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“Beautiful, solitary ramble”
Review of Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place
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Owner description: Montgomery Place, a serene reflection of nearly 200 years of continuous family stewardship, is best known as a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing and an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. But the totality of the estate - house, gardens, arboretum, woodlands, orchards, hamlet, and natural features - makes it a unique American treasure.The 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time.
Reviewed October 15, 2013

No one was there when I visited on a cool, drizzly day. No one. A tour was noticed to begin much later than my visit, but I had the exterior of the house, the charming terrace with wicker chairs, the woods and the river vista to enjoy in solitude. I could look in the (hand blown glass) windows of the ground floor and see the elegant furniture, the china and crystal laden dining tables and the beautiful wall treatments, which made me want to learn more. All in all, a delightful place.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

I've now visited Montgomery Place three times, in Spring, Summer & Fall. The house, of course, is a pleasure to tour no matter the season, and the tour guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and very willing to answer questions. A house tour is a very reasonable $10, but the grounds are open at no charge, which is not universally true of many other of the estates in the Hudson Valley like Kykuit & Sunnyside. The grounds at Montgomery Place are well kept but not over-groomed, and there are 2 well marked trails to walk and discover the wooded areas leading down to the river. Both offer serene, unspoiled opportunities to enjoy the beauty of this area. Neither walk is unduly strenuous, but wear sturdy shoes. Sandals are not a good idea! If you'd prefer a more leisurely visit, a walk around the more formal areas of the estate is just as lovely, and you can sit on the thoughtfully provided benches at the back of the mansion and drink in the marvelous view to the Hudson below....And if you are a birdwatcher, Montgomery Pl. should be on your must-do list when you're in the area. Woodpeckers, bluejays, larks, red-breasted nuthatches, little blue herons...and that's just a casual inventory from one afternoon. In short...Go! Whether you're a history buff mainly interested in the house & it's architecture or a nature lover, or both, it's a wonderful way to spend a day in a glorious part of New York State. And nearby Tivoli and Red Hook have a range of dining and shopping options to please anyone.

2  Thank Agnes C
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

The house is interesting for the history of the family that settled in the Hudson River Valley before the Revolutionary War. There are walking trails throughout the grounds. The day we were there, an antique car show was taking place, adding to the fun. Only the first floor is open to tourists.

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Terrific architectural gem in a perfect setting. Very informative tours and opportunity to take in the best of the Hudson Valley

1  Thank Martin B
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We visited Montgomery Place the last week in October. The mansion is very nice but the tour is limited to the first floor only. Our tour guide was very good. We would go back in the summer when the gardens are in full bloom and you can see the waterfalls. The mansion is closed for the season now. They have so many opportunities to make this a great place to visit. They could decorate the home for Christmas and have special events but they must have a limited budget to operate the mansion.

3  Thank murphman
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