Is this just fantasy? In the wooded wilds of the Hudson Valley, Highwoods House is a dream. Two hours north of New York, this home draws influence from the branches and leaves that surround it. Floorboards are coloured a deep Hudson blue, the ceiling’s beams are exposed. From the sitting room’s floor seat you’ll see both the beautiful wilderness beyond the tall windows and a large swimming pool with sun chaises, too. The town of Woodstock is famed for its festival and attracts a cool crowd of movers and shakers. But when you get there – a ten-minute drive from home – you might prefer to take things slowly. Red Onion mixes a mean cocktail, and laid-back Cucina serves Italian fare under a restored farmhouse roof. Upriver is Saugerties, a town perched on the banks of the Hudson, and you can follow dinner at Miss Lucy’s Kitchen with a stroll to its 1869 lighthouse. But for the best vantage, look to Hunter Mountain. In the winter months, its slopes are great for skiing and, come summer you can zipline your way down between the trees. Walking dream This home is a two-hour drive from Manhattan and New York’s airports. You’ll need a car to get around when you’re there, though walks through the woodland are highly recommended too. Rapid eye movement The sitting room is bright and striking, a wall of windows illuminating the furnishings, as well as showcasing the wooded garden. And thanks to a pitched ceiling, the brick fireplace and shelves of books loom extra high. The kitchen is versatile, with a moveable island, the rustic dining room is close by for formal meals, and full bellies can be slept off in the terrace’s hammock. Book-lined and baby blue, the queen bedroom is the spot for daydreaming, and the shower room is textured in timber. And contrasting colourfully, the master bedroom has blue floorboards, and wooden pillars that resemble a treehouse.
Queen size bed, bench, Hanging rail, air-conditioning
Basin, Bath with integrated shower, toilet
Dining table, dining chair
Blender, Breakfast bar, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, hob (gas), microwave, oven, Wine fridge, Bar sto...
Queen size bed, Hanging rail
Apple TV, satellite or cable, TV, working fireplace
Hot tub, Fire pit, terrace, outdoor pool
Barbeque, outdoor dining
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