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The Hart-MacGiffert House is a three bedroom pristine historic home on 35 open and wooded acres minutes from central Hudson. If was a featured home on a recent historic home tour. http://www.historichudson.org/HHTour2009.pdf.
Furnished with antiques, with working fireplaces, a lovely kitchen, dinning room and living rooms, the house is an elegant relaxing home away from home. In addition to its many historic details, the house offers contemporary living amenities including High Speed Internet (WiFi), HiFi, flat screen TVs in living room and Bedroom one, and a new washer/dryer.
The home, which is accessed by a long private drive, backs on to the 1000+ acre Greenport Conservation areas with trails to the Hudson.
The property offers opportunities for walking, mountain biking and summer swimming and kayaking in the 2/3 of an acre pond. With a neighboring town park, walk to Friday evening summer concerts or visit Hudson or the Catskills.
The marble-tiled bathrooms and bedrooms (two with Queen/Full sized beds and one with two singles) are beautifully decorated.
Enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring, fireflies in June, cool swimming in the summer, the leaves changing in the fall, and cross-country skiing in the winter. With central heating and cooling the house offers all season comfort.
We rent the home for a limited number of weekends and weeks during the year. If you are genuinely interested in the house and have read the description, please reach out to us.
Since I have limited time, please do not include the house as part of multiple location requests. We respond within 24 hours. We require a minimum of two weeks advance notice for bookings.
This is a family house, suitable for a family or two couples. It is not for shares or events.
As a rule we do not accept pets. Ask if you have a house trained small dog or cats. There is a reason - we have polished floors that we have to protect and outside dogs risks bringing in dirt, flees and ticks into the house. We also need to keep our grounds dog doo free.
Please note: We are a strictly no shoes (we provide slippers), no smoking house and property. While the house will be thoroughly cleaned prior to guests arriving, we have cats, so if you are allergic this may be a consideration. We also have bee hives in our back field which are pretty far from the house.
This is a family house, designed for families or two couples. We do not rent it for groups doing rental shares....moreless
We welcome children. Please note, however, this is a historic home with valuable antiques, large acreage, a deep swimming pond, smaller pond, and some agricultural implements on the property. Children need to be supervised. Coasters must be used on furniture. As with everything related to the property, the decision to bring children onto the property is at the discretion of parents/renters and at their risk. ...moreless
Non Smoking Only:
There is absolutely no smoking permitted on the property....moreless
Pets Not Allowed:
The only exception would be for small house trained dogs. Why? Large outdoor dogs will likely scratch our highly polished floors, bring in dirt, fleas and ticks into the house and foul our lawns. We love dogs, but this is a historic home... ...moreless
Bedroom 1 offers a four poster queen-sized bed with views of the Catskill mountains and the Hudson river in the winter. Bedroom 2 is front facing with views of fields and swimming pond. Bedroom 3 is offers two single beds above the kitchen with a separate access stairway to the kitchen. ...moreless
Rates are subject to change prior to confirmation of bookings. The house is 200 years old and although beautiful is not perfect. Guests are required to read the house rules and use the property at their own risk. When booking the property, a renter will be considered to have accepted the terms and conditions of the rental on behalf of their guests and anyone they invite onto the property.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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The house is surrounded by 35 acres of park-like land located minutes from Hudson with its restaurants, entertainment, shopping, antique and design shops. It is minutes from the New York Firefighters Museum, the world-renowned home of painter Frederick Church, Olana, and his mentor's home Thomas Cole. A short drive away are the beautiful Hudson River homes: Clermont, Montgomery Place and the Vanderbilt House. Across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge take Route 23B up to Catskill Park to see Kaaterskill Falls, the highest waterfall in New York State, and North South Lake the location of the former Catskill Mountain House, with breathtakingly beautiful lakes and views of the Hudson Valley.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: My name is Simon and I run my own communications business. I returned to the U.S. in 2006 after 10 years in Asia where I met my wife. As someone who grew up in the U.K., I have always had a deep appreciation for historic homes. Over the last eight years, we have worked to maintain and open up the land around the house. I am a big gardener, so visitors will likely be the beneficiaries of home grown vegetables.
Why the Owner Chose Hudson: Twenty-five years ago I rented a home with friends in near by Claverack and fell in love with the area. When I was looking to purchase a home, we found the house and fell in love with it. It's been a labor of love ever since.
There was also a very pragmatic reason for choosing the area - it's very convenient to get to from New York. Door-to-door its a 2 hr drive from the center of Manhattan and most importantly, there is almost never any traffic on the Sawmill and Taconic Parkways.
The train is also very convenient. Hudson's station is about 7 minutes (by car) from the house. If you want, it is possible to take a Taxi from the station to the house and not have a car (if you are willing to walk and bike).
It is also very convenient for food shopping with a supermarket within walking distance.
The Unique Benefits at this House: It is rare for a historic home to be set back from roads and to be as original as The Hart-MacGiffert House. Since the house was once a farm house, it is approximately 300 yards from the nearest road ensuring peace and quiet, yet it is also minutes from Hudson. It offers the best of both worlds.
Backing onto 1000+ acres of protected land means that the house is a mecca for wildlife and deer in particular. We can also walk out of the house onto long trails suitable for walking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.