June 11, 2008

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Montgomery Place

We recently had friends from Paris stay with us for the weekend in Kinderhook, as is so often the case, I was racking my brain with what to do to amuse them during their stay. The solution proved to be better than expected. We spent a day touring some of the great estates that the Hudson Valley is know for. 
Sunday we went to the magnificent property, Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The sprawling 434 acre estate was in the Livingston family for over two hundred years. The branch of the family that lived here were very much into horticulture and went as far as to hire one of my most favorite 19th century designers Andrew Jackson Downing. It was thrilling to see his work first hand.  
Even though the house isn't open to the public (we were told they hope to have it open next year) the visit to the grounds was so beautiful and relaxing that it made it worth the trip. 

 Montgomery Place

The breath taking view of the Hudson River.

The portico inspired by the Temple of Vesta designed Andrew Jackson Downing. 

The Eliptical Pool was a very refreshing spot for us on the day of our visit. It was 90+ degrees.