Fresh Picks: Glenmere Mansion

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

“Fresh Picks” features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we check out the gorgeous Glenmere Mansion. Judging by the photo, those colors and that architectural style, where do you suppose it’s situated?

Where: Not under the Tuscan sun in Italy, rather 50 miles northwest of New York City. It sits atop a hill on 150 acres of countryside in the Lower Hudson Valley.

What: Built in 1911 as the country home of Robert Wilson Goelet (Babe Ruth, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor also regularly frolicked here), the Gilded Age mansion was recently restored and made into a hotel of 18 rooms, no two the same, replete with antique furnishings, bespoke Italian linens and marble baths. Many boast fireplaces, or terraces with open views of the gardens originally designed by Beatrix Farrand—noted as America’s first female landscape architect—and still maintained today. Their spa focuses on water therapies from around the world, featuring a bath house and hammam. On the grounds there are two restaurants, two tennis courts, two bocce courts, championship croquet court and outdoor heated swimming pool.

Who: Those looking for a dash of dolce vita minus the tiresome cross-Atlantic flight.

Why: Because you’ve been there, done that Hamptons thing.

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