Pond-side Bliss in Dutchess County

Wonderful restored 1848 farmhouse with swimming, canoeing, fishing & ice-skating pond in an idyllic, 11-acre setting. Fall asleep listening to spring peepers, summer bullfrogs or rain pattering on the roof and have wonderful dreams. Four bedrooms, four baths, huge chef's kitchen with Vulcan restaurant stove, organic vegetable garden, screen porch, wood-burning fireplace, swing, sports field, climbing wall, diving dock on the pond. Located in Dutchess County, precisely 99 miles from Greenwich Village. A great getaway for writers, artists, families with kids –– anyone in retreat from the city at any season of the year –– the house very comfortably sleeps 10, and can accommodate up to 14 on fold-out sofas.

Within easy walking distance of one of the best diners in the Hudson River Valley, the house is convenient by car to the villages of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, the Rhinebeck County Fairgrounds, Montgomery Place, Poet's Walk, Clermont, the Bard College campus with its Hessel Museum and summer arts festival at the Fisher Center, Innisfree Gardens,  blueberry picking at Greig Farm, cherry and pumpkin-picking at Rose Hill Farm, the antique stores of Hudson, the Millbrook wineries, and much, much more. 

For hiking and mountain biking, try nearby  Ferncliff Forest, where there's a superb view of the entire Hudson River Valley from the lookout tower. Or, for a more rigorous climb which also ends with a lookout tower, there is Stissing Mountain. For easier cycling, great for beginning bikers, there's the idyllic Harlem Valley Rail Trail in nearby Millerton. 

The house is on a quiet back road that only a few cars use each day. It has four bedrooms, two with queen-sized beds and two with up to three twin beds each, four bathrooms with showers, one large soaking tub, two queen sleeper sofas. There is wi-fi throughout, and a television set for watching DVDs in the downstairs bedroom. The kitchen includes a restaurant-quality Vulcan stove, Subzero refrigerator with icemaker, dishwasher, two sinks, and all standard cooking implements including Cuisinart and ice cream maker. In addition to the large table in the dining room which seats up to 12 people when the wings are added, there are dining tables on the screen porch, the upstairs deck, and a picnic table outside the kitchen. There is a large washer and dryer in the basement.

Rates vary by season and availability; starting at $1,000 per weekend, $2,000 per week. For more information, write dutchesspond@gmail.com.

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