Upstate New York, United States

The Dutchess

Rates per night from$475.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD475.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Rural remedy

Setting

Upstate escape

Hidden in a peaceful pocket of Upstate New York, The Dutchess is the antidote to the tech-fuelled pace of modern life. Preferring to keep a low profile, the hotel is made up of a cluster of unassuming farmhouses in the Hudson Valley, the region that inspired the generation of landscape painters known as the Hudson Valley School. Spend a few days on one of the hotel’s retreats and you too will rekindle your love affair with nature, getting green fingered on the biodynamic farm, taking soothing sound baths and rediscovering your natural rhythm in the the spa. After sunset cocktails and dinner made with the farm’s own produce, you’ll bed down beneath beam-vaulted ceilings with the scent of lavender, chamomile and palo santo in the air. By the time you wake to the sun rising over the forest, you’ll understand why guests want the Dutchess to remain the best-kept secret in the state.

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Fruit and veg from the hotel’s farm to take home on departure

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

21, including two suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $475.00, excluding tax at 12.125 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $26.00 per booking on check-out.

More details

Rates include a light breakfast, usually granola, fruit, a baked option like banana bread and something savoury like eggs. Everything in the breakfast is either grown at the hotel or comes from a farm nearby.

Also

Every retreat has a custom-made program that will include activities like yoga, meditation, wellness talks and farming classes.

Hotel closed

The Dutchess closes from time to time, but the dates aren’t set in stone. Call our Smith24 team for the most up-to-date availability.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar; tea and coffee kit; free bottled water; Aesop and Prncpls bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We’re fans of the King Suite Inn Rooms, which have a cosy living room, bathrooms with a clawfoot bath tub and a walk-in shower, and views of the biodynamic farm and rolling hills beyond.

Spa

The spa has three treatment rooms, a hammam and two individual box saunas. In keeping with the hotel’s focus on wellness and holism, the therapists provide a wide range of treatments, including Swedish massage, reflexology, energy healing and craniosacral therapy sessions. There’s also a studio space used for classes, which are specially curated for each weekend – they might include yoga, meditation, chi gong or sound healing experiences.

Packing tips

The hotel is refreshingly tech light (there are no TVs, for instance), so bring that book you’ve been meaning to read.

Also

All of the common areas are wheelchair accessible. Some of the guest rooms have adapted bathrooms, too.

Children

All ages are welcome, but the hotel isn’t designed with children in mind. There’s only one cot available, so be sure to request it well in advance of arrival. Babysitting is available from $30 an hour; two days’ notice is needed when booking.

Eco‐friendly

All of the produce used in the restaurant is either grown on site or sourced from local farms. The fruit and vegetables are organic, and the meat is always free range.

Food and Drink

Photos The Dutchess food and drink

Top Table

Dinner is an egalitarian affair, making each table as good as the next.

Dress Code

The restaurant has an inherently casual feel, but the Dutchess does attract those who excel at effortless style; Scandi designs will keep you right.

Hotel restaurant

Pop’s Kitchen makes a showcase of the farm’s organic produce, demonstrating the quality that comes from farming with an eco-conscious approach. Combining the hotel’s own bounty with free-range meat from nearby farms, chef Mark Margiotta whips up hearty, flavoursome dishes that are always gluten and dairy-free – but creative and inspired enough that you wouldn’t notice.

Hotel bar

Pop’s pub is part of the restaurant. Spiced teas, matcha lattes and hot chocolates will keep you sustained until sunset, when guests often turn their attention to the house cocktails, which change throughout the seasons.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am; lunch is at 12pm; dinner is at 8pm. Drinks are served at the bar until 10pm.

Location

Photos The Dutchess location
Address
The Dutchess
68 Naylor Rd
Staatsburg
United States

Planes

Most flights from the UK touch down at JFK International, but Newark is also an option. It takes around two hours to drive from either airport to the hotel. If you’re coming from within the the US, Albany International Airport is closer, an 80-minute drive from the hotel. Private charters can land at Hudson Valley Regional Airport, just 25 minutes by car.

Automobiles

The hotel’s in a rural location and public transport is thin on the ground, so having your own set of wheels will make getting around much easier. If you want to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it.

Other

Helicopters can land on the property. You’ll need to let the hotel know in advance so they can have the landing cleared by the local authorities.

Worth getting out of bed for

Staying at the Dutchess is all about finding a more natural pace of life. City dwellers in particular will revel in the novelty of waking to dewy fields and the cool, clean air of tree-swathed Dutchess County. After breakfast, you might have a yoga or meditation class, go hiking or biking in the surrounding woods, or get your hands dirty on the biodynamic farm, learning how to grow organic produce and even picking your own vegetables for dinner. After a soothing sound bath or spa session in the afternoon, gather around the fire and toast the evening with a round of mezcal juleps – a Dutchess special. If you’re looking for a scenic spot for an easy hike or bike ride, try leafy game refuge Ferncliff forest. There’s a tall metal tower at the heart of this preserve, rewarding those that take the stairs with sweeping views in all directions. For more challenging trails, ascend into the rugged Catskill Mountains, which were often the muse for the Romantic Hudson River School artists, drawn by the region’s scenic waterfalls and forested peaks. In summer, you can swim in the large pool at the foot of the Vernooy Kill Falls, which are far less intimidating than their name would suggest. Across the Hudson River is town of Hyde Park, home to a mansion built by Frederick William Vanderbilt and the Springwood estate, the birthplace and lifelong home of Franklin D Roosevelt. For a piece of history you can take home, head to the Beekman Antiques Market in Rhinebeck, stocked with everything from costume jewelry to maritime relics.

Local restaurants

In spite of its modest size, the town of Rhinebeck has no shortage of restaurants and cafés. Mod-Italian eatery Market St. has an enticing brunch menu with prosciutto-loaded paninis and homemade pasta dishes – sit at the marble counter for a trattoria-esque experience. For pizza, head to nearby Pizzeria Posto, which garners rave reviews from visitors coming from all over the state – seasoned Brooklynites included. Le Petit Bistro is the place for rich, Francophile dishes in an intimate setting. Share a steaming plate of mussels with thin-cut frites to start, followed by the veal française or half roast duckling, served with the sauce of the day. Local-favourite Calico does New England’s proud with its range of stellar soups. Bowls of their clam chowder and butternut squash sell like hot cakes – which is apt, as they’re as the restaurant is also known for serving the best cakes, pastries and fondant chocolates for miles around.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rural retreat in Upstate New York and unpacked their yoga gear, a full account of their wellness break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Dutchess in Upstate New York…

Modern life can be taxing. Stuck on a crowded train as your phone explodes with emails and calendar invites, it can be all too easy to start pining for a pastoral paradise. Sadly, wishful thinking doesn’t get you into Eden, so the best option is to start searching for the next best thing. The Dutchess, a hush-hush hotel in the rolling hills of Upstate New York, is just the ticket for anyone feeling out of touch with the natural rhythm of life. This rural retreat is little known beyond in-the-know New Yorkers – something that’s happened by design, with the hotel opting for an ultra-minimalist approach to public relations. At first glance, it looks like a regular working farm, but this rustic bolthole is actually a specialist in wellness weekends designed to reunite guests with nature. Spa therapists, healers and other lifestyle coaches are brought in for each retreat, devising a programme of activities that will have you feeling your most placid self in no time. You’ll also spend time on the hotel’s biodynamic farm, where you can even pick your own vegetables for the chef to prepare at dinner. By the end of your stay, we’ll wager you’ll feel two things: in touch with nature again, and unsure about whether to tell your friends, lest the secret of the Dutchess get out.

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