*Note: We’ve written about the Ham House before on Upstater, but it was a while ago, and it’s so cool, we think it deserves a second look!
If the Ham House website is to be believed, writer Saul Bellow called this lovely mid-19th century Italianate house the “best place in the world for suffering.” We assume this means the Ham House is the best place in the world for eliminating suffering, not engendering it. Old Saul B. would surely know, since he owned the Ham House in 1956 before donating it to Bard College in the 60s, where it fell into disarray. But the Ham House has since been gussied up by its current owners, and boy, talk about swanky digs, both inside and out.
The Ham House prides itself on being “managed as a small country hotel with sublime white glove service,” but the whole house can be rented for private events such as weddings or group gatherings/vacations, as well. Grounds and amenities include a 50-feet lap pool, gardens, lounge, parlor, kitchen, and health spa/gym. Group rentals gives the guests full run of the house and grounds. Common areas are shared for those booking individual rooms.
Ham House is located within walking distance of the hamlet of Tivoli, Dutchess County. Close to Red Hook and Rhinebeck, and you can almost see it if you squint across the Hudson River from Saugerties. Check out the Ham House website for more details.