Mountain Lake House
Only 2 hours from NYC Mountain Lake House is a modern and minimalist, yet charming and comfortable Scandi-inspired spacious cottage with lake and canoe access.
Guests are inspired by the architecture of the house, the history of it and the idea of the renovation having been someone’s life work.
Hudson Valley Mill
Step outside Hudson Valley Mill and jump into Mill's creek for a refreshing swim in the morning.
From the house you can head out onto hikes, walks and bike rides to explore scenic Hudson Valley.
Our favourite room is the one above the waterfall, you'll fall asleep to the sound of the water.
You will need a car to get to the Mill as it is not anywhere close to public transport.
Due to liability concerns only children and adults 16+ years old are allowed to stay.
You can't see any neighbors but you can hear the road, and the road bridge is visible from the waterfalls.
Nature alert: The Mill is situated beside a natural flowing stream with lots of nature and animals around the property (please read the property and location info to make sure this place is right for you).
How would you describe Hudson Valley Mill in a nutshell?
My parents converted this 18th century mill into what it is today - a unique vacation rental just two hours north of NYC, in Salt Point, NY. The indoors is decorated with antiques, mid-century modern furniture and my father's artworks are also present throughout the house. There are four bedrooms and nine guests can sleep here comfortably. With lots of open living spaces as well as intimate nooks you'll find that the inside of the mill is very comfortable and cozy. It really is a rustic and charming house, outside there are stone walls, a waterfall, Mill's creek to swim in and lots of outdoor space to enjoy.
Please tell us a little about the history of Hudson Valley Mill.
My father had just gotten out of architecture school and was looking for a project. He was looking for something next to a body of water, and this was what he found. My mother was an interior designer and together they created an amazing home. The property is an old mill that had been abandoned for many years and the whole interior was basically a hollow shell except for the steel beams and the stone structure. Together, they began to redesign the interior.
When did you decide to rent out the house to vacation guests?
In 1998, my father passed away and I inherited the house. At the time, I was living in a small apartment on the Lower East Side in New York City. Taking on a big house by myself seemed like a daunting task for one person. I knew early on that I wanted to share the house with other people. I had yearly tenants but after a while, I decided to try doing short term vacations. It was great to have people who appreciated the house coming in and out; it really breathed a lot of life into the place and reignited my love for it. Since then, we’ve been fortunate to have so many great tenants.
What is so special about this vacation rental?
There’s so much. It’s really the whole property. But the house itself, when I was growing up, there was always a table saw going and the sounds of hammer and nails. It was always a work in progress. Aside from my father being an architect, he was also an artist. It’s almost as though the house is the embodiment of his biggest art piece. There’s a sentimental and emotional connection. To be there enables me to be closer to him, which is important to me. Everywhere I look, I see his work. Now the house has become my project. I’m adding to what my parents started and it has become a creative outlet for me. Connecting to nature has made me realize how important that is and it’s made my life a little quieter which is helping my art to grow. I look at it more now as a big gift from both of my parents and less as a tremendous and daunting project. Swimming in the waterfall is something I’ve been doing since I was a baby and it’s very comforting to revisit it every summer.
Looking back over the past few years renting out the house, what’s been most rewarding about the whole experience?
It’s kind of funny. I bought this guestbook and I left it in the kitchen and forgot about it. Then one weekend, my friend and I were working on the house and she saw the guestbook. It was such an experience to sit down and look through the book and read about all these experiences that people had in the house. It was so touching. There were really personal things people had written that would never have occurred to me. This summer and fall, we actually had two couples who got married here. That was beautiful to see, sort of like bringing new life into it. Sharing the house with other people and seeing them have their own happy experiences in it is very rewarding.
How would you describe the vacation home’s style?
It’s mid-century modern, a mix of new and some antique pieces. All of my father’s artwork, his paintings, are throughout the house. But it’s very simple and minimal so it doesn’t feel so much like you’re in somebody’s home with their things, yet it still captures that homey feel. I have my own collection of Catherine Holm Scandinavian enamelware on display in the kitchen. It’s brightly colored from the ‘60s and ‘70s. But otherwise, it’s very simple and clean. The house has so much going on in itself, I didn’t want to detract from that.
At the moment, where are most of your vacation guests from?
They are mostly New Yorkers — people looking to escape the city. With the economy being what it is, people are looking for more local get-aways. We’ve had a few who have been from Europe. I think they appreciate it since it has a European feel to it.
Is there anything else that you’d like to mention?
We’ve learned over the years is that it’s not necessarily the right vacation home for everyone. It’s a rustic house with a lot of history. It works best when people understand what to expect. They’re inspired by the architectural aspect of it and the history of it and the idea of this having been someone’s life work and renovation process. They’re intrigued by the story. There’s an appeal to that but it’s not necessarily going to resonate with everyone.
The original turbine from when the house was a functioning mill is still in the ground floor area. Going up from that, the main floor has a kitchen, living room and dining room area with a fireplace for atmosphere and a functional wood stove.
The living room has a very high ceiling and opens up to the second floor. There’s exposed stone all through the house, but particularly in the living room. The kitchen has a little nook to sit in and an island in the middle with a stove.
The second level has the master bedroom with master bathroom and a wood stove. Another room used to be an office but was converted into a bedroom. Toward the back, there are two rooms, a smaller bedroom with twin beds and a loft that used to be my room, and then another room, both of which have great views of the waterfall. And there’s a deck upstairs off of a sitting area at the back.
In autumn and winter, the central heating is switched on but wood stoves and space heaters in bedrooms may have to be used for additional heating. In summer, there is one AC in the main living room and one in the master bedroom but everywhere else only has fans. The Mill’s stone walls do a great job at keeping it cool but it can still be a bit humid at times.
The stairs leading up to the mill may not be suitable for the very elderly or infirm.
Hudson Valley Mill has all the amenities you'd look for in a home, with WiFi, TV, DVD and CD Player, wood burning stoves, an outdoor BBQ and even a piano can be found here. Besides the dramatic indoor living spaces, we also have extensive outdoor spaces, with decks, lawns, Mill’s stream and a waterfall.
I think it’s a lot about being in nature. There are nature walks to go on. I love taking horseback riding lessons at a place nearby.
There’s the farmers markets and the local bakery, where we get amazing, fresh ingredients. We’ll cook big elaborate dinners with lots of wine and that’s probably our favorite thing to do! We’re on the Dutchess County Wine Trail, which means that there are a few local vineyards to visit. One of my favorite things to do is to hit the local flea markets and antique shops for treasures.
There’s some sophistication in the area if you’re looking for a bit of culture. Storm King Sculpture Park is about 30-minute drive. Rhinebeck has an artsy movie theater and some really good restaurants. The village of Millbrook, which is the closest, is very quaint, has an old, very American diner.
Hudson Valley Mill is located in Salt Point, NY, just a two-hour drive from New York City. One of the things that’s amazing is that while being close to New York City, it’s still rural. You sort of pass through the suburbs in Westchester, and then you get up here and it becomes beautifully private and quiet and simple. For me, after being in the city, working in a fast-paced industry, it’s so nice to just have it quiet. There are vineyards nearby and farmers’ markets, and while it’s in the country, there are definitely a lot of like-minded people who have moved up from the city and want the same kind of thing, a break from city life.
The Mill is situated beside a natural flowing stream that actually runs through the side of the building and is surrounded by wild green landscape, so when you venture out on the property you might, if you’re lucky, encounter deer, rabbits, eagles, beaver, turtles and fireflies. However, your experience with nature might involve seeing non-venomous water snakes, crazy looking bugs and scary spiders. And while we have your attention, we would also like to point out that although extremely rare, a bat has been known to fly into the building. In the summer of 2018, we installed sonic devices and outdoor bat houses to keep them out but can’t guarantee their effectiveness. You might also see a spider inside the house due to the exposed stone walls and although we do our best to keep them out, the occasional cheeky mouse might pop in. If you are not comfortable being so close to nature then it could be that Hudson Valley Mill is not for you and that you would be happier in a more traditional rental.
The mill is open all year round and there is definitely a charm that comes with each individual season. Winters can be rough here, there can be lots of snow and the temperatures can drop way below freezing. However, that also provides for a very charming atmosphere. In Spring everything comes back to life, Summer is the best time to swim in the river, and during Fall you'll love the changing of the colours. Choose whichever season works best for you.
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