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Sweeping Hudson River and Highlands views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sunny views with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and elevator, pets welcome.

Drive up one of the few remaining unpaved roads in the area and up the hill to our beautiful home. Positioned on 10 acres on Mt Taurus, feel like you are in a secluded mountain retreat and yet you are only a short walk from the historic village of Cold Spring.

Our dream home comfortably sleeps 7 and up to 9 in a pinch. Wake up to the sunrise and a beautiful view of the Hudson River; the master bedroom, upstairs, has a queen bed and its own full bath.

Downstairs, the guest room has a full bed, its own porch and incredible views of the river. Adjacent to the guest room is family room with a wood burning fireplace, cable TV, a queen sofa bed and a twin bed tucked into its own alcove, perfect for kids.

Going back upstairs, through the 2 story greenhouse, an indoor garden of Eden, one finds the great room. Gaze out through the fully opening accordion windows to Hudson River and Highlands, Constitution Marsh and West Point. With a wood burning fireplace, cable TV and a gourmet kitchen, including Viking range, french door Jennair refrigerator and all the smaller appliances you could need, your vacation will be compete. Above the kitchen is a craft room with a full size futon, in case you need to sleep a couple more.

Back into the greenhouse and this time out the back door, across the bridge and into the secret garden. From there you can hide away, sip some wine, listen to the birds and savor quiet conversation. If you are lucky, you will see a fox or deer coming down the hillside. Downstairs there is a gathering area with a stone barbecue and fire pit where you can relax, enjoy the view including the train in the distance coming into town. There are 2 covered porches where you can sit and rock or eat a great home cooked meal, all while enjoying the cool breezes, sunsets and the incredible moon rise.

A short walk or drive away is Cold Spring, where you can find great restaurants, antique shops, boutiques and art galleries. Our neighbor to the south, Garrison, has many things to offer, including the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel House and Gardens which is a wonderful historic home perfectly situated on the Hudson and well worth a tour; the Cold Spring Farmers Market is held there during the summer months. Also in Garrison is the Philipstown Depot theater sharing live performances, music events and showcasing documentary films.

Our neighbor to the north, Beacon, has the world class Dia:Beacon, an ex-cracker factory lovingly converted into a museum. They have a very long Main St with incredible shops, galleries and restaurants.

If nature is what you crave, you are just steps from the Undercliff Trail up Mt Taurus, sometimes called Bull Hill. This leads up to the Hudson Highlands State Park and the famed Breakneck Ridge with panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley. Clarence Fahnstock Memorial State Park is a short drive up RT 301, with boating, fishing and more hiking. The Appalachian Trail runs through the Hudson Highlands as well. You can kayak to Bannerman island to see the castle, to Constitution Island or the Audobon Society's Constitution Marsh.

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Ricann Bock
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Ricann Bock

Stephen and I are travel maniacs. We go anywhere, anytime we can get the money and time to do it. We have always taken our son, now 25, with us and still do, when we can. You can see our travels reflected in much of the design of our home as well as in the decor. We wanted a house that looked like it belonged here, but had many of the elements we have seen on our travels.

So we have the stone of Croatia, the arches of Rome, the doors of ancient Goa and Afghanistan, all perched over the Hudson River. We added lots of big windows to take it all in. We love to watch the sky, it changes all the time and from our perch you get a big view of it.

We love nature, so we settled here in the middle of it and brought it indoors. Try a bath in the middle of a snow storm, nothing like it! Or take a deep breath in the greenhouse, anytime, but especially in April, when the lemon is in bloom. Then watch as the petals slowly fall to the ground and the baby lemons are right there! Tiny little green lemons, which slowly grow until about December, when they are ready to start using.

When we built the house, we put the bridge across to what is now the secret garden, but at the time, there was nothing over there but a mossy area where foxes and deer passed by and sometimes had a little respite. We use it for the same purpose!

Nature, travel, relaxation, good food and drink and good friends and family, which includes dogs, that's what we are about! We are happy to share some small portion of that with you while you are here.

Ricann Bock purchased this house in 2008

Why Ricann Bock chose Philipstown

How does that saying go? Oh yes, locate, location location. That's why this property. Close to NYC, only a short train ride. Walking distance to the train or only a short drive. We often go into the city for dinner or a show.

Walk into Cold Spring for dinner and shopping. First Fridays the galleries have openings and many of the shops and restaurants are open and often have specials. Or visit the Bazaar On Hudson on summer Sundays to buy goods from local makers and artists.

Or you can drive into Garrison or Beacon, our neighbors to the north and south. Museums, galleries, theaters, more restaurants, historic sites and more.

Are you a localvore? Cold Spring and Beacon both have farmers markets. Glynwood Farm is just a short ride up 301. The Cold Spring General Store has local produce, cheeses and more, right on Main St. And we have just the kitchen to cook it all up in!

Close to nature, we love nature. We have surrounded ourselves and our home with nature here. From the greenhouse as the core of our home, to the secret garden in back, to the proximity to hiking we have nature and all 4 seasons as well.

We love being able to just walk down the driveway and into the woods for a hike with our dogs. And it doesn't matter the weather. We go in 5 degree weather, 100 degree weather, foot deep snow (or deeper!), brilliant sunshine and even in the rain, although thats not my favorite. The Hudson Valley has it all! And our home is in middle of one of the most beautiful parts, the Hudson Highlands.

Such great hiking here. Bull Hill or Mt Taurus, use either name and its still our perch, our jumping off point to hiking in the Hudson Highlands. Pretty soon you'll be able to hike or bike from Cold Spring to Beacon along the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail.

The Hudson River provides not only great views from the house, but you can walk to its banks and see it up close. You can also kayak, boat and see some of the historic site located all along the Hudson for the water.

What makes this house unique

Stephen is from South Africa and I'm an air force brat, so moving is in our blood. We have lived in many different states, sometimes for as short as 2 years, but THIS is our home! We built this house with the help of a wonderful architect and builder. It is our dream home and we think you'll agree that we fell into a pot of honey when we landed here.

One of the many ideas and things we incorporated into our home is the door leading into the master bedroom was purchased in Santa Fe, although its origins go back to Afghanistan. We drove it, along with a few other treasures, in a Uhaul truck from New Mexico all the way to New York so our builder could incorporate it into our home. You can see the matching pair used as cabinet doors in the kitchen.

Speaking of the kitchen, the rest of the wood is reclaimed barn wood, so beautiful. Our building was so insistent that we use barn wood, despite our protests that we could not afford it, that he gave a bargain price. He is an old world craftsman and loves working with reclaimed materials. He designed and built the fireplace wall and our only input was "big, bold, beam". What a great collaboration!

The other really great thing about our home is the positioning, the view and all the nature that is in and around it. Nature was incorporated so dearly into our home by our architect who has traveled and hiked all over the world. When he first came up to see the site, he scrambled up the rocky hill side to see the view from up higher. Thats when we knew he was the one for us! That is why the main living space and master suit are upstairs, to take advantage of the view, which is not really possible to capture in photos.

The greenhouse in-between the 2 buildings was also his idea. I watched as it appeared before my eyes as he drew it on a napkin! Fantastic! Nature INSIDE! We think it makes our home very unique!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Philipstown in Putnam County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shared between occupants of Guest Bedroom and Den
    Powder Bathroom - Toilet , In Great Room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Den - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Mezzanine - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.8923078 based on 65 reviews

Magical and enchanting

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home in a peaceful enchanting location. The best vacation home by owner we have rented...and we've rented for decades. Impeccable, serene, practical yet elegant. The host we're amazing - informative, welcoming and provided excellent service. Hope to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely stunning home with amazing views. This house is one of the best stock homes I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Kitchen gave everything you would ever need. We had a wonderful time with our stay. The perfect home for a family get together, everything you could ever need. I highy recommend this home for you next stay.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view - Excellent get away location from NYC

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed reconnecting with family at this beautiful home. There was plenty of room for all of us and the vistas were amazing. The village of Cold Spring is quaint and a nice walk down the ridge from the home. The location allowed us to easily hop on a train to go into the city for a Broadway play one evening, but we also enjoyed sites around the area, West Point Academy and Storm King Arts Center. We definitely would recommend choosing this property. (the only reason we did not give a 5 star rating was due to the HVAC which was not working while we were there; however, the owners responded as quickly as they could and it was working prior to checking out.)

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cold Spring/Hudson River Valley getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this uniquely beautiful home for several days in early May. The view of mountains and Hudson River was truly breathtaking. Our family enjoyed the spacious living/dining area with picture windows which afforded us an amazing view that we never tired of. The greenhouse was an enchanting spot with roses, bougainvillea and a lemon tree in full bloom! We enjoyed hiking nearby and the town of Cold Spring was very quaint. The owner and manager were both very friendly and helpful. We loved this house and hope to visit again!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Someone's Dream Home"

  • 5 of 5

This is definitely the most interesting rental home we've ever stayed in, "someone's dream home," as my husband put it. The views are truly breathtaking. Plenty of space for a large group, all the amenities you need. We stayed for a winter getaway from the city and really were able to relax in this picturesque, serene setting. We did some sightseeing in the area, but had just as much fun relaxing at the house - backyard bbq, games, exploring the grounds, cooking, etc. The hosts were great and we really enjoyed our time. We'd highly recommend this home.

A note if you're from the city: there are bugs in the house due to the greenhouse, yes. It surprised me at first, but I got used to it. I'd say there are generally about 8-10 lady bugs hanging on on the ceiling or windows of each room, but they kept to themselves.

A note if you're traveling with small children: the bedrooms are not near each other. We ended up all sleeping in the master (1 pack & play in closet, 1 in bathroom) because we didn't feel comfortable having the kids (2 yr old & 7 mo old) downstairs on the opposite side of the house.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Too many positives to mention! the home is unique. the owners responsive and the area entertaining

  • 5 of 5

We were in the area for our daughter's wedding in Beacon. The property was perfect to have all our children and spouses in one location. The home separates nicely so everyone had their space but we could all gather on third floor in a spacious living kitchen area with a spectacular view. The master suite made for a great space for wedding day preparations. The hair and makeup artists both said it was the best they had been in. Ricann was great. Our worry was the driveway in winter. we had a lite snow that made it a bit slick. within 10 minutes of speaking to Ricann we had a plow and salt truck.

Slickness gone. This was our first rental experience and I have no complaints. We will rent this location again and hopefully in the summer so we can take advantage of the outdoor living spaces. We have no critism of the property or owner but waiting for deposit return from VRBO. Since this is our first time maybe it takes longer than we think it should. We have told everyone we know that we would recommend visiting the Hudson valley area and to rent this property.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £78.44
Refundable Damage Deposit £392.2

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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