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Sweeping Hudson River and Highlands views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
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
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

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 New York

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 Nelsonville in Philipstown

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 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 -
(44 traveller reviews)

Sweeping Hudson River and Highlands views
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 44 reviews

Fantastic place to stay while visiting West Point

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay in this gorgeous home, while visiting USMA at West Point for the Sandhurst Competition. The home is very well appointed, comfortable, and convenient to hiking, restaurants, and West Point. Our 3-generational family was so happy to return to this unique home - the greenhouse is stunning. We were able to enjoy time cooking together in the beautiful, well-equipped kitchen and relax in the living room, with views overlooking the Hudson. We also had plenty of space to spread out and enjoy some quiet in the secret garden and on the front patio area. We hope to return to this gem of a home in the future.

Ricann is very responsive to questions and requests. Thank you again for sharing your home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible place with awesome hosts-don't skip a stay here

  • 5 of 5

This special property gives you an oasis in a greenhouse/atrium every day-the scent of lemon blossoms, coffee across the foot bridge viewing the Hudson-the few days I could stay have healed my soul and I didn't realize it needed that

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic. We go every year

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time, we've already done it several times, it's a great place for a group of friends to gather over a long weekend and just cook, eat, play games, sit outside by the fire, watch movies, so relaxing and the house is really well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic stay for families!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family get together at Ricann's unique home. She was attentive and responsive and the house is fabulous...even better than in the pictures. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect weekend in a stunning house

  • 5 of 5

So much to say about this house. It's beautiful, it's spacious (but somehow also cozy), it's unique, it's full of surprises, it's immaculate, it's well equipped, AND it's conveniently located. The pictures don't do it justice (and neither will my review!). You really have to experience it to fully appreciate all of its glory and wonder. I've stayed in many vacation homes and this is unquestionably my favorite. It has spectacular views from every room and beautiful energy throughout. AND THAT GREENHOUSE! Incredible. It was a perfect weekend and much of that we owe to this incredible space. We will absolutely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lady Bugs!!!

  • 1 of 5

Although the house itself is nice there were thousands of ladybugs everywhere making it a very uncomfortable stay. Everywhere we turned there was another ladybug. We knew there was a greenhouse within the home but thought it was seperated by glass not actually in the dead center and wide open in the middle of the home. We were and still are shocked that with all the reviews posted no one mentioned all the lady bugs, this is/was so bizarre!! The owners are very nice but I feel there should be a disclosure about the ladybugs in their listing. There is nothing like brushing your teeth and having flying ladybugs around your head. It was very gross. They were on the walls, floors, windows, ceilings, on ALL the furniture, just EVERYWHERE!!!!! My family stayed here during Christmas so it wasn't like we could just pick up and go to stay somewhere else (although if that would of been an option we would have). It was very disappointing to have spent so much money on this rental only to not be happy with it due to all the ladybugs everywhere. For anyone looking into this rental beware of the bugs and in my opinion look elsewhere!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Every guest thats stays at our house is deserving of an excellent experience. Unfortunately in this case that was not the experience. We welcome reviews by all of our guests and take great pride in the fact that all of our previous reviews have been outstanding. Our beautiful home is in the Hudson Valley and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside and nature we’ve seen anywhere. As lovers of nature we do have a green house in the middle of our house and are excited to occasionally see wild life [ outside the green house ] and even insects. That includes ladybugs who make their home in this part of NY. Happily the vast majority of our guests have an excellent time in our house to the extent that many come back for second and even third visits.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Nelsonville, USA

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3 night minimum stay
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Pet Fee £78.23
Refundable Damage Deposit £391.13

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