Designed in 1879, this estate offers a glimpse into life two centuries ago, updated for modern life without sacrificing historic ingenuity.
Astor Gatehouse combines historic architecture with a modern residence, sitting on five pastoral acres in one of the Hudson Valley’s most photogenic towns, Rhinebeck. It was once part of the estate of prominent Astor family.
The space has been transformed into a beautifully updated home with preserved historic features, and it’s up for grabs. The 10-bedroom property includes the original three-bedroom ashlar stone gatehouse, a two-bedroom carriage house with an in-ground saline pool, a three-bedroom guest cottage, and a large studio building comprising three art studios, a loft, and a darkroom designed by the current artist owners.
If that sounds dreamlike, just wait for the outdoor features. The Astor Gatehouse estate boasts the original Lord and Burnham Victorian glass greenhouse, a 3000-square-foot structure imported from England. The estate offers both an entry garden and a back garden, the latter of which retains its 1700s iron fencing, as well as a fountain and a 200-year-old Fir tree. A small fruit orchard of apple, peach, and pear trees provides bounty from summer through fall.
The stone gatehouse features a large, open living room with skylights, an open dining room, an eat-in kitchen, two full bathrooms, and three bedrooms upstairs with window seating––all on hardwood floor, and replete with a wood burning fireplace. The Carriage House is similarly open and well-lit, and includes a movie room with a screen and projector, as well as a two-car garage. Fern Cottage is the perfect spot for guests, with a kitchen skylight and a fireplace in the living room.
The Village of Rhinebeck is a five-minute drive away, and the Omega Institute, North Dutchess Botanical Gardens, and Ferncliff Forest are not much farther. New York City is a two-hour trip, making Astor Gatehouse suitable as either a part-time or full-time residence.
Think this dreamy estate is your next move? To find out more about 239 River Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 contact Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby International Realty.