About this listing
Step into history at Windrift Hall, a tastefully restored 1790s Federal Style Manor house on 14 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 with 7 queen/single beds, 2 baths, library, study, gracious center hall, a beautiful country kitchen and sleeps comfortably 12 guests. 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 location, 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. Please take a look at our site windrifthall_dot_com for more details and logistics.
Since this is a much bigger event than just a small family gathering there are some logistics to keep in mind. We have worked closely together with the Town of Coxsackie and have all the necessary permits to assure you can host your event in a safe and nurturing environment. 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. Please refer to our calendar for open dates, we'd be happy to show you around and talk about all details of your upcoming event.
Looking forward to meet you.
CHECK-IN AND OUT TIME:
Check in time is 4pm, check out at noon. There's a number lock on the front door and we’ll email you the code prior to your stay.
Interaction with guests
The house is exclusive to your party, if you need help we're only a phone call away and our local caretaker Brooke is standing by in case of emergencies.
Conveniently located at the corner of Route 81 and 9W, you’ll find a 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.
Are you a yogi? You will love our Manduka Pro-Lite mats and props. We're happy to recommend local teachers for an invigorating or restorative yoga class at the pond.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Coxsackie Transport.
The house does not accommodate more than 12 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 time is 4pm, check-out time noon. Please note we have a minimum stay of 3 nights on special holidays.
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 an air conditioning unit in the kitchen and a few external electric fans 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.
The trash bin is for everything accept glass and plastic. Please dispose of your bags in the black garbage ton next to the barn, the green one is 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. 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 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.
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 yoga teacher and my husband is a ceramic artist and art teacher. 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.