Artfully Restored House in Heart of Village, Leave the Car at Home(14 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
3BD, 2 1/2 BTH 1850's house with historic character and modern comforts
Step inside to a generous entry foyer furnished with a Moroccan rug and a long church bench, opposite three doorways. One leads to the library/tv room, one to the stairs to the second floor, and one to the bright living/dining area formed by two rooms that open to each other. The first has a bay window, the perfect place to curl up in a club chair and read with the light spilling over your shoulder. The second has sofas flanking a wood-burning fireplace, French doors to the side porch, and a high counter where everyone hangs out to talk to the cook. Both rooms have tables for dining and other activities. Throughout the house are antique and vintage finds that reflect and suit life in the country.
The kitchen is a delightful place to cook, well-laid out and well-equipped with dishwasher, microwave (tucked inside a pantry cupboard), Viking range, built-in refrigerator, and a complete array of small appliances, cookware, and bakeware. A hallway from the kitchen leads to the back door to the terrace, past a wood-lined powder room and a narrow flight of back stairs leading to the upper floor.
With its red walls, seagrass rug, and comfy seating, the library/tv room is an inviting space for lounging on the daybed to read or watch a movie, or for playing games or catching up on your laptop at the table by the window. (WiFi router, Apple TV, DVD player and 42' TV are located in this room.) The bookcase holds a library of novels, local guidebooks, and other books as well as a selection of two dozen DVDs. This room has two doors which can be closed, making it a private ground floor room as well as an ideal fourth bedroom.
The main staircase leading to the second floor features a graphic wool runner, subtle Venetian plaster walls, and a small chandelier brought back from Florence. At the top of the stairs, the bedroom to the right (the goldenrod room) has twin beds with upholstered headboards, the bedroom to the left (the cocoa room) has a full-size iron and brass bedstead. All beds come with European square and standard pillows as well as down comforters. Both rooms are comfortable and spacious for an old house, with good mattresses and lighting, and connect to a large bathroom furnished with antiques and a deep soaking tub with a handheld shower.
A small hall decorated with exotic botanical prints leads to an additional bathroom with tub and shower and to the back (robin's egg blue) bedroom with a queen-sized bed, chaise longue, and plentiful closet space. In late spring, the room fills with the perfume of the blossoming pink crabapple tree that arches close to its windows.
Because of its large windows, most with their original wavy glass, the house is filled with light throughout the year. Every room captures a different quality of light and has a different mood but all are designed with comfort in mind, accented by a measure of visual spark provided by art, antiques, and design. Further stimulation is just a few blocks away.
A short walk (4 blocks) brings you to the center of the village which has wonderful shops like Paper Trail, Oblong Books, Hammertown, and Sawkille and great restaurants like Gigi Trattoria and Le Petit Bistro. For a cheap and cheerful evening out, nothing beats a burger at Terrapin and a movie at Upstate Films, an independent movie house that has been a beloved local fixture for 40 years. The Rhinebeck Farmers' Market, voted best in the Hudson Valley, takes place every Sunday opposite the firehouse. One block west of the main intersection, up the hill, is Rhinebeck's Starr library and a recreation center which includes big and kiddie pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and playground. At the northern edge of town is the Rhinebeck fairgrounds which hosts events (antique fair, craft fair, wool festival, Dutchess County Fair...) yearround.The Rhinecliff train station, serviced by Amtrak, is right on the Hudson, only two miles from the center of Rhinebeck. Staying in the village means visiting is as easy as hopping a train and catching a cab. There's no need for a car unless you want to explore further afield.
Bard College with its Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, Hessel Museum, and Olafur Eliasson installation (the first permanent one in the U.S.) is 20 minutes up the road. In summer, the Spiegeltent sets up camp in the trees, bringing in eclectic performers and cabaret acts. Further north is Olana, painter Frederick Church's house (not to be missed) and Hudson with its incredible concentration of antique shops.
East of Rhinebeck is the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies which offers dozens of classes and workshops. 20 minutes south of town are the Vanderbilt Mansion, sites associated with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (and an old-fashioned drive-in right across the road from the Presidential Library), the Culinary Institute of America (five restaurants), Vassar's Frances Lehmann Loeb Art Center and the Powerhouse Theater (summer only) and MetroNorth train service (last stop on the Hudson River Line.)
Nature enthusiasts can climb Burger Hill and follow the path of Poet's Walk, two local parks.Paddlers can put in at Tivoli Bays, a sheltered cove on the Hudson. Hikers and climbers may prefer the greater challenges offered by the Catskills, just half an hour west. Golf, horseback riding, and skiing are also close by.
For a village of only 2600 people, Rhinebeck has alot to offer as does the Hudson Valley. But we hope you'll feel so content in the house that you won't feel driven to leave and, if you do venture out, will always be happy to return.
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Member since: 2012
- 1900 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- House has been furnished over time with thought and care. It is meant to be a welcoming and comfortable environment to be enjoyed by guests who respect it as they would their own home. The house is not child-proofed so is probably best for families with babies and/or children older than toddlers. That said, it is a family-friendly place, especially for those who enjoy board games, books, and movies. There is a playground with a stream one block away, playing fields and a running track (behind the high school) a five-minute walk from the house and the town recreation center (pool/tennis/basketball/playground) is just on the western edge of the village, behind the library, all about a ten-minute walk away. As for older guests, the main stairway has a good handrail for those who don't mind stairs. The ground floor library can be made up as a guestroom but the downstairs bath is a half bath. Bathing is only available upstairs. ...moreless
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- DVD Player
- Games For Kids
- Sports & Activities
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Water Tubing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Parking On Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Lobster Pot
- Pantry Items
- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Grill
- Porch Furniture
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 2 - May 24, 2017
2 night min stay
Memorial Day weekend
May 25 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 4 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $750
- cleaning fee $175
Three-night minimum for Fall weekends.
Five-night minimum for Sheep and Wool Festival, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Three-night minimum for other holidays.
Holiday rate: $450/nt
One week minimum rental in summer season (Memorial Day-Labor Day). 50% payment at booking, 50% payment due 91 days prior to arrival.
Cancellation for summer rentals: 91 days prior to arrival for full refund.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Car: Not Necessary
Large maple trees surround the house, making it shady in summer, bright in fall
Mature hydrangea and bed of ferns on north side (back) of house
Generous front hall with entry to living room, stair hall, and library
1950s watercolor hangs above a carved walnut sideboard used as a bar
A large cabinet holds dishes, glassware, serving pieces, table linens, and games
View from library with chalkboard "fire" to small hall leading to fireplace room
New 42" flat-screen TV comes with Apple TV, a DVD player and a library of movies
An antique sink and mercury glass light fixtures furnish the powder room
Top of front stairs leading to bedrooms on either side of hall plus back bedroom
Looking from twin-bedded room across hall to cocoa room with double bed
Lounge by the window in the blue bedroom which gets east and north light
French doors from fireplace room open to side porch that gets morning light
Stone terrace with seating and grill overlooking lawn and hammock (not visible)
Looking from living room/dining room with bay window into fireplace room
Comfortable sofas and reading lamps on dimmers flank the wood-burning fireplace
Cozy up by the fire. Extra firewood is stored a few feet away on the porch.
Antique daybed from Maine with new foam mattresses doubles as a guest bed
Bookshelf next to game table holds guidebooks, novels, other books and DVDs
The back hall, with coat hooks opposite the powder room, leading to the kitchen
Lovely golden twin-bedded room faces east and comes with a cedar-lined closet
Antique tables flank an iron and brass double bed in southwest-facing cocoa room
Big bathroom with soaking tub and vintage photos of Italy connects two bedrooms
A vintage literary map of the U.S. hangs above the queen bed in the blue bedroom
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