The Hudson River Valley is as beautiful as you imagine and many wealthy people have built great homes along it to enjoy this view . Kykuit is exceptional so don't miss it . John D Rockefeller senior and junior were devote Baptists and did not drink , smoke , dance or womanize . Besides attending their finances they devoted their time to family , charity and art . Don't look for Jay Gatsby here .
I agree with all previous reviews except our guide Peter Haupt was beyond excellent . He indeed showed us many old photographs he had collected from archives showing the family , estate and gardens during different periods . For example the photos of the incredible gardens show the now lush Linden Trees as the small trees they were when planted . These gardens are not flat land with flower beds , the landscape architects moved soil and huge boulders to create natural looking winding paths . Think Central Park on steroids with unlimited funds well spent !
Nelson Rockefeller bought and installed many massive modern sculptures by important artists in ideal settings along the way. Like them or not they make the gardens come alive .
One walks the house and carriage house and can easily imagine this richest man in the world enjoying life . Not an overwrought gilded ballroom in sight .