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Charming Gate House on Historic Hudson River Estate

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in the Woods! 3BR/1.5 bath on 86 acres

This adorable 1300 sf historic gatehouse on 86-acre Hudson River Estate was recently renovated and includes open kitchen/dining room, den with cozy propane stove, w/d, dishwasher, powder room, bathtub/shower and three bedrooms upstairs. White oak kitchen counters were milled on the property from downed trees in our forest.

The former Livingston family estate boasts abundant wildlife, breathtaking Hudson River views and proximity to local points of interest such as Bard College, Olana, Woodstock, Montgomery Place, Poet's Walk, Rhinebeck, Tivoli, Hudson, Otto's Market, antiquing, skiing, hiking, biking and boating.

Dana Perry
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Dana Perry

Our family acquired this 86-acre estate directly from descendants of the Livingston family in 1969. Situated on the the bluffs directly above the Hudson river, the property has unparalleled views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. The newly renovated Gate House, originally built around 1860, offers a comfortable place for family and friends to enjoy the peace and quiet of their own private retreat in the woods.

Dana Perry purchased this cottage in 1969

Why Dana Perry chose Hudson Valley

The Hudson River Valley remains an undiscovered gem, especially for New York City residents looking for the joys of country living just 2 hours away. There are endless delights to be explored in the area - local farms and pick-your-own orchards, eclectic music, theater and dance available at Bard College, delightful towns such as Tivoli, Rhinebeck and Hudson in addition to terrific hiking, kayaking and biking.

What makes this cottage unique

Walk the property and take in breathtaking panoramic views of the Hudson River and Catskill mountains, especially vibrant at sunset. Visit the horses, sheep and goats.

There are abundant deer, wild turkeys, hawks, heron and a variety of other birds, as well as the occasional fox and eagle sighting. Bose radio has a sound dock for playing your iPod.


Germantown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Powder room
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , double bed master bedroom with day bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Charming Gate House on Historic Hudson River Estate
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Quaint and quiet and beautiful surroundings!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed with extended family who rented the big house for wedding weekend. We all loved the gorgeous setting, the pool and the hosts!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house / amazing property

  • 5 of 5

The gate house is very charming and cool in the heat of summer. The Southwood estate that it's part of is beautiful and has spectacular river views.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

We had the most lovely stay at the Gatehouse at Southwood. The house was the perfect size for us ( a couple and a college-aged son and our dog) with room to spare. Everything was clean and the beds were comfortable. We barbequed each night and found everything we needed in the well-stocked kitchen. When we ran out of coffee filters the Perrys brought new ones right away. The grounds around the Gatehouse are amazing. We loved the meadows and visited the horses, goats and even the bees. The mansion at the other end of the property is often used for weddings, which must be spectacular because the grounds are immaculate. We often travel to the Hudson Valley and this particular spot is now among our favorites. It's an easy drive from NYC and the views of the Catskills are amazing. We enjoyed visiting Clermont State Park with it's lovely trails and some of the quaint local towns. The big bonus for us was the Perrys. Not only are they wonderful hosts, we thoroughly enjoyed speaking to them about the property an their respective film careers. We're hoping to return in the fall.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Come rain or come shine

  • 5 of 5

The Gatehouse was lovely -- within close driving distance to many local towns and attractions. We came on a chilly, rainy weekend, so it was a nice and cozy refuge from the damp (including lots of blankets!). Dana was helpful and friendly, and the house itself was clean and spacious. Highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Total tranquility, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with two friends for a 4 day visit of the Hudson Valley. The house was absolutely perfect for us: peaceful and lovely surroundings, clean and up to date rooms and kitchen and a location near many of the interesting sights of the Hudson Valley. We also spent many happy hours, sitting around the kitchen table talking and catching up. If you want to spend a few days with friends or family, staying here is much nicer than getting several rooms in a hotel.

Dana, the owner, was really helpful and gave quick replies to all our questions. Although we had no problems during our stay, we had a contact for an estate manager who could take care of any problems that might occur.

I would definitely recommend the Gate House to friends and family who might travel to this region.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and cozy home on stunning property

  • 5 of 5

A few friends and I stayed in the gate house over Labor Day weekend. It was charming, comfortable and private. The property was gorgeous: the views of the river were absolutely spectacular. If you visit in warm weather, the pool is incredible. I would definitely return to this magical place.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately, pool access is no longer included in Gate House rental. There are two other rental houses on the 87-acre property closer to the river (approx. 3/4 mile from Gate House) and they have first dibs on pool included in higher rental rates to cover high costs of of maintaining pool. If your stay does not coincide with other rentals on the property, the pool may be available for a modest extra charge of $50/day. We apologize for this inconvenience; we found that it was impossible to assure every tenant's privacy when unrelated parties occupy the various houses. The property is large enough to allow privacy for each rental. The only house somewhat visible from Gate House (past privacy fence) is the farmer's house, occupied part-time by owners in summer months. Privacy is assured.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak - Rhinecliff Station
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Taconic, NYS Thruway
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Windham, Catamount, Bellayre, Hunter Mountain
Car: necessary

Bard College, Upstate Films, Duchess County Fair, Otto's Market in Germantown, Hudson, Tivoli, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Hudson, Omega Institute, Clermont State Park, Olana, Woodstock


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $350

Ask owner about weekly and monthly rates.
Winter holiday rates apply to Thanksgiving as well.
Gate House does not have access to swimming pool unless no other houses are booked. Pool use may incur a modest surcharge if available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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