Hudson Valley Mill is located in Dutchess County in Upstate New York just 2 hours north of NYC, offering a quiet vacation rental retreat from city life.
How would you describe Modern Catskills Farmhouse in a nutshell?
Located in the heart of the Catskills, Modern Catskills Farmhouse is an 1800s property with thoughtfully appointed rooms, plenty of outdoor spaces and stunning views. It’s set on 22 acres of open fields, woodlands and blueberry-lined trails, with a spring-fed pond.
What is the story behind Modern Catskills Farmhouse, what was your inspiration to create it?
We launched our other Catskills property in 2020 and loved creating a home and hosting so much that we wanted to do it all again. We particularly loved the process of establishing a vision and designing the property to be a real escape for New Yorkers and others in the area.
So we started looking for a new property in a part of the Catskills that we hadn’t explored before, as that was part of the fun for us. We had gone to Livingston Manor to look at another property and decided to add this one to the itinerary. The photos didn’t really do it justice but we ended up falling in love — we knew it was pretty special.
Not only is the property stunning but it overlooks expansive countryside and mountains. The farmhouse had been completely renovated by the previous owners — they had gutted it, put in new appliances and bathrooms — so it was in great shape when we bought it but we thought we could bring out its character a little more.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Modern Catskills Farmhouse?
We wanted to do a modern farmhouse feel but with more character. I have travelled to London quite a bit and really love old English farmhouses, so that was part of our inspiration. It feels warm and with touches of whimsy. All of the spaces are very tactile, with velvet couches and wall panelling giving character to spaces that were previously bare.
Because we purchased the property during Covid, it was hard to find furnishings and decor in stock. So the majority of the home is furnished with things I found at flea markets, antique stores or online. It was a bit of a hunt to gather things but a very fun process. I think it has brought a lot of style to the home.
To you personally, what is so special about Modern Catskills Farmhouse?
All of the outdoor spaces are really lovely. There’s a stone terrace with lounge chairs and an outdoor dining area, as well as a screened-in gazebo. Dotted throughout the property are lots of little spaces where you can enjoy the farmhouse from a different perspective, such as a swing and a hammock.