Belvedere, a term used in English since the 16th century, derives from two Italian words: bel, which means beautiful and vedere, which means view. Here is a transformative contemporary by architects Clark & Green that engages your senses with exceptional design and one-with-nature setting, while cocooning you in the luxury of a sophisticated country retreat. This 6800 SF move-in-ready masterpiece of glass, stone, and curved metal, built in 2005, is as architecturally elegant as it is playful and inviting. While privacy is maximized, every wing of the sprawling metal-roofed compound is connected by covered blue stone walkways. The show-stopper is the chic great room with its 22 ft barrel- vaulted ceilings, cedar beams and soaring stone fireplace. The jewel of a kitchen also features a soaring ceiling, Sub Zero double French door fridge freezer, Dacor Double Oven, Miele dishwasher and center island topped by double thick 3-inch marble slab. Five bedrooms boast walls of windows; primary bath has heated marble floors. Adding to its appeal as a welcoming weekend getaway: a guest house perched above the garage, Jacuzzi on private blue stone terrace, multiple private decks, 10-acre deer fence and brand new heated 20 x 50 gunite saltwater pool. A long bucolic drive leads you to this 96 acres of private paradise offering panoramic, pastoral vistas of distant farmland and daily Eastern sunrise views. Four minutes from the historic town of Kinderhook with irresistibly cool shops, eateries, farmers market, world-class Jack Shainman Gallery and the Winding Brook Country Club and its championship golf course; 10 minutes to Chatham and 25 min to Hudson. All this only two hours and twenty minute drive from Manhattan!

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Andrew Gates