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Architect's Home with Huge Bi-Level Pool, Waterfalls, and Spa

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Last updated: 10/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
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  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Red Hook house description

Just 90 miles north of New York City, the Shaker House was hand-built over 20 years by architect Fritz Sultzer from IM Pei's Manhattan offices as his personal retirement home, and has a massive two-story pool and a large modern spa. Visit our website at http://shakerhouse.com.

Blasted from the granite clefts overlooking the main house, the pool area consists of two heated pools, two waterfalls, multiple patios (including one in the water), custom lighting, and a thunderous sound-system that can stream music from any Apple device. It's like a private, 5-star resort was airlifted into the middle of a forest. As one guest commented, 'This isn't a house with a pool. It's a pool with a house!'.

There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in the main house and 1 bed and bathroom in a separate guest house, called the Smoke Shack. Each bedroom is entirely unique:

The Quarry Suite is built into the exposed rock and has a massive attached bathroom, which with an open shower, hand-laid emerald mirrored tile, and waterfall flowing from the exposed rocks is like a mini-spa in and of itself.

The Aviary is a window-lined bedroom on the top floor with a bed that sits on a lofted floor under a skylight and a sleeper sofa and large walk-in closet.

The Nursery is a large, light-filled bedroom with an attached, fully equiped crib room, so new parents can be close to their baby without having to fear going into their bedroom.

The Master Suite has modern, clean lines and a king-size thermarest bed. It's attached to a private, slate bathroom with a large rock-lined shower and brushed nickle fixtures throughout.

Le Petit Boudoir has two custom-built adult-length twin XL beds and a large cedar-lined closet. It's right next to a beautiful french-country bathroom with a large claw-foot tub to relax in.

The Smoke Shack was the original cabin built on the property by Fritz in the 1970s. With its all birch interior, rustic furnishings, loft sleeping area, full bathroom, kitchenette, and a 56' flat screen TV with cable and Apple TV, it is a fully self-sufficent home in and of itself.

There are also multiple common spaces for people to get away:

The Great Room serves and the focal point of the Shaker House and contains four distinct social settings. The TV area has a 60' flatscreen TV with surround sound and a large sectional for seating. The fireside has a large central hearth, a bar, and seating for six. The dining area has a massive custom built cherry table that seats up to 16 people and opens into the kitchen, which is fully stocked with all the appliances, cookware, dishes, and cutlery to prepare a feast for the entire house.

Kids Only is a long playroom on the top floor with a 56' flat-screen TV, cable, Apple TV, Xbox, craft table, tumbling mats, toy-filled shelves and enough pillows and beanbags for up to 12 kids to have a sleep-over they will not soon forget.

The Sun Room, with a wet bar, beverage refrigerator, ice maker, beach towels, and pool-side dishware, serves as the perfect staging area between the house and the pool.

The Library is crafted entirely from cherry, gently lit by the large bay window, and fully wired for internet access.

Whether you're hosting a large family gathering, wedding, or corporate outing, your guests will be delighted by the light-filled modern spaces set against the rustic charm of 25 acres of secluded forest filled with family friendly amenities.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House
  • 6000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome:

                Designed with kids in mind, including a 'Kids Only' rec room and a bedroom with adjacent crib room....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered:

                Please provide details regarding pet when making reservation. ...moreless

              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                The main house has an elevator, to each of the three floors. There are a few low stairs to access the house though and a lot of stairs to get to the pool....moreless

              Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14

              • Master Suite: 1 king

                Thermarest bed. Attached to a private bathroom....moreless

              • Le Petit Boudoir: 2 twin/ single

                Extra long twins, suitable for adults....moreless

              • Aviary: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

                Skylight, sleeper sofa, large walk-in closet....moreless

              • Nursery: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

                Large bedroom with adjacent fully-equiped crib room....moreless

              • Quarry Suite: 1 queen

                Large ground floor, secluded bedroom with private bath....moreless

              • Smoke Shack: 1 queen

                Detached guest house located 150 yards from main house....moreless

              Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

              • Master Suite Bath: toilet, shower

                Bathroom accesible from master bedroom....moreless

              • Main Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Main floor bathroom with claw-foot tub....moreless

              • Upper Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Full bathroom on top floor....moreless

              • Quarry Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Accessible from Quarry bedroom and ground floor entry way. ...moreless

              • Smoke Shack Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Detached guest house comes with a full bath, of course....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • DVD Player:

                The Xbox 360 has a DVD player....moreless

              • Games
              • Music Library:

                Stream your own music to the great room or pool area from any Apple device....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                We have DirecTV with Sunday NFL Ticket and 3 AppleTVs loaded with content....moreless

              • Stereo:

                There are 2 great stereos. One for the main floor, and one for the pool area....moreless

              • Television:

                Three flat-screen TVs, cable (with NFL Sunday Direct Ticket), ...moreless

              • Toys:

                Kids Only room is stocked with toys for all ages as well as crafts supplies....moreless

              • Video Games:

                XBox Connect console in Kids only room with a small number of games....moreless

              • Video Library:

                Three Apple TVs loaded with great movies and kids shows....moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Spa

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    The Shaker House is set into the granite clefts between the Catskills and the Berkshires 90 miles north of New York City. The Shaker House is nestled in 25 acres of private secluded forest....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Swimming

                  Dining

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    Dining room sits adjacent to open kitchen and is at one end of the great room....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 16 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Elevator
                  • Fireplace
                  • Heating
                  • Internet:

                    High speed with Wifi....moreless

                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Over 1000 square feet of open, sun-filled space; perfect for entertaining and gathering....moreless

                  • Parking
                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Coffee maker with (optional) built in grinder....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Enough to serve 16. Kid friendly dishes as well....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    Kitchen is fully stocked with all the appliances, cookware, dishes, and cutlery to prepare a feast for the entire house....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Please help your self to condiments and snacks....moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    There are eight distinct patios and porches that combine to create thousands of square feet of meticulously landscaped private seating area, designed for entertaining....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    There are two great golf courses near the house. Red Hook Country club is just 10 miles from the house and has 18 beautifully manicured acres. Copake Country Club is just 30 miles to the north....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    There is a new, large, gas grill on the side porch of the house....moreless

                  • Ski & Snowboard:

                    The property sits is within driving distance of 8 ski resorts. Windham, Hunter, Plattekill, Belleayre, and Sawkill are to the west. Bousquet, Jiminy and Catamount are to the east....moreless

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Heated Pool
                  • Hot Tub:

                    The large, built-in Hot Tub rests under a giant oak tree just a few steps from the main house. It seats 8 people comfortably....moreless

                  • Private Pool:

                    The pool area consists of two heated pools, two waterfalls, multiple patios (including one in the water), custom lighting, and a thunderous sound-system that can stream music from any Apple device. ...moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Harvest
                      Sep 3 - Nov 2, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      $525 $1,025
                      Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                      Early Winter
                      Nov 3 - Dec 18, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      $425 $825
                      Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                      Thanksgiving
                      Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2014
                      5 night min stay

                      $4,150
                      flat fee
                      Winter Holidays
                      Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $725 $1,225
                      Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                      Ski Season
                      Jan 5 - May 20, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      $425 $825
                      Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                      Early Summer (pool open)
                      May 21 - Jun 25, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $725 $1,225
                      Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                      High Summer (pool open)
                      Jun 26 - Sep 7, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $925 $1,575
                      Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                      Harvest 2015
                      Sep 8 - Nov 1, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      $525 $1,025
                      Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest


                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
                      • Cleaning Fee $300
                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      Checkin time is 3pm and checkout time is 12pm. All rates are subject to change until confirmation of your reservation. Please don't include children under 10 as additional guests to get an accurate quote.


                      Cancellation policy:

                      Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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                      Location

                      102 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      LaGuardia, NYC (LGA)
                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Red Hook Country Club
                      18 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Rhinecliff, NY (RHI) Amtrak
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Taconic Parkway
                      27 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Catamount

                      Car: Necessary

                      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 http://www.dutchesswinetrail.com/ , south of the Hudson-Berkshire Trail http://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/ , and North of the Shawangunk Wine Trail http://www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/ 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.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2012

                      About the owner: 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.

                      Why the Owner 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.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      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).


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                      Photos

                      • The front of the main house.

                        The front of the main house.

                      • The pool from the upper level.  Vanishing edge into the lower pool on left.

                        The pool from the upper level. Vanishing edge into the lower pool on left.

                      • The spa is built into the granite under a huge oak and can seat 8 people.

                        The spa is built into the granite under a huge oak and can seat 8 people.

                      • This is the foyer when you first enter the house.

                        This is the foyer when you first enter the house.

                      • The Great Room is huge and filled with sun.

                        The Great Room is huge and filled with sun.

                      • The kitchen is bright and filled with quality utensils, pans, and service ware.

                        The kitchen is bright and filled with quality utensils, pans, and service ware.

                      • Kids Only has toys for the kids and a huge TV with AppleTV, DirecTV, and Xbox.

                        Kids Only has toys for the kids and a huge TV with AppleTV, DirecTV, and Xbox.

                      • The Quarry Suite is built into the granite cliffs and has an attached bath.

                        The Quarry Suite is built into the granite cliffs and has an attached bath.

                      • The Smoke Shack was the first structure on the property (100 yards from house).

                        The Smoke Shack was the first structure on the property (100 yards from house).

                      • The Aviary is full of light and has a pull-out couch and walkin closet.

                        The Aviary is full of light and has a pull-out couch and walkin closet.

                      • The Master Bath is modern with slate walls and a stone shower (not shown).

                        The Master Bath is modern with slate walls and a stone shower (not shown).

                      • The Main Bath is done in a French country style and has a claw foot tub.

                        The Main Bath is done in a French country style and has a claw foot tub.

                      • Aerial view of the pool area.

                        Aerial view of the pool area.

                      • This is the pool from below the infinity edge.  There is another patio here.

                        This is the pool from below the infinity edge. There is another patio here.

                      • There are multiple tiered patios. This is taken from the top patio looking down

                        There are multiple tiered patios. This is taken from the top patio looking down

                      • The Sun Room has a bar, huge beverage fridge, and ice maker.

                        The Sun Room has a bar, huge beverage fridge, and ice maker.

                      • In this view of the Great Room you can see the massive hearth and 60' TV.

                        In this view of the Great Room you can see the massive hearth and 60' TV.

                      • The dining table seats 16 people with the additional leaf added (not shown).

                        The dining table seats 16 people with the additional leaf added (not shown).

                      • The library is fully wired with WiFi and serves as a quiet place for work.

                        The library is fully wired with WiFi and serves as a quiet place for work.

                      • Quarry Bath with hand-laid tile, exposed rock, and waterfall.

                        Quarry Bath with hand-laid tile, exposed rock, and waterfall.

                      • The interior of the Smoke Shack is brand new--kitchen, bath, stove, huge TV.

                        The interior of the Smoke Shack is brand new--kitchen, bath, stove, huge TV.

                      • The Master bedroom is sun-filled and has an attached, private slate bathroom.

                        The Master bedroom is sun-filled and has an attached, private slate bathroom.

                      • The Nursery has an attached Crib Room for parents with infants.

                        The Nursery has an attached Crib Room for parents with infants.

                      • Le Petit Boudoir has two Twin XL beds (as long as queen beds).

                        Le Petit Boudoir has two Twin XL beds (as long as queen beds).

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