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Perfect for large groups! Close to Bard, Apple Farms, Poet's Walk!

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 7 bedroom holiday home in Red Hook - Shepherd's Knoll Family Farm

7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps up to 20! Beautiful country farm setting!

When visiting this area, whether to attend Bard events or a farm wedding, enjoy the award winning farm to table restaurants, hike the Scenic Hudson River's land trusts or tour historic museums, Shepherd's Knoll Family Farm is an ideal place to stay!

Shepherd's Knoll Family Farm is a deceptively large rambling ranch home. The floor plan is open and inviting and mainly one level with two living rooms with fireplaces, two fully equipped country cook's kitchens with everything you need for large family meals and entertaining. Two dining rooms have glass sliding doors that open on to an expansive deck and grilling area, with one step down to a large private yard and seasonal gardens, perfect for relaxing and dining outdoors.

One of three master bedrooms has a dual control sleep number bed, an en-suite bathroom with an oversized jetted tub, dual vanity and separate shower. Another bedroom has a comfortable queen sized Tempur-Pedic bed.

There is a stackable washer and dryer in the utility/pantry closet as well as a full sized washer and dryer in the downstairs laundry room.

For those coming to visit the area, as suggested by Caleb & Sophia, you will be made to feel right at home and we are just over one hour away from the various complexes on the must see tour list!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Lynda Dunckley
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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About Lynda Dunckley

Lynda & Jim Dunckley would like to welcome you to the quaint town of Red Hook in the Mid Hudson Valley region of New York. We strive to make our guests feel at home from the moment they arrive by setting out a welcome basket of fresh, home baked cookies. Once here, we want you to make yourselves comfortable and enjoy all that this special place has to offer.

Lynda Dunckley purchased this house in 1988

Why Lynda Dunckley chose Hudson Valley

This home has always been a gathering place for family and friends. The setting is ideal in that it is private and yet not isolated (great for people use to urban settings), serene and yet vibrant with the abundance of nature all around. Watch our Nubian goats as they play king of the knoll or our babydoll sheep as they contentedly graze in the pasture. We have free range chickens that provide fresh organic eggs that we are happy to share!

We are once again in the process of making this a hobby farm. When we first purchased the property in 1988 we had 10 sheep grazing in the pastures as well as chickens, a goat, five children and the family dog. We found an ideal home for our large family and many memories have been made here of cherished times together! We would like our guests to have the same opportunity to create their own special memories in this comfortable, charming country home.

What makes this house unique

Shepherd's Knoll is located less than 2 miles from the Hudson River and Bard College and 5 miles from the Dutchess County fairgrounds. This inviting rental offers comfort and charm. We are within walking distance to farm market stands and pick yourself orchards. There is also several farm to table restaurants that offer catering, if you really want to have a relaxing stay and want to take a day off from cooking.

We are located just minutes to the villages of Red Hook and Rhinebeck and a short drive to Hudson and Saugerties for a great day of antiquing.


based on 20 holidaymaker reviews

Perfect for large groups! Close to Bard, Apple Farms, Poet's Walk!
average rating of 4.65 based on 20 reviews

Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

My group's stay at Shepherd's Knoll was the most enjoyable VRBO experience I have yet had. The owner's stocked the house with wood, left plenty of necessities and even baked cookies for us! The home is gorgeous inside with more than enough room for two and maybe even three families. All of the mattresses were comfortable, the sauna and hot tub were great amenities to have, and the goats/sheep were very cool!! We will definitely be making Shepherd's Knoll our spot anytime we need a home in the Hudson Valley area!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John for taking the time to write such a nice review and for considering Shepherd's Knoll Family Farm your Home Away from Home! You are a great group and are welcome back anytime! Warm regards, Lynda & Jim
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Wedding Week

  • 5 of 5

We rented Shepherd's Knoll for a week. Our son was married in a nearby town. The whole experience was wonderful! The house was WELL equipped with everything you could think of. Friends and family joined us in our stay. We even had a 3 year old and an 8 month old staying with us, so the pack and play came in handy! We especially enjoyed visiting the animals daily and the fresh eggs that were left for us were great, along with the cookies! We happened on some unseasonably warm weather, so enjoyed the decks, hot tub, and back yard. Very relaxing after a busy week. Thanks to the homeowners for sharing Shepherd's Knoll with us!

Barb and Don

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barb & Don, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. We love when families with young ones stay and we delight to see them enjoy interacting with our sheep, goats and chickens! You could not have had a better week for your son's wedding with the trees ablaze with color and the unseasonably warm temperatures, we are so happy you and your family thoroughly enjoyed your stay. If you ever vacation in the Mid-Hudson valley, we hope you come stay with us again! Warm regards, Lynda & Jim
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Super cosy home with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as part of a small team retreat, and completely fell in love with this lovely home. It has ALL the amenities you can think of (especially if you love cooking as we do). There are some gorgeous sheep and goats you can pet, Lynda graciously provided us with fresh eggs and amazing cookies and the house was so big but cosy. I would definetely recommend this lovely home - Lynda and Jim went out of their way to ensure we had a lovely time. Also, Red Hook has some lovely walks and tasty restaurants to visit if you're interested in exploring.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Leila, we feel that we offer a great lodging option for groups who enjoy spending time together! You and your colleagues were an awesome group and we hope you stay with us again next year! Warm regards, Lynda & Jim
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Our stay at this house was fantastic! Highly recommend Shepherd's Knoll!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great weekend at this home. Thanks to Jim and Lynda for the delicious eggs and cookies. The house was in perfect condition and the weather was beautiful. The house is located nearby some beautiful towns. This is a great space. I highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Carlos, We love our quaint Hudson River town and are so glad you enjoyed the house and surrounding area! We really enjoyed having you, your family and friends stay at Shepherd's Knoll and are welcome back anytime! Warm regards, Lynda & Jim
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Such a wonderful home

  • 4 of 5

There were a total of 18 of us and rented both sides of the "country style" property for my daughters graduation at WP. We had a wonderful stay. Lynda was very welcoming. When we arrived we were greeted with homemade cookies and were also given fresh eggs during our stay. The house was so large and beautiful. Even with a group our size we all had our own personal space. From the game room in the basement, to the rocking chairs on the front porch, to the fire pit in the back yard. I highly recommend this property for relaxing visit. Thank you, Margaret

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Margaret for such a nice review. We are so happy your had a wonderful graduation and wedding weekend at Shepherd's Knoll! If ever you have the occasion to visit the Mid Hudson Valley again, we would love the opportunity to welcome you and your family back as you were such a great group! Warm regards, Lynda & Jim
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Very comfortable, and the kitchen had all the needed cooking utensils, easily found!

  • 4 of 5

Our flute seminar group had a terrific time. The rooms are lovely, elegant and comfortable. The cookies and fresh eggs were fabulous! And everyone enjoyed the friendly goats and sheep. Thank you, Lynda and Jim!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patricia You were a delightful group and we hope you come stay with us again when attending any Bard events! Warm regards, Lynda & Jim
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Newburgh (Stewart International)
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Miles
Bread & Bottle
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Hudson River Maritime
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Red Hook Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Rhinecliff (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 9G
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Flat Iron
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Catamount Ski Area
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Kingston Point Beach

Located in the heart of the Mid Hudson Valley agricultural region with an abundance of organically grown farm markets and roadside stands.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Red Hook, Hudson Valley

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
16 May 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Pet Fee £164
Cleaning Fee £123

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Ensuite master bathroom, oversized jetted tub.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master Bedroom with dual controlled sleep number bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Bunk Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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