The Hansel and Gretel Victorian

Enter this pretty gingerbread cottage-mansion and be drawn deeper inside by its perfumed scent. Once inside, a perfectly frightening bear-skin rug and a variety of taxidermy fauna greet you. Children best stay away from the brick fireplace hearth! Perfectly period-dressed mannequins, musical chairs, antiques, and statuary draw you in deeper. A tiny child’s corset is laid upon a small, pretty bed while music box dolls animate to dance for arriving guests. I half expected to find Miss Havisham pining away in a corner upstairs but instead I found sun poring through gothic-arched windows and shedding light upon dreamy bedrooms and hallways.

Square footage: 3,500 interior, 1/3 acre (Great room, parlor, dining room, music room, library, kitchen, master bedroom, child’s bedroom, sewing room, bathrooms, attic)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • A pretty yard with the home set back a good distance from the street

The Hudson River Mansion

While attending a pig roast at The Hudson River Mansion, I snooped around and was mesmerized by its dusty grandeur. Some of the rooms are pristine, such as the paneled octagonal library filled with old books and manuscripts. Others are worse for the wear from water damage or halted repairs, yet they retain a faded beauty. Tapestries, old paintings, heavily carved furniture, and intricate antique wallpapers abound in this stunning abode. The breathtaking grounds are immense and feature rolling hills, fields, forests, streams, rustic trails, long country roads, a riverfront beach, a tiny island, railroad tracks, and sunsets that defined the Hudson River School of painting.

Square footage: 22,000 interior, 450 acres (Main house: Great hall, library, 3 parlors, dining room, 2 kitchens, music room, bedrooms, tower room; Outbuildings: barn, stable, 2 guest houses, sheds, windmill and much more)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Wireless access
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • Immense grounds and outbuildings
  • Farm equipment and heavy machinery are available to use for an additional fee
  • Airport nearby