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Discover History at Home Inside Kinderhook’s Former Tavern House

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Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid Photography

William Bame House may date back to 1815, but the Columbia County landmark offers the best of modern-day living with three fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen, and a luxurious library.

Address: 1294 Old Post Rd, Kinderhook

Description: In its former life, Kinderhook’s William Bame House was an inn, tavern, and stagecoach shop in Columbia County. It dates back to 1815 and, over the years, served as a stopping point for travelers and locals alike in search of a drink and a warm meal. Constructed in the Federal style, Bame House is a stately property with all the necessary contemporary amenities for a cozy life upstate.

Through the front door, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house welcomes homeowners with its unique harmony of history and modernity. Three fireplaces and radiant heat add warmth throughout the space, while an open chef’s kitchen serves as a hub for entertaining. There is a total of 17 rooms, including a private master suite and guest rooms with ensuite baths. As for the library, it’s the stuff of book lover dreams, with rich wooden shelves lining the walls in hopes of the right owner to fill them.

Outside, the property is equally as stunning, if not more so. Because it sits on 34.6 acres of land, the 4,558-square-foot abode boasts a number of walking and riding trails for personal recreation. Designated areas for a garden, fire pit, and patio bring the living room outdoors, with a private pond onsite as well. As far as parking goes, a four-car garage houses vehicles safely.

Asking price: $1,699,000

Selling points: For anyone looking to escape upstate, William Bame House is the answer. While the home sits quietly in the countryside off Old Post Road, it’s only a short drive away from central Kinderhook and Valatie, with Hudson Valley favorites like Samascott Orchards and Golden Harvest Farms nearby. To the south, Hudson offers a direct connection to the Amtrak line and New York City beyond.

Listing agent: Pamela Belfor, Gary DiMauro Real Estate, Inc.

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