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.