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“Best view of the Hudson!! Great for picnics.”

Staatsburgh State Historic Site / Mills Mansion
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Owner description: The mansion is beautiful, but the real appeal is in the hundreds of acres overlooking the Hudson River.
Reviewed July 28, 2014

The best thing about Mills Mansion is not the house itself but the lawn behind the house. It's beautiful. There is an open area sloping downward towards the river. There are large oak trees providing shade. You get the most beautiful view of the Hudson River. The grassy area is just beyond the parking lot to the left and behind the Mills Mansion. The area tends to be very quiet. I would suggest bringing a picnic basket for lunch and a blanket to lie on. The mansion generally doesn't get many visitors so it is very serene. Here is a photo of the river from the lawn. And best of all it's free!!!!

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

We didn't tout this estate but walked the trails surrounding it and they are really nice. Perfect for day tromp thru the woods. We took the white trail down by the river and enjoyed the peacefulness of it all.

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Having seen the big name grand houses of the Hudson Valley, we finally sought out this large and important, but slightly less known, grand home. It is well worth your time to search out -- easy to find but off the beaten path. It is certainly the grandest of the grand -- 79 rooms, built to impress. The mirror image library and dining room, both in the Stanford White additions to the original house, are particularly grand – each at 30 ft x 50 ft, with high, high ceilings and grand decoration. However, much of the interior (and some of the exterior) is a long, long way from being restored. Owned by the State of New York, restoration is going room by room, so some are indeed restored to grandeur, others more in a state of shabby decrepitude, rather like a grande dame fallen on very hard times. Carol, our volunteer tour guide, was a gem.

One hint -- signage about where to enter for tours is very, very sparse -- as of May 2014 you need to seek out a small basement door on the back (river)side of the house, beyond the central portico and towards the south end of the house. The gift shop (once the gentlemen’s billiard room) is enormous, and has many, many good books on the area and the gilded age.

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Reviewed May 25, 2014

We finally made it to the Mills Mansion yesterday. It's a very beautiful country home. They just finished rebuilding the front portico so the scaffolding is down. The next project will be to open the basement for tours which will include the kitchen. They have a big wish list of projects. The house could use millions in work and they are doing the best they can with the funding and fund raising they are getting now. Our tour guide "Craig" gave us lots of interesting information. The most stunning room was the dining room. Make sure you check out the marble walls, it takes your breath away. You get a good tour but NY will not allow you up to the third floor for safety reasons. The house still needs work on the outside and little by little they are fixing it so don't be put off as you approach the home. The handicap ramp will soon be open on the front portico.

1  Thank javaandjazz
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

I have traveled around the country and have been on many mansion tours, this is the one mansion that I actually would love to own. It is large yet comfortable, something many gilded age mansions lack. They have been renovating the home for some time now and I am told just recently finished the front fascia. A reason for me to go back! They host many events and have amazing grounds. The proximity to the Hudson is stupendous. Go for a run, or even sit down and have a picnic in the area. .

1  Thank KevinTheGuide
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