A Stay at Haviland House: An 1825 Landmark Home in Hudson
36 South 5th St | Hudson, NY
Now that the weather is warming, we can think of nothing better than the two-hour ride up to Hudson for the weekend. For a truly special stay, Haviland House checks all the boxes for a trip upstate: a comfortable stay in an elegant home with dreamy interiors, easy access to the mountains and countryside, and a one-and-a-half block walk to Warren Street, the creative pulse of the city.
Thought to be the first structure on Fifth Street, the house was built in 1825 and later named for its original owner, Steamboat Captain John T. Haviland. Today, the three-bedroom vacation home sleeps six and is filled with gorgeous antiques, original wide plank flooring, multiple wood-burning fireplaces, and a screened porch and backyard that is perfect for dining al fresco.
One of the best draws to the house is its close proximity to all of the city’s wonderful restaurants and shops. Talbott & Arding and Hudson Wine Merchants are both within walking distance — the perfect spots to pick up local provisions and wine to take back to the house. And although the house comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, if you would prefer to dine out, we recommend Fish & Game, one of our favorite farm-to-table restaurants serving seasonal food in a former 19th century blacksmith shop.
Haviland House is available to rent throughout the year from Red Cottage, a boutique rental agency with a curated collection of beautiful vacation homes upstate with properties ranging from cozy cottages and rustic cabins to airy farmhouses and palatial estates.
- Location: Hudson, NY
3 bedrooms, including one master bedroom with en-suite bath
Multiple wood-burning fireplaces
Central air conditioning
Outdoor dining table and gas grill
Accessible via Amtrak
From a 19th century whaling port to a vital hub for arts and antiques, Haviland House is embedded in the historic fabric of Hudson’s downtown and was designated a local landmark in 2005.
Original wide plank wooden flooring, exposed in the parlor and painted white or checkerboard elsewhere, is found throughout the house.
A working player piano from around 1900 sits in the parlor, purchased from Adam’s Pianos in New Paltz. The 1830 portrait was found at local antique shop White Whale Limited; a set of six antique maps, together, make up the city of Hudson.
Many of the furnishings and decor, like the half table shown here, were originally sourced from Warren Street shops and purchased from the house’s previous owner. The armadillo is a doorstop that was purchased on Etsy; the Brooklyn-based company happens to have a Hudson outpost housed in a 19th century industrial building around the corner.
A rustic dining table and ram chair adorn the dining room, which can be closed off from the den with antique pocket doors. A large bay window looks out to a beautiful backyard that has been updated with new stonework and landscaping.
The mid-century pieces in the media room are some of the owner’s favorite furnishings in the house. The taxidermied ram head was purchased from White Whale Limited.
The house sleeps six comfortably with all three of the bedrooms located on the second floor.
Antique maps of Hudson and a mottled mirror decorate one of the bedrooms.
Built-in bookshelves showcase a curated display of objects and curiosities in one of the bedrooms, with nearly everything sourced from small shops in Hudson.
Running the full depth of the house is the master bedroom with a wood-burning fireplace and leather Chesterfield sofa.
In the warmer months, guests can enjoy preparing their meals on the gas grill and spending an evening gathered around the table.
Guests often remark at Haviland House’s truly unique location, closely situated to Hudson’s lively arts district and still just a scenic drive away from the breathtaking landscape of the Hudson Valley.