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

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday home in Red Hook - Shaker House

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Jessica and Ryan
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016

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).


based on 34 holidaymaker reviews

Architect's home with huge bi-level pool, waterfalls, and spa
average rating of 4.882353 based on 34 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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A wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property with a ton of interesting features. The pool is massive and very cool. The overall outdoor space is wonderful, it's great having the grill and hot tub so close to the house.

The interior is super convenient and beautiful. The great room was awesome for our group of 10, plenty of space to spread out and have fun. All of the bedrooms are spacious and well equipped. The bathrooms are great, each with their own character.

Ryan was a great host, answered all our questions and was very accommodating. This is a really unique awesome property with great hosts, highly recommend for big groups or families.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house for holiday reunion!

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time in this big house with our group of 14 + small kids. Nice sized kitchen, big dining space, and big gathering space with enough room for everyone. The play space was perfect for the kids, and the quarry room added so much character. Unfortunately, we were there in the winter so we couldn't enjoy the amazing pool. The Smoke Shack was also a great option for anyone looking to take a break. The only issue we ran into was that the internet was a little slow; streaming Netflix wasn't too bad, but we had some buffering issues while trying to watch sports. I'd also recommend AWD to make sure you have no issues getting to the house and up the driveway if you're coming in the winter.

Ryan was very responsive and a pleasure to deal with. Overall it was a great time!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Fantastic Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

This was my first experience using Home Away and we hit the jackpot! The Shaker house is just lovely and was the perfect size for our group of five couples. Sure there are small things such as the kitchen needs a bit of updating and the one room off of the living room could easily be another bedroom but the house is open and spacious with surprisingly delightful architectural details such as the rock waterfall in the lower level bath! The Gem of this property is the amazing pool area! A short walk up the beautifully landscaped stone stairway takes you to a simply breathtaking expansive tiered pool with a waterfall, adequate deep end, and infinity edge into a lower pool. We ended up canceling a few of the excursions we had planned just to stay at the pool as the weather for our entire week was fantastic! Taking a short ride into town we found more than adequate shopping for grocery and other needs. The owner Ryan was very helpful with all questions I had during the initial inquiry and everything was smooth from Booking to Check out. I highly recommend this property and look forward to our next visit! Thank you again Ryan and Jessica!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful retreat in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

The Shaker House is quite a special home in the Hudson Valley. Our family gathered to celebrate our daughter's graduation and being able to stay together in such an amazing home was great. The house and grounds are beautiful and the magnificent pools were icing on the cake. Everything was very well cared for and the owners were most welcoming. We wished we could have stayed forever.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We searched for months to find the right house to stay in for our son's graduation from West Point. We had family members traveling 14 hours to join us and we wanted to find something that would add to the incredible memories we would have during grad week. This house was perfect!! We loved the home, the surrounding property and the "Smoke Shack". As stated in some of the other reviews, the pictures do not do it complete justice. It truly is a special place to stay. Our family enjoyed their own bedrooms, the communal areas, the outdoors...we had all wished that we could of stayed a couple more days to just enjoy the house without having to go anywhere. Thank you to Ryan and family for sharing this wonderful home with us renters!!

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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, Hudson Valley

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Winter (pool closed)
3 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving (pool closed)
23 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays (pool closed)
16 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
Ski Season 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £41 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 £41 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 £41 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 £41 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 £41 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017 (pool closed
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £819
Cleaning Fee £246

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.

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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

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