A MODERNIST ARTIST RETREAT NESTLED IN PREHISTORIC BOULDERS
The Rubber House was built originally for the famed choreographer Eugene Loring and his partner, who was a chef. It was then owned by an Oscar-winning actor, who faithfully retained the original dance studio, industrial kitchen and muted, multi-toned pallet, whilst upgrading the master bathroom with a sumptuous double tub. It's unlike any house you've seen before, and is not a typical rural home. Instead it offers the experience Loring sought of "living in a work of art" in harmony with nature. A place of immense calm, beauty and inspiration.
The first home by architect Tom Pritchard, every detail has been designed with great care and attention. A story unfolds told in dappled light and tactile surfaces as you immerse yourself in the space and feel the passage of time and season in an elemental cocoon. The designer was given the freedom to embrace environmental innovations such as natural ventilation and a paint-free neoprene exterior, creating an influential case study and local landmark.
Situated on seven acres of rock-walled land, the house is nestled within a set of giant moss-covered prehistoric boulders. The grounds are left wild, providing sanctuary to a wealth of local life.
Located by the Mohonk nature preserve, there are wonderful hiking trails and lakes to explore nearby, whilst Hudson, Woodstock and New Paltz are in easy reach for food and diversion. Closer by, Stone Ridge has a great market for groceries, and Rosendale has Market Market for friendly dinners with local performers and artists. Easy to get to from NYC, it's however very hard to leave The Rubber House, and a great place to spend quality time with those near and dear. Friends seem to always be passing by on their way from Greenpoint to Nolita, or London to LA. It's a perfect retreat, with space to entertain in style.
The heart of the house is the vaulted glass chef's kitchen, open to the dining and living room, where Hella Jongerius's Polder sofa faces a fireplace and library to form a welcoming nook surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. A corridor - off which is a downstairs half bath - leads to the adjoining studio building. With sprung wooden floors, 20 foot skylit ceilings and a wall of dance mirrors and a barre, it's large enough to shoot a fashion story, practice yoga, rehearse a band or of course choreograph in. A daybed provides extra space for guests in the studio, or a comfy spot to watch films projected on the wall.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a fireplace, and 270 degree views over the private meadow and woods, with curved glass floor-to-ceiling windows and a wooden deck. Its en suite bathroom has a two-person tub that looks out into the woods. A guest suite and further bathroom is on the other side of a walkway through the glass atrium. There's a 'writer's tower' up another flight of stairs, with views over the rooftop, wood and fields.
A garage/mud room downstairs looks after a hammock which makes a happy companion outdoors on the lawn by the studio. The house has central heating, and is self ventilating in the summer. A manual explains how everything works, but should something not, a caretaker is on call locally who keeps an eye on the house for its current custodians, an American ballerina and a British editor.
Stone Ridge is a few minutes away, and has a great market called Emmanuel's, as well as a farmers market and Lekker for breakfast/brunch. Nearby High Falls and Rosendale offer cute cafes like the Last Bite, Market Market and Kitchenette, as well as the tonier Canal House. New Paltz, Woodstock and Hudson are all within easy reach and have a wider selection, including Marzocco-standard coffee shops like Hudson Coffee Traders, Bread Alone and Swallow. To/from NY you'll be able to pass by Dia Beacon or Storm King sculpture park en route. Near the house is Mohonk, both a beautiful nature reserve and a giant creepy old Shining style hotel/spa. Hiking and climbing is popular in the Gunks, and skiing is an hour or so further north. The house itself is set in several acres and is great to experience each season, when we're there we rarely leave the property and prefer to cook and relax with family and friends. It's blissfully quiet, intimate and convivial. One of the nicest things about going upstate is that you appreciate the city after having a chance to escape it.
You'll need a car or bike, or I guess a horse. Unless you really love walking.
Other Things to Note
Please note - the rates quoted are automatically adjusted so that monthly rentals are heavily discounted vs shorter stays. Therefore any requests for further discounts unfortunately cannot be accommodated.
To take care and respect this work of art as if it were your own.
We require that the tenant sign a waiver before renting the house.
Though families are welcome, due to the design of the house, it is not suited to small children.
What a wonderful place!
Each room has such a unique character and every step through the house, we found architectural details and moments for pause. The portal to the Studio Space is especially special!
Cooking in that kitchen was also an experience that we will remember.
Until the next visit...
If I could sum up our week at THE RUBBER HOUSE in one word it would be… MAGICAL! The perfect place to spend New Years Eve!
Dan was an amazing host and responded to enquiries super fast.
Only negative would be the main fridge is still broken and the tiny bar fridge was a bit of a hassle, but we managed. The Nespresso coffee maker was a added bonus!
Would recommend to any architectural guru's!
Thanks Dan for a fab week!
So glad we booked this house for our holiday weekend. It is truly a unique and special place, and our hosts left detailed yet clear instructions. I only wish that the full size refrigerator had been working...my companion and I came with a lot of food and had a hard time fitting it all in the backup mini-fridge. However, the overall experience made up for the minor inconvenience. We would certainly stay again with thanks to our hosts.
What a complete treat!
This house is really special. It's such a unique piece of architecture. If you enjoy having a quiet place to do yoga or stretch or (email hidden) has it's own dance studio. Lovely morning sunlight in the backyard for a quiet coffee. Great WiFi. Lovely soaking tub and killer shower that opens up onto a patio. Great area - very close to New Paltz & lots of good restaurants. Dan was very helpful and responded quickly to any questions we had. Yes, their fridge is broken so just keep your perishables to a minimum and it just gives you more of an excuse to drive into town/farmer's market and get fresh stuff. Would love to go back!
Wow! This is by far one of the nicest houses Iv'e ever rented. It is the perfect combination between modern design and country experience. The interior feels like a fancy apartment in Tribeca while the view is breathtaking and nothing but pure nature. Its one in a life time experience will def recommend this place!
Dan is a very thoughtful host. The house is an interesting piece of architecture, which is nicely sited for wonderful views of the property. The house is very comfortable, with modern bathrooms, fire places, and heating. If you are looking for a quiet week in a beautiful area, you will enjoy this property.
Highly recommended for your visit to the Hudson Valley! We had a spectacular winter holiday in the Rubber House and stayed for several weeks in the gorgeous space. It is perfect for a couple wanting a quiet retreat but it would also be very lovely house to share with friends or family members.
The property is beautiful - peaceful and quiet but within a 10 minute drive to other amenities (such as the grocery store and restaurants.) We especially loved spending time in front of the fire, and cooking in the well-stocked kitchen. Other highlights: working out in the attached gym/studio, waking up in the morning light in the spacious master bedroom, and wandering through the large property. It is spectacularly clean with nice linens and comfortable beds. It is such a treat to spend time in a well-designed and interesting space.
Dan and Adele are extremely helpful and very easy to reach with any questions. There is also a local caretaker who is on hand for emergencies. They are lovely hosts and you are in good hands.
The main fridge isn't working at the moment, and there is a smallish under-counter fridge for your perishables. We didn't have too much of a problem as the garage was cool enough to store other cold items, but it's something to keep in mind for the warmer months.
We've already recommended this house to other friends for their holiday visits, and would love to return one day. It is a convenient location for other trips within the Hudson Valley and is a quiet respite from city life. Get in touch with Dan and enjoy your trip! :-)