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.
How would you describe Hudson Valley Retreat in a nutshell?
Set on 16 hectares, Hudson Valley Retreat is a historic property that always blows guests away, with sprawling meadows and amazing views of Overlook Mountain.
What is the story behind Hudson Valley Retreat, what was your inspiration to create it?
I grew up in Woodstock and always loved visiting the area. When my husband and I got married, we invited all of our friends and family to Woodstock and were excited to show them this wonderful place that is so beautiful and filled with memories. I had so much fun bringing people here for my wedding and I wanted to do more!
Initially, I bought a small property in the middle of Woodstock and rented it for three years. But I wanted to do something more grandiose, luxurious and private. So I searched and searched and found this beautiful property a short drive from the downtown area.
I did all of the interior design myself, although the previous owner had a great eye and left a few things that she felt were meant to exist in the house (such as the white sofas). After purchasing the property, I spent three weeks living in the house, going to antique stores and filling it with high-end, luxury products.
How would you describe the atmosphere, the architecture and the interior design?
It’s really serene, beautiful and quiet. For people who live in the city, it’s a great place to get away and recharge. The wonderful thing is that you could spend your whole weekend just exploring the property and be totally happy. It’s so magical and each season brings its own element.
What do you particularly like about this part of New York State?
I grew up here and left to go to Washington, DC, then North Carolina before moving to New York City. It was a couple of years though before I came back to visit and realised just how stunning the Hudson Valley is.
I think that during the pandemic when people couldn’t travel further afield, they started driving upstate for vacations and discovered just how amazing it is (while being so close to New York City). I moved up here for a bit and I remember one day during the fall, I had to pull over because the sunset coming through the trees was just so stunning that it didn’t seem real.