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Breathtaking Lake and Mountain View 90 Miles From NYC

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Idyllic lakeside country estate to unwind, swim, fish, kayak, bike and hike!

Our picturesque 100 year old Victorian country home is located in the Hudson Valley all on 11 acres, with a breathtaking view of the 125 acre Stissing Lake at the base of Stissing Mountain.

The property includes a main house with 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths plus an additional 2 bedroom 2 bath guest cabin (available for rent separately).

This is our 2nd home not a fancy relais chateaux property. It is not a 'rental property', but it is an extremely comfortable country home decorated with antiques we've collected over the years, a fabulous restaurant kitchen and a spectacular one of a kind lake/mountain view.

Stissing Lake House has personality with an incredibly stocked kitchen for serious cooks. We use the main house many weekends in the summer and occasionally rent it out to guests. We will also consider a swap for a like property in the islands.

Rental package includes use of 3 kayaks, a canoe, fishing rods, swimming platform, dock, 5 adult bikes, 2 children's bikes, wonderful swing set.

Main house: 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps maximum of 12.

Bedroom breakdown:

2nd floor:

Master bedroom: Antique king bed, fireplace & sitting area, connected bathroom with double clawfoot bathtub and separate double shower

Pink room: antique four poster double bed

Peach room: antique double bed (head and foot board)

Green hall bathroom with shower & tub

3rd floor:

Blue bedroom: queen bed, connected bathroom with clawfoot bathtub and hand shower

Yellow bedroom: antique wrought iron queen bed, connected and also hall access bathroom with shower

Green room: 2 single bunk beds + double bed in loft (agile person only)

Our property is in demand, we have repeat visitors every year who find the property worth what we charge. We only offer discounts for longer term stays depending on season as follows:

Weekends Friday/Saturday $2,400 - 3,000; Holiday $4,500

Weekly $4,500 -$6,000

Monthly $18,000 - 22,000

We also offer our Guest Cabin as an additional rental. It is separate and located down the driveway from the main house. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath guest cabin is available depending on time of year from $150 -250/nightly. The Guest cabin has hardwood floors, country kitchen, 2 baths (one with claw foot tub). One bedroom has a double bed, the other bedroom has one double and one single bed.

More Details

Antoinette Bruno
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Antoinette Bruno

Magazine publisher lucky enough to travel the world meeting chefs and tasting their cuisine!

Antoinette Bruno purchased this chateau / country house in 1994

Why Antoinette Bruno chose Pine Plains

With breathtaking views, our little slice of heaven, provides refuge from the rest of life. Enjoy a glass of rose on the porch or swimming dock at dusk to start unwinding. Lie in the hammock, hike Stissing Mountain or the Thompson pond nature reserve, and ride a bike around the lake.

Our property is the perfect venue for an intimate birthday, wedding anniversary or family reunion. We do not host weddings on our property but are happy to host the wedding family for an offsite wedding.

The Hudson Valley is a fabulous region to explore and we are happy to help you organize hiking trips, antiquing excursions, and/or horseback riding all close by.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

125 acre swimming lake (motorized boats not allowed), breathtaking view, 5 adult and 5 children's bikes, fire pit, gigantic 37' Weber Kettle grill, fishing rods, boats lots of boats: kayaks, canoe, paddle boat… all included. (Sailboat available for hire separately).

Fully stocked fabulous restaurant kitchen with 6 burner Jade Range, 24" grill, two ovens, incredible selection of cookware, appliances galore including vitaprep, rice cooker, slow cooker, pancake griddle, chipshot, coffee maker, microwave, and more!


Pine Plains Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check out Trash: Please remove garbage from the house and put into trash cans located on the drive way. Recyclables go lose into Orange lid can.
  • Please close windows when checking out
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1/2 bathroom first floor - toilet
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Double steam shower, claw-foot tub for two
    2nd Floor Bathroom (Green) - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3rd floor (Blue) - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3rd floor (Yellow Room) - toilet , shower
  • There are 4 1/2 bathrooms. Two with clawfoot tubs.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Yellow bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Large white wrought iron queen bed with baby crib
    Green Bedroom - 1 double , 2 bunk bed , One set of bunk beds and a sleeping loft 8 feet in the air
    Blue Bedroom - 1 queen , Ensuite bath with small claw foot tub (no shower)
    Master - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom w/clawfoot tub, bidet, double steam shower
    Peach Bedroom - 1 double , 17th century antique 3/4 spindle bed suitable 5'6 or shorter
    Pink Bedroom - 1 double , 1 child bed , Beautiful 18th century period double bed + small toddler bed
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • 5 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Owners are generally not on premise. We do have an on-premise caretaker who is often away on weekends. House and property ready for guests but rental does not come with on-going service unless previously arranged. If you would like housekeeper or groundsman that can be arranged separately.


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average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Lake, mountain, bonfire, lots of room for family and friends...what more can you ask for!

  • 4 of 5

Fun on the water!

What a great time swimming, kayaking, fishing, etc. We were a group of around 10, including small children and the house easily accommodated everyone. The lovely house is situated right on the lake and could not have been more tranquil. A giant bonfire, BBQ, smores and stargazing at night complemented the daytime activities on the water, the hiking up Mt. Stissing, as well as the excursions to Rhinebeck and environs. Pine Plains is super quaint with some great restaurants and markets and wine shops. Mostly we enjoyed whiling away the days on the porch and the hammock, the cool breeze coming off the lake while the kids played on the lawns and in the water. We cooked up a storm in the commercial-grade kitchen.

Do understand that the house is not new and as such lacks certain mod-cons, but to us this only accented the charm. Suggest a deep cleaning throughout before the busy season next summer as there is some accumulation. Otherwise we were smitten and hope to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jon, Thanks so much for your review! We really enjoyed having you as a guest at Stissing Lake House and are so glad to hear you took advantage of the many available activities. We look forward to your next visit! Cheers, Antoinette
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  • 5 of 5

Great property, incredible kitchen, fantastic pond. Couldn't have been happier.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Matt. Glad your party enjoyed the house and the lake. Come back and visit us anytime! cheers, antoinette
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The beginning of our 50th wedding anniversary year celebration at Stissing Lake House was wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We brought our four chlidren and their children (19 of us) from California to Pine Plains where I grew up to jump start our special anniversary year. The Stissing Lake House and it's guest house were perfect. Antoinette was most gracious and accommodating! Everyone had such a great time with the provided bikes, boats, fishing poles, etc. Hiking, swimming, boating followed by relaxed early evening cocktails lake front or on the lovely wrap around porch, followed by dinner al fresco was magical. Thank you Antoinette😘򖀬

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cindy. I'm so glad you choose to celebrate your 50th Wedding Anniversary with us! We loved having you and enjoyed the glass of wine on the porch getting to know a couple generations of your family and connections to Pine Plains. Please come back anytime!
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Three-generation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a long weekend, with two grandparents, four parents, two toddlers and two infants in tow. Upon arriving, we quickly made a sweep of the house, stowing table-top breakables out of the kids' reach. As you can see from online photos, the house is a gracious, old Victorian. It is also very kid and family-friendly, with plenty of space for everyone to unwind. The young parents, from Manhattan and Brooklyn respectively, took advantage of the outdoors, bicycling the back roads, climbing Stissing Mountain, jogging, kayaking and swimming. The toddlers especially enjoyed the swingset and expansive lawn. In the evenings, we ate family-style in the dining room. A very pleasant experience overall.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our little slice of heaven! We enjoyed having you as our guest and hope you come back and visit us again for your next family retreat! Cheers, Antoinette
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Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

I rented the main house and cottage for a big family reunion and it was really ideal - the wraparound porch is amazing as it overlooks the lake, the kitchen is great for cooking, and the home is beautifully decorated and as advertised. Antoinette was also great - I would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review Larry. We welcome you back anytime! Cheers, Antoinette
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Family Birthday Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I utilized this beautiful property for my 30th Birthday for family and friends. We had an AMAZING trip and Antoinette was so helpful. Throughout the experience, she was always available to answer any questions and very punctual. The house is right on the water with great water activities and swimming, biking, hiking and anything else you can think of. My group attend a polo match at a nearby country club, which was a perfect trip, only 5 mins away. For my trip, the major hit was the kitchen. If you love to cook, as my family does, you'll fall in love with the kitchen. It's restaurant quality and helps when entertaining large groups. All in all, we'll definitely stay at this house again as its perfect for anything you'd like when needing some rest and relaxation.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Stissing Lake House for your birthday weekend. We loved having you as our guest - you left the house better than any guests we've ever had! Our kitchen misses your mom. Please come back and see all the wonderful renovations. Cheers, Antoinette
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stissing House
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Red Hook Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Rhinecliff or Wassaic
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Taconic State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Stissing House
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Linen & Cleaning Fee $500

Our rates are for family and/or friends coming together for a vacation. We will consider small scale events of less than 35 people. We require an event fee and event insurance. Event fees start at $1,000 and go up depending on the number of guests.

Check-in time: 4pm
Check-out time: 11am

Payment due upon booking and is only refundable 30 days prior.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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