Mainhouse, Gardenhouse & Barn
1515 Picardy Farm – Valley
10 acres of Picardy Farm, plus the adjacent 33 acres allow an endless view over the ancient indian land.
Your perfect, personal, intimate, serene retreat space – yoga teachers, meditation teachers, masseur’s, vegan and or organic chef upon request.
The 19th century Greek revival farm house is full of history and character, and possesses a surprisingly extensive interior. A wide center hall opens into a light filled living room with fireplace. French doors and two huge bay windows let the outdoors in. Another bright living and dining space with wide open vistas offers views over the rolling hills. The large country kitchen features everything needed to serve easily a group of 20 guests or even prepare and cook meals together in a larger group. In the home’s garden level, a ‚tavern room‘ opens out to a historic stone well. On that level there is another full kitchen and 2 1/2 bathrooms. This section opens into the guest wing with an office and 3 more bedrooms and a mudroom with extensive locker space.
On the property are curving stone walls, white picket fences, old growth hardwoods, stream with a wooden bridge, and perennial gardens. Outbuildings include a schoolhouse now used for meditation, a carriage house with original stone foundation. The original Barn of the farmhouse feautures now 3 bedrooms with a huge great room as well as one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor shower.
Originally owned by Artie Shaw, widely regarded as “one of jazz’s finest clarinetists”, Picardy Farm and its surroundings inspired Shaw to make his most significant strides as a musician and to compose tunes reflective of the landscape.
”Picardy Farm…“ Shaw wrote. „Good God, the emotions those two words evoke. The place where for the first time in my life I had found a real home, a warm sense of security, and a feeling of calm and peace of mind.“ That sense of pristine beauty, clarity, and peace of mind is never far away in Shaw’s recordings, and has probably never been equaled in jazz history.
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Living in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is defined as the valley of the Hudson River and its adjacent communities, from New York City north to Albany and Troy. The area is divided into three regions: lower, mid and upper Hudson Valley. The lower Hudson area is made up of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, Mid-Hudson refers to Dutchess, Columbia, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, and upper Hudson refers to Greene, Rensselaer and Albany counties.
Old towns and communities along the Hudson range from Piermont and Nyack on the west bank in Rockland County to Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow on the east bank in Westchester County, followed by Cornwall, Newburgh, Cold Spring and Garrison and then Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Catskill, Saugerties and Hudson to the north. Each of these communities has their own personality and local culture.
The incredible beauty of the scenery inspired the legendary Hudson River landscape painters of the 19th century: Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, Asher Durand and many others whose work became known as the Hudson River School. Today it is home to a new generation of artists and writers, musicians and film makers and entrepreneurs from all ways of life. From the days of the early explorers to present day preservationists, the Hudson Valley has played an important part in American history.
United States Presidents Franklin Roosevelt lived in Hyde Park and Martin Van Buren in Kinderhook. Abraham Lincoln was a famous visitor to Garrison in the south. The valley also is home to world class institutions including the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, ArtsWestchester in White Plains and Dia Art Museum in Beacon, just to name a few. The U.S.Military Academy at West Point, the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, the Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow, Philipsburg Manor and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside also are attractive destinations.
Music is everywhere in the Hudson Valley. The Woodstock Playhouse hosted the final concert in a series of performances known as the “sound outs,” considered by many as the precursor to the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Woodstock also is home to the annual Woodstock Film Festival. The Summerscape Music festival held in the concert hall designed by Frank Geary at Bard College is very special, as is the Caramoor Music festival in Westchester.
The Culinary Institute of America, established in a former monastery in Hyde Park, trains well-known chefs who populate the area with their fine restaurants offering delicious cuisine. They also take full advantage of the farm-to-table, locally grown produce. Vineyards abound as well. In fact, the area is the oldest wine-producing area in the country.
The Hudson Valley offers thousands of acres of preserved land, miles of hiking trails, skiing, boating, swimming, golf, hunting and fishing and famous gardens to visit. Innisfree Garden in Millbrook has been described as one of the 10 best in the world and Wave Hill horticultural garden and cultural center is in the Bronx overlooking the river. The marina at Haverstraw is the largest on the Hudson. Hook Mountain State Park has about 10 miles of trails along the Hudson and is only a 40-minute drive from New York City and the Shawangunk Mountains in New Paltz offer rugged mountain climbing.
Today the Hudson Valley has garnered the world’s attention, with more international visitors coming each year, especially in the fall to see the beauty of nature. The area’s real estate offers a wide variety of options from classic farmhouses and cottages to country estates and waterfront homes or land for investment. Mansions from bygone eras line the bluffs on the river banks looking out to the Catskill Mountains and sunset views. Some are open for public view.