The ambiance of a bygone era with contemporary levels of guest comfort
The original 1870 Danskammer House was extensively renovated with new infrastructure systems in 2016-2017 while preserving key architectural features of the historic dwelling. The innkeepers have blended the ambiance of a bygone era with contemporary levels of guest comfort.
Considerable attention has been given to environmental systems, with new windows that really open, a ceiling fan in every guest room, an individually controlled heating and cooling ductless unit in each upstairs bedroom, and additional heating and venting in each bathroom. The first-floor public rooms enjoy a robust central heating and cooling system. The property also incorporates a whole-house fan that refreshes the entire dwelling with fresh air from the great outdoors, whenever seasonal conditions permit.
Our public rooms pay homage to the early Dutch who settled the Hudson Valley and to the commercial trade in pottery, what we call today Delftware, of the Dutch East Indies Company under whose patronage (flag) Henry Hudson made his accidental voyage of discovery of the Hudson River estuary and the future New Netherlands.
The public rooms and guest quarters of Danskammer House are named in honor of Hudson River artists. Selected reproductions of Hudson River School paintings and an understated color palette borrowed from them evoke a time and a place and a geography that gave rise to a distinctive heritage of arts and letters in the Hudson Valley and the new American Republic.
Guests may choose from four to five suites, all offering a comfortable bedroom, a new tiled bathroom and a private closet for storing guest belongings. Bathed in warm, neutral shades of cream, gray, and beige, the bathrooms feature patterned Italian tile floor, a large, subway-tiled, walk-in shower, a granite-topped sink, and an elongated toilet; bathrooms also are equipped with a vent unit and an individually controlled energy-boost heater. All guest rooms accommodate double occupancy with a range of king, queen or large twin bed options. Each unit also includes a table suitable for writing or computing, two comfortable reading chairs, lamps, and diffused Hudson Valley natural light filtering through newly replaced, fully operable windows. Furnishings feature sturdy, elegantly simple Amish furniture, oriental rugs, and printed fabrics echoing a color palette inspired by the Hudson River School painting featured in each guest suite.
On the first floor, the Asher Durand Suite is outfitted for guests who have limited mobility or prefer not to climb the stairs. From the Durand Suite, there is easy access to all public rooms on the first floor as well as a wide front porch.
On the second floor, guests may choose from the George Inness Suite and the Sanford Gifford Suite affording east-facing views to the Hudson River and Taconic Mountains and abundant morning light. Alternately, guests may choose from the Worthington Whittredge Suite and John Kensett Suite facing westward to Danskammer’s front yard and receiving abundant afternoon light and filtered sunsets. The second floor suites are one flight below the Church Lounge, which offers comfortable seating and expansive views in many directions.
Throughout their stay at Danskammer House, guests are invited to use the inn’s public spaces. On the first floor, they have access to the Dutch-inspired living room featuring an historic fireplace, a more Victorian-designed dining room with another historic fireplace, and the garden room with expansive windows looking out to our backyard patio and landscaped terrace. The front porch, the French-style patio, and the terrace-walled outdoor fireplace are delightful places to linger with a last cup of coffee in the morning or to enjoy a drink at day’s end. And maybe a guest would be motivated to turn a corner to inspect our vegetable gardens, berry patches, small fruit orchard, grape vines, herb garden, or cottage floral beds. Or on a rainy or cold day, guests might want to escape to the sunrise and sunset lounges upstairs and, with a cup of tea or other beverage in hand, search for barges on the river, espy commuter trains speeding along its shoreline, or simply read a good book or listen to some musical artist newly discovered the night before at the Falcon. Or then again, you might not be able to resist the urge to peek at that laptop or smart phone you had promised to leave behind. Larger screen televisions are available on the first and third floors. WiFi is available throughout the house, inside and out.