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Find Peace and Relaxation on this Private Lake w/ Gardens

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (Sleeps 6)

Imagine sitting on the long lakeside deck of this home at twilight, watching the sun set over the gardens as the peeper frogs begin to chirp. The sounds of nature, the ripple of the lake, the scent of honeysuckle on a summer breeze…and when night falls, take the row boat out on the lake by moonshine and the light of a sky full of stars.

There are no motor boats to disturb Silver Lake, one of the largest private lakes in Dutchess County. There is a rowboat, perfect for trips to the middle of the lake for swimming and fishing, tethered to a private dock. For a speedier trip around the lake, try the canoe and two kayaks parked on a private gravel beach.

A screened-in porch, which has a translucent roof to let in sun but keep out rain, is a great spot for breakfast or a BBQ cooked on the charcoal grill or in the large, full-service kitchen adjacent to the porch.

There are three bedrooms, a study and kitchen with cable television, and a living room and sitting room with lake views. Each room is filled with windows—blurring the lines between indoors and out—home, lake and woodland. Two upstairs balconies also overlook the lake, as does the shower in the upstairs bath.

This property has been landscaped by the owner, a professional garden designer, to combine the best of the natural world and modern home living. The cottage-style, cedar-sided house is surrounded by ornamental gardens, including a full sun garden, shade and woodland garden areas, and a bountiful perennial garden adjacent to the deck. The organic vegetable garden, full of fresh tomatoes, broccoli, garlic, beans and other goodies, is also accessible to vacationers.

There is a new washer and dryer in the basement, as well as a bicycle, ping pong table, and a box of lawn games. There is Wi-Fi throughout the house, plenty of closet space, and a collection of board games. Cats are welcome, as are non-barking well-behaved dogs.

The towns of Rhinebeck and Red Hook are 12 minutes away, while Tivoli (20 minutes), the small city of Kingston (25) which has the Ulster County Performing Arts Center, the larger city of Poughkeepsie (35) for the Bardavon Theatre, and the upscale towns of Millbrook (25), Hudson (40) and Woodstock (40) are all within easy driving distance.

There are hiking trails in every direction, including along the Hudson River and in the Catskill Mountains to the west and Bash Bish waterfall to the northeast. For safe cycling go to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Bard and Vassar Colleges feature art galleries, performances, entertainment and dancing at the Spiegeltent, and the Frank Gehry-designed Fischer Center for Theater. The closest towns of Rhinebeck and Red Hook have an independent movie theater and a multiplex, and the Dutchess County Fairgrounds hosts the weeklong fair and other events. The FDR Museum and home is just south in Hyde Park. There are several golf courses nearby and dozens of excellent restaurants, including those of the Culinary Institute of America. The Omega Institute is 10 minutes away and there are several yoga studios right in the village of Rhinebeck.

This is a charming and well situated home. If you have any questions during your stay, the owner lives 15 minutes away and is extremely conscientious about helping whenever it is needed.

More Details

Randi Sackheim
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Randi Sackheim

The owner is a professional garden designer and gardener who spends her days making properties welcoming and beautiful. She loves nature, knitting, and lots and lots of sunlight. She lives only 15 minutes away and is available to help whenever needed.

Randi Sackheim purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why Randi Sackheim chose Rhinebeck

This house was built from scratch in 2003 to have all the amenities for any season while still being beautiful and connected with the gardens and lake. The owner has a long history with the Rhinebeck area, having raised her son there many years ago.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Private lake, boating, beautiful gardens, organic vegetable garden. What most everyone feels when here is peace. It is the loveliest of spots with its broad expanse of calm lake, serene woodlands and a charming and very livable home.


Rhinebeck Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both showers are tiled and wainscoted. Showers have windows. Upstairs shower has lake view and is a large walk in shower with glass doors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Every bedroom is filled with windows. Two bedrooms have lake and woodland view. Downstairs bedroom is window filled with woodland and garden views.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This location and home is all about peace and easy comfort. It is a place to get away... but not too far away. There are many fantastic restaurants nearby, public gardens to visit, golf, tennis, swimming pools, children's activities, farm markets, movies, hiking, cycling, theater, concerts, galleries, antiquing, and many other activities all within easy reach. But most folks just want to stay home to lounge and play at the lake...and at night, star gaze and listen to the wild turkeys, frogs, geese, and even the occasion call of far away coyotes.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful, relaxing, and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I rented Randi's place for a work weekend in the Rhinebeck area. Myself and two others needed a place to stay after very busy and hectic work days. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. The feeling of comfort hits as soon as you drive in and continues throughout the house and into the beautiful deck on the lake. I can't express enough what a great place this is to go to just unwind and relax. Everything has been thought of for comfort. The kitchen, the furnishings, the bathrooms, were all put together to make our stay comfortable. Once we stepped inside we knew that we had the perfect spot. I wished I was there for a week! You can't go wrong.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Serene

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week here with my husband and a couple of friends. The house is both lovely and homey, helping us to feel comfortable and relaxed. The lake was wonderful to view while eating and hanging out together. I have rarely spent time in a place so charming. It was a pleasure staying here, and the owner was very friendly and accommodating. I look forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wounderful setting and charming house.

  • 5 of 5

We have been intrigued with the Rhinebeck area for several years. Like the small town feel with the sophisticated charm of a metropolitan center. Decided to rent a house for 10 days to see if this area is a place where we could settle into. Wanted to be on a lake and close to town. This house suited the bill perfectly. Owner met us upon our arrival to go over the ins and outs of the house. Said to call anytime if we had questions or problems with the house. Had none. Charming house sitting on the edge of a beautiful lake with swimming (July the water was warn enough to swim in), boating (no power boats) and fishing. Facing west the house was drenched in afternoon sun and sunsets across the lake. The house was laid out nicely with a farm style fully equipped kitchen with a large country table in the middle. Very cozy. Bedrooms and baths well furnished and comfortable. A vegetable and herb garden was outside the kitchen door for all to use and enjoy. Deck overlooking the lake was a nice place to watch the sun go down. Very private yet only a 12/15 minute drive to Rhinebeck. The house had everything we were looking for. Wanted to rent it again in the summer on 2016 but it was booked solid. Our loss.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace & Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed at the beautiful and peaceful house for several years now in the fall. We bring our dog and she is just as comfortable. As others have said, the kitchen is perfect for preparing any meal you can imagine. Right out the kitchen door I'm picking fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables. The grocery stores are close and a really nice farmers market too. We cook local and fresh items on the grill by the lake. We paddle, hike and relax, relax, relax. The mornings are quiet for reflection, we watch the sun rise over the lake while we enjoy our coffe & tea. You never really have to leave, but we do to go sightseeing in the area. We can't wait to get back to the house to relax and enjoy it. The bedrooms are very comfortable and sleep comes easy, you rise to the sound of nature, the birds are singing the sun shines through. Total serenity. A great place to get away to. We

hate to leave and we plan our next trip as soon as we get home! The homeowner is so warm and welcoming. She wants you to love her home and be as comfortable as she is. She takes pride in her home and you can feel it all around you. She is available and quick to respond if you need anything. The home is very clean and has everything you need.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxation at its Finest

  • 5 of 5

This picturesque house on Silver Lake is the perfect place to relax without getting too far from civilization. I rented this for a week in July with a friend and her senior mini dachshund. We were looking a place to just get away, catch up on sleep, and occasionally paddle around on a lake and this rental delivered. At night there are no lights around and all you can hear are the frogs and acorns falling on the deck. We were thoroughly happy with everything this rental offered.

When we did need to get any supplies or when we went out for my friends birthday, downtown Rhinebeck is no more than 15 minutes away. It's a lovely town with lots of nice shops and restaurants.

The house is exactly what it looks like in the pictures, the kitchen is wonderful to cook in, and the lake is relaxing with few people on it. I would love to visit again and would recommend this rental to anyone that's looking to relax and likes what they see in the listing.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and magical place....

  • 5 of 5

We rented this place last summer for 8 weeks and absolutely fell in love with it. (We were going to rent it again for this summer but ended up buying in the area, partially because our experience on Silver Lake was so divine.) The house, property, gardens, location and owner are all excellent-- we cannot say enough positive things about the owner and this place. (We were lucky enough to spend this Memorial Day weekend there as well so you can consider the comments "up-to-date"....)

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Stewart Airport in Newburgh
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
many in Rhinebeck
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Red Hook Golf Club in Red Hook
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Taconic State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Many in Rhinebeck and Red Hook
Nearest Ski
31 Miles
Catamount in Hillsdale NY
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Wilcox Park in Red Hook NY
Car: necessary

Hikes abound...and for a real treat, take the 30-minute hike to the fire tower on top of Stissing Mountain. The views from the tower, including dozens of miles in every direction and hawks soaring at eye level close to the tower, are unbelievable. And only a short drive in the opposite direction brings you to the Catskills for spectacular hikes and drives. Walking the trails along the Hudson River also makes for a beautiful stroll.

The towns of Rhinbeck, Hudson, and Millbrook make for great shopping and antiquing, and have many fine dining restaurants.

There are several spectacular public gardens in the area such as Innisfree in Millbrook and Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring.

The nearby rail trails are perfect for safe family cycling.

There is a farmer's market every Sunday in Rhinebeck as well as others in nearby towns.

Several local farms sell fresh meats and produce on site all week long.

The area has many 'pick your own' farms from strawberries in June, peaches and blueberries in July and August, and apples and pears in late summer. And, of course, there is fresh corn available for most of the summer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $130
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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