Modern, 6 Bedroom, 4 bathroom resort with pool/spa in secluded woods
Jessica and Ryan
About Jessica and Ryan
Ryan and Jessica bought and renovated the Shaker House as a modern and comfortable private retreat from the city. They love to entertain family and friends and understand how difficult it is to find a quality getaway that houses large gatherings. They live and work NYC with their two children.
Jessica and Ryan purchased this House in 2012
Why Jessica and Ryan chose Red Hook
We looked all over the Hudson Valley for a home we could enjoy with friends and family on weekends and holidays. We live in NYC and were seeking a place within 2 hours of the city. We looked on both sides of the Hudson River where there are many charming towns and properties, but there was no place we liked more than Red Hook. While other towns feel a bit crowded on the weekends, Red Hook feels undiscovered and quaint. There is one of everything you need -- an ice cream, shop, movie theater, grocery and local bar. But you won't find yourself calling ahead for brunch reservations or spending hours window shopping here. For that, you can simply drive to the next town over. Rhinebeck, with a slightly more populated main street is only 5 miles to the south of Red Hook. Best of both worlds.
What makes this House unique
This home was built as a personal project of a retired architect for his family to enjoy, and it shows. The design of the house is unique and beautiful, paying homage to the rock it was built upon -- slate. Many materials for the home were taken from the surrounding land. The house is built into the rock which you can see protruding into a beautiful bathroom on the main floor. Although the main house sleep 12 people (and 2 more in the guest house), it does not feel too large -- just the opposite. The Shaker house is built with a symmetry and efficiency of space that makes it feel cozy and deserving of a large family gathering. In 2012, we renovated parts of the house and added a pool and spa to the property to make this house truly a destination for relaxation and recreation. We also added an indoor play room for the kids, called 'Kids Only'. This room extends the full length of the house and provides toys, games, TV and sleeping room for kids young and old. When searching for our perfect country home, we looked for a house with character as well as a beautiful design. This house delivers on both fronts. However, the detail that took my breath away was the great room. It is expansive enough to hold a holiday gathering, yet organized into 3 distinct areas, inviting you to relax in 3 different ways (dining, socializing, and media/tv entertainment).
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Any pets must be approved by owners before booking
Huge playroom and nursery with crib room
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:24 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Perfect for a three generation family weekend
This is a magnificent house. We rented the house to attend a family wedding in the area. We needed a fairly large home to accommodate our children and grandchildren. Everyone loved staying there. The house and property were beautiful. The kitchen was well equipped for a large group and our grandchildren loved the playroom area. There were ample bathrooms although everyone wanted at least one shower in the bathroom that was built into the rocks. The beds were comfortable and the many windows provided beautiful lighting and a sense of the outdoors. We would definitely return to this beautiful home.
Great family house - fabulous pool
We loved our stay at the house - especially the beautiful pool in a gorgeous setting. We had several toddlers with us, and once we put up the gate to the stairs (which was in the house!), the house worked perfectly!
Pablo (the house manager) was very responsive and helpful, and came when we needed!
We highly recommend The Shaker House!
Large family..8 adults 5 children..
We all had a good time especially because the pool is wonderful for all ages. The only advice is that the house accommodates 14 IF two people stay in the smoke house which is quite a distance from the main house. We brought an air mattress so everyone could stay in the main house.
Just to clarify on the term "quite a distance", as this could mean different things to different people, the cottage is within 100 yards of the main house.
Perfect spot for family getaway
We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay with family and friends! The Shaker House is gorgeous, relaxing and spacious! The pool and hot tub were a perfect place to spend the warm summer days! The ambiance of the pool lights and surround sound music made it feel like a spa!
The bedrooms and bathrooms were all nice and were equipped with everything we needed. The rooms were big and bathrooms were awesome! However, the bed in the Smoke House needed more support, it was sagging in spots and didn’t have enough bracing underneath the mattress since there wasn’t a box spring.
We didn’t have enough paper towel, toilet paper, toilet paper, Kleenex or gas for the outdoor grill however the homeowner quickly replenished what we requested. Guests might want to bring toiletries with in case things run out unexpectedly.
The kitchen was stocked with utensils, pots, pans and serving trays/bowls which was great! Although it was explained to throw all unused food away before leaving, there was a lot of food items that were left from previous guests in the cabinets/cupboards, some dating back to 2014. However, we had plenty of storage space for our items. Also, the kitchen was a little dirty and needed a deep cleaning which my mom and her friend did since they like to clean; they had fun shining the place up a bit.
The living room and dining area was perfect for our large group and was ideal for playing games, watching movies, and relaxing.
We had difficulty figuring out the TV, indoor lights and outdoor remote control. We also had problems with animals tipping over the garbage cans and ripping through the garbage bags which created a mess. Thankfully, the homeowner was very responsive to our questions and needs and made every attempt to help.
Overall, the home was awesome and we would definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet and beautiful place to stay!!
Haven in the woods.
Great place for multiple families to get together. This house is unique and big.
Perfect place for 7 people to enjoy time together but have some independence.
The Shaker house was perfect for my 60th birthday and Thanksgiving get-together with my family and extended family.
Once you get over the fact that the house is very minimalist with nothing decorative on the walls and no blinds on the windows, it warms up a lot with people in it.
We didn't use the "Shack" as it was snowing and too far away from the main house, but we had plenty of room in the main house for 3 couples and a single person.
The kitchen had a few problems in that the propane had almost run out, so the burners on the stove were very, very weak, and one of the ovens wouldn't close so the convection part didn't work. It took three times as long to cook our meals, but as we were snuggled up all day with the log fire on, doing jigsaws, listening to music and talking, we managed okay.
I think place-mats and coasters would have been good to have as the dining table is beautiful and we were very nervous to put dishes and glasses directly on it.
Another couple of medium saucepans would have been wonderful, but we like to cook, so not everyone would worry about that.
All in all, we had a really lovely time, and the house worked very well for us.
The Shaker House is located between three of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful and charming villages, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Hudson. Each of them has wonderful restaurants, antiquing, and charming walkable town centers with events throughout the spring, summer and fall. Among other recreational pursuits, there is skiing and golf available as well as winery tours and culinary finds. The property sits right between the Catskills and the Berkshires and within driving distance of 8 ski resorts. Windham, Hunter, Plattekill, Belleayre, and Sawkill are to the west and Bousquet, Jiminy, and Catamount are to the east. There are two great golf courses near the house. Red Hook Country club is just 10 miles from the house and has 18 beautifully manacured acres. Copake Country Club, with 18 holes set in the Berkshire foothills and overlooking Copake Lake is just 30 miles to the north. The Shaker House sits right on the Dutchess Wine Trail, south of the Hudson-Berkshire Trail, and North of the Shawangunk Wine Trail for all your tippling needs. If you prefer to enjoy nature, the Shaker House is set on 25 acres of pristine oak and pine forest. Located in the foot-hills of the Taconic Mountains, the property consists of countless granite cliffs that rise to over 800 ft above sea- level at their highest point. Whether exploring the multiple springs and streams in the spring, the dense folliage of the summer, the colors of the fall, or donning snow-shoes or cross-country skis in the winter, hiking is the perfect way to connect with the surrounding natural wonder.
The house is under 2 hours from NYC, and is within 3 miles of the Taconic Parkway.