The Saugerties House: A Charming Airbnb in the Heart of Saugerties, NY
Rachel Sacks-Hoppenfeld had been looking to combine her deep-rooted passions for interior design and real estate with periodic respites from her busy Manhattan life. “I didn’t want to give up the luxury of being close to everything like I’m used to in the city, but I did want something private enough to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet,” says Rachel, a digital marketer whose entrepreneurial spirit is what led her to purchase a turn-of-the-century village home in Saugerties, NY, an eclectic Ulster County town located mere minutes off the New York State Thruway and just 9 miles east of Woodstock.
Tucked away on a sleepy corner just a half block from the bustle of Partition Street, The Saugerties House has become the perfect getaway for those looking to discover the vibrant town of Saugerties and its surrounding area. Rachel lovingly renovated the house in a light and bright bohemian style that complements the home’s historic craftsmanship and antique vestiges, from the classic porch and slender pillars, to the plentiful architectural details inside. She has created a welcoming space that traveling guests feel immediately at home in, whether lounging in the sunny living area decorated with plush furniture and artful pillows, feasting on a slow cooked meal prepared in the updated chef’s kitchen, or curling up in one of three cozy bedrooms, each designed with distinct color schemes and dreamy custom photography.
I loved starting my day on the peaceful front porch, languidly sipping coffee in a rocking chair, exchanging pleasantries with passing neighbors, and planning my afternoon meanderings through town.
- Location: Saugerties, NY
Washer and Dryer
Walking Distance to Historic Town Center
Crawling vines and a picket fence frame the front yard, which guests can admire from an antique rocking chair, beverage and book in hand. “The front porch really sold me,” says Rachel. “I envisioned starting all of my mornings on that porch.”
The traditional entryway, complete with an old Victorian cast iron floor vent and original wainscoting, was given a simple update with a little paint and some bold typography to welcome guests.
“My mom is a quilter, so I grew up surrounded by textiles — they’re my favorite design element,” says Rachel, who has an undeniable love for vintage rugs and throws. “There’s one vendor at the Chelsea Flea Market that I always go to on Saturdays. He’s my little secret.”
“Designing this house has been my passion project,” says Rachel. Her personal touches can be seen all around the house, from decadent chandeliers that cast moody shadows to whimsical art from Society 6. The Wishbone chairs were a lucky find, while the dining table came from In The House Consignments Home Store, a nearby shop selling a blend of luxury designer and home furnishings. A vase of freshly cut flowers from local floral boutique The Dancing Tulip adds an extra special touch to the dining nook.
“The major renovations happened in the kitchen,” says Rachel, speaking to the updated chef’s hangout which now features freshly painted cabinets, new appliances, and floating shelves against a simple subway tile backsplash. It’s where guests will find Rachel’s prized collection of depression glasses from Saugerties Antiques Center, as well as a stack of organically shaped ceramic bowls she made herself. The brave placement of a vintage Persian rug lends a pop of color, texture, and warmth to minimalist surroundings.
Rachel’s first attempt at embroidery resulted in a charming rendition of The Saugerties House. It proudly adorns the half bath’s original wood door off the kitchen. She plans to take on The Saugerties Lighthouse next.
The 1900s Mission-style stairway was modernized with clean white walls and contrasted by a thick coat of dusty blue over the handrail, newels, and risers. “I wanted an older home that had lots of character,” says Rachel. “The banister is my favorite original detail of the entire house.”
Rachel’s aesthetic stands at the intersection of modern, bohemian, and classic; bold blue walls are a playful backdrop to an otherwise modest interior, studded with a pair of brass mid-century modern end tables and a pink Hmong lumbar pillow from BohoPillow. The dobby woven bedding and sheer linen curtains add a layer of texture to the room. “I always want clean white luxurious bedding wherever I go, so that’s what every room has,” she says.
The white milk glass pendant light above the bed was a local find at Fed-On Lights and dates back to the Art Deco period.
The walls are adorned with framed wildlife art prints by Kevin Russ. This one, titled “Street Walker,” features a bison the photographer spotted crossing the road during a trip through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. “I love waking up to that,” says Rachel.
In one bedroom, Rachel used blonde woods, pastel hues, a capiz shell chandelier from West Elm, and a vintage indigo pillow to create a cool seaside feel. “I love this room because it feels so bright and beachy,” she says.
Every guest is welcomed with a handwritten note on a custom card from Hartland Brooklyn. The shop in nearby Leeds features a plethora of handmade stationery and a full espresso bar. “If you’re as obsessed with paper goods as I am, it’s a must-visit!” exclaims Rachel.
The perfect warm weather gathering spot, Rachel strung globe lights and set out a luncheon table under a friendly maple tree in the backyard. “My next renovation project will be to install a new patio in the backyard and plant tall flowering bushes for a bit more privacy,” she says. “I’m hoping to start on that this spring.”
After cozying in at The Saugerties House, Rachel insists guests venture out to explore the historic town center. “One of the main reasons I settled on Saugerties was for its accessibility to other Hudson Valley towns, so I’m constantly experiencing something new,” she says. Within walking distance of the house, there are countless antique shops, thrift stores, and art galleries along both Main and Partition Streets. The area’s scenic bike routes are the perfect way for active visitors to wander about, bringing you to the Hudson River, Esopus Creek, numerous historic landmarks, and serene marshlands. There’s the famed 6 ½-acre sculpture park Opus 40, a labyrinthian maze of swirling ramps, paths, and terraces that frame quarry springs and trees with an unimpeded view of Overlook Mountain. Brunch at Miss Lucy’s Kitchen and a short ribs dinner at Rock Da Casbah come highly recommended, and for a sweet tooth fix, Krause’s Chocolates is just around the corner. There is no end to the nearby hiking trails and quaint villages begging to be explored, many just a twenty minute drive away.
Miss Lucy’s Kitchen, Rock Da Casbah, Krause’s Chocolates
In The House Consignments Home Store, Fed-On Lights, Saugerties Antique Center, Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Partition Street Wine Shop
The Saugerties Lighthouse, Opus 40, Scenic Bike Routes