The Historic Astor Gatehouse Estate

  • $2,500,000
239 River Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Featured For Sale National Register of Historic Places

The Historic Astor Gatehouse Estate

239 River Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
  • $2,500,000


Introducing the Historic Astor Gatehouse estate in Rhinebeck. If you are seeking a unique and resplendent property, this is the opportune moment to acquire the only available residence and parcel once part of the Astor Estate, Ferncliff. Set on 5 pastoral acres off scenic River Road, the gatehouse was commissioned and designed in 1879 by Louis Ehlers, a landscape designer working for William Backhouse Astor Jr. These exquisite grounds include the original 3 bedroom ashlar stone gatehouse, a 2 bedroom carriage house with in-ground saline pool, 3 bedroom guest cottage, the original glass greenhouse, and a large studio building with 3 art studios, a loft and darkroom designed by the current artist-owners. The historic gatehouse was modernized for contemporary living without sacrificing historic integrity, and features a large and open great-room with skylights, adjacent open dining room, stylish eat-in kitchen, 2 full baths with Italian tile, and 3 upper bedrooms with custom built-ins including European bed and window seats. There are hardwood floors throughout as well as a wood burning fireplace, laundry room and loft for work or play. The Carriage House has a two car garage on the lower level and an open floorplan apartment above with a beautifully lit great room, living room, kitchen and bedroom with sweeping views of the property. On the second floor is a screening room which includes a screen and projector for film night every night. Fern Cottage provides additional space for guests or a caretaker with 3 bedrooms,1 bath, a skylit kitchen and living room with fireplace. Attached is the Lord and Burnham Victorian glass greenhouse. Imported from England, this 3,000 square feet structure was once used to grow flowers for the Ferncliff estate buildings. A splendid space for plants or parties, the possibilities are infinite. Other impressive features are a root cellar with original marble steps and a small fruit orchard with apple, peaches and pears. This mini-estate also boasts an entry garden and formal back garden with decorative boxwoods, a fountain as well as original 18th c wrought iron fencing. Many mature perennial plantings and informal gardens dot this poetic landscape, and trees and shrubs of note include a hedge of forsythia, row of mature white pines, and a 200 year old Fir tree. Perfect as a full or part-time residence, this property is just 2 hours from NYC, and only 5 minutes from Rhinebeck Village, Amtrak and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.



Property ID
Square Footage
11911 sqft
Lot Size
5 acres
Year Built
Updated on May 17, 2021 at 9:11 am


  • Address 239 River Rd.
  • City Rhinebeck
  • State New York
  • Zip/Postal Code 12572
  • Country United States

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Elizabeth Peters
  • Elizabeth Peters
  • Heather Croner Real Estate/Sotheby's International Realty
  • (845) 677-9822
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  • (845) 235-3488
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