It had been several years
since I’d been in the Hudson area, and on this grey winter day, the
sideways rain threatened to ruin my first impression of Ten Broeck
Cottage, an architect-owned dwelling marrying a small house rich in area
history, with a very modern addition. But such was not the case, as the
house, in spite of its minimal decor and modern design, offers a warm
welcome through its use of natural materials, including luxurious 15”
and wider reclaimed pine floor boards, elevated slate hearth, and
amazing dining table featuring pine hewn from a fallen tree on the
property, and earthy palette.
Through the front door of the historic
house, which had been the original home of the Ten Broecks, the largest
landholders in Columbia County at one point, you’re struck (literally,
if you’re over 6’4 tall) by these gorgeous original beams in the living
room. The living room is on one side of two-sided fireplace (the
fireplace is not currently available for use), the dining room being on
the other side of the wall. Comfortable sectional seating and shaggy
Flokati rug add to the casual-luxe feel. And if TV/DVD viewing is on the
cards, a flat screen is secreted behind push latch walnut cabinetry (as
is a fantastic sound system that enables you to play different tunes in
various parts of the house - bring your iPod or help yourself to their
impressive and eclectic music and DVD library).
The upstairs of this old section has
two very simple queen bedrooms separated by a bright bathroom with claw
foot tub (and heated towel rack, which is such a great amenity).
Back downstairs off the living and
dining rooms you enter the kitchen, which is in the modern addition, and
are immediately captivated by the outdoors, as there are windows
everywhere. In fact, the entire rear of this extension is windows,
although areas are cleverly divided up by sleek cabinetry. The kitchen
is divine, with stainless steel counters and storage that is smart and
user-friendly. The only handle to break up the smooth surfaces is the
Then a short corridor leads past
another bathroom, this with shower, then a translucent plexiglass pocket
door opens to reveal the master bedroom, which has a glass door to the
backyard, a letterbox window along the side, which looks out at a red
shed, and another large window for massive amounts of light. The bonus
is the downstairs area, which has a sauna and a steam shower.
Ten Broeck Cottage, as most houses
were back in the day, is near the road, albeit a sparsely traveled one.
In fact, the rural thoroughfare boasts apple orchards as far as the eye
can see in some stretches (40 acres of apples are across the street).
Ten Broeck Cottage retains four acres of Rome apple trees, which provide
bountiful fruit in August and September (yes, help yourself). The
Taghkanic Creek runs alongside the property boundary, and there are
“plunge spots” to cool off on a summer’s day. Or just pull up an
Adirondack chair and read your book or nap in the hammock along the
water’s edge. The calming sound of the water is apparent from most spots
near the house.
For me, this house represents the uncluttered life so many of us strive for, allowing us to focus on the simpler, more important things. It’s a great spot to reconnect with friends and loved ones. And there is so much to do nearby, so please check back when we have a link to the myriad restaurants, shops (antiques galore!), and activities in the area.
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