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Architect's home with huge bi-level pool, waterfalls, and spa

Bedrooms 6
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

Modern, 6 Bedroom, 4 bathroom resort with pool/spa in secluded woods

Just 90 miles north of New York City, the Shaker House was hand-built over 20 years by architect Fritz Sulzer from IM Pei's Manhattan offices as his personal retirement home, and has a massive two-story pool and a large modern spa.

Blasted from the granite clefts overlooking the main house, the pool area consists of two heated pools, two waterfalls, multiple patios (including one in the water), custom lighting, and a thunderous sound-system that can stream music from any Apple device. It's like a private, 5-star resort was airlifted into the middle of a forest. As one guest commented, 'This isn't a house with a pool. It's a pool with a house!'.

There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in the main house and 1 bed and bathroom in a separate guest house, called the Smoke Shack. Each bedroom is entirely unique:

The Quarry Suite is built into the exposed rock and has a massive attached bathroom, which with an open shower, hand-laid emerald mirrored tile, and waterfall flowing from the exposed rocks is like a mini-spa in and of itself.

The Aviary is a window-lined bedroom on the top floor with a bed that sits on a lofted floor under a skylight and a sleeper sofa and large walk-in closet.

The Nursery is a large, light-filled bedroom with an attached, fully equiped crib room, so new parents can be close to their baby without having to fear going into their bedroom.

The Master Suite has modern, clean lines and a king-size thermarest bed. It's attached to a private, slate bathroom with a large rock-lined shower and brushed nickle fixtures throughout.

Le Petit Boudoir has two custom-built adult-length twin XL beds and a large cedar-lined closet. It's right next to a beautiful french-country bathroom with a large claw-foot tub to relax in.

The Smoke Shack was the original cabin built on the property by Fritz in the 1970s. With its all birch interior, rustic furnishings, loft sleeping area, full bathroom, kitchenette, and a 56' flat screen TV with cable and Apple TV, it is a fully self-sufficent home in and of itself.

There are also multiple common spaces for people to get away:

The Great Room serves and the focal point of the Shaker House and contains four distinct social settings. The TV area has a 60' flatscreen TV with surround sound and a large sectional for seating. The fireside has a large central hearth, a bar, and seating for six. The dining area has a massive custom built cherry table that seats up to 16 people and opens into the kitchen, which is fully stocked with all the appliances, cookware, dishes, and cutlery to prepare a feast for the entire house.

Kids Only is a long playroom on the top floor with a 56' flat-screen TV, cable, Apple TV, Xbox, craft table, tumbling mats, toy-filled shelves and enough pillows and beanbags for up to 12 kids to have a sleep-over they will not soon forget.

The Sun Room, with a wet bar, beverage refrigerator, ice maker, beach towels, and pool-side dishware, serves as the perfect staging area between the house and the pool.

The Library is crafted entirely from cherry, gently lit by the large bay window, and fully wired for internet access.

Whether you're hosting a large family gathering, wedding, or corporate outing, your guests will be delighted by the light-filled modern spaces set against the rustic charm of 25 acres of secluded forest filled with family friendly amenities.

More Details

Jessica and Ryan
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Jessica and Ryan

Ryan and Jessica bought and renovated the Shaker House as a modern and comfortable private retreat from the city. They love to entertain family and friends and understand how difficult it is to find a quality getaway that houses large gatherings. They live and work NYC with their two children.

Jessica and Ryan purchased this house in 2012

Why Jessica and Ryan chose Hudson Valley

We looked all over the Hudson Valley for a home we could enjoy with friends and family on weekends and holidays. We live in NYC and were seeking a place within 2 hours of the city. We looked on both sides of the Hudson River where there are many charming towns and properties, but there was no place we liked more than Red Hook. While other towns feel a bit crowded on the weekends, Red Hook feels undiscovered and quaint. There is one of everything you need -- an ice cream, shop, movie theater, grocery and local bar. But you won't find yourself calling ahead for brunch reservations or spending hours window shopping here. For that, you can simply drive to the next town over. Rhinebeck, with a slightly more populated main street is only 5 miles to the south of Red Hook. Best of both worlds.

What makes this house unique

This home was built as a personal project of a retired architect for his family to enjoy, and it shows. The design of the house is unique and beautiful, paying homage to the rock it was built upon -- slate. Many materials for the home were taken from the surrounding land. The house is built into the rock which you can see protruding into a beautiful bathroom on the main floor. Although the main house sleep 12 people (and 2 more in the guest house), it does not feel too large -- just the opposite. The Shaker house is built with a symmetry and efficiency of space that makes it feel cozy and deserving of a large family gathering. In 2012, we renovated parts of the house and added a pool and spa to the property to make this house truly a destination for relaxation and recreation. We also added an indoor play room for the kids, called 'Kids Only'. This room extends the full length of the house and provides toys, games, TV and sleeping room for kids young and old. When searching for our perfect country home, we looked for a house with character as well as a beautiful design. This house delivers on both fronts. However, the detail that took my breath away was the great room. It is expansive enough to hold a holiday gathering, yet organized into 3 distinct areas, inviting you to relax in 3 different ways (dining, socializing, and media/tv entertainment).


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Red Hook in Dutchess County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Lift
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bathroom accesible from master bedroom.
    Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Main floor bathroom with claw-foot tub.
    Upper Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Full bathroom on top floor.
    Quarry Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Accessible from Quarry bedroom and ground floor entry way.
    Smoke Shack Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Detached guest house comes with a full bath, of course.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Thermarest bed. Attached to a private bathroom.
    Le Petit Boudoir - 2 Single Bed , Extra long twins, suitable for adults.
    Aviary - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Skylight, sleeper sofa, large walk-in closet.
    Nursery - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Large bedroom with adjacent fully-equiped crib room.
    Quarry Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Large ground floor, secluded bedroom with private bath.
    Smoke Shack - 1 Large Double Bed , Detached guest house located 150 yards from main house.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveller reviews)

Architect's home with huge bi-level pool, waterfalls, and spa
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 41 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Nicer than the pictures! Look no further; this is the one. We have a group (typically 8-12 of us) that has been renting houses in the Hudson area for the last few years. This is hands down the best place we've been. We have grown accustomed to small idiosyncrasies and issues with the houses we rent, but this one is flawless.

Some highlights:

-We easily fit 9 of us in the hot tub, and probably could have put another one or two people in without feeling crowded.

-The "quarry suite" needs to be seen to be understood. It is incredible. Showering without a waterfall flowing down a rock outcropping will never be the same.

-The great room allows for large groups to be together, but not on top of one another, and there is ample seating between a sectional, a sofa, armchairs, etc). Additionally, the large dining table allows for everyone to have meals together.

-The fireplace works well and made the evenings nicer (in fact, it works so well we had to turn down the thermostats).

-The massive island in the kitchen is perfect for large meal prep or for laying out a variety of snacks, there's plenty of room to use the kitchen as a hangout space (food never fails to attract, it seems), and the kitchen is fully stocked with ample cookware, utensils, glassware, etc. We even made use of the double ovens, and it has a dishwasher (always necessary for large groups).

-There is an ice maker in the sunroom/downstairs bar area. This is a big deal for large groups, especially when the nearest place to pick up ice requires driving.

-Every bedroom is nice. Many houses have bedrooms and "bedrooms," where small beds are thrown two to four in a room to increase the number of people the house "sleeps." This is not one of those houses. The "smoke shack" is a bit of a misnomer; it's significantly nicer than the name lets on and is more of a lofted bedroom over a livingroom and kitchen. We were worried about who would be relegated to the smoke shack until we saw it. We had volunteers who wanted to spend the night there.

-There is an elevator, a nursery, and a playroom in the house (though we needed none of those), to accommodate any traveler.

-We were here during cold weather, but the pool looks amazing.

I could keep on going. We're already planning out next trip to the Shaker House. Simply incredible!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house! Nice and secluded.

  • 4 of 5

Overall a fantastic experience. I only wish I had more time to stay! Ryan was a great host and was very prompt in answering questions.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

Phenomenal house. Owners are great.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely getaway house for a large group

  • 5 of 5

I rented the Shaker House for a winter weekend getaway with a group of 12 adults for my husband's birthday. There was plenty of space for all of us to sleep, with one couple in the love shack. Dinner at the big table also provided a place for all of us to come together, as did the hearth in the great room. We also enjoyed the hot tub, and hope to come back some time in the summer to check out the pool.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful winter retreat

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and enchanting house and property. Had a wonderful time. The hosts are very helpful and communicative as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house - exceeded high expectations

  • 5 of 5

The Shaker house is a real treat and would undoubtedly be a different experience depending on what time of year you decide to visit. I just returned from a fall weekend with friends and the setting was stunning. The house is really nice inside and extremely spacious. All the photos are spot on and the the grounds are well planned out and much larger than you anticipate. Jessica and Ryan are great hosts - really responsive and helpful with questions prior to staying.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Nearest Airport
102 Miles
LaGuardia, NYC (LGA)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Red Hook Country Club
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Rhinecliff, NY (RHI) Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Taconic Parkway
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Car: necessary

The Shaker House is located between three of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful and charming villages, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Hudson. Each of them has wonderful restaurants, antiquing, and charming walkable town centers with events throughout the spring, summer and fall. Among other recreational pursuits, there is skiing and golf available as well as winery tours and culinary finds. The property sits right between the Catskills and the Berkshires and within driving distance of 8 ski resorts. Windham, Hunter, Plattekill, Belleayre, and Sawkill are to the west and Bousquet, Jiminy, and Catamount are to the east. There are two great golf courses near the house. Red Hook Country club is just 10 miles from the house and has 18 beautifully manacured acres. Copake Country Club, with 18 holes set in the Berkshire foothills and overlooking Copake Lake is just 30 miles to the north. The Shaker House sits right on the Dutchess Wine Trail, south of the Hudson-Berkshire Trail, and North of the Shawangunk Wine Trail for all your tippling needs. If you prefer to enjoy nature, the Shaker House is set on 25 acres of pristine oak and pine forest. Located in the foot-hills of the Taconic Mountains, the property consists of countless granite cliffs that rise to over 800 ft above sea- level at their highest point. Whether exploring the multiple springs and streams in the spring, the dense folliage of the summer, the colors of the fall, or donning snow-shoes or cross-country skis in the winter, hiking is the perfect way to connect with the surrounding natural wonder.

The house is under 2 hours from NYC, and is within 3 miles of the Taconic Parkway.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Red Hook, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Ski Season 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2017 (Pool Open)
26 May 2017 - 22 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
High Summer 2017 (pool open)
23 Jun 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
Harvest 2017 (pool closed)
5 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter 2017 (pool closed
2 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017 (pool closed
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £240
Refundable Damage Deposit £800

Checkin time is 3pm and checkout time is 12pm. All rates are subject to change until confirmation of your reservation. Please don't include children under 10 as additional guests to get an accurate quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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