Deep in the rolling farmlands of the lower-Hudson Valley sits a magnificent 150-acre estate crowned with a spectacular hilltop mansion known as Glenmere Mansion in Chester New York, not far from Croton-on-the-Hudson, which has an Amtrak stop if zipping up from New York City without a car, though the drive is glorious.
The Gilded Age retreat of the Goelet family, Glenmere was one of America’s finest country homes, once host to royalty, aristocracy, and leading artists. Now it is reborn as a premier luxury hotel. It boasts 18 guest accommodations, two superb restaurants, and recreational facilities on site and nearby. It is surrounded by lush meadows and formal gardens and inside, it has sweeping marble staircases, grand cortile, and gracious terraces.
Glenmere was originally fashioned as a 35-room Tuscan villa with a central open cortile and majestic interior details, including marble-columned porticoes and sweeping interior and exterior staircases. Original architectural details have been preserved throughout, and the landscape once more offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and tranquil Glenmere Lake.
We drove there from New York City for a meeting and it was less than 50 miles from Manhattan. There are meeting rooms, traditional sitting rooms that will bring you back to old Europe, an outside restaurant which was perfect for a late July afternoon. The lunch was delicious and the service top notch.
They also have suites, luxurious accommodations and an upscale spa.
The Spa at Glenmere Mansion reflects the luxury and opulence of the Gilded Age. Services are performed in beautifully appointed suites featuring a private restroom, changing and vanity area, steam shower, soaking tub and treatment area. Their duet suite boasts a fireplace, side-by-side soaking tubs and treatment tables. Each of their rituals include pre-or-post-treatment tapas and a selection of organic teas, juices or water infusions in something they refer to as a Relaxation Library.
The foundation of The Spa at Glenmere Mansion is their stunning Carrara marble Bath House and Hammam, so yes, they offer a Hammam experience also which is not so common in most American spas. See previous write-ups of a Hammam experience at New York’s Trump Hotel and at Winnipeg’s Ten Spa.
Glenmere’s spa offers water therapies from around the world including an Herbal Steam Room, Dry Heat Sauna, Stimulating Swiss Shower, Cool Mist Room, Aqua Massage Vitality Pool and Warm Marble Bellystone.
Nearly 1,250 square feet perched atop the mansion, with commanding views in every direction. Private elevator access leads guests to a two-bedroom/two-bath suite with three fireplaces (including one in the master bath), a large formal living room, dining area, butler’s bar, and expansive private terrace.
Inside, there’s artistic grandeur and decadence throughout. This was the hallway we walked through to get to the meeting rooms – there’s a bar / lounge area just up to the left and of course, the outside seating area if you choose to sit outside during warmer months.
Additionally worth noting are their gardens, which were originally designed by Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect.