to New York City.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had about 18 work colleagues gathering here over President's Day Weekend to build camaraderie and deepen friendships. We hired a private chef and spent the weekend playing board games and walking on the beautiful grounds, watching the light on water, and getting to know each other in a less-stressful way. It was close to the city but felt far away.
Feb 2017
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New Rochelle Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 22 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Sound View Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Acorn-Garden View - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Back Garden View - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Third Floor Hallway - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half bath in Living Room - toilet
    Off kitchen - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • The Acorn Room - 4 twin/ single , 1 Bunk bed + 2 twins overlooking Sea Wall, Tower, Oak trees
    The Garden View - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1Queen size sleep sofa, shared full bath with Acorn room
    Sunrise Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Third floor shares bath with Sunset room
    Sunset Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Third floor shares bath with Sunrise Room
    The Sound View Room - 1 queen , 1 double , Beautiful views of ocean looking South+West, full bath shwr
    Garden View West - Annex - 1 twin/ single , currently not available
    Oak Tree - 1 king , w/private full bath, sunset over water + garden
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We are one of two remaining historic estate houses along the waterfront in New Rochelle and provide a calm respite from the chaos of the big city. Because we are a retreat center we do not offer TV or other modern entertainments. We offer calm, waterfront views of the sound a mere 25 minute train to Grand Central Station. We offer our exclusive private estate for weddings, reunions, workshops etc.


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Waterfront Historic Estate House For Retreats & Family Gatherings
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
New York

Fantastic Peace of Mind with great atmosphere and scenery

  • 5 of 5

We went to the New Dawn with a few friends for a quiet weekend getaway from NYC. It was easy to get to on the Metro-Northfrom Grand Central Station to New Rochelle, plus 5 min. taxi ride. We brought our own food and had a wonderful quiet dinner with our friends on the back patio. On Saturday my wife attended one of their Saturday programs while I worked on my laptop, looking out at the water through the lovely leaded glass windows. The evening was rainy and the mist off the water was moody and calming. It was so incredibly beautiful to watch the changing light on the water, and the moon rising, and during the day, sailboats and kayaks passing by. The downstairs furnishings were grand, and the old-fashioned lights at night lent a wonderful old-world atmosphere. I think the most pleasant part was having brought with us everything we needed so that we did not have to deal with cars, grocery stores, restaurants, or any other people. It was restful and replenishing. On Sunday afternoon we called a taxi and got to the train station in less than 10 mins. It was an easy trip that felt great.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here to celebrate my daughter's 60th birthday. It was a great location for family members from the East Coast to gather and the property was stunning and spacious -- we loved feeling so relaxed and at peace. We had a low-key BBQ picnic. Weather was picture perfect blue skies and sweet breeze off the water all weekend. There were plenty of pots & pans, cleaning supplies, etc. Spent one whole day laying around in the lounge chairs reading and watching boats & kayaks pass by. Each tree had it's own unique view of the islands and water. Did not feel the need to go anywhere. We ate dinner at the Marina Grille one night which is also on the water, and food was good. Some friends came up from the city by train and that was easy. We hope to come back for a bigger reunion because it felt so magical and there was plenty of space.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I were going to a healing ceremony at the New Dawn Foundation and decided to take advantage of their special offer for people attending one of their events. We spent the weekend in the Sunrise Room on the third floor. It was very cozy feeling with the beds tucked in between slanted roof ceilings and old-fashioned bathtub. Reminded me of my grandmother's house. Plenty of hot water in that big tub. We had a balcony that faced both East and West. We could see the sun rise and set without having to leave the third floor. The morning sunrises were just stunning, and hearing the sea gulls and other birds cry out over the water was just fantastic. On Sat. morning I just watched the sunrise from the balcony and went back to bed. On Sun. it was so gorgeous I went downstairs and walked along the sea wall. We live in the City and took the Metro North train, and then a quick taxi. We brought our own food since we didn't have a car. It turns out we were the only overnight guests so we had the place to ourselves on Sunday. It was great to get away from City Noise and everything else. You would never think of New Rochelle as a getaway destination but this old estate house on the Sound was amazing. Also loved the views from the Sunroom, and all the rooms.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
La Guardia
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
VIP Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Metro North Train Station
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Glenn Island Park
Car: recommended

Golf Courses, Fishing & Sailing 1/4 mile.

Yankee Stadium 11 miles.

New Roc City Entertainment & Shopping 1.5 miles

George Washington Bridge 11 miles

Metro North train station - .5 miles, 5 min $7 taxi

White Plains Business Center 7 miles

Stamford, CT 13 miles

Grand Central Station Manhattan - 25 mins by train


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Linens/laundry $175
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $325
Tax Rate 8.4%

Maximum Occupancy rate of 20 is for overnight guests. For downstairs events, maximum occupancy is 50.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is made.
We do not rent to high school students or college students for graduation parties or spring break gatherings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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