A London-based luxury retreat will soon breathe new life into the historic Grasmere estate in the town of Rhinebeck.
Soho House, which has offices in 18 countries and is known for being exclusively owned by the famous and creative, hopes to begin construction in the spring on a boutique hotel concept.
The company chose the Grasmere property because of its historic buildings, rural landscape and proximity to a train station with a connection to New York. The 250-acre property off Mill Road dates back to 1774 and was where Chelsea Clinton held her wedding rehearsal dinner in 2010.
“The buildings are absolutely, incredibly beautiful and the opportunity to restore them like we did in Oxfordshire (London) on our farm here is a great experience,” said Jarrett Stuhl, chief operating officer of the Americas for Soho House. “We care a lot about making sure structures have the ability to come back to life and it’s been an amazing experience for our customers.”
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While the public will be able to book accommodation on the Rhinebeck site, “daytime access” will be limited to members. It was immediately unclear which elements would be restricted.
Soho House will lease the property. The total cost of the project could be between approximately 120 and 150 million dollars; a representative from Soho House said there were “several balls in the air” that could impact the final total cost. The total will include improvements to the water system in the Village of Rhinebeck.
The Rhinebeck project, which was first proposed in 2013, has received conditional site approval from the city’s planning board, which requires it to obtain certain permits before starting construction. The 250 acre property is subdivided from the existing 500 acre property owned by Mensch Grasmere LLC. The property is zoned as Country Inn 2, the planning council in 2014 approved a special permit for 110 units.
Stuhl said they have the option of adding more units in the future. The project has gone through a few iterations since the first site plan was submitted and approved.
“This project was theoretical and ongoing,” said City Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia, who remains skeptical of what the final plan would be, which she points out has yet to be fully approved, and no permits. has not been issued.
What is planned?
While Soho House already has locations in the United States, such as Manhattan, Miami and Austin, Texas, Rhinebeck’s location will be the company’s first time employing its Soho Farmhouse brand outside of London. The brand is geared towards agricultural properties with a “certain acreage”.
The developer plans to restore the old mansion to include 12 bedrooms. There will also be 21 separate cabins with studio, one and two bedroom units.
The stone barn will become a dining area, the carriage shed will be adapted into a bar, lounge and performance space. There will also be a spa.
How will this work?
A room can cost around $1,000 per night at the Soho House location in New York for a non-member.
Soho House has around 150,000 members, which the organization says include those in the film, media, music, arts and fashion industries. Membership is exclusive, with varying levels of access and annual fees. The acceptance process includes both an application and an interview.
Its website says some rooms at various locations are for members only, and the lowest membership tier doesn’t grant access to all properties, gyms, spas, or events.
“We are very excited about this adaptive reuse project which will see the restoration of a historic mansion and barns in the town of Rhinebeck and attract people from all over the world to work, relax, play and create thoughtfully in our community. We hope to catch the attention of visiting innovators and entrepreneurs and get them to stay in our community to live and/or start a business,” said Ronald Hicks, Deputy County Executive of Dutchess.
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