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Old Chatham Summer Elegance, Easy Country Home w/ Pristine Natural Swimming

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

SUMMER c. 1850: Large 4 BR/3 Bth; fields, porch, gardens, swim, grill & campfire

Authentic 19th c. SUMMER: Large 4 Bedroom and 3 Bath, endless porches, lush gardens, patio grilling, private swimming, glowing campfire .,Nestledown is an elegant historic country house that distinguishes itself by it's high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and French doors not seen in historic homes in the area.

There is fresh natural swimming, fishing and kayaking in the Kinderhook Creek . Your dog is welcome ! We've got an ultra-secure Kennel that is bigger than a studio apartment !

Nestledown is the perfect easy escape. It is all set up for you, a 'turnkey' country house ,

a place for you to relax, with family , friends, and your dog.

Surrounded by fields, the private property includes both sides of the road and 500 feet of precious private frontage on the Kinderhook Creek. (see pics)

Set in a very rural hamlet setting, there are 3 historic homes in walkable distance. From the kitchen and porches, there is a clear western sunset view of 150 protected acres, a mile of fields before the next homestead. There is just nothing like sunset on the Western porch, with a glass of local wine, and something sizzling on the grill.


Originally built in 1820 and renovated as a second country home in 1850.

After losing their inheritance in the great crash, and during Prohibition, the enterprising ladies opened the Nestledown Tea House.

Nestledown's doors were opened to the public last year for the first time in 100 years.

Nestledown is it's original name. It is a stately Georgian with Palladian windows surrounded by fields. The property includes 500 feet of private frontage on the 40 foot wide flowing Kinderhook Creek. Guests have had private fly-fishing lessons from pros on our team on our own dock, (with great success!)

Patios , porches, lawns and an elegant dock. Apple trees, gardens, kayaking, tubing , rustic outdoor grilling over a fire, or chef-style grilling on the patios, steps away from the wrap-a-round porches.

Across the road that runs through the sleepy hamlet is a 3 season screened solarium by the water's edge, outfitted for casual waterside dining and relaxing.

Ample living room and dining rooms feature a concert grade parlour grande piano surrounded by the original high wainscot from 1850. You must let us know if you need pre-tuning.

Tall French doors open onto the spacious screened garden room, a great place to spread out with a book on a rainy day or entertain with guests.

Nestledown is specially outfitted by dog-lovers to make your stay relaxing.

Go ahead and take your best friend along. There is a large secure kennel, 12 x 18, and their very own doggie door.


Nestledown has four large bedrooms, rare high ceilings.

Three full bathrooms, 2 working fireplaces, 2 covered porches and unobstructed sunset views. Over 150 acre hay fields border 3 acres of park-like lawns, offering you a perfect sunset from both the patios and porches.

Two patios, one outfitted with propane grill, another with a fire pit.

There is a fenced secure 200 sf large kennel, with ramp and doggie door. Ask for what you need we have most everything you can imagine for dogs. There is a small Caretaker's cottage on the property , and we are available for you 24/7.



Brick fireplace and hearth, large , granite tops ,4 x 8 ' center island , all NEW stainless steel,appliances, ice-maker, stainless steel interior dishwasher, large commercial (42'') refrigerator and freezer, microwave , 5 stage in-line filtered water, cabinetry for cookware, glassware, temperature-controlled 48 bottle wine cooler and stocked kitchen.There is a Security Boss pet door opens directly into large secure underwired kennel area and that allows your dogs to go out at will.

Two PORCHES open off of kitchen.

The large chef's kitchen, choices of dining areas, porches, patios, screen room, water's edge, makes cooking a delight and makes memorable meals happen. With a full house , you won't feel crowded.

Office/ Study:

Private entrance, for a longer-term rental this offers a great opportunity for a professional (suitable if you have clients) desk and desk chairs.

Full Bathroom:

Toilet, lavatory, shower, towels

Dining Room :

Dining table and chairs for 6- 8 ,(ask if you need more) floor to ceiling original windows, concert quality Parlor Grande piano (let us know if you plan to play and we'll pre-tune it ) original antique french doors open to large screened porch.

(you can hear the piano's sound quality on our Facebook page link ) We can organize a concert for your entertainment.

The Screen Room:

Fully screened porch with couch, chairs , coffee table, table and seating, ceiling fan.

Living Room:

Large Room with original fireplace, comfortable couch, love-seat, coffee table, desk area and chair, reading chairs, reading lamps, original built-ins, 42 inch flat plasma TV, floor to ceiling windows.

Porches And Patios :

Kitchen opens onto large covered wrap around porches with unobstructed sunset views. Big cushiony deep seating ,eating and dining areas . Quick access from the stovetop to the (organic) herb garden for cooking ,patio with grill, and additional patio.

Cheerful Laundry Room for your use: new front-loading washer and dryer, folding areas, storage cabinets



High ceilings ,14' x 18', 4 post queen bed en suite bath, closet, bureau, private entry hall and private stairway, nightstands, easy chairs.

Second BEDROOM:10' x14, double bed, vanity, dresser , mirrors, lamps, closet, .

Third BEDROOM; 14' x12, queen bed,dresser, lamps , mirrors , closet , bedside tables.

Fourth BEDROOM ; queen bed, closet , desk , chair , dresser,mirror,and vanity.

ALL bedrooms are light filled rooms with high ceilings, large windows,dressers, closets, reading chairs,some with desk areas, large windows, tastefully appointed. Includes linens and towels.



Creek-side 4 season Solarium with cushioned loveseat and easy chairs,cozy blankets for a night with a chill, dining table and chairs and right on the water.

Swimming for your dog.

Large stone fire-pit with ample woodpile.

Outdoor furniture: Cushioned chaises plenty of tables and chair to relax in.


Want to learn how to fish? The mighty Kinderhook Creek is top rated as a trout stream and frontage on the creek is hard to find. With it's pristine swimming areas, and our waterfall

Nestledown has the BEST vetted fly-fishing pros that can give your family a private class to get you started.


Nestledown has other pre-vetted services and learning opportunities to make your stay stimulating, easier and more comfortable.

Pick up some country 'know how'; learn to Fish , fillet, and horseback ride.

We have world class Intro & Instructor level self-defense,(special forces Instructor)

and an opportunity to learn K-9 First Aid from Canine Field Medics that can teach the basics to you and your family.

We also help you with child-care and pet-sitting services, shopping services, house-keeping and rides to Amtrak. Just ask, we want you to be happy.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
1 June, 2017

About JJ

A few miles away our 200 acre organic vegetable farm and greenhouses have been in the family for almost a century. We are members of the New York Farm Bureau, and graduates of the Cornell University Master Gardeners Program, among others. We are volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians licensed by the State of New York.

We will rescue any animal at any time of day.

Why JJ chose New York

Welcoming and light-filled, and set amid beautiful open fields, we restored this historic property which was originally a vacation home to the town founders, (c.1850) which is why it is such an elegant home.

It was named ' the Nestledown Tea House' by Carrie Johnson and Mabel Weed when they opened it's doors as a 'tea' house during Prohibition.

Nestledown has a welcoming grace that charmed it's guests when it opened it's doors almost 100 years ago, and like "Brigadoon" that spell is still there.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Nestledown is a dedicated Guest House,with no one else's personal belongings tucked away to make room for you.

Nestledown is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes , as is the entire hamlet .

The entire area is filled with charm and history.

Most homes in the area date to the 18th and 19th century.

There is a waterfall in the center of the Kinderhook creek, wild turkey roosts, cooing mourning doves-- high ceilings and 16 over 16 paned windows, light streaming in , shaded ferns by the screened porch,...

Set in the middle of Hunt Country, the property is 3 miles from the center of Old Chatham, with it's very rare 500 foot stretch of private water frontage on the famed Kinderhook Creek.

We have specially vetted local services available like child-care/babysitting, pet-sitting, housekeeping, massage, and acupuncture. We can even arrange a tractor pull .(hay ride pulled by tractor)

How do we have all these people that we can recommend ?

We've been here for over 100 years.

Our Summer Private learning sessions were so successful, we are continuing them.

You can learn fly-fishing , filleting, and horse-back riding, and Emergency dog care from our skilled team, privately.

Your dog will have a secure outdoor kennel with interior access. We supply many of the amenities that responsible and doting dog owner's need, so that you don't have to pack and travel with them.

Note: A professional grade steamer that meets NSF standards is used to clean and sterilize the premises.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Malden Bridge in Columbia County

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1st Floor Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located on 1st Floor, perfect for Guests
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Generously-sized w/Easy Chair.Dual access. Priv Master entry
    Earlier Wing (1820) Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Dual access. Alternate private entry through Master Bedroom.
  • 12' x 14' 2nd Floor Bathroom in the New Wing, (1850).
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Extra Guest - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen Sleep Sofa /possible 2 extra guests
    Blue - 1 Large Double Bed , 12' x 14' , high ceilings, closet, desk, side table,vanity
    Yellow Rm - 1 Large Double Bed , Bright,12' x 14', closet, dresser, vanity, lamps easy chair
    Master - 1 Large Double Bed , 18' x 14',closet,2 sitting areas,lamps,nightables, priv. bth
    West view - 1 Double Bed , 14'x10', vanity, closet, lamps, side tables, sunset view
  • All bedrooms are light-filled , high ceilings with large windows ,have closets, bureaus, reading lamp & chair, fresh linens, bedding, and extra blankets, and original wide board pine floors. See our photos.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We have vetted these Special Personal Services as a response to our guest's needs: Chauffeur, Massage, Acupuncture, Pianist , Child-care, Pet-sitting, Fly-fishing, filleting, Animal Tracking( 200 acres for this at our family Farm, Extremely high quality Self-Defence Instruction,( many styles , many levels), Horseback Riding, and grocery shopping to stock the house in advance. We Use a Commercial Steam Cleaner That Meets NSF Sanitizing Standards used throughout the house.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Country House

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at this house. We were in the area to see our grandson perform at the Mac Hayden Theatre which is about a 15-20 drive from the house in Chatham. 4 adults and 4 children were quite comfortable. The patio and porch were favorites. And our two youngest grandchildren and their dad loved wading in the stream. Because of our time in Chatham at shows we didn't spend a lot of time hanging around the house. We did make a couple of side trips, too, to Hyde Park, to Vassar College and to the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Mass. It was a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What's in the pictures is what we got. Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 weeks!! Fred and JJ could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Old Chatham and the entire area are wonderful, relaxing and restorative.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely house, lovely yard, complete relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely rental. It may in fact be the nicest rental I've ever had. The amenties abound, including an impressively outfitted kitchen, an amazing dog run accessible through a doggy door in the kitchen, a range of yard, patio and porch seating, and an absolutely lovely gazebo by the water. Then there are all of the thoughtful touches- tissues in the bathrooms, wonderful shower and bathroom amenities and plenty of towels. As a city apartment dweller, the laundry room may have been my favorite room in the house! To say it is dog friendly is simply not enough- the owners are straight up dog obsessed, which goes a long way in making this a comfortable retreat with the pooch, She LOVED swimming in the creek. This is such a relaxing and beautiful property. The beds are comfy, there are window units in all of the bedrooms, and surpisingly noise does not travel. It was quite easy to sleep late despite my 4 year old neighbor who tended to rise around 7am. Very relaxing retreat and the owners are so thoughtful. I can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful House in Columbia County

  • 5 of 5

Our family first rented Nestledown Tea House for several weeks in the summer. We found both the house and the area so pleasant that we rented it again for several weeks in the fall.

The photos of the house are accurate. It is spacious and comfortably furnished. The grounds are even more pleasant than the photos convey and are immaculately kept. The outdoor furniture is plentiful. We especially enjoyed spending time on the west facing porch which provides a tranquil view as well as shelter from both sun and rain.

Jodi and Fred could not have been nicer or more accommodating. They responded immediately to any requests we made. We hope to return to Nestledown Tea House again and recommend it wholeheartedly.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 3 adults and 3 children (ages toddler - 9 years) had a wonderful time at this beautiful property. We loved the historic house and its amazing upgrades and quirky corners. Even more lovely than the website pictures. Jody and Fred were extremely accommodating, going so far as to haul a sturdy old fashioned crib out of their attic at 10 pm and steam clean it before setting up (I had neglected to reconfirm the crib for our arrival). The creek across the street (private dock and clearing in the woods) was terrific, and our kids really enjoyed their fishing lesson that Jody arranged (each caught a delicious fat trout)! There is a small room off the kitchen that makes a perfect office (desk, etc), and the high quality piano in the dining room was a nice treat for our family of musicians. Kitchen was well stocked and cooking was no problem. The multiple outdoor living areas (3 porches, patios, tree hammock swing, front benches...) also added to the pleasure of our stay, there was always a new place to sit and relax.

It's very rural and you have to drive 15 minutes or so to get almost anywhere, but so many locations are within 30 minutes that it's relatively convenient if you don't mind driving. We spent a great deal of time in the Massachusetts Berkshires (Tanglewood, Shakespeare and Co, Jacob's Pillow, etc). My girls cried when we left. Hope to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A relaxing time!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two weeks and had a great time. Some of the time was spent with just my husband and I, but we also hosted our adult children over the weekend. Everyone loved the house, the grounds and the amenities. We were able to bring our dog with us, which is a rarity. She was very happy and the owners are very dog friendly and accommodating of dogs! The house is spacious and comfortable with every imaginable amenity available. We loved being able to have our morning coffee either on the screened in porch or outside on the patio. We spent several afternoons sitting in the Adirondack chairs reading. The area is wonderful, too. We traveled into the Berkshires several times - only a short drive away. We took several hikes in the Chatham area. We explored Hudson and its art and restaurants. We would like to go back sometime and bring our bikes and also do some kayaking. This house and the owner, Jody, provided a comfortable, quiet place for us to be in the midst of a multitude of things to do, if one wishes. I can imagine that it would be a great place in the fall and winter. The house has an interesting history that the owner will share with you. The owners met us when we arrived and were very attentive to one small issue we had. It was resolved quickly. They couldn't have been nicer!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Jackson's Chatham House, Old Chatham Country Store
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Kinderhook, 3 mi. Winding Brook Country Club
Nearest Train
23 Miles
35 min to Amtrak in Hudson, 2 hrs to NYC
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Taconic Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Dining at Jackson's & Old Chatham Store & Cafe
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Private Cross Country; 7mi, Jiminy Peak-25 mi
Nearest Beach
Private Swimming /Dock on River( Kinderhook )
Car: necessary

Set in the hunt country of Columbia County in an area of rural roads meandering through historic hamlets and villages.

The Kinderhook Creek ranges from 2 feet to 20 feet deep , this river-like creek offers pristine swimming , fishing and kayaking .

Private fly-fishing , self defense private instuction (by Special Forces trainer that we are lucky enough to know), horseback riding by pre-vetted Professional insiders available for you and your family. Inquire if interested.

This property and it's surrounding immediate area are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Five minutes to the hub of Old Chatham, 10 minutes to Chatham, and take a 25 minute drive to Hudson for dinner and a show.

The sheep cheese-making farm is a few minutes drive.

There's a new brewery on a back road in addition to local wineries.

As the harvest comes in we are happy to fill your table with the freshest happy eggs, and organic vegetables.

This area abounds in wildlife,

flea markets ,auctions, antiques, , fly-fishing, and locally grown food, working farms, corn fields , pristine swimming, peace, quiet,... and your dog is safe and welcome here.

There's a super secure kennel that's larger than some apartments ,pet-sitting, and emergency services.

A dependable escape from NYC, a fully functioning house and property that is dependably there for you to enjoy whenever you feel like getting away.

A bonus :fresh organic goods from our farm .We are Members of the New York Farm Bureau.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Malden Bridge, USA

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £82 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £379.05
Property Damage Protection £75.05
Final Clean-up fee £246.38 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Available for weddings and special occasions.
Discounted rates for entire season. Minimum Rental 1 week.
We are very Pet Friendly , will pet-sit your pets if needed.
We are licensed Canine and Human EMTs and will arrive in minutes if your pet needs help.

Please do not misunderstand our final clean-up fee.
The property must be returned to us in the clean condition in which you receive it.
Our final clean-up fee is for commercial 240 degree steaming and sterilizing of beds, bathrooms and fridge so that
everything is germ free after every stay and ready for our next guests.

There is absolutely NO SMOKING in the house, on the porches or near any structures.
If there is any evidence of smoke , additional charges apply. Please don't smoke!
Please read contract.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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