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Large Historic Welcoming Country Home /Huge Flowing Stream/Natural Swimming

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The Kinderhook Creek looking East from the DOCK


Last updated: 11/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Nestledown is a historic country house that distinguishes itself by it's high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and French doors not seen in historic homes in the area.
There is fresh natural swimming, fishing and kayaking all season long in the Kinderhook Creek . No need to saturate in pool chemicals and pond sulfates. All this without having to board your dog, just take them with you!
Nestledown is perfect for escaping to and relaxing with your
friends, family and pet.
Surrounded by fields, the private property includes both sides of the road. Nestledown has A very rural setting, with 3 historic homes in walkable distance.From the kitchen and porches, there is a clear western sunset view of 150 protected acres, a mile of fields before the next homestead.
Originally built in 1820 and renovated as a Summer home in 1850. After losing their inheritance in the great crash, still during prohibition, the enterprising ladies opened the Nestledown Tea House. Nestledown's doors were opened to the public last year for the first time in 100 years.
Nestledown is it's original name. It is a stately Georgian with Palladian windows surrounded by fields. The property includes 500 feet of private frontage on the 40 foot wide flowing Kinderhook Creek. Guests have had private fly-fishing lessons from pros on our team on our own dock, (with great success!)
Patios , porches, lawns and a dock , apple trees, gardens, kayaking, tubing ,rustic outdoor grilling over a fire, or grilling on the patios, steps away from the wrap-a-round porches.
Across the road that runs through the sleepy hamlet is a 3 season screened solarium by the water's edge.
Ample living room and dining rooms feature a concert grade parlour grande piano surrounded by the original high wainscot from 1850.
Tall French doors open onto the spacious screened garden room, a great place to spread out with a book on a rainy day or entertain with guests.
Nestledown is specially outfitted by dog-lovers to make your stay relaxing.
Go ahead and take your best friend along. There is a large secure kennel, 12 x 18, and all kinds of amenities.
Nestledown has four large bedrooms, rare high ceilings, and wider hallways than most. Three full bathrooms, 2 working fireplaces, 2 covered porches and unobstructed sunset views. Over 150 acre fields border 3 acres of park-like lawns, offering you a perfect sunset from both the patios and porches.
Two patios, one outfitted with propane grill, another with a fire pit.
There is a fenced secure 200 sf large kennel, all canine accoutrements. Ask for what you need we have most everything you can imagine for dogs.
Brick fireplace and hearth, large , granite tops ,4 x 8 ' center island , all NEW stainless steel,appliances, ice-maker, stainless steel interior dishwasher, large commercial (42'') refrigerator and freezer, microwave , 5 stage in-line filtered water, cabinetry for cookware, glassware, temperatur-controlled 48 bottle wine cooler and stocked kitchen.There is a pet /tack corner , Security Boss pet door opens directly into large secure underwired kennel area and that allows your dogs to go out at will.
Two PORCHES open off of kitchen.
The large chef's kitchen, choices of dining areas, porches, patios, screen room, water's edge, makes cooking a delight and makes memorable meals happen. With a full house , you won't feel crowded.
Office/ Study:
Private entrance, a great opportunity for an enterprising professional (suitable if you have clients) desk and desk chairs.
Full Bathroom:
Toilet, lavatory, shower, towels
Dining Room :
Dining table and chairs for 6- 8 people,(ask if you need more) floor to ceiling original windows, concert quality Parlor Grande piano (let us know if you need to play and we'll pre-tune it ) original antique french doors open to large screened porch.
(you can hear the piano's sound quality on our Facebook page link ) We can organize a concert for your entertainment.
The Screen Room:
Fully screened porch with couch, chairs , coffee table, table and seating, ceiling fan and heater.
Living Room:
Large Room with original fireplace, comfortable couch, loveseat, floor pillows ,coffee table, side tables desk area and chair, reading chairs, reading lamps, original built-ins, 42 inch flat plasma TV, floor to ceiling windows.
Porches And Patios :
Kitchen opens onto large covered wrap around porches with unobstructed sunset views. Big cushioned deep seating ,eating and dining areas . Quick access from the stovetop to the (organic) herb garden for cooking ,patio with grill, and additional patio.
Cheerful Laundry Room for your use: new front-loading washer and dryer, folding areas, storage cabinets
High ceilings ,14' x 18', 4 post queen bed en suite bath, closet, bureau, private entry hall and private stairway, nightstands, easy chairs.
Second BEDROOM:10' x14, double bed, vanity, dresser , mirrors, lamps, closet, .
Third BEDROOM; 14' x12, queen bed,dresser, lamps , mirrors , closet , bedside tables.
Fourth BEDROOM ; queen bed, closet , desk , chair , dresser,mirror,and vanity.
ALL bedrooms are light filled rooms with high ceilings, large windows,dressers, closets, reading chairs,some with desk areas, large windows, tastefully appointed. Includes linens and towels.
Creek-side 4 season Solarium with cushioned loveseat and easy chairs,cozy blankets for a night with a chill, dining table and chairs and right on the water.
Swimming for your dog.
Blankets and thermos for chilly season. Large stone fire-pit with ample woodpile.
Outdoor furniture: Cushioned chaises plenty of tables and chair to relax in.
Want to learn how to fish? Kinderhook Creek is top rated as a trout stream with pristine swimming areas, waterfalls and Nestledown has the best vetted fly-fishing pros that can give your family a private class to get you started.
Nestledown has other pre-vetted services to make your stay easier and more comfortable.
Fishing and horse-backriding pros that can teach you and your family. We also help you with child-care and pet-sitting services, shopping services, house-keeping and rides to Amtrak. Just ask, we want you to be happy.


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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    House sleeps a maximum of 8. There are additional per person charges for over-tallying. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Crib available....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Non-smoking taken seriously. If evidence of smoking is found an additional fee will be assessed....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pet friendly! We know how important your pets are. We are animal lovers. We are Canine Medics & Emergency Medical Technicians.(human & canine) Vetted Pet-sitting available. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Extra Guest: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen Sleep Sofa /possible 2 extra guests...moreless

  • Blue: 1 queen

    12' x 14' , high ceilings, closet, desk, side table,vanity...moreless

  • Yellow Rm: 1 queen

    Bright,12' x 14', closet, dresser, vanity, lamps easy chair...moreless

  • Master: 1 queen

    18' x 14',closet,2 sitting areas,lamps,nightables, priv. bth...moreless

  • West view: 1 double

    14'x10', vanity, closet, lamps, side tables, sunset view...moreless

  • All bedrooms are light-filled , high ceilings with large windows ,have closets, bureaus, reading lamp & chair, fresh linens, bedding, and extra blankets, and original wide board pine floors. See our photos....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • 1st Floor Bath: toilet, shower

    Located on 1st Floor, perfect for Guests...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Generously-sized w/Easy Chair.Dual access. Priv Master entry...moreless

  • Earlier Wing (1820) Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Dual access. Alternate private entry through Master Bedroom....moreless

  • 12' x 14' 2nd Floor Bathroom in the New Wing, (1850).

Other Amenities

  • We have vetted these Special Personal Services as a response to our guest's needs: Chauffeur, Massage, Acupuncture, Pianist , Child-care, Pet-sitting, Fly-fishing, Animal Tracking( 200 acres for this at our family Farm, Horseback Riding, and grocery shopping to stock the house in advance. We Use a Commercial Steam Cleaner That Meets NSF Sanitizing Standards used throughout the house....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    42' Plasma TV , fully adjustable angles,...moreless

  • Toys:

    Dog Toys ! Dog beds, crates all available. We have everything a dog could need!...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Sandy beach-head and dock as entry to the Kinderhook Creek....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Over 40' wide with clear moving waters, the Kinderhook has shallow areas and deep glacial pools. Complete privacy, a sandy beachhead, stone firepit and screened waterside shelter to snooze or snack....moreless

  • Rural:

    Unobstructed Sunset Views to the West: Corn Fields as far as the eye can see. To the East is a small hamlet. Property includes both sides of road. Abundant wildlife!...moreless

  • Village:

    Charming Chatham Village is a 4 minute drive,with it's choice of dining and unique shops. Arts events: Art Omi, Crandell Theatre, PS 21, and more. Village of Valatie nearby has unique finds....moreless

  • Water View:

    See our beautiful photos of the water....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Property Includes exclusive frontage on the Kinderhook Creek. Private, with small dock to fish from or watch the water go by. Fresh natural swimming, no Carcinogenic pool chemicals, no pond sulfates....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Dine in the kitchen. Or, Dine formally in the Dining Room. Or in the screen Room or on porches Two different dining sets on patios. Choice of 2 waterside dining areas: A screened solarium, or the campfir...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Only available in season....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New Front-Load Dryer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Two original wood burning fireplaces for your enjoyment , one is in the Living Room and one is in the kitchen. You can use synthetic wax logs ,wood logs and alcohol gel cans. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    2 Working Fireplaces, one in the kitchen, and one in the parlour, usable in season. Central Heating System with thermostat....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi throughout....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bedsheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets included. Extra sets for longer stays....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large sofa, loveseat, coffee table , 42' flatscreen TV,DVR player, Roku, Easy Chair, additional chair, writing desk, desk chair , built-in shelves,books, side tables, wood-burning fireplace....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking on property, 4 cars maximum, if more spaces are needed,ask....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Beach towels , Bath towels, hand towels and kitchen towels and dog towels provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New Front-Load Washer, detergents provided....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig. Bring your favorites. Additional Cuisinart drip coffee-maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything that you need is there....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New. Stainless Steel Interior, and High Sanitizing Cycle....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Spacious, All New Appliances, Granite Counter-tops , Large Center Island, Wood Burning Hearth, and more....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    New, gas....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and basics....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Extra Large 42' High End, With Freezer, Ice-Maker and Filter. In Addition, Water Filters Through Separate Filtration....moreless

  • Stove:

    New 4 burner gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Temperature-controlled 48 bottle wine cooler....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Comfortable Porches Wrap Around the Southern and Western sides of the House Equipped With Tea Carts, Lounging and Dining Furniture, Market Umbrella....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio Leading From the Sunset Porch, has Barbeque Gas Grill, Dining Set, Chairs & Cushions, Lush Plants in Urns, and a View of the Sunset Over Hundreds of Acres. The Southern Patio has a hot spa....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    All Season Solar Shelter at the Creek's Edge, great place for reading,relaxing, writing,hanging out with your dog while he dries off from a dip in the water, just steps away. Dining table and chairs....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Three Acres of Park-like Lawns Dotted With Adirondack Chairs , Mature Specimen Trees, Heirloom Apple, Ginkgo, Lilac, Hickory....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas Grill on Sunset Patio. Iron campfire grill is on waterfront stone fire pit....moreless



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  • Clean-up fee for $200
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Tax Rate 8%


Available for weddings and special occasions.

SEASONAL RATE FOR SUMMER 2015 : $7700. per month

$18,000 for entire season.

There is absolutely NO SMOKING in the house, on the porches or near any structures.

If there is any evidence of smoke , additional charges apply.

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Last updated: 11/17/2014
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany International Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Jackson's Chatham House, Old Chatham Country Store
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Kinderhook, 3 mi. Winding Brook Country Club
23 Miles
Nearest Train
35 min to Amtrak in Hudson, 2 hrs to NYC
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Taconic Parkway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dining at Jackson's & Old Chatham Store & Cafe
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
Private Cross Country; 7mi, Jiminy Peak-25 mi
Old Chatham
Nearest Beach
Private Water Frontage/Dock on River( Kinderhook )

Car: Recommended

Set in the hunt country of Columbia County in an area of rural roads meandering through historic hamlets and villages.

Set on the 40 foot wide Kinderhook Creek. From 2 feet to 20 feet deep , this river-like creek offers pristine swimming and fishing.

Private fly-fishing and Nature tracking, horseback riding by pre-vetted Professional insiders available for you and your family. Inquire if interested.

This property and it's surrounding immediate area are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Five minutes to the hub of Old Chatham, 10 minutes to Chatham, and another 20 minutes to Hudson, for great restaurants, antiquing, and people-watching.

Although quite sophisticated (the arts and fine dining) this area abounds in wildlife ; yes, deer but fox, bear, and bobcat as well.

Flea markets ,auctions, antiques, and active wildlife , fly-fishing, and locally grown food,working farms, corn fields , pristine swimming, peace, quiet,... and your dog is welcome here.

Read about our special amenities for your pet.

Escape site from NYC.

A bonus :fresh organic goods from our farm .We are Members of the New York Farm Bureau.


Manager info

About: A few miles away our 200 acre organic vegetable farm and greenhouses have been in the family for almost a century. We are members of the New York Farm Bureau, and graduates of the Cornell University Master Gardeners Program, among others. We are volunteer Canine (and human) Emergency Medical Technicians, with paramedic training licensed by the State of New York. We will rescue any animal at any time of day.

Why Old Chatham:
Welcoming and light-filled, and set amid beautiful open fields, we restored this historic property which was originally a vacation home to the town founders, (c.1850) which is why it is such an elegant home. It was named ' the Nestledown Tea House' by Carrie Johnson and Mabel Weed when they opened it's doors as a 'tea' house during Prohibition. Nestledown has a welcoming grace that charmed it's guests when it opened it's doors almost 100 years ago, and that spell is still there. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, as is the entire hamlet.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Nestledown is a dedicated Guest House,with no one else's personal belongings tucked away. Nestledown is listed on the national Register of Historic Homes , as is the entire hamlet . The entire area is filled with charm and history. Most homes in the area date to the 19th century. The waterfall in the center of the Kinderhook creek, the wild turkey roosts, cooing mourning doves-- high ceilings and 16 over 16 paned windows, light streaming in , shaded ferns by the screened porch,... Set in the middle of Hunt Country, the property is 3 miles from the center of Old Chatham, with private frontage on the Kinderhook Creek. We have specially vetted services available like child-care/babysitting, pet-sitting, housekeeping, massage, and acupuncture. How do we have all these people that we can recommend ? We've been here for over 100 years. Because our Summer Private learning sessions were so successful, we are continuing them. You can learn fly-fishing , fileting, and horse-backriding, and Emergency dog care from our skilled team, privately. Your dog will have a secure outdoor kennel with interior access. We supply many of the amenities that responsible and doting dog owner's need, so that you don't have to pack and travel with them. Note: A professional grade steamer that meets NSF standards is used to clean and sterilize the premises.

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Speaks: english, german, italian


  • The Kinderhook Creek looking East from the DOCK

    The Kinderhook Creek looking East from the DOCK

  • Alongside the water is the screened 3 season solarium a cozy place to get away.

    Alongside the water is the screened 3 season solarium a cozy place to get away.

  • Living Room/Parlor, we have pet sofa covers for your dogs. Desk area not visible

    Living Room/Parlor, we have pet sofa covers for your dogs. Desk area not visible

  • Concert quality piano in the Dining Room. Listen to it on
 our Facebook link.

    Concert quality piano in the Dining Room. Listen to it on our Facebook link.

  • Master Bedroom 2nd photo.

    Master Bedroom 2nd photo.

  • Green Room

    Green Room

  • 2nd Floor Grey Bath

    2nd Floor Grey Bath

  • Dining Room's French Doors Open Onto a Large Screened Porch.

    Dining Room's French Doors Open Onto a Large Screened Porch.

  • The South Patio  a great place for dining.

    The South Patio a great place for dining.

  • Kitchen Hearth With Working Fireplace and Dining Area.

    Kitchen Hearth With Working Fireplace and Dining Area.

  • Dining Room with entry to screened porch.

    Dining Room with entry to screened porch.

  • Master Bedroom is too large to show on 1 photo. please see next photo as well.

    Master Bedroom is too large to show on 1 photo. please see next photo as well.

  • Yellow Bedroom.

    Yellow Bedroom.

  • 2nd floor Main Very large Bath

    2nd floor Main Very large Bath

  • Extra Large Kitchen With Hearth Opens Onto 2 Porches,for Gathering and Relaxing.

    Extra Large Kitchen With Hearth Opens Onto 2 Porches,for Gathering and Relaxing.

  • Private Frontage on the Top-Rated Kinderhook Creek !

    Private Frontage on the Top-Rated Kinderhook Creek !

  • Kitchen Porch wraps around the house. there are dining and grilling patios below

    Kitchen Porch wraps around the house. there are dining and grilling patios below

  • The Clear Waters of The Kinderhook Creek in  Summer.

    The Clear Waters of The Kinderhook Creek in Summer.

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