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The Hudson Valley's New Boutique Hotel

The new formal garden at Glenmere Mansion, designed by Morgan Wheelock.

Photo: Ball & Albanese

The 19 stylish bedrooms—no two are alike, thanks to interior designer Scott Snyder—have views of lawn and lake and baths swathed in Carrara marble. Some are filled with modern art from the Kleins’ own collection, such as a lithograph by Robert Rauschenberg and a Robert Motherwell etching.

Downstairs, there are all sorts of places to congregate—a cozy library with flattering charcoal walls; an elegant putty-and-white living room with fireplaces at either end. Beyond the formal dining room is the China Room, an intimate space that can be reserved for private entertaining, with cabinets displaying china collected by Stenberg and DeSimone over the years: guests planning a dinner can select, say, late-18th-century china with hand-painted scenes of Tuscany or 1940’s Mottahedeh china bordered in blue and apple green.

Food is key to the Glenmere experience. In addition to the main dining room—whose menu features updates of classics, such as monkfish with lobster Newburg sauce and a savory crème brûlée made with caramelized onions and Gruyère—there’s a tavern offering jazzed-up macaroni and cheese and a fig-and-blue-cheese pizza. In warm weather, your meals can be served in the courtyard to the sound of water gurgling from a central fountain or on the terrace overlooking the lake.

Landscape architect Morgan Wheelock has restored the grounds—expanded to 150 acres—and created an entrance courtyard and terraced gardens around the house. (For now, the Beatrix Farrand walled garden remains an evocative ruin.) Unable to find all of Farrand’s plans, Wheelock conjured up a formal Italian-style garden (set between the house and new swimming pool) with symmetrical beds and a long pergola. Large terra-cotta pots filled with agapanthus and hydrangea add height. The terrace garden on the lake side of the house is a gentler affair with beds of nepeta, roses, and boxwood intersected by gravel paths.

While the gardens evoke Glenmere’s past, many hotel features are forward-looking. Geothermal heating and air-conditioning represent the latest green technology. Set to open early next year is the new spa building next to the bocce courts with five treatment rooms, one reserved for couples. And of course there is the helicopter service on hand to transport guests to and from New York City or to give them a bird’s-eye look at the surrounding countryside of dairy-farm pastures interspersed with small villages. Guests may instead prefer to hop in their cars for the 20-minute drive to the Storm King Art Center sculpture park, in Mountainville, or a 40-minute excursion to the contemporary-art museum Dia: Beacon.

“Put this down to a midlife crisis,” says Stenberg with a grin. “We should have purchased a Maserati, but we did this instead.”

Doubles from $550, including breakfast.


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