Old world elegance meets new world charm in this classic manor house in the picturesque Hudson River Valley.
Step into history at Windrift Hall, a tastefully restored 1790s Federal Style Manor house with a private pond.
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.
It's a secluded and bucolic setting at the end of a winding private country road. It's close to Hunter and Windham ski areas and all the recreational opportunities of the Catskills .But although it feels very secluded, you'll find all the amenities around the corner.
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.
Other Things to Note
Please note we have a minimum stay of 3 days in the high season from July until October.
You’re staying in a historic house dating back to the 18th century. As you can imagine an old house like this has its quirks and very special needs.
We would like to share with you a few tips to settle in and how you can help to keep this house in a good state.
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.
Well behaved dogs are permitted. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse.
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. Please log into our free account at FRENK.
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. Check if you can see the sky when you look up through the flue, which means it’s open. If you have smoke in the house the vent is probably closed.
Please help yourself to the wood stacked up around the barn. 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. Usually temperatures are 10 degrees cooler upstate than in the City, so overall it's quite a difference.
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, you also find filtered cold water in the fridge. When you open the door, just press the button on the left. Ice cubes are below in the freezer compartment.
Kitchen equipment and supplies like a Kitchen Aid machine, blenders, pots and pans, dishes, glasses and cutlery for about 10 people are all in the cupboards.
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.
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.
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 welcome to play. If not, please keep it closed. Thanks
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 on the wooden box in the hallway.
You’re surrounded by nature, so please check yourself and your children for ticks.
For barbecuing there’s a Webber charcoal grill on the terrace.
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.
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 all your laundry in front of the washing machine.
You’ll find cleaning supplies in the kitchen behind the door left to the fireplace.
Mare 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.
We had an absolutely magical stay at Windrift Hall this past weekend. This house looks exactly as it does in the pictures, although even more charming in person (however, be advised that it can get very drafty and cold especially on the first night, so dress in layers).
We were a group of 13, and spent the majority of our time in front of the roaring fireplaces in the kitchen and living room. The perfect weekend getaway from NYC - and the hosts were a pleasure to deal with!
My group of ten had an amazing time at Windrift Hall. A charming old home was comfortable and had everything we needed to ring in the New Year.
We had a lovely time and enjoyed the house. Very charming and cozy.
Being able to dine and commune in the big kitchen as well as the living area was a big plus.
We had a great stay with a group of five people. The house is very characterful and spacious. In particular we enjoyed cooking and having meals in the amazing kitchen and the open fireplaces throughout the house made things feel very cosy and atmospheric. The town of Hudson is nearby which is great for an afternoon of antiquing and stocking up on supplies. Susanne was a responsive host throughout the booking process and our stay. The only slight criticism I would have is that the furniture in the house is slightly sparser than in some of the photos. We found that a single couch in the main room wasn't really enough for a house which sleeps so many people. But overall a visit is highly recommended..
Had a great Labor Day weekend at Susanne's house. The property was wonderful and the house was lovely. Susanne was very helpful in answering questions before the trip and check up on us during our stay. Would definitely stay there again.
This house is as charming as it gets. we wanted to go ski hunter mountain but all the houses near the mountain were not houses we wanted to spend time, those typical mountain cabins with no interior design and no character. we decided a 40 minute drive to the mountian was okay if we got to stay in a house we liked.
the kitchen is always the most important rooms in the house and this one takes the cake. especially in the winter in a family and friends group we spend the entire day cooking and eating, so it was perfect for us. pretty well stocked with all the kitchen tools we were able to cook with ease.
the house has many rooms and doors so its fun to explore around. it is set on a beautiful lake, which was frozen and served us some fun.
make sure to read the house rules because there are some things that are your responsibility here, that are not always that way when you rent other places like making and stripping the beds.
would gladly go back in spring/summer to let my kids run around again.
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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.