We've got a whole lotta love for luxury boutique hotel Hasbrouck House; less than a two-hour drive from New York, it's the perfect spot for a romantic weekend – or week or two – away. Spend your days leisurely lounging by the outdoor pool and wandering through the leafy, flower-filled garden. Yogis can strike a tree pose among the evergreens in a private yoga lesson, and couples can kiss goodbye to tension with a rejuvenating massage – you and your fellow Smith will be so relaxed you may need an afternoon nap before heading to dinner at Butterfield restaurant. After a hearty meal of garden-fresh vegetables and organic meat from nearby farms, stargaze as you toast marshmallows on the alfresco fire pit – what s’more could you want…
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $175.00, excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a light breakfast of fresh pastries, and teas and coffees (Monday to Friday). On weekends, enjoy a cooked breakfast with dishes like sourdough fried-egg sandwiches and French toast in Butterfield restaurant (not included).
There’s a two-night minimum stay on weekends (Friday to Sunday). Energise and relax with a private yoga lesson on the lawn, specially adapted to suit your yogi goals.
At the hotel
Games room, nightly bonfires (in summer), weekly events and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Aesop bath products, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water and Nespresso machine.
Our favourite rooms
If you like to be at the centre of things, choose a room in the main house; the Balcony Suites have private verandas with wooden rocking-chairs from which to gaze over the grounds. For more privacy, stay in the Stable or Carriage House. Couples can cosy up in a suite, and families and groups of friends should opt for either the two-bedroom Stable House Grand Loft, or the three-bedroom Carriage House Grand Suite.
Surrounded by tall evergreen trees, the outdoor pool is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There’s no lifeguard, so under-16s must be supervised when taking a dip.
Bid adieu to any knots and tensions with a relaxing deep-tissue massage in the treatment room, or from the comfort of your own bedroom (only some rooms can accommodate in-room massages); loved-up Mr and Mrs Smiths can unwind à deux with a couples massage. As there’s only one treatment room bookings can fill up quickly, so be sure to organise your spot of pampering well before your stay.
Bring an engrossing book for lazy afternoons by the pool.
All public areas are wheelchair accessible and there are three disabled parking spaces near the main building. Rooms 11, 12 and 14 in the the main building, and the ground-floor rooms of the Carriage House are specially designed for disabled guests.
Only over-12s can stay at this peaceful country retreat.
In winter, cosy up with your Mr or Mrs Smith by the roaring fire; in summer, take a table outside on the terrace so you can watch the chefs at work, grilling and smoking meat and fish.
The locally-inspired menus at Butterfield restaurant change with the landscape around the restaurant. In spring, you’ll find juicy roast lamb belly and leg on the menu; in summer the menu’s full of fresh vegetables with dishes like ember-roasted beets and shaved-radish salad; autumn brings meat dishes like aged duck cooked in a cherry sauce; and in winter, tuck into cool-weather favourites like roast chicken with all the trimmings. The restaurant looks like a revamped, traditional countryside pub. Black-leather banquettes flank the large, original fireplace and brass and ceramic lampshades hang from the panelled wood walls, painted a sophisticated deep-navy colour. Between Memorial and Labor Day, tuck into all-American fast food at the alfresco Butcher & Bar on the hotel’s tree-lined patio. Tuck into berry-topped French toast, spicy huevos rancheros, rich coffees and tomato-based cocktails during weekend brunch. Looking for breakfast during the week? You'll find pastries, tea and coffee laid out near reception.
Much like the restaurant, Butterfield’s bar looks like a traditional pub given a suave modern makeover. Take a seat on one of the simple wooden bar stools and admire the ornate cornicing, sleek copper metalwork and trompe l'oeil wallpaper – particularly beguiling after a few drinks – while perusing the frequently-changing cocktail list.
Butterfield is open for weekend brunch from 9am–1pm, and dinner from 6pm–10pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Butcher & Bar opens between Memorial Day and Labor Day; 5pm–10pm, Thursdays and Fridays; noon–10pm, Saturdays; and noon–5pm on Sundays.
Hasbrouck House is set in the leafy Hudson Valley in southern New York.
New York’s JFK and Newark International Airport are just under a two-hour drive away; fly direct to both from across the UK, Europe and Australia. If travelling from within the US, fly to Albany International Airport which is a 90-minute drive from the hotel. Call our Smith24 team of travel experts to book your flights.
Rhinecliff Train Station is a 30-minute drive away. Trains arrive from cities throughout the state; New York Penn Station is 90 minutes away.
You’ll need a car to get around New York’s lush countryside. Our Smith24 team can arrange a set of wheels for you to pick up at the airport. There’s free on-site parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s a lot happening at Hasbrouck. It’s movie night every Thursday and Friday between May and October; screenings vary from cult classics like Labyrinth to modern rom-coms such as Bridesmaids, action-packed hits like Die Hard and a couple of kids’ films too. Start your Saturday with a group yoga session, then sample the area’s finest vintages on a wine tasting, followed by a live music performance on the patio. The hotel also hosts monthly markets where you can sample and buy local wares from artisanal suppliers. Outside of the hotel, take a hike up the Catskills Mountains, or through Minnewaska State Park Preserve: you can also cycle, horse-ride, canoe or kayak if you’d prefer. Adrenalin junkies can explore the local area at up 50 miles an hour on one of New York Zipline Adventure Tours, where you can whoosh along up to five miles of cables. Vernooy Kill Falls is a relaxing spot for families to cool off in – don’t be put off by the name, it’s a very gentle cascade. Kids can pet a piglet, milk a cow and pick their own flowers, fruit and vegetables at Kelder’s Farm – where a giant pillow for jumping onto is also a big hit.
Dining in Stone Ridge is very down to earth. If you get a taste for Hudson Valley fare at hotel eatery Butterfield, head to Hash Food just down the road from the hotel. All their food – including nine different styles of egg dish – is locally sourced; if you stop in for lunch, get the signature hash burger, which is made with half a pound of grass-fed beef, cheddar cheese and organic trimmings, followed by a generous slice of home-made apple pie. Momiji is a popular local restaurant serving a wide variety of traditional Japanese dishes. Take a starter from the sushi bar, then order a katsu curry, or a bento box with a selection of hibachi-heated nibbles and tempura to share. For a hearty home-made meal, look no further than Lydia’s Café and Bar, where each dish, from the lasagna to the soup of the day, is made on-site by Lydia and her family.
The Phoenicia Diner is an all-American roadside diner serving home-made waffles piled high with fruit and drizzled with maple syrup, eggs sunny-side-up with grits and greens, and classic BLT sandwiches made with fresh vegetables from the Hudson Valley; there’s also a kids menu. For an easy and relaxed lunch, pop into Bodacious Bagels on Main Street and take your pick from their fresh fillings and seasonal soups. The owner of Carthaigh Coffee, Andrew McCarthy is seriously passionate about coffee and is very eager to share his enthusiasm for a good cup of Joe. As well as great spot for an espresso or iced coffee, the café hosts art exhibitions featuring the works of local talents.
Brunette is an elegant little wine bar on Kingston broadway. Order a cheese plate, or a hot-dog to go with your glass of red, white or orange wine. Arrowood Farm Brewery has a bar that all the family can enjoy. While mum and dad discover Arrowood’s homegrown hops with a couple of cold ones in the tasting room, kids can make friends with the local wildlife at the farm – everyone’s happy.
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Breathe in the fresh Catskills countryside air, and relax… There's an innate calming atmosphere at luxury boutique hotel, Hasbrouck House. Comfy leather armchairs, oldy-worldy rugs and original 18th-century features add countryside charm aplenty, while benches and stools upholstered in a rich, navy velvet, and sleek copper accents add contemporary chic to this secluded hideaway. Kickstart your serene stay with a private yoga lesson on the lawn, striking the sun-worshipper pose as day breaks through the tall conifer trees. Follow this up with a few leisurely mornings in the outdoor pool and afternoons wandering through the tree-spotted and flower-filled grounds, and you’ll be as calm as the surrounding countryside. Experience the local flora and fauna in an entirely different way with the hotel's homage to Hudson Valley cuisine at Butterfield restaurant – take a seat outside and watch as he and his team cure locally-sourced meat and fish in the custom on-site smokery. Of course, there are some dishes that are fine without culinary faff: s’mores just need a spot of toasting over the alfresco fire pit. Squeeze in one last spot of pampering with an in-room couples massage before heading home refreshed and revitalised for another week – by which time you’ll be yearning to return to this easy breezy rural retreat.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hasbrouck House’s Guestbook below.
We loved sitting by the fire in the club room and dining at the hotel restaurant and bar, Butterfield. The rooms were great and had a lot of special touches, like heated bathroom floors and Kiehls bath products.
Stayed on 25 Jan 2019
The hotel facilities – outdoor and indoor games, pool, hammocks and walking trails. Coffee hour with free doughnuts each morning. Arrowood farm, a fantastic micro brewery with great food.