Spend the summer in a green, sustainably renovated, historic landmark 3BD house; harvest fresh veggies and flowers from the stone mandala garden; frolic in a 4000-acre backyard reservation and still be only an hour train ride from Grand Central.
A landmark historic home built in 1760 and restored in 2013, the entire house has original wide-plank hardwood floors and exposed beams. The first floor is an open layout with a gourmet kitchen including subzero, miele and viking appliances, a large pantry, and plenty of seating around the dining table and raw wood bar. Sit on the leather loveseats and look out the picture windows, sip wine at the old-growth oak countertop bar, or lounge in the living room, with double sliding glass doors leading out to the wrap-around deck, local stone fireplace, and reclaimed barnwood wall.
Upstairs, the master bedroom looks out on the gardens, old-growth trees, and dappled forest. The master bath has a large slate shower and sink. A second bedroom looks out over a hemlock grove and sleeps two in a cast-iron frame double bed. The third bedroom has a bunk bed and sleeps two. The second full bath has a large clawfoot soaking tub, cypress wood paneling, and antique marble sink. A full size washer and dryer on the second floor make laundry convenient.
The house was recently filmed and featured in the HBO show GIRLS, season six, episode two.
The house was renovated with geo-thermal heating and cooling, powered entirely by wind power. All appliances are energy efficient.
Collect fresh eggs every day from the six chickens in their self-contained coop. Pick your own herbs, salad greens and other organic veggies from the gardens, or enjoy a bottle of wine sitting in one of the garden nooks. Enjoy a soak in the outdoor clawfoot tub, fully functional with hot and cold water, while watching the birds, bees and butterflies flutter in the surrounding trees and flowers.
Soak up the sun in the grassy stone-walled gardens, swing under the grape arbor, picnic at the 100 year old apple tree, roast marshmallows around the cast-iron fire cauldron, or dine at the 9ft long garden table. Enjoy the afternoon shade of the slate patio or the morning sun on the wrap-around deck.
Forty miles of trails await you in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Westchester's largest tract of preserved land. To access trails, just follow the path along the stone walls at the back of the property. Half a mile walk in the woods leads to the Overlook where you can view clear across the county, over the reservoir, to the mountains on the other side of the Hudson River. Pick wild blueberries, forage for mushrooms, or harvest wild raspberries. A quarter mile down the road is a stream to cool your feet, and a half mile away are trails down to the reservoir waters.
A gorgeous ten-minute drive through the country and along the reservoir leads to the quaint towns of Bedford and Katonah, where Metro-North commuter trains run take you to Grand Central in 60 minutes or less.
Dine at numerous farm-to-table restaurants, including The Inn at Pound Ridge, Bedford Post Inn, and Truck. Locally, visit the Katonah Museum of Art, visit the farmers markets, and stroll the gardens at John Jay Homestead, Hammond Japanese Gardens, and Garden of Ideas in South Salem. Don't miss the stellar summer outdoor concerts and music festivals at Caramoor, just two miles down the road.
The guests will have access to the whole house and property. They do not have access to the basement or attic.
Other things to note
We do have fast wifi internet, but THERE IS NO TV.
The house gets limited cell phone reception, depending on your service provider. There is a house land line which is available for guests to use.
There are six chickens in a self-contained coop and run.
No pets allowed and no smoking in the house at all. The house has numerous farmhouse antiques which are quite sturdy, but please be respectful.
Timon is a professor of ecology in New York City. Keely teaches nature-based crafts at a local farm school. Here in Pound Ridge we aspire to live lightly on the land, raise our two young daughters, grow food and flowers, and gather with friends and family. We frequently travel with Timon as he engages in research and collaborations with other scientists around the world, and when that happens, we like to rent out our home to fellow nature-lovers.