Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)
- english, french, spanish
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 two decades. We love to read, play games, and cook, and the house furnishes lots of opportunity for all that and more. 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 and having a long swim. 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 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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Awesome family weekend
This was a great house. We were two families with small children on a weekend out of the city. The house was great for family cooked meals, playing around in the yard and exploring the area.
We highly recommend it
Comfortable, spacious house with a cute pond for ice skating!
We rented this house for a long weekend getaway with another family who we are friends with. There were 8 of us in total, 4 adults and 4 kids. The house was spacious and comfortable with plenty of room for adults and kids to spread out or come together and be cozy around the fireplace or have meals together at the table. The kitchen was well stocked overall. The only thing we were surprised to not find was a microwave. This was easy to overcome so it didn’t really pose a problem. We had a great time ice skating on the pond behind the house. This was a big hit for kids and adults alike. It was a short drive to both Red Hook and Rhinebeck for shopping or dining out. I would not hesitate to rent this property again. The owner was very responsive to questions.
Relaxing, spacious and beautiful grounds
What a beautiful setting! Our weather was perfectly warm in the day and comfortably cool at night. The pond was so refreshing that even our dog took a swim! We had so much fun exploring the area and cooking meals in the large kitchen. In the day, our favorite spot was on the deck beside the pond. The expansive lawn was more than large enough to play all outdoor games and for our dog to run. The screened-in porch was our favorite evening space for everyone to enjoy playing card games. We would like to return next year!
It was wonderful having you there. Please do come back! Fall is spectacular, winter is great for skiing, sledding, building snowmen, and in spring the place blossoms with dozens of different varieties of daffodils...
Lovely pond, fantastic lawn, great kitchen
This house has everything you need for a super fun getaway. The spring fed pond is lovely, clean, and quite large. The diving board and floating dock were a blast. There are plenty of toys and games to enjoy on the spacious lawn, and the industrial kitchen makes cooking a delight. Esther was easily reachable and super accommodating. We had a great time!
Our family loved the home- very spacious and perfect for a group of 10. Also- plenty of outdoor activities if you want to just stay there, or games if you want to stay indoors. Also- close proximity to cute towns and plenty of incredible sites!
This was our second stay at this lovely property. We highly recommend it!
Our extended family has stayed at this property twice. It is perfect for relaxing outdoors and our children and dogs loved roaming the large property and swimming in the pond. The kitchen is very well equipped, which is a must for us. There is also a summer vegetable/flower/fruit garden that contains many of the items you would need for a tasty salad. It is not far from many of the Hudson River estates and there is plenty to do nearby for the whole family. We highly recommend this property!
Thanks, Victoria! We love return guests. Several groups have been gathering annually at our place for five years now, and it’s always wonderful to have them back.