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Rent the Life

An Amish farm, a working lighthouse, an island all to yourself, and other summer-rental fantasies.


Gentleman’s Farm
Stuyvesant, New York

The Details
Travel time: 2 hours.
Size: Sleeps 8.
Dates: All summer.
Price: $25,000 for Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Broker: David King, Gary DiMauro Real Estate.

Experience farm life without getting your hands dirty in this circa-1885 four-bedroom converted barn with exposed beams, wide-board floors, and a chef-friendly kitchen, complete with a restaurant-caliber Bertazzoni stove. The house sits adjacent to a 2,400-square-foot painting studio designed to make the most of the northern light. Next door is a silo, no longer operational but which serves as a reminder of the property’s past. The estate has fourteen acres of open fields that require no tilling—walk them or bike them, or sit on the deck and just take in the endless vistas. If you’re feeling inspired, the Spotty Dog Books & Ale (440 Warren St.; 518-671-6006), twelve miles away in Hudson, sells art supplies. Motivated cooks, meanwhile, can shop for ingredients on Saturdays at the Kinderhook Farmer’s Market (Village Green, Kinderhook).


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