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The photos on the website in no way prepare one for the drive up to the grand old manor house. The grounds are immaculate, and the house is so interesting, and comfortable. You need a week to discover all the hidden wonders on the property. Unfortunately, we only had four days, so we will have to go back.
From the beautiful grounds to the classic architecture to the comfy rooms and the no detail left undone--it's so hard to describe. It's truly perfect in every sense of the word. 80th birthday party with family--extraordinary in every way!! Stacy, Matt and Lisa are terrific. We felt like honored guests. We asked a lot of upfront detailed questions to ensure our family celebration would come together. They were always responsive, quick to help and our stay could not have been more perfect! We all agreed we must come back and stay longer....two nights isn't enough!
We have just returned from our week at Reading Farms, and the whole family is raving about our Christmas stay. We had expected a skiing vacation, but as the whole Northeast US knows, there was not a flake of snow, and the temps were in the 50's. Not to worry! Our group of 12 adults and kids ages 7-18 were on the go constantly - hiking the superb trails throughout the property, hot tubbing, movie watching in the theatre, lots and lots of board games (supplied by the House), and some intense nearby indoor tennis. Not to mention shopping in Woodstock, of course. The best part, though, was the house and its magical comfort. We fit so many people so easily, we were not crowded together and yet the spaces are large enough for the whole group, and small enough for privacy. The rooms reminded me of our house in Connecticut, with the eclectic art collection, books, rugs, and furnishings. The excellent old Steinway was a huge draw, and our Christmas carols must have echoed over the mountains. The roomy kitchen was constantly in motion with our group chefs preparing breakfast and lunch/ and then we relaxed for delicious and copious dinners created by the house chefs. Stacy was on the job all the time, as were caretaker Matt and his wife Liza, tending to all of our little needs. Wow. Thank you Stacy and Rich. It was amazing.
Your Reading Farm experience starts with the winding gravel road that leads you through the enveloping trees to uncover a throwback to old-world decadence. A place who's allurement leaves you literally speechless from the get go. Greeted by the hosts, you can't help but be charmed, by them and by the estate. This place has to be seen, to be experienced, if it's to be believed. The main house is large yet homely and you find yourself wishing there was more time to experience every little nook. We had in-house chef, Rich, concoct a myriad of delicious family meals for us each evening before we were free to discover a new activity that would see us into the night - popcorn and a movie in the theatre room, a good old fashioned singalong next to the grand piano, a book or board game in the library. The days passed with an ease that mimicked the season we were in. A picnic, Sound of Music style, on the grassy hill that overlooks the property, a day by the Great Gatspy type pool that simply refuses to take a bad picture. If it gets cool, don't worry - there's a hot tub that fits one extra person than you think it does! And when it gets really cool, there's a fireplace and big wine glasses that scream merlot. Nothing gets old at Reading Farm. Nothing gets tired. The only thing you leave wishing there was more of is time itself. I'd like to thank the owners and hosts of this incredible slice of heaven for providing my friends and I with an experience we'll never forget. And I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this to anyone looking for a unique experience that they'll talk about for years and years to come.
From my very first inquiry on this property, Stacy, the owner, promptly replied--and throughout the year he answered every question I emailed to him usually within the hour. That alone told me what a caring person he was of his property and of the guests who were to come stay there.. We had 27 guests join us for a family reunion at Reading Farms Estate. My husband and I had gone by the previous fall to get a feel for the place and immediately loved it. For months I had told everyone joining us how wonderful it was but think they probably thought I was exaggerating. However, the minute they rounded the curve to catch that first glance at the house, they knew if anything I had understated it. We had quite a few young children with us and they used up so much energy playing on the grounds, swimming in the pool and in the pond, using the paddleboat and the canoe, playing soccer and croquet, etc. that when they would finally come inside they would literally collapse on the comfy sofas in the family room content to watch tv or listen to the adults rehashing their day. The kitchen was spectacular to work in even with such a large group, With its 2 dishwashers, 4 refrigerators, and huge gas oven, along with a second regular one no one ever felt they were working on top of each other. The beds were dreamy and we would go to sleep at night to the sounds of bullfrogs chirping in the ponds. Stacy was wonderful to work with. Even at 7 am when we contacted him of a tree that had fallen across the driveway from a bad storm, he had a crew and heavy equipment available within 15 minutes clearing the driveway for us. Chef Rich had a spectacular barbeque for us our last night there which included all the fixings for a barbeque, plus champagne to celebrate our week with and yummy cram puffs to round out the meal. We got some great pictures taken at Reading Farms Estate so we can remember this vacation for a lifetime. But hopefully we will all gather back there again one day. It was truly a magnificent week and I highly recommend this beautiful house and grounds to anyone considering staying there.