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Blissful 1848 Farmhouse, vegetable garden, swim pond, screen porch

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Red Hook

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-13)

Wonderful restored 1848 farmhouse with swimming, canoeing, fishing & ice-skating pond in an idyllic, 11-acre setting. Four bedrooms, four baths, huge chef's kitchen with Vulcan restaurant stove, organic vegetable garden from which you are welcome to harvest during the summer bounty, screen porch, wood-burning fireplace, swing, sports field, tree house,, diving dock on the pond. Located in Dutchess County, an hour and a half's drive from the George Washington Bridge. A great getaway for families with kids, groups of friends, writing groups or reading groups — anyone looking for a quiet retreat at any season of the year — the 3,000+ square foot house easily sleeps 10, and can accommodate up to 13 on daybeds and a comfortable queen sleeper. It is particularly perfect for groups who like to cook and eat large meals together.

The house is on a back road used by only a few cars each day. It has four bedrooms, two with queen-sized beds and two with up to three twin beds each, four bathrooms with showers, one large soaking tub, and a queen sleeper sofa in front of the fireplace. There is wi-fi throughout, and a television set for watching DVDs in the downstairs bedroom. The kitchen includes a restaurant-quality Vulcan stove, Subzero refrigerator, dishwasher, two sinks, and all standard cooking implements including coffee maker, Breville toaster oven, Cuisinart and ice cream maker. In addition to the large table in the dining room which seats up to 12 people, there are dining tables on the screen porch, the upstairs deck, and the pond's diving dock, and a large picnic table outside the kitchen. There is a large-capacity washer and dryer in the basement.

Within easy walking distance of Another Fork in the Road, one of the best diners in the Hudson River Valley, the house is convenient by car to the villages of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, the Rhinebeck County Fairgrounds, Montgomery Place, Poet's Walk, Clermont, the Bard College campus with its summer arts festival at the Fisher Center and its world class Hessel Art Museum, Innisfree Gardens, blueberry picking at Greig Farm, cherry and pumpkin-picking at Rose Hill Farm, the antique stores of Hudson, the Millbrook wineries, and much, much more.

For hiking and mountain biking, try nearby Ferncliff Forest, where there's a superb view of the entire Hudson River Valley from the lookout tower. Or, for a more rigorous climb which also ends with a lookout tower, there is Stissing Mountain. For easier cycling, great for beginning bikers, there's the idyllic Harlem Valley Rail Trail in nearby Millerton.

Keywords: farmhouse, swim pond, vegetable garden

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Esther Allen
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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About Esther Allen

We live and work in New York City where our children go to school; we purchased the house in the country when they were very young as a place for them to run and play. It has been a cherished refuge for the last decade. We love to read, play games, and cook and the house furnishes lots of opportunity for all three activities. We've had many large family reunions there and it is an ideal spot for a family gathering or for a large group of friends to get together.

Esther Allen purchased this farmhouse in 1999

Why Esther Allen chose Hudson Valley

The Hudson River Valley is one of the most beautiful spots on earth -- it rivals such famed locales as Tuscany and California's Napa Valley in the beauty of its landscapes and the superb local food. I have lived in France, and the grand estates along the Hudson River remind me of the châteaux of the Loire Valley. There is a sense of history and rootedness there that we cherish. Milan, where our house is, retains an unspoiled agricultural beauty that makes it one of the most idyllic locations in the Valley.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our favorite summer activity is diving off the diving board into the pond on a hot day and having a long swim in the pond. Canoeing and fishing are a close second, and younger visitors always love catching salamanders along the stream. We go on long bike rides, make bouquets out of the many flowers growing in the flowerbeds, and harvest vegetables from the vegetable garden for completely local home-cooked meals. We really enjoy the local farm stands and farmers markets, and wine tasting at the many vineyards in the area, as well as concerts at the nearby Fisher Center and the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center. In summer, we love going to the drive-in movie theatres in Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie; in winter we go skiing at one of the local ski areas or ice skating on the pond then come in to a roaring fire in the fireplace.


based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

Blissful 1848 Farmhouse, vegetable garden, swim pond, screen porch
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Totally awesome.

  • 5 of 5

We were three families, each with two kids, for a wedding weekend, and the house was just perfect for that. The pond was a wonderful feature and we enjoyed it a lot. Great beach, diving board, raft, etc.

The spaciousness of the layout and the rooms was really good for a number of people, and the kitchen was fantastic. A great place for people to congregate and cook.

The only blemish was that we couldn't get the coffee maker to work. Easily fixable.

It is a wonderful property for a great group experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming home, charming owner

  • 5 of 5

The property was just perfect, totally charming and elegant without being at all stuffy, absolutely comfortable, and a great location, just a short drive to either Red Hook or Rhinebeck and a short walk to a great local restaurant. That said we didn't eat out much because the house itself was such a magnificent place to cook (I can't say enough about the fab kitchen-- fully stocked with pots/pans/tools and an awesome commercial stove/oven) and eat (screened porch at night, picnic table off the kitchen for our morning coffee etc,, and full dining area with large table when the weather was less forgiving). Esther was a perfect host, always available, delightful, knowledgeable. The grounds are huge, beautiful and truly private. We hope to be back early and often!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Idyllic Perfection

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough wonderful things about this property. The house is super cozy with an effortless blend of country kitsch and subtle elegance. Our favorite room was the screened porch, which is perfect for after dinner drinks or games, and the oversized chef's kitchen is another highlight. The grounds are huge, with a big raised dock (we had dinner out there and it was magical), diving board, canoe, wooden raft, swing, vegetable garden (we harvested fresh kale and basil for a homemade pesto and sampled fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and sugar snap peas) and firepit. The master bedroom and downstairs are room are both extremely spacious, while the other two rooms (with an adjoining bathroom) are cozier, but still lovely. We had a few questions about the place when we arrived and the owner could not be nicer or more prompt. Red Hook and Rhinebeck are a short drive away, and there is a lovely farmer's market on Fridays in Milan. Some of our favorite spots were The Burrito Stand, Bread Alone and Hudson Valley Distillers. We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of kind

  • 5 of 5

We have visited the house again and again and still think it is the best one in the Hudson Valley.

The house itself is so specious, filled with light and very welcoming. It can comfortably sleep 10 people, if opening the sofa beds even 14. Our favorite parts are the master bedroom and of course the kitchen! The kitchen is large, overlooking the pond, with a restaurant grade oven and range. It can host many people for the best friends and family cooking together feasts.

The property is enormous and has so much to offer: from a vegetable garden to a tree house. The best part is of course the beautiful pond where one can swim in the summer and ice skate during winter, or just take a walk around it and get inspired.

The house is fifteen minutes drive from Red Hook and Rheinbach with world class dining, antique shops, and farmers market. 'Another Fork In The Road' restaurant is real gem just few minutes walk.

We've been coming for summer vacations when we were swimming, kayaking and taking walks, as well as winter vacations when we were sledding with the kids, walking on the icy pond, and sitting in front of the fire place.

We can't wait to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Perfect house

  • 5 of 5

Best house we stayed in so far, this is a beautiful house, with lots of space

Owner is really nice and accommodating.

The master bedroom is so beautiful, including a jacuzzi and a steam room.

And a beautiful view.

We spend a weekend, there was lot’s of snow outside and the kids went out sledding and playing, it was real winter fun.

There is a fire place and the lace feels so cozy, the house is well heated and everything just works.

Large great kitchen with everything in there, The kitchen stove is a masterpiece – so much joy to cook in there – nothing is missing.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenlawn, NY

Perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We've had an annual reunion at Pond Bliss for the last five years. This is a wonderful home - very private, but only about 10 minutes away from shopping. The owner is extremely nice and accommodating. This has all the amenities you would want, including a beautiful pond.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Stewart International Airport, New Windsor, NY
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Red Hook Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak, Rhinecliff, NY
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Taconic State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Another Fork in the Road
Nearest Ski
32 Miles
Catamount Ski Area, Hillsdale, NY
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Red Hook, Hudson Valley

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1 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
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23 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
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22 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £123
Refundable Damage Deposit £410

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Red Hook in New York

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (6), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private swim pond with diving dock (good for ice skating under the right winter conditions}, stocked with bass and sunnies for fishing, canoe, floating dock private playground with swings, slides and football lawn, extensive flower beds, badminton set and lawn, and, in summer/fall, a bountiful organic garden.

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