Hudson Valley’s quaint charm and historic attractions have long drawn travelers to its bucolic countryside and farmland.
Filled with antique shops, up-and-coming boutique hotels, and notable eateries, it also attracts creatives and those looking to escape the city in search of fresh air and a laid-back lifestyle. Callisto Hudson Valley in the region’s Ulster County is 100 miles north of New York City in the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains. The property spans 88 acres and is filled with rolling hills, walking trails, fields, and farmland. The farm on the property was previously designated for special events, dinners, and nature experiences, guests can now stay in the recently renovated farmhouse.
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Perched within the property’s dedicated farm (complete with rescued animals, seasonal harvests, and an orchard), the farmhouse dates back to 1865 and was transformed into a rustic-meets-modern sanctuary by interior designer Amalia Graziani of Noor Property Group, who also has a background in real estate development. The meticulously restored structure spans 2,500 square feet and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The two-year endeavor was a challenging undertaking.
“This project was a complete overhaul,” Amalia Graziani tells Robb Report. “The layout was deeply challenging, so I created a new floor plan that emphasized the striking views of the property’s rolling hills and red barn. I aimed to maximize daylight, expand gathering spaces and create privacy in the bedrooms. I love the primary bathroom. It was previously a mustard yellow ‘80s kitchenette. For the primary bedroom, with its low ceilings, protruding columns and imbalance in scale, it took some creativity to create something that felt open and spacious.”
Graziani reconfigured many parts of the house, including the living room and primary suite, and incorporated her own pieces and artisanal pieces from local makers. The result is an open-plan home with modern furnishings, restored woodwork, smooth textures, and clean lines.
“The house has the most incredible original 1865 floorboards,” she says. “They’re extremely wide with bold knotting and so much history. I stripped their shiny reddish lacquer and sealed them subtly to highlight the exceptionally special details. They’re one of my favorite features in the home. It was also important to preserve the charming farmhouse exterior, which fits beautifully on the street.”
This isn’t the first structure at Callisto that Graziani has restored. She fully transformed the dilapidated barns—used for gatherings—into rustic, open-air rooms. They feature custom furnishings made from wood salvaged on site, decor from local artists, and dried flowers from the farm. Her vision for the property was always for it to be a community hub—and now guests can experience the magic with a longer stay at the Farmhouse.
“I wanted it to feel fresh and crisp, while maintaining historic character,” she says. “The home offers a contrast to the decidedly bucolic landscape. The property has rolling hills with tall grasses that are reminiscent of an Andrew Wyeth painting, and when you step outside, you are definitely in the country. There are deer and birds and the sound of crickets all around. But inside, the space feels light and fresh. I wanted to create something elevated that also respected the history of the home.”
Click here for more photos of The Farmhouse at Callisto Farm.
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