Your Sanctuary with a Private Lake

House - Entire home/apt · Smith Rd, Coxsackie, NY 12192, United States
Your host, Sue
27 Reviews
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The Space

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 12
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $3500 /week
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $150
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • 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.

    look for a featured on our site (website hidden) soon.

    January 2014
  • We chose to get married at Sues home this fall for the charm and warmth that her home offers. It's decorated in a minimal, modern, cozy way and comes with everything you need. It feels like home.
    The kitchen is a cooks dream! We spent most of our days and nights sitting at her family style dining table talking for hours, drinking wine, and feasting. As wedding photographers ourselves, we were drawn to Sues home for the unlimited photo possibilities that exist, and for the great light that pours into the house. It's a photographers dream location!! We would love to shoot a wedding here someday! :)

    Sue was so great to communicate with, she offered wonderful, local wedding vendors to use and warmly checked in on us and sent well wishes through out the weekend. She is beyond kind and helpful. Her home is tucked away on a very private road, yet close to a great grocery store, wine store, and if you're like us and want very local and organic items, head to Black Horse Farms on the 9W a few miles away for local produce, eggs, gourmet cheeses and jams. Worth it!

    I highly recommend getting married here if you want a wedding that will feel like home. We rented it for 5 days to allow our friends and family to visit for the entire weekend. It was beyond perfect. I will share our wedding photos when we receive them in early Jan!

    October 2013
  • Where to begin? Our experience was so wonderful that I'm hard pressed to find a starting point! We chose Windrift as the setting for our wedding and it was so much more than a backdrop, but rather a central part of one of the best weeks of our lives.

    LOCATION: I mean, this place is paradise—but a cozy, down-to-earth paradise. Basically, take the pictures of the property and multiply its effect when you're there in-person times ten. The love that Susanne has put into Windrift is apparent in every single corner, and contributes to the feeling that you're living temporarily in a dream. Our family stayed with us for several nights, and everyone was in perfect comfort. The surrounding property provided endlessly beautiful views and tranquil moments.

    SUSANNE: Just like Windrift felt like our dream wedding location, Susanne was a dream host. Leading up to our visit, she was incredibly helpful and responsive to any questions we had. When we arrived, the house was in impeccable shape, but she rang me anyway just to make sure all was in order. To top all that off, she's just plain sweet and incredibly considerate. Every interaction with her was lovely.

    OTHER NOTES FOR PEOPLE CONSIDERING HAVING THEIR WEDDING AT WINDRIFT: First off, do it. Second, the front porch was a beautiful "altar" and the backyard (with the view of the pond) provided a perfect spot for the celebration. No matter what your "floor plan," our wedding photographer had basically endless choices for photo spots throughout the whole day! Finally, I recommend a transparent tent. It was so nice to see the trees when under it, and minimize intruding on the overall scene. Oh, and make sure you schedule a night for just the two of you after all the family and friends leave. What a romantic setting/way to unwind after a big week!

    October 2013
  • Our stay at Windrift Hall was superb! While the pictures are accurate, we thought the house was even more charming and beautiful in person. The style is the perfect marriage of Old World and New World. It's obvious that the owners really respect the history of the home and left many of the original details in tact. The rooms were spacious, clean, and comfortable. And the kitchen is a dream to cook in -- high end appliances, great view of the pond, fully equipped. There are lots of activities in the area (historic homes, hiking, restaurants, farms, etc) but we enjoyed the house so much we mostly just lounged around the house. And Sue is a generous and accommodating host. She goes above and beyond to make guests feel welcomed. 5-star experience all around.

    July 2013
  • I have never been so disappointed with a vacation house. The gorgeous pictures above and the 20+ glowing comments made it seem like the perfect location for our annual family get away. The home and its eclectic accessories photograph beautifully, but in reality the flaws are revealed. Pictures do, in fact, lie. We arrived on a hot afternoon in July and walked around the house with a feeling of sinking disappointment while we processed some of the flaws we’d be living with for seven days. We all agreed that we were living the real life version of the movie The Money Pit. Eventually, we found the welcome letter in the kitchen in which the owners admitted that the old house had some “quirks.” Here are some of the "quirks" we experienced during our week (none of which were mentioned in the welcome letter): A torn window screen in the kitchen--that we eventually duct-taped closed--served as an entryway for ants, flies and assorted insects. These are not things one wants crawling on a kitchen counter. However, those pests paled in comparison to the four bats that were flying around the house while our family of 3 mothers and 7 children, ranging in age from 42 years to 18 months, screamed and ran out of the house in fear only to be attacked by swarms of mosquitoes outside while we waited for our husbands to come home to capture (and release) the bats. We assume the bats entered the house through the attic windows, which appeared from the outside of the house to not have screens. We couldn't enter the attic itself to confirm because there was a "Danger. Do not enter" sign at the top of the stairs. When my sister called Sue to tell her about the torn kitchen screen, counter insects and bats, Sue apologized and replied that "it's nature." Listen, I'm all for living in harmony with nature--I'm a vegetarian, we recycle and compost at home--but I don't think it's unreasonable to keep nature outside... especially since we paid $3,000 to stay in the house! We could have camped in tents for a comparable (possibly better) living situation and much less money. Here are some additional quirks we encountered: the doorknob on the kitchen door kept falling off, the filtered water button in the refrigerator didn't work, there was a bundle of electrical wires at the foot of the stairs leading up to the kids’ playroom, the freezer leaked each night after we used the stove or oven for cooking dinner, one of the Adirondack chairs broke when my brother-in-law sat down on it, the stairs leading down to the unswimmable pond (more on that later) were treacherous. I'm not kidding. Treacherous. In fact, they reminded me of the bridge of stones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The bridge that Indy had to cross by stepping on the stones that spelled out the name of God? A misstep would cause the stone to drop from under...

    July 2013
    Response from Sue:

    We're very sorry and surprised about your bad impressions, especially since we're standing by at all times and doing our utmost to assure that all our guests' questions and needs are answered to their fullest satisfaction . But we only learned of your dissatisfaction in this review 3 weeks after your stay, otherwise we would have been able to address most issues immediately.
    The kitchen was renovated last year with all new state of the art appliances, however some minor repairs remained. Meanwhile we have addressed everything you mentioned and repaired the chair you broke free of charge. As I explained to you previously on very rare occasions young bats - which just learned to fly- get lost in the house. it only happens in the month of July. By opening a window they quickly find their way out. We totally understand that this can be a frightening experience. But bats have a vital role in our ecosystem and are natural predators of insects. Therefore we're fortunate to have much less mosquitos than in other parts upstate.
    After 4 years of being a host at Airbnb we had the most wonderful experiences with our guests and are very grateful for the glowing reviews,
    it's very unfortuante that you were not one of them.

    July 2013
  • Wonderful house, sublime swimming, lovely hosts. The perfect place for our honeymoon!

    June 2013
  • I can't recommend Sue's beautiful house enough. Its the perfect place to stay with a group if you love antiques, cooking and sitting by an open fire. I can't wait to come back in summer to swim in the pond and lounge outside more. I'm really in love with it.
    Thanks again to Sue and Family for renting it to us!

    April 2013
  • On the one hand, I selfishly don't want to share too much and let the word out but on the other this was such a wonderful experience that I feel compelled to say something.

    Sue and her family are as charming and welcoming as this wonderful property! The site is gorgeous-- a fun respite from big city life.

    HIGHLY recommended for an amazing getaway.

    March 2013
  • We went to Sue's house this winter on a snowy weekend. The house was beautiful, charming and warm with a fire place in each room. The kitchen was fully equipped and it was a pleasure to cook and eat in there. The rest of the house is so tastefully decorated. It was enchanting. The beds are extremely comfortable. We went for long walks around the property. It was very beautiful. You will enjoy this house and the nature that surrounds it.

    February 2013
  • This the perfect place for a cozy getaway with some great friends or family. The house is decorated beautifully and the beds are so comfortable. i slept like a baby. Threes plenty of room to roam the grounds and go on nice long walks. I love that the grocery store is only minutes away for everything you need.
    Sue is super sweet and checked in on us to make sure we settled in nicely. I cant wait to come back!!

    October 2012
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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.
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