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Old Chatham Summer Elegance, Easy Country Home W/ Pristine Natural Swimming

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Kitchen Porch wraps around the house. below


Last updated: 03/01/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

SUMMER c. 1850: Large 4 BR/3 Bth; fields, porch, gardens, swim, grill & campfire

Authentic 19th c. SUMMER: Large 4 Bedroom and 3 Bath, endless porches, lush gardens, patio grilling, private swimming, glowing campfire .,Nestledown is an elegant historic country house that distinguishes itself by it's high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and French doors not seen in historic homes in the area.
There is fresh natural swimming, fishing and kayaking in the Kinderhook Creek . Your dog is welcome ! We've got an ultra-secure Kennel that is bigger than a studio apartment !
Nestledown is the perfect easy escape. It is all set up for you, a 'turnkey' country house ,
a place for you to relax, with family , friends, and your dog.

Surrounded by fields, the private property includes both sides of the road and 500 feet of precious private frontage on the Kinderhook Creek. (see pics)
Set in a very rural hamlet setting, there are 3 historic homes in walkable distance. From the kitchen and porches, there is a clear western sunset view of 150 protected acres, a mile of fields before the next homestead. There is just nothing like sunset on the Western porch, with a glass of local wine, and something sizzling on the grill.
Originally built in 1820 and renovated as a second country home in 1850.
After losing their inheritance in the great crash, and during Prohibition, the enterprising ladies opened the Nestledown Tea House.
Nestledown's doors were opened to the public last year for the first time in 100 years.
Nestledown is it's original name. It is a stately Georgian with Palladian windows surrounded by fields. The property includes 500 feet of private frontage on the 40 foot wide flowing Kinderhook Creek. Guests have had private fly-fishing lessons from pros on our team on our own dock, (with great success!)
Patios , porches, lawns and an elegant dock. Apple trees, gardens, kayaking, tubing , rustic outdoor grilling over a fire, or chef-style grilling on the patios, steps away from the wrap-a-round porches.
Across the road that runs through the sleepy hamlet is a 3 season screened solarium by the water's edge, outfitted for casual waterside dining and relaxing.
Ample living room and dining rooms feature a concert grade parlour grande piano surrounded by the original high wainscot from 1850. You must let us know if you need pre-tuning.
Tall French doors open onto the spacious screened garden room, a great place to spread out with a book on a rainy day or entertain with guests.
Nestledown is specially outfitted by dog-lovers to make your stay relaxing.
Go ahead and take your best friend along. There is a large secure kennel, 12 x 18, and their very own doggie door.
Nestledown has four large bedrooms, rare high ceilings.
Three full bathrooms, 2 working fireplaces, 2 covered porches and unobstructed sunset views. Over 150 acre hay fields border 3 acres of park-like lawns, offering you a perfect sunset from both the patios and porches.
Two patios, one outfitted with propane grill, another with a fire pit.
There is a fenced secure 200 sf large kennel, with ramp and doggie door. Ask for what you need we have most everything you can imagine for dogs. There is a small Caretaker's cottage on the property , and we are available for you 24/7.
Brick fireplace and hearth, large , granite tops ,4 x 8 ' center island , all NEW stainless steel,appliances, ice-maker, stainless steel interior dishwasher, large commercial (42'') refrigerator and freezer, microwave , 5 stage in-line filtered water, cabinetry for cookware, glassware, temperature-controlled 48 bottle wine cooler and stocked kitchen.There is a Security Boss pet door opens directly into large secure underwired kennel area and that allows your dogs to go out at will.
Two PORCHES open off of kitchen.
The large chef's kitchen, choices of dining areas, porches, patios, screen room, water's edge, makes cooking a delight and makes memorable meals happen. With a full house , you won't feel crowded.
Office/ Study:
Private entrance, for a longer-term rental this offers a great opportunity for a professional (suitable if you have clients) desk and desk chairs.
Full Bathroom:
Toilet, lavatory, shower, towels
Dining Room :
Dining table and chairs for 6- 8 ,(ask if you need more) floor to ceiling original windows, concert quality Parlor Grande piano (let us know if you plan to play and we'll pre-tune it ) original antique french doors open to large screened porch.
(you can hear the piano's sound quality on our Facebook page link ) We can organize a concert for your entertainment.
The Screen Room:
Fully screened porch with couch, chairs , coffee table, table and seating, ceiling fan.
Living Room:
Large Room with original fireplace, comfortable couch, love-seat, coffee table, desk area and chair, reading chairs, reading lamps, original built-ins, 42 inch flat plasma TV, floor to ceiling windows.
Porches And Patios :
Kitchen opens onto large covered wrap around porches with unobstructed sunset views. Big cushiony deep seating ,eating and dining areas . Quick access from the stovetop to the (organic) herb garden for cooking ,patio with grill, and additional patio.
Cheerful Laundry Room for your use: new front-loading washer and dryer, folding areas, storage cabinets
High ceilings ,14' x 18', 4 post queen bed en suite bath, closet, bureau, private entry hall and private stairway, nightstands, easy chairs.
Second BEDROOM:10' x14, double bed, vanity, dresser , mirrors, lamps, closet, .
Third BEDROOM; 14' x12, queen bed,dresser, lamps , mirrors , closet , bedside tables.
Fourth BEDROOM ; queen bed, closet , desk , chair , dresser,mirror,and vanity.
ALL bedrooms are light filled rooms with high ceilings, large windows,dressers, closets, reading chairs,some with desk areas, large windows, tastefully appointed. Includes linens and towels.
Creek-side 4 season Solarium with cushioned loveseat and easy chairs,cozy blankets for a night with a chill, dining table and chairs and right on the water.
Swimming for your dog.
Large stone fire-pit with ample woodpile.
Outdoor furniture: Cushioned chaises plenty of tables and chair to relax in.
Want to learn how to fish? The mighty Kinderhook Creek is top rated as a trout stream and frontage on the creek is hard to find. With it's pristine swimming areas, and our waterfall
Nestledown has the BEST vetted fly-fishing pros that can give your family a private class to get you started.
Nestledown has other pre-vetted services and learning opportunities to make your stay stimulating, easier and more comfortable.
Pick up some country 'know how'; learn to Fish , fillet, and horseback ride.
We have world class Intro & Instructor level self-defense,(special forces Instructor)
and an opportunity to learn K-9 First Aid from Canine Field Medics that can teach the basics to you and your family.
We also help you with child-care and pet-sitting services, shopping services, house-keeping and rides to Amtrak. Just ask, we want you to be happy.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 50%
Calendar last updated: 03/01/2017

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 3600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    House sleeps a maximum of 8. There are additional per person charges for over-tallying. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Crib available....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Non-smoking taken seriously. If evidence of smoking is found an additional fee will be assessed....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pet friendly! We know how important your pets are. We are animal lovers. Vetted Pet-sitting available. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Extra Guest: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen Sleep Sofa /possible 2 extra guests...moreless

  • Blue: 1 queen

    12' x 14' , high ceilings, closet, desk, side table,vanity...moreless

  • Yellow Rm: 1 queen

    Bright,12' x 14', closet, dresser, vanity, lamps easy chair...moreless

  • Master: 1 queen

    18' x 14',closet,2 sitting areas,lamps,nightables, priv. bth...moreless

  • West view: 1 double

    14'x10', vanity, closet, lamps, side tables, sunset view...moreless

  • All bedrooms are light-filled , high ceilings with large windows ,have closets, bureaus, reading lamp & chair, fresh linens, bedding, and extra blankets, and original wide board pine floors. See our photos....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • 1st Floor Bath: toilet, shower

    Located on 1st Floor, perfect for Guests...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Generously-sized w/Easy Chair.Dual access. Priv Master entry...moreless

  • Earlier Wing (1820) Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Dual access. Alternate private entry through Master Bedroom....moreless

  • 12' x 14' 2nd Floor Bathroom in the New Wing, (1850).

Other Amenities

  • We have vetted these Special Personal Services as a response to our guest's needs: Chauffeur, Massage, Acupuncture, Pianist , Child-care, Pet-sitting, Fly-fishing, filleting, Animal Tracking( 200 acres for this at our family Farm, Extremely high quality Self-Defence Instruction,( many styles , many levels), Horseback Riding, and grocery shopping to stock the house in advance. We Use a Commercial Steam Cleaner That Meets NSF Sanitizing Standards used throughout the house....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    42' Plasma TV in Living Room, fully adjustable angles,...moreless

  • Toys:

    Dog Toys ! Dog beds, crates all available. We have everything a dog could need! Just Ask....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Sandy beach-head and dock on the Kinderhook Creek. 20 foot high NATURAL waterfall,... you can sit underneath it !...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Over 40' wide with clear moving waters, the Kinderhook has shallow areas and deep glacial pools. Complete privacy, a sandy beachhead, stone firepit and screened waterside shelter to snooze or snack...moreless

  • Rural:

    Unobstructed Sunset Views to the West: Corn Fields as far as the eye can see. To the East is a small hamlet. Property includes both sides of road. Abundant wildlife!...moreless

  • Village:

    Charming Chatham Village is a 4 minute drive,with it's choice of dining and unique shops. Arts events: Art Omi, Crandell Theatre, PS 21, and more. Village of Valatie nearby has unique finds....moreless

  • Water View:

    See our beautiful photos of the water....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Property Includes exclusive frontage on the Kinderhook Creek. Private, with small dock to fish from or watch the water go by. Fresh natural swimming, no pool chemicals, no pond leeches....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Dine in the kitchen. Or, Dine formally in the Dining Room. Or in the screen Room or on porches Two different dining sets on patios. Choice of 2 waterside dining areas: A screened solarium, or the campfir...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window air conditioning throughout....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New Front-Load Dryer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Two wood burning fireplaces for your enjoyment , one in Living Room and one in the kitchen. You can use synthetic wax logs ,wood logs and alcohol gel cans. FireTable on patio, river-side campfire....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central Heating System with thermostat....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi throughout....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bedsheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets included. Extra sets for longer stays....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large sofa, loveseat, coffee table , 42' flatscreen TV,DVR player, Roku, Easy Chair, additional chair, writing desk, desk chair , built-in shelves,books, side tables, wood-burning fireplace....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking on property, 4 cars maximum, if more spaces are needed,ask....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Beach towels , Bath towels, hand towels and kitchen towels and dog towels provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Extra Large New Front-Load Washer, detergents provided....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Bring your favorites. Cuisinart drip coffee-maker and French Press. Ask us....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything that you need is there....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New. Stainless Steel Interior, and NSF High Sanitizing Cycle....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Spacious, All New Appliances, Granite Counter-tops , Large Center Island, Wood Burning Hearth, and more....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    New, gas....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and basics....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Extra Large 42' High End, With Freezer, Ice-Maker and Filter. In Addition, Water Filters Through Separate Filtration....moreless

  • Stove:

    high-end 4 burner gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Temperature-controlled 48 bottle wine cooler....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Comfortable Porches Wrap Around the Southern and Western sides of the House Equipped With Tea Carts, Lounging and Dining Furniture, Market Umbrella....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Bring yours, there's plenty of room....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio Leading From the Sunset Porch, has Barbeque Gas Grill, Dining Set, Chairs & Cushions, Lush Plants in Urns, and a View of the Sunset Over Hundreds of Acres. The Southern Patio has a hot spa....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Renting possible....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    All Season Solar Shelter at the Creek's Edge, great place for reading,relaxing, writing,hanging out with your dog while he dries off from a dip in the water, just steps away. Dining table and chairs....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Three Acres of Park-like Lawns Dotted With Adirondack Chairs , Mature Specimen Trees, Heirloom Apple, Ginkgo, Lilac, Hickory....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas Grill on Sunset Patio. Iron campfire grill is on waterfront stone fire pit....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Tubes !...moreless



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Spring/ Summer
Mar 3 - Oct 31, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Rates are based on 7 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Final Clean-up fee $325 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%


Available for weddings and special occasions.

Discounted rates for entire season. Minimum Rental 1 week.

We are very Pet Friendly , will pet-sit your pets if needed.

We are licensed Canine and Human EMTs and will arrive in minutes if your pet needs help.

Please do not misunderstand our final clean-up fee.

The property must be returned to us in the clean condition in which you receive it.

Our final clean-up fee is for commercial 240 degree steaming and sterilizing of beds, bathrooms and fridge so that

everything is germ free after every stay and ready for our next guests.

There is absolutely NO SMOKING in the house, on the porches or near any structures.

If there is any evidence of smoke , additional charges apply. Please don't smoke!

Please read contract.

Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking

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Last updated: 03/01/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany International Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Jackson's Chatham House, Old Chatham Country Store
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Kinderhook, 3 mi. Winding Brook Country Club
23 Miles
Nearest Train
35 min to Amtrak in Hudson, 2 hrs to NYC
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Taconic Parkway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dining at Jackson's & Old Chatham Store & Cafe
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
Private Cross Country; 7mi, Jiminy Peak-25 mi
Malden Bridge, NY, USA
Nearest Beach
Private Swimming /Dock on River( Kinderhook )

Car: Necessary

Set in the hunt country of Columbia County in an area of rural roads meandering through historic hamlets and villages.

The Kinderhook Creek ranges from 2 feet to 20 feet deep , this river-like creek offers pristine swimming , fishing and kayaking .

Private fly-fishing , self defense private instuction (by Special Forces trainer that we are lucky enough to know), horseback riding by pre-vetted Professional insiders available for you and your family. Inquire if interested.

This property and it's surrounding immediate area are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Five minutes to the hub of Old Chatham, 10 minutes to Chatham, and take a 25 minute drive to Hudson for dinner and a show.

The sheep cheese-making farm is a few minutes drive.

There's a new brewery on a back road in addition to local wineries.

As the harvest comes in we are happy to fill your table with the freshest happy eggs, and organic vegetables.

This area abounds in wildlife,

flea markets ,auctions, antiques, , fly-fishing, and locally grown food, working farms, corn fields , pristine swimming, peace, quiet,... and your dog is safe and welcome here.

There's a super secure kennel that's larger than some apartments ,pet-sitting, and emergency services.

A dependable escape from NYC, a fully functioning house and property that is dependably there for you to enjoy whenever you feel like getting away.

A bonus :fresh organic goods from our farm .We are Members of the New York Farm Bureau.


Manager info

About: A few miles away our 200 acre organic vegetable farm and greenhouses have been in the family for almost a century. We are members of the New York Farm Bureau, and graduates of the Cornell University Master Gardeners Program, among others. We are volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians licensed by the State of New York. We will rescue any animal at any time of day.

Why Malden Bridge, NY, USA:
Welcoming and light-filled, and set amid beautiful open fields, we restored this historic property which was originally a vacation home to the town founders, (c.1850) which is why it is such an elegant home. It was named ' the Nestledown Tea House' by Carrie Johnson and Mabel Weed when they opened it's doors as a 'tea' house during Prohibition. Nestledown has a welcoming grace that charmed it's guests when it opened it's doors almost 100 years ago, and like "Brigadoon" that spell is still there.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Nestledown is a dedicated Guest House,with no one else's personal belongings tucked away to make room for you. Nestledown is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes , as is the entire hamlet . The entire area is filled with charm and history. Most homes in the area date to the 18th and 19th century. There is a waterfall in the center of the Kinderhook creek, wild turkey roosts, cooing mourning doves-- high ceilings and 16 over 16 paned windows, light streaming in , shaded ferns by the screened porch,... Set in the middle of Hunt Country, the property is 3 miles from the center of Old Chatham, with it's very rare 500 foot stretch of private water frontage on the famed Kinderhook Creek. We have specially vetted local services available like child-care/babysitting, pet-sitting, housekeeping, massage, and acupuncture. We can even arrange a tractor pull .(hay ride pulled by tractor) How do we have all these people that we can recommend ? We've been here for over 100 years. Our Summer Private learning sessions were so successful, we are continuing them. You can learn fly-fishing , filleting, and horse-back riding, and Emergency dog care from our skilled team, privately. Your dog will have a secure outdoor kennel with interior access. We supply many of the amenities that responsible and doting dog owner's need, so that you don't have to pack and travel with them. Note: A professional grade steamer that meets NSF standards is used to clean and sterilize the premises.

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Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 50%
Calendar last updated: 03/01/2017

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  • Kitchen Porch wraps around the house. below

    Kitchen Porch wraps around the house. below

  • The South Patio -great place al fresco for dining.

    The South Patio -great place al fresco for dining.

  • Dock overhanging the Kinderhook Creek

    Dock overhanging the Kinderhook Creek

  • Concert quality Parlpiano in Parlor Grand--Listen to it on
 our Facebook link

    Concert quality Parlpiano in Parlor Grand--Listen to it on our Facebook link

  • Master Bedroom is too large to show on 1 photo. please see next photo as well.

    Master Bedroom is too large to show on 1 photo. please see next photo as well.

  • The Mighty Kinderhook Creek

    The Mighty Kinderhook Creek

  • Facing East

    Facing East

  • Green Room

    Green Room

  • 2nd Floor Grey Bath

    2nd Floor Grey Bath

  • Top-Rated for fishing -the Kinderhook Creek !

    Top-Rated for fishing -the Kinderhook Creek !

  • Living Room/Parlordogs. Desk area not visible

    Living Room/Parlordogs. Desk area not visible

  • Large Kitchen With working Hearth opens onto porches.

    Large Kitchen With working Hearth opens onto porches.

  • Kitchen Hearth With Working Fireplace and Dining Area.

    Kitchen Hearth With Working Fireplace and Dining Area.

  • The Mighty Kinderhook Creek, looking East

    The Mighty Kinderhook Creek, looking East

  • Master Bedroom 2nd photo.

    Master Bedroom 2nd photo.

  • Yellow Bedroom.

    Yellow Bedroom.

  • 2nd floor Main Very large Bath

    2nd floor Main Very large Bath

  • Alongside the water is the screened 3 season solarium a cozy place to get away.

    Alongside the water is the screened 3 season solarium a cozy place to get away.

  •  Large Screened Porch.

    Large Screened Porch.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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