About the property
- House2200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
This Elegant Historic Home Is A Peaceful Retreat With A Swimming Pond.
The Hart-MacGiffert House is a three bedroom pristine historic home on 35 open and wooded acres minutes from central Hudson. If was a featured home on a recent historic home tour. http://www.historichudson.org/HHTour2009.pdf.
Furnished with antiques, with working fireplaces, a lovely kitchen with an original bread-oven, dinning room and living room, the house is an elegant relaxing home away from home. In addition to its many historic details, the house offers contemporary living amenities including High Speed Internet (WiFi), HiFi, flat screen TVs in living room and Bedrooms, and a new washer/dryer.
The home, which is accessed by a long private drive, backs on to the 700+ acre Greenport Conservation areas with trails to the Hudson River.
The property offers opportunities for walking, mountain biking and summer swimming and kayaking in the 2/3 of an acre pond. With a neighboring kids-friendly town park, walk to Friday evening summer concerts or picnic on the Greenport Conservation trail, or visit charming City of Hudson or the Catskills Mountains.
The marble-tiled bathrooms and bedrooms (two with Queen/Full sized beds and one with two singles) are beautifully decorated.
Enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring, fireflies in June, cool swimming in the summer, the leaves changing in the fall, and cross-country skiing in the winter. With central heating and cooling the house offers all season comfort.
We rent the home for a limited number of days during the year. If you are genuinely interested in the house and have read the description, please feel free to reach out to us.
Please do not include the house as part of multiple location requests. We respond within 24 hours. We require a minimum of two weeks advance notice for bookings.
This is a family house, suitable for a family or two couples with children. It is not for shares or events.
Sorry, we do not accept dogs to protect our 210 year-old original hardwood floors.
Please note: We are a strictly no shoes (we provide slippers), no smoking house and property. While the house will be thoroughly cleaned prior to guests arriving, we have cats, so if you are allergic this may be a consideration. We do bee-keeping. We have bee-hives in our back field which are pretty far from the house.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 11, 2018
About Simon Locke
I returned to the U.S. in 2006 after 10 years in Asia where I met my wife. As someone who grew up in the U.K., I have always had a deep appreciation for historic homes. Over the last eight years, we have worked to maintain and open up the land around the house. I am a bee-keeper and big gardener. Visitors will likely be the beneficiaries of home grown vegetables in summer.
Simon Locke purchased this House in 2005
Why Simon Locke chose Lorenz Park
Twenty-five years ago I rented a home with friends in near by Claverack and fell in love with the area. When I was looking to purchase a home, we found the house and fell in love with it. It's been a labor of love ever since. There was also a very pragmatic reason for choosing the area - it's very convenient to get to from New York. Door-to-door its a 2 hr drive from the center of Manhattan and most importantly, there is almost never any traffic on the Sawmill and Taconic Parkways. The train is also very convenient. It is 2 hours from NYC to Hudson Station. (Extra bonus is that, since the railroad runs all the way along the Hudson River, you can enjoy a beautiful view of river). Hudson Station is about 7 minutes (by car) from the house. If you want, it is possible to take a Taxi from the station to the house and not have a car (if you are willing to walk and bike). It is also very convenient for food shopping with a supermarket within walking distance.
What makes this House unique
It is rare for a historic home to be set back from roads and to be as original as The Hart-MacGiffert House. Since the house was once a farm house, it is approximately 300 yards from the nearest road ensuring peace and quiet, yet it is also minutes from Hudson. It offers the best of both worlds. Backing onto 700+ acres of protected land means that the house is a mecca for wildlife, woodchuck, geese, wild turkeys, rabbits and deer in particular. We can also walk out of the house onto long trails suitable for walking, picnicking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A Lovely Fall Getaway
I stayed here with family during a weekend in the fall, and it was absolutely beautiful. The house is historic and filled with original details. Simon met us to give us a tour of the property, and was incredibly communicative through the whole process. We had such a great time sitting out on the Adirondack chairs overlooking the pond with a cup of coffee and watching the leaves fall. Highly recommend!
Everything necessary for a perfect Hudson Holiday
We rented Simon's home to stay in during an upstate wedding. His house was beautifully furnished, comfortable and well-suited for our group of three adults and three (youngish) children. The area directly around his home was scenic and included hiking trails plus a great park (with playground for the kids). Simon was very responsive and accommodating. For example, we lost the keys within 1 hour of arrival and he was very cool (and helpful) about our buffoonery. Hudson's main district was a quick drive away. We would love to return to experience other seasons, ESPECIALLY Autumn!
Classic American Weekend - Modern Comforts
We had a great time staying here this August - it's a classic American home with all of the modern comforts. The house is over 200 years old, for those who love a sense of history and place, but the two (very large) bathrooms have been completely modernized, and there are televisions in all three bedrooms, as well as WiFi throughout the house. It's about a five minute drive to the main street (Warren St.) in Hudson, so the town is at arm's length, and this is your quiet retreat at the edge of town after a long day of sightseeing/shopping/eating the best of NY state. The setting is quiet and bucolic, but, if you find yourself in need of sundries, you'll find some major chains five minutes away. Simon was a great host, and met us at the house to give us a quick tour of the property and some tips for exploring the local area. I highly recommend this to any family or group looking for a bit more space, and a relaxing place to walk/take in nature/play board games and drink wine for at least part of their trip upstate!
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
Lovely traditional house in quiet surroundings
We came for an Easter weekend trip as a group of 3. The house is in very calm surroundings. Simon was very attentive in showing us around. Lovely spot that I'd wholeheartedly recommend.
A great find!
Property owner was welcoming and available.Great location, access to swimming /fishing pond and mountain bikes.
Highly recommended for a family of five.
A great way to visit the town of Hudson!
My family and I loved staying at this beautiful home. Many of the home's features are original (bread oven, servant's quarters, front door lock with original key!), making it a fascinating place to stay for anyone interested in architecture/design. The grounds are very large and provide lots of space to run. There are gardens, beehive boxes, a quaint pond, and many paths through the woods to explore. For those coming with small children, there is a wonderful playground 5 minutes walk away.
Thank you Julia, it was our great pleasure having you and your family. Simon & Rika
The house is surrounded by 35 acres of park-like land located minutes from upcoming City of Hudson with its restaurants, entertainment, shopping, antique and design shops. It is minutes from the New York Firefighters Museum, the world-renowned home of painter Frederick Church, Olana, and his mentor's home Thomas Cole. A short drive away are the beautiful Hudson River homes: Clermont, Montgomery Place and the Vanderbilt House. Across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge take Route 23B up to Catskill Park to see Kaaterskill Falls, the highest waterfall in New York State, and North South Lake the location of the former Catskill Mountain House overlooking breathtakingly beautiful lakes and panoramic views of the Hudson Valley.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change prior to confirmation of bookings. The house is 200 years old and although beautiful is not perfect. Guests are required to read the house rules and use the property at their own risk. When booking the property, a renter will be considered to have accepted the terms and conditions of the rental on behalf of their guests and anyone they invite onto the property.