Because more and more city transplants are escaping to the comparatively more affordable and slower-paced yet ever-more sophisticated Hudson Valley and Catskills areas of upstate New York, a distinctive style of interior design has emerged. One hallmark of the so-called “Hudson Valley style” is an old house, often a 19th-century farmhouse, that’s been updated with 21st-century comforts and conveniences.
Unlike the beachy Hamptons style, Hudson Valley interiors are never glitzy. Instead, dignified colonial-style accents are enlivened by subtle pops of color; think beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces, elegant wrought-iron chandeliers, vintage furniture and lighting, folk-art Americana, and plain fabrics. Midcentury designs exist happily alongside Windsor chairs and ancient farmhouse tables. Outside, in addition to the area’s natural splendor, beautiful pools stone patios and old stone walls abound.
This handsome Greek Revival residence just outside Rhinebeck exudes the Hudson Valley style. Built in the 1830s and added on to over the years, the home presents a comfortable mix of old and new. The 5,200-square-foot home offers five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and four fireplaces. High ceilings, another signifier of Hudson Valley style, enhance the living room, family room, kitchen, and dining area.
Done in an unusual but gorgeous shade of teal, which complements the wooden counters and high-quality appliances, the spacious kitchen is the real highlight of the home. There’s also a cozy breakfast nook and a formal dining room for holidays and other special gatherings.
The bedrooms are all generously sized with plenty of closet space, while the main bedroom is particularly impressive with a walk-in closet and a spa-like bathroom replete with a soaking tub and a separate shower.
Once a dairy farm, the country estate comprises three parcels that total 27 acres with open pastures and dense woodlands laced with walking trails. Other al fresco highlights include a wide porch for lazy summer days, a dining patio, and a pool surrounded by the foundations of the farm’s original barn.
Ready to serve as a weekend retreat or full-time home, the bucolic spread is available through Upstate Down at just under $2.7 million.