Troutbeck hotel in Upstate New York provides snug setting for rustic getaways
New York studio Champalimaud has renovated an English-style country house in the Hudson Valley, turning it into a cosy hotel with a mix of contemporary decor and vintage furniture.
The Troutbeck estate sprawls across 45 acres near the small town of Amenia, close to the Connecticut border and about two hours drive north of New York City.
The centrepiece of the vast property is an old manor house and inn, built in 1765 for poet and naturalist Myron B Benton, and added to several times over the years.
The stone building now offers updated guest lodgings, run by husband-and-wife team Anthony and Charlie Champalimaud, and includes a farm-to-table restaurant headed by chef Marcel Agnez.
After acquiring the property, the Champalimauds – whose family runs an eponymous interior design firm in the city – transformed it from an unloved conference venue into a welcoming retreat.
"Champalimaud approached Troutbeck carefully, and treated the 26-key estate as a residential property, which has resulted in an inherently welcoming and hospitable atmosphere that pays homage to Troutbeck's rich history and significance in American thought leadership and political movements," said a description from the studio.
Staying true to the building's history, the interiors highlight original details like exposed beams, wood panelling and flagstone floors.
The library and lounge are furnished with pieces sourced from various antique markets in the area, and others that came with the property, along with contemporary designs.
In the restaurant, Wishbone chairs by Danish modernist Hans J Wegner compliment the simple decor. Private dining is available in the dark-hued Gun Room, tucked away beside the library.
A copper bar area and a neutral-toned pantry stocked with local produce are also located on the ground floor.
Upstairs, bedrooms and suites – each painted a different colour – feature four-poster beds and patterned armchairs tucked under the sloping ceilings. Some incorporate open fireplaces to keep guests warm during the harsh winters. Bathrooms are kept simple with white tiles and fixtures.
In a wing adjoining the main house, a large open room with high ceilings and grand fireplaces can be hired for events. A smaller space used as a gallery of work by local artists can also host meetings.
The estate also encompasses a separate lodge that can be booked out in its entirety by large groups.
Activities to be undertaken on and around the property include fly fishing, walks through the woodland, and swimming or sunbathing at the restored outdoor pool.
Upstate New York, and the bordering areas of Connecticut and Massachusetts, are popular getaway destinations for city dwellers craving access to nature.
Accommodation options in the region include the recently opened Tourists in the Berkshires and Scribners in the Catskills – both with designs based on classic American motor lodges.