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Architect's home with huge bi-level pool, waterfalls, and spa

Bedrooms 6
Space 6,010 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Modern, 6 Bedroom, 4 bathroom resort with pool/spa in secluded woods

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Just 90 miles north of New York City, the Shaker House was hand-built over 20 years by architect Fritz Sulzer from IM Pei's Manhattan offices as his personal retirement home, and has a massive two-story pool and a large modern spa.

Blasted from the granite clefts overlooking the main house, the pool area consists of two heated pools, two waterfalls, multiple patios (including one in the water), custom lighting, and a thunderous sound-system that can stream music from any Apple device. It's like a private, 5-star resort was airlifted into the middle of a forest. As one guest commented, 'This isn't a house with a pool. It's a pool with a house!'. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and the hot tub is open year-round!

There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in the main house and 1 bed and bathroom in a separate guest house, called the Smoke Shack. Each bedroom is entirely unique:

The Quarry Suite is built into the exposed rock and has a massive attached bathroom, which with an open shower, hand-laid emerald mirrored tile, and waterfall flowing from the exposed rocks is like a mini-spa in and of itself.

The Aviary is a window-lined bedroom on the top floor with a bed that sits on a lofted floor under a skylight and a sleeper sofa and large walk-in closet.

The Nursery is a large, light-filled bedroom with an attached, fully equiped crib room, so new parents can be close to their baby without having to fear going into their bedroom.

The Master Suite has modern, clean lines and a king-size thermarest bed. It's attached to a private, slate bathroom with a large rock-lined shower and brushed nickle fixtures throughout.

Le Petit Boudoir has two custom-built adult-length twin XL beds and a large cedar-lined closet. It's right next to a beautiful french-country bathroom with a large claw-foot tub to relax in.

The Smoke Shack was the original cabin built on the property by Fritz in the 1970s. With its all birch interior, rustic furnishings, loft sleeping area, full bathroom, kitchenette, and a 56' flat screen TV with cable and Apple TV, it is a fully self-sufficent home in and of itself.

There are also multiple common spaces for people to get away:

The Great Room serves and the focal point of the Shaker House and contains four distinct social settings. The TV area has a 60' flatscreen TV with surround sound and a large sectional for seating. The fireside has a large central hearth, a bar, and seating for six. The dining area has a massive custom built cherry table that seats up to 16 people and opens into the kitchen, which is fully stocked with all the appliances, cookware, dishes, and cutlery to prepare a feast for the entire house.

Kids Only is a long playroom on the top floor with a 56' flat-screen TV, cable, Apple TV, Xbox, craft table, tumbling mats, toy-filled shelves and enough pillows and beanbags for up to 12 kids to have a sleep-over they will not soon forget.

The Sun Room, with a wet bar, beverage refrigerator, ice maker, beach towels, and pool-side dishware, serves as the perfect staging area between the house and the pool.

The Library is crafted entirely from cherry, gently lit by the large bay window, and fully wired for internet access.

Whether you're hosting a large family gathering, wedding, or corporate outing, your guests will be delighted by the light-filled modern spaces set against the rustic charm of 25 acres of secluded forest filled with family friendly amenities.

More Details

Jessica and Ryan
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About Jessica and Ryan

Ryan and Jessica bought and renovated the Shaker House as a modern and comfortable private retreat from the city. They love to entertain family and friends and understand how difficult it is to find a quality getaway that houses large gatherings. They live and work NYC with their two children.

Jessica and Ryan purchased this house in 2012

Why Jessica and Ryan chose Red Hook

We looked all over the Hudson Valley for a home we could enjoy with friends and family on weekends and holidays. We live in NYC and were seeking a place within 2 hours of the city. We looked on both sides of the Hudson River where there are many charming towns and properties, but there was no place we liked more than Red Hook. While other towns feel a bit crowded on the weekends, Red Hook feels undiscovered and quaint. There is one of everything you need -- an ice cream, shop, movie theater, grocery and local bar. But you won't find yourself calling ahead for brunch reservations or spending hours window shopping here. For that, you can simply drive to the next town over. Rhinebeck, with a slightly more populated main street is only 5 miles to the south of Red Hook. Best of both worlds.

What makes this house unique

This home was built as a personal project of a retired architect for his family to enjoy, and it shows. The design of the house is unique and beautiful, paying homage to the rock it was built upon -- slate. Many materials for the home were taken from the surrounding land. The house is built into the rock which you can see protruding into a beautiful bathroom on the main floor. Although the main house sleep 12 people (and 2 more in the guest house), it does not feel too large -- just the opposite. The Shaker house is built with a symmetry and efficiency of space that makes it feel cozy and deserving of a large family gathering. In 2012, we renovated parts of the house and added a pool and spa to the property to make this house truly a destination for relaxation and recreation. We also added an indoor play room for the kids, called 'Kids Only'. This room extends the full length of the house and provides toys, games, TV and sleeping room for kids young and old. When searching for our perfect country home, we looked for a house with character as well as a beautiful design. This house delivers on both fronts. However, the detail that took my breath away was the great room. It is expansive enough to hold a holiday gathering, yet organized into 3 distinct areas, inviting you to relax in 3 different ways (dining, socializing, and media/tv entertainment).


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Red Hook, New York

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6010 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite Bath - toilet , shower , Bathroom accesible from master bedroom.
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bathroom with claw-foot tub.
    Upper Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bathroom on top floor.
    Quarry Bathroom - toilet , shower , Accessible from Quarry bedroom and ground floor entry way.
    Smoke Shack Bathroom - toilet , shower , Detached guest house comes with a full bath, of course.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Suite - 1 king , Thermarest bed. Attached to a private bathroom.
    Le Petit Boudoir - 2 twin/ single , Extra long twins, suitable for adults.
    Aviary - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Skylight, sleeper sofa, large walk-in closet.
    Nursery - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Large bedroom with adjacent fully-equiped crib room.
    Quarry Suite - 1 queen , Large ground floor, secluded bedroom with private bath.
    Smoke Shack - 1 queen , Detached guest house located 150 yards from main house.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming


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Architect's home with huge bi-level pool, waterfalls, and spa
average rating of 4.8448277 based on 58 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Nicer than the pictures! Look no further; this is the one. We have a group (typically 8-12 of us) that has been renting houses in the Hudson area for the last few years. This is hands down the best place we've been. We have grown accustomed to small idiosyncrasies and issues with the houses we rent, but this one is flawless.

Some highlights:

-We easily fit 9 of us in the hot tub, and probably could have put another one or two people in without feeling crowded.

-The "quarry suite" needs to be seen to be understood. It is incredible. Showering without a waterfall flowing down a rock outcropping will never be the same.

-The great room allows for large groups to be together, but not on top of one another, and there is ample seating between a sectional, a sofa, armchairs, etc). Additionally, the large dining table allows for everyone to have meals together.

-The fireplace works well and made the evenings nicer (in fact, it works so well we had to turn down the thermostats).

-The massive island in the kitchen is perfect for large meal prep or for laying out a variety of snacks, there's plenty of room to use the kitchen as a hangout space (food never fails to attract, it seems), and the kitchen is fully stocked with ample cookware, utensils, glassware, etc. We even made use of the double ovens, and it has a dishwasher (always necessary for large groups).

-There is an ice maker in the sunroom/downstairs bar area. This is a big deal for large groups, especially when the nearest place to pick up ice requires driving.

-Every bedroom is nice. Many houses have bedrooms and "bedrooms," where small beds are thrown two to four in a room to increase the number of people the house "sleeps." This is not one of those houses. The "smoke shack" is a bit of a misnomer; it's significantly nicer than the name lets on and is more of a lofted bedroom over a livingroom and kitchen. We were worried about who would be relegated to the smoke shack until we saw it. We had volunteers who wanted to spend the night there.

-There is an elevator, a nursery, and a playroom in the house (though we needed none of those), to accommodate any traveler.

-We were here during cold weather, but the pool looks amazing.

I could keep on going. We're already planning out next trip to the Shaker House. Simply incredible!

  • Submitted: 14-Nov-2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is absolutely beautiful inside and out of the house!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd visit and it was even better than the last. Best family vacation home!!

  • Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there with a group of 11 adults plus 3 kids and there was more than enough space for everyone. The house is well equipped with everything you need to enjoy a weekend there. The smoke shack is also great (it has its own bathroom and tiny kitchen area). Looking forward to going back soon!

  • Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place to spend the weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Rented this amazing property for my brother's bachelor party - REALLY cool house with lots of space in a beautiful setting away from it all. Though it was too cold for the pool, the hot tub was in full use and we had everything we needed to cook and hang out in the home.

  • Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Massive, quiet, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We needed some respite from the city and this house provides ample space if you're looking to share with another family. Probably better to go when pools are open but still enjoyable. We would come back again for sure!

  • Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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We all enjoyed the property, the views, the overall feel of being up in the mountains was great!!!

  • 4 of 5

My entire family enjoyed the house itself too! Maybe rent it again in the summertime!

  • Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Nearest Airport
102 Miles
LaGuardia, NYC (LGA)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Red Hook Country Club
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Rhinecliff, NY (RHI) Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Taconic Parkway
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Car: necessary

The Shaker House is located between three of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful and charming villages, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Hudson. Each of them has wonderful restaurants, antiquing, and charming walkable town centers with events throughout the spring, summer and fall. Among other recreational pursuits, there is skiing and golf available as well as winery tours and culinary finds. The property sits right between the Catskills and the Berkshires and within driving distance of 8 ski resorts. Windham, Hunter, Plattekill, Belleayre, and Sawkill are to the west and Bousquet, Jiminy, and Catamount are to the east. There are two great golf courses near the house. Red Hook Country club is just 10 miles from the house and has 18 beautifully manacured acres. Copake Country Club, with 18 holes set in the Berkshire foothills and overlooking Copake Lake is just 30 miles to the north. The Shaker House sits right on the Dutchess Wine Trail, south of the Hudson-Berkshire Trail, and North of the Shawangunk Wine Trail for all your tippling needs. If you prefer to enjoy nature, the Shaker House is set on 25 acres of pristine oak and pine forest. Located in the foot-hills of the Taconic Mountains, the property consists of countless granite cliffs that rise to over 800 ft above sea- level at their highest point. Whether exploring the multiple springs and streams in the spring, the dense folliage of the summer, the colors of the fall, or donning snow-shoes or cross-country skis in the winter, hiking is the perfect way to connect with the surrounding natural wonder.

The house is under 2 hours from NYC, and is within 3 miles of the Taconic Parkway.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Red Hook, New York

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Summer 2018 (Pool Open)
Jun 22 2018 - Sep 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 13 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
Harvest 2018 (pool closed)
Sep 4 2018 - Oct 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter 2018 (pool closed
Oct 2 2018 - Dec 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays 2018
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 1 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 13 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
Ski Season 2019
Jan 2 2019 - May 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2019 (Pool Open)
May 31 2019 - Jun 27 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
High Summer 2019 (pool open)
Jun 28 2019 - Sep 2 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,326.9
Cleaning Fee C$398.07

Checkin time is 3pm and checkout time is 12pm. All rates are subject to change until confirmation of your reservation. Please don't include children under 10 as additional guests to get an accurate quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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