Surrounded by 5 acres, Rustic Homestead is a fun vacation rental home in Tivoli in the Hudson Valley.
How would you describe The Dutchess in a nutshell?
With a farm-to-everything concept, the Dutchess is a 252-acre biodynamic property near the Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck. It feels miles away from anywhere while only being around 90 minutes from Manhattan, making it the ideal place to retreat and indulge in healthy food sourced directly from our backyard.
What was your inspiration to open The Dutchess?
The Dutchess’ vision is to impact people in a positive way by introducing them to the benefits of biodynamic farming. Our philosophy is to provide guests with a magical space where they can disconnect in an atmosphere that is inclusive and complemented by delicious food.
Please tell us about the interior design/architecture. How would you describe it?
The Dutchess draws on wabi-sabi principles of Zen philosophy, fused with the Hudson Valley’s rich farming heritage. Our interior design aims to create a balance between masculine and feminine forces while fostering the contemplation of beauty in imperfection. The Dutchess is an ever-evolving design experience inspired by the words of Richard Powell, “Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”
How would you describe the atmosphere at The Dutchess?
Magical, serene and tranquil.
To you personally, what is so special about The Dutchess?
The impact that we make with each guest visit through our educational biodynamic farm program. All our experiences are encouraged to be communal so guests leave having made new friends and gained a sense of community.
Please tell us about the food.
Our gardens span four acres and include a diversity of vegetables and soil-building cover crops. Our farm operates on biodynamic principles, which means that we view the farm as an integrated, biologically symbiotic organism. Everything we serve is vegetable-focused, gluten and dairy-free, with food allergies catered for with prior notification.
At this stage, Pop’s Kitchen is only open on weekends when we serve a light or family-style breakfast, a lunch spread and a plated dinner. We encourage our guests to dine communally and foster an environment where nobody feels left out.