A Private Estate is a secluded 19th-century Livingston mansion welcoming couples from beginning of May until November in the heart of the Hudson Valley, north of Rhinebeck NY and south of Hudson, NY. Merely a two hour drive or Amtrak ride, north of New York City and three hours directly west of Boston its perfect for a day trip or weekend away. This manicured National Register property features both riverside grounds and an historic barn complex. The half-mile of riverside frontage is dotted with three hundred year old oak trees and an acre lake. Wedding Ceremonies take place over looking both the Hudson river and the Catskill mountains or in front of the lake. In the Fall of 2019 a dedicated tent space perched over the river that can accomodate the largest of wedding receptions opened with a promenade below it. It features free wifi for LIVESTREAMING. The 19th-century barn complex where rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions can be held sits upon the hill behind the mansion and Carriage House- there is wifi there too. You can make a whole weekend of it with touch football in the Garden area or a morning brunch the day after. We are here for you!
Facilities and Capacity
With a maximum capacity of 275 guests, couples can host their ceremonies and receptions on the intimate estate grounds. The well-groomed lawn offers both a ceremony space and a custom tent space both with backdrops of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. The white mansion's veranda and its surrounding grounds which overlooks both these spaces with its tall windows and grand porticos is the perfect place for your cocktail hour. The barn complex features a brick barn with indoor bathrooms, large caterers prep kitchen, potable water, indoor bathrooms (2 mens, 2 women, 1 handicapped) and alternative ceremony space. The wood barn has two levels and exposed wood rafters for a romantic country feel and can seat up to 120 people without additonal tenting less with social distancing. Its stone patio is ideal for dancing. The bespoke fire pit is managed by the staff and our Adirondack chairs are placed around the fire pit and the lawns for your guests enjoyment.
The venue offers on site property manager that coordinates with your vendors throughout your wedding weekend. He is not in lieu of a planner. A Private Estate also offers additonal staffing for every aspect of your event.
WE ALSO OFFER MICRO WEDDING PACKAGES for those of you who want to spend only a few hours on the property. We do have Corona Virus Protocols that include constant wiping of high touch points and a portable dual, no touch handwashing station for the Riverside grounds.
Two homes on the property offer accommodations to couples and their guests. The Carriage House sleeps up to 12 in its four bedrooms (3 with en-suite bathrooms) and upstairs living area. The Carriage House is fully air-conditioned with fiber optic wifi, apple tv, working ice maker, full laundry facility including a steamer for your formalwear. In the autumn months aged wood is provided for the wood-burning fireplace. Rental of the Carriage house is required in the Fall , June and holiday weekends but 90 % of our wedding couples rent it anyway as its the perfect place for the bride and her friends to get ready and provides a place for children and baby sitters to be parked during the wedding reception that is only two minutes away. The second option for lodging is our Creekside Cabin. Built in 2017, the cabin is fully air conditioned and heated and can sleep up to 6. It was designed for the groom and his friends or a family with kids. It has fiber optic wifi, working ice maker and covered porch that overlooks a woodland stream.
Please inquire about additional housing when you come visit.
49 Reviews for A Private Estate
Recommended by 98% of couples
35 User photos
Nicole · Married on 06/20/2020
Stunning Outdoor Wedding
We had a 50 person micro-wedding here and it was perfection. Our wedding was originally slated to be in June, but back in March we worked with Ripley to postpone to October due to the uncertainty of COVID. Normally this would be incredibly stressful, and don't get me wrong it wasn't fun, but Ripley was extremely understanding and communicative and helped bend over backwards to provide a multitude of options. Although we had to cut down our guest list and we didn't get to rage on the dance floor, everything else we had envisioned for the day came to life and couldn't have been more beautiful. For anyone planning a wedding without COVID protocols, don't hesitate - scoop this place up because they don't do many weddings a year! For anyone planning a micro wedding/COVID wedding, DEFINITELY book this venue. I'm so glad we were able to still getting married here and stay at the carriage house. We decided to go with an open air tent to be extra safe and there's so much room for guests to space out and socially distance. The best part was that it allowed us to see family and friends that we've been separated from for months within a controlled and safe environment. It made the day all the more special since we'd been apart for so long. I know when I was first looking into the venue I scoured the internet for as many photos I could find, so here's a link to our photographer's blog post with more for those that are curious https://katherinemarchand.com/a-private-estate-germantown-new-york-wedding/Sent on 10/21/2020
A Private Estate's reply:Nicole, Thank you so much for this lovely and detailed review. Jack and I are most appreciative. It was a pleasure to host your wedding. Your family was simply marvelous. We wish you much happiness in the years to come and please feel free to come back and visit.
F Kwok · Married on 05/10/2021
An Amazing Experience Even with Covid
We had an amazing experience with Ripley and Jack at A Private Estate. They were responsive and very helpful and had a great network of vendors that they were able to refer to us. Our wedding took place during parts of the Covid restrictions and they were very good at helping us understand the rules and what we could not do and what things would cause problems for other vendors. They were also very helpful in providing the right equipment and facilities to have a safe event under the Covid regulations and were willing to be flexible on their end to help us comply with rules. This was especially important to us as we had a few older guests and we are very happy to report that no one got sick at the event so things were done right. We can't recommend them enough.Sent on 01/20/2021
A Private Estate's reply:Thank you Frank. You cannot buy good health and Jack and I are so glad that everyone stayed well and that you and Allison enjoyed your wedding day despite the pandemic. We wish you much happiness in the years to come and good health too. Come back and visit if you find yourselves in the area. All the best, Ripley and Jack.
Susan J. · Married on 07/10/2020
A Magical Venue
Ripley went above and beyond to ensure that our experience at A Private Estate was magical. Jack, the property manager, put us at ease, even securing a metal detector to find an earring lost in the leaves. We felt completely comfortable and well cared for. We will never forget this enchanting experience!Sent on 10/27/2019
A Private Estate's reply:Susan, it was an absolute delight to host you and your family. Please come back and visit. We are open almost every day except major holidays.
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Private Estate is one of my favorite locations to photograph a wedding. It offers a wonderful view of the Hudson river. I love the architecture of the barn and the intimate atmosphere it creates. There are so many locations to make timeless photos and portraits of the bride and the groom. I highly recommend it.
What an amazing atmosphere for a wedding. We had a great experience working with Ripley and Jack, and hope to work again at a Private Estate again. A great value with all it has to offer. A well maintained and loved gem.
Elegance at it's best! From the beautiful front lawn over looking the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, to the unique barn setting with an excellent outdoor patio setting, A Private Estate is no question, a venue like no other!!! We LOVE performing at this venue and working along side their friendly staff! A+++