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Blissful 1848 Farmhouse, vegetable garden, swim pond, screen porch

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-13)

Wonderful restored 1848 farmhouse with swimming, canoeing, fishing & ice-skating pond in an idyllic, 11-acre setting. Four bedrooms, four baths, huge chef's kitchen with Vulcan restaurant stove, organic vegetable garden from which you are welcome to harvest during the summer bounty, screen porch, wood-burning fireplace, swing, sports field, tree house,, diving dock on the pond. Located in Dutchess County, an hour and a half's drive from the George Washington Bridge. A great getaway for families with kids, groups of friends, writing groups or reading groups — anyone looking for a quiet retreat at any season of the year — the 3,000+ square foot house easily sleeps 10, and can accommodate up to 13 on daybeds and a comfortable queen sleeper. It is particularly perfect for groups who like to cook and eat large meals together.

The house is on a back road used by only a few cars each day. It has four bedrooms, two with queen-sized beds and two with up to three twin beds each, four bathrooms with showers, one large soaking tub, and a queen sleeper sofa in front of the fireplace. There is wi-fi throughout, and a television set for watching DVDs in the downstairs bedroom. The kitchen includes a restaurant-quality Vulcan stove, Subzero refrigerator, dishwasher, two sinks, and all standard cooking implements including coffee maker, Breville toaster oven, Cuisinart and ice cream maker. In addition to the large table in the dining room which seats up to 12 people, there are dining tables on the screen porch, the upstairs deck, and the pond's diving dock, and a large picnic table outside the kitchen. There is a large-capacity washer and dryer in the basement.

Within easy walking distance of Another Fork in the Road, one of the best diners in the Hudson River Valley, the house is convenient by car to the villages of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, the Rhinebeck County Fairgrounds, Montgomery Place, Poet's Walk, Clermont, the Bard College campus with its summer arts festival at the Fisher Center and its world class Hessel Art Museum, Innisfree Gardens, blueberry picking at Greig Farm, cherry and pumpkin-picking at Rose Hill Farm, the antique stores of Hudson, the Millbrook wineries, and much, much more.

For hiking and mountain biking, try nearby Ferncliff Forest, where there's a superb view of the entire Hudson River Valley from the lookout tower. Or, for a more rigorous climb which also ends with a lookout tower, there is Stissing Mountain. For easier cycling, great for beginning bikers, there's the idyllic Harlem Valley Rail Trail in nearby Millerton.

Keywords: farmhouse, swim pond, vegetable garden

More Details

Esther Allen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Esther Allen

We live and work in New York City where our children go to school; we purchased the house in the country when they were very young as a place for them to run and play. It has been a cherished refuge for the last decade. We love to read, play games, and cook and the house furnishes lots of opportunity for all three activities. We've had many large family reunions there and it is an ideal spot for a family gathering or for a large group of friends to get together.

Esther Allen purchased this farmhouse in 1999

Why Esther Allen chose Red Hook

The Hudson River Valley is one of the most beautiful spots on earth -- it rivals such famed locales as Tuscany and California's Napa Valley in the beauty of its landscapes and the superb local food. I have lived in France, and the grand estates along the Hudson River remind me of the châteaux of the Loire Valley. There is a sense of history and rootedness there that we cherish. Milan, where our house is, retains an unspoiled agricultural beauty that makes it one of the most idyllic locations in the Valley.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our favorite summer activity is diving off the diving board into the pond on a hot day and having a long swim in the pond. Canoeing and fishing are a close second, and younger visitors always love catching salamanders along the stream. We go on long bike rides, make bouquets out of the many flowers growing in the flowerbeds, and harvest vegetables from the vegetable garden for completely local home-cooked meals. We really enjoy the local farm stands and farmers markets, and wine tasting at the many vineyards in the area, as well as concerts at the nearby Fisher Center and the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center. In summer, we love going to the drive-in movie theatres in Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie; in winter we go skiing at one of the local ski areas or ice skating on the pond then come in to a roaring fire in the fireplace.


Red Hook Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (6), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • jetted tub
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private swim pond with diving dock (good for ice skating under the right winter conditions}, stocked with bass and sunnies for fishing, canoe, floating dock private playground with swings, slides and football lawn, extensive flower beds, badminton set and lawn, and, in summer/fall, a bountiful organic garden.


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Blissful 1848 Farmhouse, vegetable garden, swim pond, screen porch
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this beautiful property. The house was large enough to accommodate our party of 8 plus 2 dogs. The kitchen had everything necessary if you love cooking and there was plenty of kale and sorrel in the vegetable garden. The children enjoyed swimming and canoeing in the pond and playing throughout the extensive grounds. We will definitely consider returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you had a great time! And wonderful that you were harvesting kale and sorrel in the garden. You're most welcome back any time.
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Charming house that is both cozy and spacious simultaneously

  • 5 of 5

Came here with my four best friends and my dog to celebrate my 50th birthday. Perfect house for the occasion! Kitchen is super: well-equipped, spacious to gather in, great stove! Fireplace in living room is another great gathering point in the house. Master bedroom is the best, beautiful view and very spacious.

We were there in winter, so no swimming in the pond, but I expect that would be marvelous in the summer. Esther was wonderfully responsive, great host. Definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Summer Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. My brother and his friends wanted to get away from New York City and relax. There are so many things about this property to recommend:

The house was large and spacious, easily accommodating our group of 10. Plenty of towels, soap and shampoo. The kitchen was well stocked and had a great appliances. We were able to make plenty of delicious meals.

The lake was so refreshing and crisp! I do recommend a dive!

This is really a home away from home. There is so much charm and personality to this home and we were sad to leave.

Thanks, Esther!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable & Spacious House; Idyllic Grounds

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely zero complaints about spending a long weekend at this property.

Esther was a great host--very gracious and quick to provide information.

The house has an invitingly rustic feel, yet balanced with modern amenities like a powerful industrial oven and a good stereo.

The lake is totally swimmable; deep enough to dive into, and not full of slimy vegetation.

The house was clean; towels (for showering and swimming too) were provided--as were soap and shampoo--the decor is charming and sometimes hysterical. There's no central air, but the nighttime was refreshing, so it was no loss.

Thank you, Esther!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ellen! Glad you and your group enjoyed the place. You're welcome back any time.
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Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the house. It is very well equipped to enjoy a very peaceful break. The kids loved the yard and the pond was a big hit. Esther was very acomodating and available for question. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you there! Your family is most welcome to come back anytime.
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Amazing Group Getaway Property

  • 5 of 5

This house was a perfect location for a weekend getaway for us and our friends up from NYC. It was spacious, but cozy. We had a full house, but never felt on top of each other. We instantly felt right at home. As a chef, having a wonderfully equipped kitchen to prepare meals for a large group was ideal. The dining room easily accommodated seated meals for 8. The property is beautiful even during the winter. We can only imagine what it would be like in the warmer months and look forward to hopefully returning with our friends this summer.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful to have your group there! Please do come back in the summer and swim in the pond. And any suggestions on the kitchen from a chef's perspective would be most welcome.
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Stewart International Airport, New Windsor, NY
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Red Hook Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak, Rhinecliff, NY
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Taconic State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Another Fork in the Road
Nearest Ski
32 Miles
Catamount Ski Area, Hillsdale, NY
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $175

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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