About Kate Wood
A HomeAway member since 2014, Kate is dedicated to preserving the character of the Germantown area by working with property owners to rehabilitate, maintain, and make their homes available for short-term rentals. Kate holds Master’s degrees in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia University. The owner of "Longview" is an artist who divides her time between New York City and Germantown. She purchased the house for its incredible views, and maintains an active studio on the premises.
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It's all about the landscape!
The renowned Hudson River mansions which range north and south of this house were designed around their famously poetic views of the River and the mountains beyond. This is a farmhouse, and so does not have the long approach road typical of its grand neighbors (since it is close by the street). Nevertheless, the views over its pond, a red barn (in just the right state of dis-repair), the Catskill Mountains and acres of land rolling down to the Hudson are the full equal of any of the adjacent estates. One visitor marveled with us at the changing colors and rhythms of the view through dinner, and then came back the next day to paint it! No photos can do these views justice. Even if you never leave the house, the view alone -- well perhaps with a glass of wine -- will be enough to fill your days.
Unlike many rentals, this house is finely appointed with furniture of great charm, perfect beds, wonderful finishes and a real cook’s kitchen. As a professional preservationist I would prefer more traditional siding, but that quibble does not diminish the experience of the house.
The location is close to perfect, convenient to our favorite towns of Rhinecliff, Hudson, Saugerties & Red Hook, each with its own distinct style. Otto’s Market in Germantown, the dream of a country grocery, is minutes away. Historic mansions within spitting distance include Olana, the Cole House, Clermont, Wilderstein, the Mills Mansion and more.
If the owners read this, they should call us if they ever decide to sell. In the meantime, we will rent again with joy.
Perfect Hudson Valley escape ...
We can't wait to come back again! The farmhouse is the perfect place for a getaway. The house is beautifully furnished and has everything you could ask for -- including anything you might need in the kitchen for cooking or assembling a picnic (pots, pans, cutting boards, etc). Breakfast on the screened in porch overlooking the pond can't be beat. And there are lots of comfortable couches and chairs in the house to hang out and read. Pure relaxation! The house is also very conveniently located to Germantown, which has some cute antique stores and a general store. And it's also only 10 minutes from Hudson, which has great restaurants and shops of all kinds. Check-in/out was incredibly easy at the farmhouse.
A beautiful house, an incredible weekend!
My husband and I loved staying here. The house was clean, spacious, and tastefully decorated (and full of great art!). We loved making dinners, sitting on the screened in porch in the evening, and were totally blown away by the spectacular views. It was a 4 minute drive to the quaint center of Germantown, and about a 10 minute drive to Hudson. This would have also been a great house to come with friends as there were several sleeping options. This is a fantastic place to spend a restorative weekend upstate. We hope to come back!
You were ideal guests! Thank you for your kind words and for treating this home with warmth and respect. We look forward to hosting you again.