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A spacious, secluded home located in the Hudson Valley

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

6 BDR, 3 1/2 BA, outdoor pool, 6 acres of wooded hillside

Top floor has private wing with master bedroom (king size bed) and adjacent twin-bedded room with large bathroom, 2nd master bedroom (king size bed) and 3 additional bedrooms (1 queen bed, 1 with twin and trundle, 1 with twin), and 2 full baths. Beautiful day bed with large picture window looking out over front of property. Downstairs there is a large gourmet kitchen with 6 burner commercial cooktop, double oven and Subzero refrigerator. Separate windowed dining room seats 10. Living room with 42' flat screen TV and fireplace with two separate sitting areas. Windowed Playroom/Media Room with large L shape couch, 50' flat screen TV. Downstairs half bath with washer/dryer. Beautiful in-ground pool with stone deck, large herb/vegetable garden in back yard. Exposed and covered front porches; large back deck. Garage leads directly into mud room. All bedrooms are on second floor. House cannot accommodate more than 10 people.

Nancy Molesworth
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 March, 2018

About Nancy Molesworth

We live in NYC and enjoy weekends and holidays at our lovely country house, nicknamed The Fortress of Solitude. As our children get older, we can't be there as often as we like. We designed the house for cooking, relaxing and entertaining friends who come to visit and never want to leave.

Nancy Molesworth purchased this chateau / country house in 2001

Why Nancy Molesworth chose Rosendale

Our house is perfect for families that want to be together to cook, relax and explore the area - or just stay in. There is much to do nearby, but enjoying time in the house is equally as satisfying. From nearby golf courses, State parks with hiking trails and Hudson Valley farmer's markets, the area is full of things to do and explore.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Whether in front of the fireplace making s'mores and roasting chestnuts in winter or having drinks by the pool while the grill is warming up for a summertime barbecue, we love the house all year round. It's quiet, with only a few deer, wild turkey and red tailed hawks to keep you company, but just 15 minutes from the towns of Stone Ridge and New Paltz. We are about 1 hour 30 minutes from NYC.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Rosendale in Ulster County

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Master bath #1.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Guest bath #1
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Private wing: master bath
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Downstairs bath, with washer/dryer.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom #1
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Guest bedroom #1
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Guest bedroom #3
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Guest bedroom #4
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Private wing: green room includes additional trundle bed.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Private wing: peach room.
  • All bedrooms are on second floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
Set amidst soaring pine and oak trees in six secluded wooded acres, The Fortress of Solitude is ideally located in the Hudson Valley, providing tranquility and relaxation for couples or families.


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A spacious, secluded home located in the Hudson Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for the occasion of our son's marriage in Poughkeepsie. We needed a family place for relaxing and preparing for the wedding. Ten adults shared the house. It was extremely comfortable and very well-appointed; breakfast and lunch on the deck, swimming in the pool, games in the games room and relaxing in the sitting room. There is an enormous amount of downstairs space as well as 4 large double and 2 single bedrooms.

I would not hesitate to recommend this house for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. It was perfect for us.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We WILL be back!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Fortress of Solitude for a family gathering (about 6 adults and 4 kids) and it was PERFECT! The pictures don't do it justice. The house feels spacious and well put together. There are essentially 3 master (larger) bedrooms and three additional bedroom ideal for kids and we all had more than enough space. The "great room" is stocked with tons of toys for various ages, a kids' table, a comfy sectional and TV and a pool table. The kitchen is great for those who love to cook--and the layout made it easy for more than one person to cook/prep. Then there is a separate lounging room/area off the kitchen and a very large dining room. The wood floors are gorgeous, and the upstairs bathrooms (especially the deep tubs and walk in showers) were amazing. The roof deck was perfect for late night star gazing and relaxing. Beautiful pool and separate deck with large table. We loved that we felt very secluded yet were only about 15 minutes from the adorable town of New Paltz, filled with parks, restaurants, and cute shops. We saw countless butterflies and deer on the property too. Also, Nancy was very helpful and attentive. We lost power at the house and she immediately assisted with the power company and house alarm company. All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better stay and will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great space for a big group! Relaxing and peaceful. A true fortress of solitude! Would definitely rebook!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private and Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 1-week getaway. The house is a beauty and pictures don't do it a justice. All rooms are well furnished, the kitchen is professionally equipped, the playroom is to die for, spacious, light with tons of toys. There is enough shadow and seating at the pool area. The backyard covered with fresh grass is large and a pleasure for kids to run around. Location wise - Minnewaska park, New Paltz, grocery shops, 24/7 butcher store (Applestone), a few cute restaurants all within 5-20 min drive - can't go wrong. Nancy is a wonderful host, she always promptly responded and addressed all our inquiries. We would love to come back. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family week!

  • 5 of 5

House was amazing. Great room off the kitchen, full gym in the basement, did yoga on rooftop deck every morning. Pool was perfect. Bedroom and bathrooms fantastic! Loved the week.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leslie M.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently enjoyed a week at this fabulous country home. The wooded and secluded country setting is gorgeous and the house itself is just wonderful with everything you could possibly need and plenty of room for everyone to spread out. The décor is lovely and the photos really don't do it justice. The furnishings and artwork are great, but the house is also very comfortable and liveable. The kids LOVED the huge playroom and of course the pool, the adults loved cooking together and hanging out in the large gourmet kitchen - we even had a master chef contest one night! We ate most of our meals at the large table on the back deck where we enjoyed the cool evenings. Nancy is so helpful and great to deal with and this is one of our most memorable family vacations. Would recommend to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a nice stay! Hope to have you back in the future.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Stewart International Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Rondout Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Amtrak station, Rhinecliff
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Bywater Bistro
Nearest Ski
26 Miles
Hunter Mountain

Our idyllic house is in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Located a short distance from skiing, rivers and the Shawagunk mountains and Minnewaska State Park with hiking, biking, trail walking and wine tasting all in the area. Less than 90 minutes from NYC or Albany, across the Hudson river from Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie and a short ride to New Paltz, Kingston and Woodstock.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Rosendale, New York

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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £71.49
Cleaning Fee (minimum) £180.52

$250 cleaning fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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