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Old Fashioned Summer: Historic Country Property with Private River Swimming

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Western Sunset Porch looks out onto over 120 acres of fields.


Last updated: 07/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Old Chatham estate description

Nestledown is an elegant country INN that you have all to yourself.
It is perfect for escaping to and relaxing with your friends, family and furry BEST FRIEND.
Nestledown is a true Guest House.
No one lives at Nestledown , no one's personal belongings are hidden away in a closet. It is exactly like an Inn, only you have it all to yourself. Everything that you would need is there.
Originally built in 1820 and opened as a Ladies Tea House during prohibition in the 1920's, Nestledown's doors are open to rent for the first time in 100 years.
Nestledown ,it's original name, is a stately c. 1820 restored rural colonial surrounded by fields and the 40 foot wide Kinderhook Creek.
Patios , porches and lawns and a dock , apple trees, gardens, swimming, tubing,outdoor grilling, and large chef's kitchen with brick hearth.
Teak chaise lounges by the water's edge , screened Solarium near the stone firepit.
Grand living room and dining rooms, concert piano gleaming surrounded by the original high wainscot under the original crystal chandelier.
Elegant tall French doors open onto the spacious screen garden room, a great place to spread out with a book on a rainy day or entertain with guests. So civilized.
Nestledown is specially outfitted by dog-lovers to make your stay relaxing.
Take your best friend along, without worrying.
Nestledown has four large bedrooms, rare high ceilings, 3 full bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, 2 covered porches and unobstructed sunset views. Over 150 acre fields border 3 acres of park-like lawns.
Two patios, one outfitted with propane grill.
Fence, crates, dog-door , secure 200 sf large kennel, all canine accoutrements.
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, wine cooler, and dog dining/ drinking area, pet /tack corner , airtight dog food storage container , pet door opens to large secure kennel area.
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.
Office/ Study:
Private entrance, desk and desk chairs.

Full Bathroom:
Toilet, lavatory, shower
Dining Room :
Dining table and chairs for 6- 8 people, floor to ceiling original windows, concert quality Parlor Grande piano (perfectly tuned) original antique french doors open to large screened porch.
(hear sound quality on our Facebook page link ) We can organize a concert for your entertainment.
An out of the ordinary treat for us today, but part of the lifestyle of Nestledown's past.
The Screen Room:
Fully screened porch with couch, chairs , coffee table, serving cart, table and seating, ceiling fan
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 porch with unobstructed sunset views, seating and dining areas . Quick access to organic herb garden for cooking ,patio with grill, and additional patio.
Laundry Room: new front-loading washer and dryer, folding area

Master bedroom:
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.
An huge empty playroom.
Creek-side 4 season Solarium with loveseat, easy chairs, dining table and chairs and small storage for the big fluffy towels (included), right on the water. Swimming equipment , tubes ,rafts, goggles, life-jackets if needed (also for your dog).
Blankets and thermos for chilly season. Large stone fire-pit with ample woodpile.
Outdoor furniture: Teak chaises with slide-out side tables, 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, rock islands, small rapids, deep glacial still water areas, and nothing to mar the view. We have excellent fly-fishing pros that can give your family a private class to get you started. Our section of the creek has a beautiful waterfall. And, yes your dogs will love swimming in it.

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Catering Available


          • Pets Considered:

            Pet friendly! We know how important your pets are. We are animal lovers. Although it requires more effort in cleaning we are determined to provide a vacation for you and your pets, together....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Non-smoking taken seriously. If evidence of smoking is found an additional $250. fee will be assessed....moreless

          • 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

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Events Allowed

          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: 4 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

          • ...moreless

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

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

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

          • Refrigerator:

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

          • Kitchen:

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

          • Dishwasher:

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

          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 8 people


          • 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

          • Heating:

            2 Working Fireplaces, one in the kitchen, and one in the parlour, usable in season....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            New window units for bedrooms and main rooms keep the house cool and comfortable....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

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

          • Parking:

            Parking on property, 3 cars maximum, unless this is a special event rental....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

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

          • Fireplace:

            Duraflame logs and wood logs are included, seasonally....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

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

          • Clothes Dryer:

            New Front-Load Dryer...moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • Chauffeur, Massage, Acupuncture, Pianist are all available if scheduled in advance. We Use a Commercial Steam Cleaner That Meets NSF Sanitizing Standards used throughout the house....moreless


              • Toys:

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

              • Television:

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

              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player
              • Stereo
              • Books


                  Outdoor Features

                  • 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 Holds Your Swimming Paraphernalia and Towels. Also serves as a Changing Area, Lounge and Dining set-up. Fire-pit and the Water Steps Away. ...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

                  • Lawn / Garden:

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


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

                  Location & View

                  • 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. 100 acres to the South,behind a hill. To the East is a small hamlet. Property includes both sides of the road....moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    Property Includes exclusive frontage on the Kinderhook Creek. Private, with small dock to fish from or watch the water go by....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    No water view from the house but you can hear the waterfall as you fall asleep....moreless


                  • Churches
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Swimming
                  • Cycling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Skiing
                  • Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Golf
                  • Tennis
                  • Rafting
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Medical Services
                  • Hospital
                  • Synagogues
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Cinemas
                  • Live Theater
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Whitewater Rafting


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                  My Standard Rate
                  5 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                  • Clean-up fee for $200
                  • Property Damage Protection $89
                  • Tax Rate 8%


                  Additional Summary:

                  This property is available for weddings and special occasions.

                  Long term rates are available.

                  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.

                  Cancellation policy:

                  Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

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                  Last updated: 07/16/2014
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                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Albany International Airport
                  23 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  35 min to Amtrak, 2 hours to NY or Boston
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Taconic Parkway
                  Old Chatham
                  Nearest Beach
                  Private Water Frontage/Dock on River( Kinderhook )
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Jackson's Chatham House, Old Chatham Country Store
                  7 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Private Cross Country; 7mi, Jiminy Peak-25 mi
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Kinderhook, 3 mi. Winding Brook Country Club
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Dining at Jackson's & Old Chatham Store & Cafe

                  Car: Recommended

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

                  Rural setting, 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 by Pros 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. You are in the country here.

                  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. We are volunteer Canine (and human) Emergency Medical Technicians, licensed by the State of New York. We will rescue any animal at any time of day.

                  Why Old Chatham:
                  Welcoming and light-filled, we restored this historic property which was originally a vacation home to the town founders, (c.1850). It was named 'Nestledown' by Carrie Johnson when she opened it's doors as a 'tea' house during Prohibition, for women only. Nestledown has a welcoming grace that charmed it's guests when it opened it's doors almost 100 years ago. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, as is the entire hamlet.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
                  There are two unique factors about Nestledown. Nestledown is a dedicated Guest House. That is an essential important factor. No one lives or has their personal belongings in at Nestledown. Not in drawers,or closets or anywhere. When you rent Nestledown, it is exactly like renting an entire Inn. Staying at Nestledown is a trip back in history. Nestledown is listed on the national Register of Historic Homes , as is the entire hamlet . This is an important factor as well. The entire area is filled with charm and history. Almost all homes in the area date to the 19th century. 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. Note: A professional grade steamer that meets NSF standards is used to clean and sterilize the premises. There is a sandy beach and a wooden dock to dangle your legs in the water. You can swim in complete privacy. 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.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english, german

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                  • Western Sunset Porch looks out onto over 120 acres of fields.

                    Western Sunset Porch looks out onto over 120 acres of fields.

                  • Kitchen Hearth With Working Fireplace and Dining Area.

                    Kitchen Hearth With Working Fireplace and Dining Area.

                  • Large Living Room. Working fireplace, sofa,love-seat, reading chairs, desk area.

                    Large Living Room. Working fireplace, sofa,love-seat, reading chairs, desk area.

                  • 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 Main Very large Bath

                    2nd floor Main Very large Bath

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

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

                  • Kinderhook Creek mostly frozen over

                    Kinderhook Creek mostly frozen over

                  • Front of Nestledown in snowstorm

                    Front of Nestledown in snowstorm

                  • The Clear Waters of The Kinderhook Creek in  Summer.

                    The Clear Waters of The Kinderhook Creek in Summer.

                  • 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.

                  • 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

                  • 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.

                  • The Blue Bedroom

                    The Blue Bedroom

                  • 2nd Floor Grey Bath

                    2nd Floor Grey Bath

                  • Creek-Side Solar Lounge,Cozy in Winter,Screened in Summer, Steps From the Water.

                    Creek-Side Solar Lounge,Cozy in Winter,Screened in Summer, Steps From the Water.

                  • Southern Porch by Ginkgo Tree

                    Southern Porch by Ginkgo Tree

                  • Private Frontage on the Top-Rated Kinderhook Creek !

                    Private Frontage on the Top-Rated Kinderhook Creek !

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                  This listing was first published here in 2014.

                  Date last modified - Thursday, July 17, 2014

                  $600 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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                  Minimum stay: 5 nights
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