Photos by Yannis Malevitis Photography, courtesy of Glasco
The concept residence is a hybrid home and upscale hotel for locals and visitors who crave a serene retreat in the Hudson Valley.
To say that the Hudson Valley is a destination would be an understatement. In a region that teems with one-of-a-kind attractions, top-tier dining, and breathtaking panoramas, it’s hardly a surprise that locals and visitors alike choose to plan vacations here. Yet when it comes to picking a place to spend the night, which should one choose: the homey vibes of an Airbnb or the elegance of a hotel?
The decision is easy at Glasco Woodstock, a luxury residence that reimagines hospitality. The home is the first in the Glasco line of design-forward properties that will span across the globe and welcome guests “home,” even if they’re miles away from where they live.
At Glasco Woodstock, temporary residents of the space experience the true meaning of “home away from home.” The property rests in the serene landscape of Ulster County and combines the peacefulness of a private residence with the luxury of a five-star hotel.
“With every detail, we strive to make our guests feel a sense of warmth, comfort, and luxury,” explains Glasco founder Rob Ross. Born and raised in Woodstock, Ross moved to New York City to pursue a career in Broadway and fashion lighting. Even so, he felt a draw back to the region he once called home, and even got married at Opus 40 nearby.
With Glasco Woodstock, Ross’s vision for a home that encapsulates the beauty of the surrounding region comes to life. As will be the case with other Glasco properties, each room in the home takes its name from a different part of the region in order to bring a historical element to the space and teach guests more about the area in which they are visiting. What’s more, Glasco sources local products and real-time, guest-specific intel through a digital concierge service to help create a personalized stay for each and everyone.
In regard to the Glasco Woodstock site, the search to find the perfect property took Ross approximately a year, but it was well worth the effort.
“[With] the stunning architecture, breathtaking windows with a perfect view of Overlook Mountain, the winding paths through the meadows, [and] the morning dew glistening on the flowers, it felt like a true escape,” he recalls.
Because the property, which dates back to the mid-1800s, was renovated in 1970 and well-kept since then, it did not take much additional effort to bring Glasco Woodstock up to par with its current level of elegance. Now open for booking, the Hudson Valley venue seeks to delight guests who seek an escape surrounded by nature.
“The moment you drive up to Glasco Woodstock, you know it’s a special place,” Ross notes. “You pull down the private driveway where the trees open up to an open meadow with a beautiful view of Overlook Mountain and a stunning home situated in the middle.”
While the property’s exterior (all 16 acres, to be exact) is a sight to behold, so too is the interior. Inside the home, guests will find three fireplaces, 5.5 bedrooms equipped with Sonos sound systems, WiFi, three bathrooms, and a full workspace, making it perfect for those who want to WFH without actually being home.
The bedrooms have something for everyone, with a king-sized bed and heated floors in the Overlook room, a twin bedroom in the Overlook Loft, a full-size suite with a shower/tub in the Hudson room, a queen bedroom on the main floor in the Catskills room, and a family-style setup with a queen and twin bed in the Ashokan room. Plus, for an escape within an escape, the Mountain View Studio is a 200-ft space that’s separate from the main house with a queen-sized bed, heat, air conditioning, and WiFi. It does not have a bathroom, so it’s a great spot for anyone who wants to go glamping and still have a place to cook a chef-style breakfast the next day.
To keep guests comfortable, homey amenities abound throughout the residence, including a washer and dryer, air conditioning, and a stunning kitchen stocked with dishes and cooking essentials. When the 9-to-5 wraps, the outside of the house awaits with two fire pits, a grill, hammocks, and a hot tub, not to mention ample acreage to explore beyond. Because Glasco is a whole-property rental, guests can be sure that the moment they arrive onsite, they can expect true serenity in the Hudson Valley.
In keeping with its hyperlocal roots, Glasco partners with Hudson Made in Andes for all of its body wash, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions. For guests who want to explore the area, the home’s 24-hour digital concierge service provides recommendations for activities, hikes, and restaurants throughout the region. Beyond that, Glasco also offers private yoga and Pilates classes, with private mushroom foraging and dumpling + pizza making sessions available seasonally.
Looking ahead, Ross is eager to select the next Glasco home, which he reveals will be somewhere on the West Coast.
“Glasco homes are one with their surroundings – both in nature and community – so each home will offer a unique experience while remaining consistent in amenities and services,” he explains.