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. 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.


Services Offered

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.



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 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.

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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
Indoor/outdoor space
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
Sunset view

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48 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 4.8
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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  • Nicole

    Nicole C · Married on 06/20/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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
  • Lauren

    Lauren Skinner · Married on 10/05/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The perfect venue

    If you are looking for a riverside venue, a barn, or just a beautiful location, A Private Estate is PERFECT! From the moment my husband and I first drove into the grounds we were in awe of the beauty this venue has to offer. This was the first and only place we toured when booking our wedding. We knew right away that we weren't going to find a more beautiful and perfect location. Ripley and Jack also made our decision making that much easier with their friendly and helpful personalities. The riverfront ceremony sight offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River, along with the new riverside cocktail hour location. Our guests were in complete awe of the beauty A Private Estate offers. The barn complex was the perfect layout for our buffet style dinner and dance floor for our band and 144 guests. Our wedding planning/prep was smooth and easy and everything was catered to our needs/wants. Our day was truly magical, and it was largely because of how amazing this venue is and how wonderful Ripley and Jack are to work with.

    Sent on 10/30/2019

Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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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?
    $ 8500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 6800
  • 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
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    275
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    2
  • 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
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/Arch
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • 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

Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements

  • 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 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 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
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  • PO Box 97 Germantown, NY, 12526 See on map
    518-639-2065 (Phone number)
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