About this listing
Step into history at Windrift Hall, a tastefully restored 1790s Federal Style Manor house on 5 acres with a private pond overlooking meadows, woods, a gently flowing creek and manicured gardens.
Old world elegance meets new world charm in this classic manor house in the picturesque Hudson River Valley.
It features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, library, study, gracious center hall and a beautiful country kitchen.
The house is filled with a mixture of European and American antiques of the Hudson Valley. Every room including the kitchen has a wood burning fireplace. If you like cooking you will love the kitchen. We're passionate cooks, so it's fully equipped with a professional Viking stove, fridge and dishwasher and tons of cooking machines and tools. But the best is the view. The windows are facing the pond. So while you're chopping your vegetables you might be lucky to see a blue heron landing gracefully at the shore or study the hawks circling in midair.
Nature is all around you. The house is situated on a hill overlooking beautifully landscaped meadows with fields, mature trees and plantings, stone walls, gardens, a pond and the gently flowing creek which is surrounding the property. In summer you might like to take your meals in the shadow of the 250 old maple tree in front of the house or on the shaded terrace in the back. To cool off you could swim in the pond or lounge in the chaise lounges and deck chairs placed throughout the property.
We're open for weddings and retreats. Set in a secluded and bucolic setting, we're very different from the usual corporate venues out there. You will be able to spend some time with your family and friends in a beautiful setting and will have the freedom to create your vision and add your very personal touch to every detail of your special day. If you search on the web for Windrift Hall wedding you'll find many links to blogs and images from past weddings, which might inspire you.
Parties with more than 9 guests, events and weddings are subject to different fees and regulations. Please inquire for more details. We have worked closely together with the Town of Coxsackie to obtain all necessary permits, so you can host your event in a safe and nurturing environment.
We would be happy to recommend different vendors who have worked with us in the past ranging from tent and party supply rentals to caterers, transport services etc.
We are not a wedding factory. The people who come to us are looking for a unique, unforgettable experience in an intimate setting without the usual rush of other places. If that sounds like something you're interested in, we would love to talk to you.
If the house is not rented, we're usually there on weekends. Please check the calendar for openings and we'd be happy to show you around.
Interaction with Guests
If you need help we can be reached anytime at (phone number hidden). Our local caretaker Brooke will also check in with you during your stay to make sure you have everything you need.
Conveniently located at the corner of Route 81 and 9W, you’ll find a Grand Union supermarket, a gas station, a pharmacy, a pizza restaurant, a wine shop and a medical emergency center. Personally I love to shop at the Black Horse Farm on 9W towards Athens. They have a huge selection of fresh organic produce. While listening to the classic radio station, you can sample their delightful spreads of homemade products while browsing through the shop.
Our 300sf spring fed pond is set in a dramatic natural setting and perfect for swimming, but if you feel like going to an outdoor swimming pool, there’s the Catskill Valley Pool in the nearby town of Athens.
You’re welcome to use the public tennis courts of Coxsackie or you might enjoy a round of mini-golf on 9W while trying one of the 26 delicious ice cream flavors served at Tom’s next door.
If you feel like watching a movie we have a flat screen TV with a Netflix account or you might like to see the latest flic at the charming Drive-In Theatre on 9W.
There’s a beautiful horseback riding farm in an idyllic setting within 5min from us. For more details go to (website hidden)
If you’re interested in historic places don’t miss out on a tour through the Broncks House and Museum. It’s in walking distance and one of the oldest houses in America. Our library has books about all the historic places in the Hudson Valley, Olana across the river at the Rip van Wrinkle Bridge or Clermont on 9E are just a few other beautiful mansions to visit within 1/2 hours drive.
If you stay with us I’m sure you have a love for old and beautiful things. Our place is the best starting point for your antique treasure hunt.
For antiquing around the corner we recommend the Coxsackie Antique Center on 9W showcasing the wares of 100 local dealers and across the river is the town of Hudson, famous for some of the most eclectic antique shops in the country. A stroll along picturesque Warren Street takes you to dozens of shops ranging from high-end stores with fine period pieces to unique little boutiques. There are also some nice restaurants. My personal favorites are the Swoon Kitchenbar and Crimson and Sparrow.
Some of the best hikes are in the Catskills. You’ll find maps, hiking and walking guides as well as other information about Greene County in our library.
If you feel like getting into shape with a personal training session, we highly recommend to take a class with our good friend James, who runs a studio in nearby Athens, but also would be happy to come by the house for a bootcamp session for you and your friends. As a passionate sailor and a sailing boat on the Hudson, he also offers sailing classes in summer.
Within 30min drive there are 2 great ski resorts in the town of Hunter and Wyndham. After a day on the slopes, you will really enjoy to snuggle up in front of one of the 5 working fireplaces in the house.
Please refer to the guidebook on this site for exact locations.
Our house is very easy to find. The location is:
256 Smith Road, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
If you (website hidden) map it, you get exact directions from the place you leave. Getting there by car from New York you have a few options. You can take the Interstate, follow I-87 towards Albany and take exit 21B towards Coxsackie. Or you can take a more scenic route alongside the Taconic Parkway, take exit Hudson, cross the river on the Rip Van Wrinkle Bridge and follow the signs to Coxsackie. After about 2 miles at the Stewarts gas station, turn right on Route 81 in direction to Greenville and Earlton. Take the first left onto Lovecky Road. At the end of that road at the stone house turn left again and follow the dirt road till the end. Both ways take about 2.5h.
Trains are usually leaving every 2 hours from Penn Station, NY to Hudson and back via Amtrak. Please refer to schedule and (email hidden).
At the Hudson station you can take a taxi to our place for your return to the station you can call a local limousine service at Tel: (phone number hidden).
Other Things to Note
CHECK-IN AND OUT TIME:
Check in and out time is usually noon, but we’re flexible. Please let us know in advance what works best for you. There’s a number lock on the front door.
We’ll email you the code prior to your stay, just punch it in, when the green light is blinking, pull the door towards you, turn the lever clockwise and you’re in.
We have a minimum stay of 2 nights all year and 3 nights in high season from July to October.
Nature is all around you. We strive for a balanced and self sustainable environment on our property and we're happy to observe a vast variety of wild life and animals. Please note that in the month of July bats are part of our eco system. They're a natural pest control and each bat eats up to 8000 insects each night. Occasionally a young bat gets lost in the house. Please don't panic, just leave the room, open the windows and it will find its way out.
We’re very happy you chose to stay with us and hope you will have a great time.
If there’s anything of concern or you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (phone number hidden).
The house does not accommodate more than 9 guests for an overnight stay. Bigger parties, events and weddings are subject to different rules and fees. Please inquire first about our policy before planning your event.
CHECK-IN AND OUT TIME:
Check in and out time is usually noon, but we’re flexible. Please let us know in advance what works best for you.
Well behaved dogs are permitted. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse.
No parking is allowed on the public road leading to our property and only a limited number of 6 parking spots are available on site next to the barn. The road and the driveway need to stay clear at all times to allow access of emergency vehicles.
This is a residential neighborhood, please respect there’s a strict noise ordinance of 10pm. Fireworks, firecrackers and bonfires are not allowed.
This is a non smoking house: So please smoke outside.
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:
You have wireless internet access throughout the house and within a certain range outside. No password needed.
Enjoy all fireplaces (kitchen, living room, blue and yellow bedroom on the second floor). The only one you can’t use is the one in the white bedroom on the ground floor. It’s not working. Before you start a fire, please make sure that the vent is open. A lever inside the chimney may need to be pushed up. Please do not leave a fire unattended. Sparks can fly easily and smoke can be dangerous.
WATER AND SEPTIC:
The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that any improper material has been flushed and clogs the septic system, you could be charged for the plumbing services needed. We have a new instantaneous hot water system, which takes about 20 seconds to heat up. Just turn the faucet on and wait a bit.
HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING:
In winter the house is heated and pre-programmed for your entire stay. No need to change the thermostat. In summer the thick walls together with a clever design of natural air conditioning create a cooling effect in the entire house. Just leave the door of the basement open, so cold air can circulate from the cellar into the attic and provide pleasant temperatures throughout the house. In addition we have a few external electric fans for your convenience and 2 portable air conditioners.
WASHER & DRYER
There’s a washing machine and dryer in the alcove next to the kitchen. Please help yourself to detergent on the shelves above.
We love cooking and you should find in the kitchen most everything you could possibly need to create memorable meals. We just recently renovated the kitchen with all new appliances like a professional Viking gas stove, fridge and dishwasher. Please read the instructions on the inside before use. There are 2 faucets in the kitchen, the smaller one is filtered drinking water. Kitchen equipment and supplies like a Kitchen Aid machine, blenders, pots and pans, dishes, glasses and cutlery for at least 12 people are all in the cupboards. For barbecuing there’s a Webber charcoal grill on the terrace.
The trash bin is for everything accept glass and plastic. Please dispose of your bags in the grey garbage ton next to the barn, where you also find a wooden box for recycling items like glass, metal and plastic. The dishwasher has some instructions in the inside of the door. Just put in dishwasher and rinsing liquid in the compartment, press normal wash and the start button on the left. The blue light on the bottom of the washer indicates the washer is on. If you open the door before the cycle finished, press the start button on the left for 4 sec and close the door again.
LIVING AND BEDROOMS:
You’ll find fresh sheets, duvet covers and towels in every room.
Some of the windows in the living room are not working, do not try to open them. Most windows in the other rooms work just fine. Please use the window screens in summer. All lights should be working. In the hallway are 2 way light switches, so you can switch on the light downstairs and switch it off upstairs. If it doesn’t seem to work, try a few positions. In the kitchen at the spice cabinet as well as in the blue bedroom are lights which are switched on by pulling a cord directly at the lamp.
The Steinway piano is a concert level grand piano and a very valuable piece. Please handle it with great care. If you’re an experienced player, you’re very welcome to play.
These are private places, please refrain to go there.
Enjoy the pond for swimming. It’s a fresh water pond with perfect temperatures on hot summer days. In winter you can ice skate at your own risk, just make sure there were freezing temperatures for at least 2 weeks before you step on the ice.
There are deckchairs and chaise lounges throughout the property. Please remember to bring inside the seat and chaise cushions when it rains and before you leave. We usually stack them up in the hallway. You’re surrounded by nature, so please check yourself and your children for ticks.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
RECYCLE – We try to live in harmony with our environment, please help us to recycle. Please put glass, plastic and metal in the wooden box left to the barn, paper and carton neatly bound in the kitchen, all other garbage bags in the grey container next to the barn. Please don’t forget to empty the fridge. If you stay longer or have huge amount of garbage, there’s a public waste disposal 5min from the property at 88 Plank Road, Coxsackie, NY 12051, open most days from
7.30am – 3.30pm.
CLEANING – We expect you to leave the premises the way you found it.
On top of each bed you’ll find clean bed sheets and duvet covers as well as a set of towels. Upon departure please strip the beds and put the sheets and towels in front of the washing machine. Make sure the doors to the kitchen and terrace are locked. Please exit through the front door, enter the number code and turn the lever anti-clockwise when the green light is blinking.
Your deposit is fully refundable after your departure, provided the following provisions are met.
•No damage is done to the house or its contents, beyond normal wear
•The house is returned in the same state as found upon arrival
Please keep in mind the owner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises. We are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings
or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are
expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
Susanne was very easy to communicate with and very helpful. The house was exactly as pictured...and absolutely lovely! We very much enjoyed our stay!
Great!! Beautiful, charming and comfortable house. Perfect mix of historic character and modern comfort. Conveniently located near town but with plenty of room to run around and smell the flowers...and what flowers! The property is lush and magnificently landscaped. Could not have imagined a better place to spend a weekend in the countryside. Susanne was helpful and responsive. Very, very easy to deal with. Made me feel right at home!
We had a wonderful family reunion at Susanne and Jean-Louis' beautiful home. Our five close family and friends stayed for the long weekend and enjoyed each of the bedrooms, which were cozy, comfortable, and character-filled. Waking up to the sunrise is pretty unbelievable. Almost all of the bedrooms had a wood burning fireplace, including the kitchen (that was the most fun, as we roasted home made marshmallows). The house was big enough to host a larger reunion on Saturday, where several more family and friends joined us for a low key evening of piano music, swing dancing, and roasting marshmallows by the living room fireplace. It was a belated celebration of my parents' milestone birthday as well, who remarked at how ideal it was for a celebration. So they felt incredibly special there. Thank you Susanne and Jean-Louis, for being generous hosts and checking in with tips soon after we arrived and on the last day before check out.
My family and I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Susanne's incredibly special home. Upon walking in, one feels an immediate sense of history as the home's structure, inside and out are original but well maintained. Very unique property with much to appreciate. We would love to return. Thank you Susanne and Jean Louis!
We had a wonderful weekend at Windrift Hall. Long days filled with burning fires, art, piano, guitar, reading, singalongs and visits to nearby country towns. Long nights of five course dinners (cooked in the gorgeous kitchen), flowing cocktails and live music. The house is perfect for a weekend getaway from the city. We had a group of 8 which was perfect for the house - anymore and it would have been slightly cramped with the 2 bathrooms. My definitely recommended Windrift Hall and can't wait to visit in the summer time.
Beautiful authentic house, fully equipped and perfect for a group getaway. A short drive from NYC. We had a great time!
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About the Host, Susanne
We wanted to make our home feel like a retreat. Comfortable, luxurious and very welcoming. After a busy day full of activities, we crave for space and tranquility. Our place gives you room to breathe, to relax your mind and body. Antiques mingle with contemporary pieces resulting in a melting pot of styles, which reflect our roots and the time and place we live in. I'm a freelance creative director in advertising and my husband is a ceramic artist. We divide our time with our 2 children between the City and our house upstate. Being rooted in visual arts we both share a passion for design and good craftsmanship. You will feel a love for detail in every room you're staying.
We hope you enjoy our place as much as we do.