A Private Estate

930 Woods Road, Germantown, New York 12526 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About A Private Estate

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. Beginning in the summer of 2019 a dedicated tent space perched over the river that can accomodate the largest of wedding receptions is opening. The 19th-century barn complex where rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions can be held sits upon the hill behind the mansion and Carriage House. 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. 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.


Services Offered

The venue offers on site property manager that coordinates with your vendors along wth three different rental packages that range from chairs and table to deluxe offerings. A Private Estate also offers additonal staffing for every aspect of your event.



Accommodations
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 wifi, apple tv, working ice maker, full washroom 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 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.

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Adirondack chairs and fire pit
Adirondack chairs and fire pit
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Sunset view
Sunset view
Overlooking view
Overlooking view
Outdoor wedding setup
Outdoor wedding setup
The groomsmen on south porch
The groomsmen on south porch
Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids
Center Table wood barn
Center Table wood barn
Table setup with centerpiece
Table setup with centerpiece
Indoor wood barn
Indoor wood barn
Aphrodite, the goddess of Love gracing the north grounds. Our acre pond is on the left.
Aphrodite, the goddess of Love gracing the north grounds. Our acre pond is on the left.
Couple portrait
Couple portrait
 Fall Outdoor ceremony
Fall Outdoor ceremony
Cocktail hour in the barn complex courtyard
Cocktail hour in the barn complex courtyard
Barn Complex
Barn Complex
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Indoor/outdoor space
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Navi Tent north side of barn
Navi Tent north side of barn
Carriage House Living Room
Carriage House Living Room
Master Bedroom Carriage House
Master Bedroom Carriage House
Back porch- Carriage House
Back porch- Carriage House
Cocktail hour in front of Mans
Cocktail hour in front of Mans
Carriage House Entrance
Carriage House Entrance
Approach view of Mansion
Approach view of Mansion
Inside the wood barn
Inside the wood barn
October- in front of lake
October- in front of lake
View from Reception Tent site
View from Reception Tent site
Caterer Prep Kitchen
Caterer Prep Kitchen
Cabin Upstairs
Cabin Upstairs
Cabin Living Room
Cabin Living Room
Seating on wood deck
Seating on wood deck
Rain alternative ceremony tent
Rain alternative ceremony tent
Sparkler Exit
Sparkler Exit
Adirondack chairs and fire pit
Adirondack chairs and fire pit
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Sunset view

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42 Reviews for A Private Estate

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Jason Kilby · Married on 09/14/2019

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    A totally professional and pleasurable experience from start to finish!

    From the moment we discovered and viewed A Private Estate, we had no doubt that the spectacular venue was the place we wanted to spend our special day. That initial decisions was based on purely aesthetic first impressions, but the journey from that day to our actual wedding day, and the assistance and help given by the estate owner and the staff who work there, matched that same high standard.
    Ripley Hathaway, the owner, was consistently responsive and helpful wherever she could be along the initial viewing and into the booking process. It was a pleasure to get to know her and she had great guidance on vendors and all aspects of the wedding day experience, plenty of which we did not think of when we first started planning.
    As the day approached, Jack, the property manager, along with his team took as much of the potential stress away as they possibly could! Their positive and gracious attitude and damn hard work was both calming and just amazing.
    On a more practical side, much of the equipment required for the day was included in the overall price (i.e. ceremony & reception chairs). The ability to rent The Carriage House and the Cabin was incredibly useful and very reasonably priced. Our guests who stayed at these venues had only great things to say about them.
    The ceremony setting and cocktail hours on the banks of the Hudson is just unbeatable. The Barn for the reception was perfect and the 'al fresco' dance floor for the band and then all-night dancing was exactly what we wanted, envisioned, and A Private Estate delivered.
    I cannot recommend this venue and the people who run it highly enough. Our experience was beyond what we had hoped for - and we have high expectations :)

    Sent on 09/18/2019
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    Clare Thomas · Married on 09/09/2019

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    A Perfect Place to have a perfect wedding and reception.

    It is a breathtakingly beautiful spot to begin with overlooking the Hudson River towards the sunsetting over the Catskills. The owner and the caretaker are incredibly accommodating. There is a charming barn for smaller weddings or a rehearsal dinner. We held our Farewell Brunch in the barn. They have recently installed a flat grassy area for tents adjacent to the river. We highly recommend the venue.

    Sent on 09/09/2019

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A Private Estate FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 8,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 6,400.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Chairs, Clean Up, Parking, Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 7
  • Describe your venue: Barn, Historic Building, Mansion, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Accommodations, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly
  • What event items are available? Altar/Arch, Chairs, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables, Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available? China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Shuttle, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? May, June, July, August, September, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? April, May

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  • YMvisuals
    YMvisuals Wedding Photographers

    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.

  • Jeff Loshinsky Catering
    Jeff Loshinsky Catering Wedding Caterers

    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.

  • Morgan Hill Sound & Productions
    Morgan Hill Sound & Productions Wedding DJs

    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+++

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  • 930 Woods Road Germantown, New York, 12526 See on map
    518-500-4035 (Phone number)
    9am-7pm Daily
  • PO Box 97 Germantown, NY, 12526 See on map
    518-639-2065 (Phone number)

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