The mid-18th century Dutch Colonial estate formerly known as The Inn at Stone Ridge reopened last fall under new ownership as Hasbrouck House. Co-owners Akiva Reich and Eitan Baron, Brooklyn-based developers who specialize in creative re-use of old properties, undertook a meticulous year-long renovation of the property, where they plan to welcome not only guests who arrive from elsewhere to enjoy boutique hotel features in an historic setting, but locals, who, promises Reich, will find a number of events to enjoy on the property in coming months, including movies screened outdoors on the bluestone patio and bonfire storytelling.
Building good relationships with the surrounding community is a central part of the business plan. “We were looking for a property in the area with historic relevance, and when we first saw the Hasbrouck House, we knew that this was something special,” says Reich. “And as with any historic property, there’s obviously a history that comes with it. The community, and the towns around it, play an integral role in the story of the property.”
The Main Street Historic District in the Marbletown hamlet of Stone Ridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Most of the structures date to the 18th and early 19th centuries, with the Hasbrouck House — rechristened to the name it was known by in its time as a residence of Hasbrouck family members — among the oldest, along with the 1767 Cornelius Wynkoop Stone House. The district has remained largely unchanged since the early 20th century.
Reich is a designer and real estate developer, president of the Brooklyn-based Gowanus Hospitality Group that creates eclectic event venues in older properties and principal of design firm Akiva Reich & Co., which brings building and interior design together in one unified business. Business partner Baron is founder of Greenstone, which develops properties in the New York City area that retain the feeling of a Brooklyn brownstone while incorporating “green” technologies. The Hasbrouck House is their first hotel, situated in the Hudson Valley when Reich noticed that several of his Brooklyn-based employees had purchased homes in the area within the same year.
Hasbrouck House offers 30 guest bedrooms within 22 suites, divided between the main house, carriage and stable houses. Elegantly furnished in a palette of soft neutrals and blues, the design of each room emphasizes comfort, combining vintage and historical elements with contemporary luxury. All of the rooms feature views of the grounds. Custom-made marble desks with handmade leather blotters, rain shower fixtures, heated bathroom floors and cushy beds outfitted with high-end linens are among the amenities. Rates range from $275 to $750 a night, with the average around $400.
The 55-acre site features a 55-foot restored vintage swimming pool, a lake soon to host a fleet of rowboats, groomed hiking trails, access to a neighboring 100-acre apple orchard and a 4,000-square-foot bluestone patio, where Film Nights are set to begin in May, with access to food and beverages in the adjoining pool house’s Butcher & Bar, a “re-imagined fast-food” eatery. The property’s natural setting will host a select number of weddings each year along with private events and there are wellness services (massage, Reiki, yoga) available.
The restaurant on-site is called Butterfield, its name a nod to the comments made by early settlers who compared the richness of the surrounding land to butter. The original smokehouse, out of use for half a century, has been restored for use. A full bar is available inside along with a Hudson Valley-inspired farm-to-fork menu, which will change with the seasons. Dining will be offered on the patio during warmer months. Current offerings for brunch, served on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., include poached pear French toast ($12), the Butterfield Burger with house-smoked tomatoes and bacon jam ($18) and a dish called shakshuka ($14), poached eggs with tomatoes, peppers and a Middle Eastern spice blend. Starters for dinner, served Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., include a cheese plate with nuts and jam ($15) and crispy parmesan artichokes with balsamic glaze ($12). Entrees run $16-$28 and include swordfish, farmhouse chicken, ribeye and curried lamb stew along with vegetarian options. Thursday night has been designated “locals’ night,” with area residents receiving a ten percent discount on their dinner check.
Additional activities planned for the main grounds, to which local residents will be invited to participate, include artisan/food markets, curated dinners and live music on the weekends. Details as available will be posted on Facebook. Hasbrouck House is located at 3805 Main St. in Stone Ridge; (845) 687-0736, firstname.lastname@example.org.