A spectacular historic property in the Hudson Valley of New York is on the market, demanding $ 25 million. Known as Steen Valetje, the property was built by Laura Astor and Franklin Hughes Delano in 1851 and is now owned and listed by author and commentator Suzy Welch, the widow of former GE Chairman Jack Welch.
Welch bought the property for $ 16.5 million in March 2020, and over the past two years, “she has put a lot of effort into it,” said Byron Anderson, a compass agent representing the listing alongside Candy Anderson. Says. “Many of these homes [in the area] Simply don’t trade that often, and when they do, they are usually not in this state. This is really special. “
According to Anderson, the property spans 290 acres and spans the towns of Rhinebeck and Redhook, consisting of two parcels, one of which is “strictly raw land.” The other parcel contains the main house and numerous annexes. “Between the two [parcels] The frontage of the Hudson River is just over 0.5 miles, “Anderson said Mansion Global. “The land terrain looks like one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, but it’s also idyllic in the countryside, with stunning views of the Hudson River and Catskill.”
Over the last two years, a 16,600-square-foot, 10-bedroom main home has been refurbished, preserving historic details such as hardwood floors and handrails, a total of 16 fireplaces, detailed moldings, and original windows. The kitchen and bathroom have been updated. .. Designer Bernie Williams was in charge of the interior.
The main floor has an 18-foot ceiling, some of which are painted with landscapes and frescoes, and there are pocket doors between each room, allowing you to choose a more open layout. According to the photo, the formal dining room with hardwood floors and French doors leads to a spacious outdoor patio overlooking the Hudson River.
“”[Ms. Welch] We have also done a lot of important work, including two new kitchens in the main building: a cozy family kitchen and a well-equipped chef or catering kitchen. We have all the new appliances, cabinets and plumbing, “says Anderson. “Much of the electricity in the house has been updated. She can control everything from the app.”
According to the list, in addition to “a park-like site with walking trails and cross-country ski trails,” this property includes many other annexes and recreational facilities. Extensive accommodation options on the premises include two four-bedroom guesthouses, also refurbished, a carriage yard with four potential staff apartments, a two-bedroom gatehouse, and a one-bedroom gardener’s cottage. I have.
Equestrian facilities include an eight-story stable, an indoor heated horseback riding ring, and outdoor horseback riding, as well as a greenhouse, tennis courts, and a pool and pool house with river views. “The pool house also has its own kitchen and two full bathrooms and a dressing room,” Anderson said.
Welch, who didn’t get immediate comment, decided to sell the property when he was recalled to New York City for work, Anderson said. “In March 2020, when she bought it, her life was very different than it is now,” he told Mansion Global. “She wants to rejuvenate her and get back to her job.”
Welch, a business journalist and author of books such as “10-10-10: Life-changing Ideas,” married Jack Welch from 2004 until his death in 2020. More recently, it has been the subject of a newly released book, The Man Who Breaks Capitalism: How Jack Welch Destroys Heartland, Shatters the Soul of Corporate America, and Revokes His Legacy. According to records, the property was listed in late May.