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.
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.
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.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Emily · Married on 10/27/2018
Thank God for Jack
I will never be able to fully put into words how special "A Private Estate" is.Sent on 12/09/2018
But I'll try!
We chose the venue because it was beautiful, spacious, and mainly because we really got a great vibe from both Ripley and Jack. It was obvious from two tours that they took so much pride in what they did and expected as much from all the vendors who came on site. They recommended a wedding planner to us who was equally as amazing.
The week of my late October, fully outdoor wedding, the weather said "nor'easter". I was absolutely devastated, in a way I never expected to be. I had no idea how the wedding was going to work... I feared early departures and disappointed (older! Floridian!) relatives. I cried all the way up to the venue, and as Jack was explaining the property to us, I started to cry again... my friends will never let me forget this! Now its funny...
Jack didn't blink an eye. 10 minutes later he returned with firewood and two bottles of wine.
My mom, who was also losing her mind at this point, and I walked down by the front of the house. We thought we wouldn't be able to use that part of the venue...
Jack came over, and 30 minutes later I couldn't care less what the weather would bring. I knew that everything was going to be perfect. And it was.
We poked around the barn as it was getting set up, asked another billion questions, and were just constantly reassured that everything would be great.
"A Private Estate" is not a wedding factory pumping out events. It is so, so special.
The entire weekend, the carriage house, felt so personal. My bridal party, my family, the groomsmen, all got to spend so much time together, crafting and bonding, getting ready the day of.
The day of the wedding Jack worked so incredibly hard, in freezing rain and crazy wind, to pull off a wedding that every guest said was the best they'd ever been to. Despite the crazy, cold weather, we got to utilize every part of the venue, kept people warm, and Jack was still able to light the fire by the end of the night.
A Private Estate is a beautiful Hudson Valley venue, but it is unique from all the others because of the care and hard work that goes into every detail. I can't imagine you'd find a venue more invested in each wedding they host than A Private Estate, or a person more compassionate and dedicated than Jack.
This truly doesn't do the day of our wedding justice.
Nor'easter and all, we wouldn't have changed a thing.
Thank you A Private Estate
A Private Estate's reply:You are so welcome. We care about every couple who books with us. We think about their wedding as if it was ours. Thank you Emily for capturing in words what we try for every wedding and hopefully achieve. Please come back and visit! All best wishes to you both as you continue your life together. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Ripley and Jack
Jason Kilby · Married on 09/14/2019
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.Sent on 09/18/2019
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 :)
Clare Thomas · Married on 09/09/2019
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
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+++