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Beautiful 1810 Federal Home on 35 Park-Like Acres Minutes from Hudson

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Early morning in June. Hart-McGiffert House.


Last updated: 12/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Hudson house description

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.

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.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Chauffeur


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                This is a family house, designed for families or two couples. We do not rent it for groups doing rental shares....moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                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

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                Rear facing, catskill views...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 double

                Front facing bedroom....moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                Rear bedroom....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

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Recently renovated, marble tiled tub/shower....moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

                En-suite with front bedroom. Accessible from 3rd bedroom....moreless

              • The bathrooms were recently renovated. They have high-end fixtures and a marble tiled shower tub. The vanities also have marble tops....moreless


              • Books
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                46' Flat screen TV...moreless

              • Video Library


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


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

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

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Paddle Boating
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lake View:

                Views of large swimming pond...moreless

              • Lakefront:

                Views of large swimming pond in front of the house provide ever changing perspective. Swimming and kayaking....moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Views of Catskill Mountains....moreless

              • Rural:

                The house is surrounded by 35 acres of field and woodland, but 7 mins (car) from Hudson and 7 mins (walking) from supermarket....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Hunting
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountaineering
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Sailing
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Swimming
              • Tennis


              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                Central. ...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Fireplace:

                Three working fireplaces on ground floor. Bedroom fireplaces cannot be used....moreless

              • Garage
              • Hair Dryer
              • Parking
              • Telephone:

                Land line. May not be used except in emergency. Mobiles work. Any costs will be charged to renter....moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine


              • Coffee Maker:

                Coffee machine. ...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Kitchen:

                Lovely kitchen with historic look but modern appliances including dishwasher. Great place for casual dining in front of the fire....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items:

                Basic items can be used by renter....moreless

              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Bicycles:

                Four adult-seized mountain bikes....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Outside furniture for four and garden furniture (bench and chairs)....moreless

              • Golf:

                Plenty of local public golf courses....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Kayak by swimming pond. Two life jackets available....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                One acre of lawns to front and sides of house. Garden to real. Vegetable gardens....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Small charcoal BBQ. Must be cleaned before/after using....moreless

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                Wyndham and Hunter Mountain are 45 minutes away....moreless

              • Tennis:

                Local free tennis courts at Columbia Greene Community College and local High School....moreless



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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Dec 12 - Jan 5, 2015
              2 night min stay
              Jan 6 - Apr 30, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $350 $400
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
              May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $350 $400
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
              • Property Damage Protection $69
              • Taxes Included


              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.

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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              Last updated: 12/15/2014
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              40 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              1.5 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Club Helsinki, Hudson
              8 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Ghent, Catskill, Taconic, Rhinebeck
              2 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Hudson, New York
              10 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Taconic State Parkway, New York Thruway
              1.5 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Baba Louies, Hudson
              10 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Taconic State Park

              Car: Not Necessary

              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.


              Owner info

              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.

              Contact us

              Speaks: english, french, Japanese

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              • Early morning in June.  Hart-McGiffert House.

                Early morning in June. Hart-McGiffert House.

              • View from the front of house with mist rising from pond.

                View from the front of house with mist rising from pond.

              • Sunroom.  Looks out on to patio.

                Sunroom. Looks out on to patio.

              • Swimming pond with kayak and floating dock.

                Swimming pond with kayak and floating dock.

              • Winter at the Hart-McGiffert House

                Winter at the Hart-McGiffert House

              • Dining room.

                Dining room.

              • Kitchen offers relaxed dinning with working fireplace.

                Kitchen offers relaxed dinning with working fireplace.

              • Four poster bedroom.

                Four poster bedroom.

              • Third bedroom with two twin beds.

                Third bedroom with two twin beds.

              • Early morning side view of house.

                Early morning side view of house.

              • Side view without patio furniture

                Side view without patio furniture

              • Patio


              • View from swimming pond toward house.

                View from swimming pond toward house.

              • Water pump

                Water pump

              • Sun-filled living room with fireplace.

                Sun-filled living room with fireplace.

              • Kitchen


              • Second bedroom with queen/full-sized bed.

                Second bedroom with queen/full-sized bed.

              • Recently rennovated bathroom with marble bath/shower.

                Recently rennovated bathroom with marble bath/shower.

              VRBO #579489

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              This listing was first published here in 2014.

              Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

              $350 - $500 per night (USD)

              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

              View calendar: Updated 12/15/14
              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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              Member since: 2014
              Speaks: english, french, Japanese
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