Old Stone Farm
STAATSBURG, NY (RHINEBECK)
“Simplicity and quiet is at the heart of this retreat from the hustle and bustle. From the moment we arrived we felt at home – as if we were returning from a prior visit. The 300+ acre property dotted with gorgeous horses, the main house, outbuildings including a large yoga barn and indoor riding facility, make for quite a presence. The foodies we both are, we were very much impressed by the flavor and quality of every meal.
This is a chef who gets the nuances of fresh ingredients combined with TLC! Certainly the food is a winning aspect of this early 2013 opened nature haven. Our suite was nicely appointed; nothing fancy, just lovely and spacious. Each morning we enjoyed a couple hour walk around the property, followed by a country breakfast – one day we explored Rhinebeck and near by Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion etc.) and the next, I was spoiled with a private yoga class with sun streaming into the barn. There is a well thought through spa and treatment building – not in anyway an afterthought – actually integral to the MO of Old Stone Farm’s owner Sherry Khan. For anyone seeking a homey, restful stay, 90 min. away from NYC – especially if you like/love horses and long woodsy walks – this newcomer is one to book.”
(Date Experienced: October 2013)
Deep sleep, eating well, connecting with your lover or friend, yoga, reading with views...
Your love, a dear friend, an adult daughter/mother retreat, with the kids & great solo.
I grew up riding years ago, but after a terrible accident in 1994 I gave it up. I still love being around horses so this was a highlight of my stay. Sherry informed us that starting mid-November there will be an equine wellness program where guests can work one on one with the horses – neat! Unrelated to Old Stone Farm, the new restaurant Fish & Game in Hudson (a town we did not particularly like, nor find charming) was one of the most atmospheric, prettiest I’ve seen in the US! Worth the 30 min drive for a lunch or dinner in cooler months.
Best time to go
September – October are prettiest in this region with vibrant foliage, but I can also picture how pretty the setting would be snow covered (when one can snow shoe & cross country ski). Summer would be lovely too, and keep in mind it is very close to many kids camps and The Omega Institute. There is no other “inn” of this quality in the nearby area.
I visited during soft-launch, thus much will be added and developed. Currently there are no in room TVs (which I’d have liked to watch a film) nor a cosy movie room. Meals are quite schedule set, as everyone eats together, and there is no menu (they do ask when you book what your likes/dislikes and any allergies or dietary needs are). For me, this is part of the relaxation – no ordering, no bill to sign each meal! If you are not active, there is an abundance of antique shopping nearby (Rhinebeck & Hudson) so you’d plan your time to be out in afternoons and back for 6:30pm wine & cheese.
Rooms range from $395 to $695, while renting out the guest house is $1195. Rates include three meals and house wine, yoga classes, guided hikes, time with the horses, and wifi.