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Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York, United States PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York, USA Glenmere Mansion, located in Chester, New York is a luxurious 18-room and suite Relais & Chateaux Country House Hotel. Once a gilded age mansion, Owners and Maîtres de Maison Alan Stenberg and Daniel DeSimone have lovingly transformed the Tuscan Villa nestled on 150-acres overlooking Glenmere Lake into a delightful oasis in the Hudson Valley perfect for romantic getaways.

Glenmere, built in 1911, was the gilded age home of Robert Goelet, and was designed as a 35-room Tuscan villa. Although small in stature with a mere 18 rooms and suites, Glenmere Mansion has all the bells and whistles befitting its luxury stature, with sumptuously furnished guestrooms, two restaurants, Frog's End Tavern and The Supper Room, an expansive Living Room with grand piano, colorful orchids, and fireplaces on either of the room, a cozy Library to relax and curl up with one of the many books, a fitness center, Italian cortile, an outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, bocce court, Har-Tru tennis courts, croquet court, hiking trails, and beautifully landscaped gardens to enjoy.  

Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York
Glenmere Mansion

We stayed in the Princess Suite, a stunning room with large windows on either side of the room overlooking the beautifully landscaped lawn and the inner fountain cortile. The king bed was opulently dressed with Italian linens and a quilted coverlet, silk comforter, a plethora of pillows, a bolster, and an embroidered Oriental silk decorative pillow. Combination nightstand/bookstand held an alarm clock, interesting objects d'art, a diverse collection of books, and a crystal ball on a stand, which I used to predict that we would have an excellent stay at Glenmere Mansion, and we indeed did. A large painting over the bed added interest, as did the two turquoise suede ottomans at the foot of the bed.   

The Princess Suite at Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York - Photo by Luxury Experience
Princess Suite Guest Room

Opposite was a gas fireplace, which added to the romantic ambience, and two glass topped brass chests accessorized with large orange lamps. A large dark leather desk and massive wood chair thoughtfully outfitted with stationery, pens, pencils, and a selection of magazines flanked the window overlooking the lawn.   

The Princes Suite fireplace at Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York - Photo by Luxury Experience
Guest Room Fireplace

Two champagne-colored chairs with matching ottomans flanked the window overlooking the inner fountain cortile, perfect to relax and read one of the complimentary newspapers or watch the 40" wall-mounted LCD television.  

The spacious white marble bathroom was an ode to bathing with its deep-soaking tub complete with bath tray laden with bath salts, toiletries, and yellow rubber duck; steam shower large enough for two fitted with a rain showerhead; his and hers marble vanities with hand-painted basins and ornate mirrors and vanity mirrors on opposite sides of the windowed room, and plush towels. Amenities included a hairdryer, robes, slippers, and a nice selection of toiletries.   

The Princes Suite bathroom at Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York - Photo by Luxury Experience
Princess Suite Bathroom 
 

Alan Stenberg and Daniel DeSimone have taken great care to ensure to their guests' every need with thoughtful touches throughout the hotel. In the afternoon, they serve complimentary snacks and chips, freshly baked cookies, and a variety of soft drinks. In the morning, guests may help themselves to a complimentary continental breakfast of scones, muffins, and a selection of juices, coffee, and teas.  

Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York
Stroll the Manicured Grounds

For guests wishing full breakfasts, they offer breakfast in The Supper Room, or in warmer weather, in the Cortile. As the weather was still on the cool side, we breakfasted in The Supper Room sitting at a table overlooking the pretty gardens that were just starting to awaken with early spring flowers.   

Edward and I had an excellent dinner at The Supper Room in late April 2011, where the ambience was stately with its high ceiling, opulent chandelier and recessed fairy lights illuminating the dining room, wide ivory crown molding accenting the chocolate brown walls, elegant white fireplace graced with fresh tulips and candles on the mantle, hand-painted églomisé panels, and French doors framed with ivory window treatments providing glimpses of the stunning landscaped gardens and Glenmere Lake.   

Glenmere Mansion - The Supper Room - Chester, New York
The Supper Room

A few of the dinner highlights included Executive Chef Rob Stella's Roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras on a toasted brioche, which Chef Rob Stella creatively paired with three poached rhubarb logs topped with a quenelle of rhubarb sorbet, salted Marcona almonds, a swirl of rhubarb sauce, and garnished the plate with pea greens; Lobster Ravioli, with a decadent mousse-like lobster filling in a rich broth, crowned with a generous lobster claw, and accompanied with tatsoi and lemongrass foam and morel mushrooms; and Labelle Farm "Duck a l'Orange" with Glazed Baby Leeks, Thumbelina Carrots, Spiced Orange, and Roasted Foie Gras. Sommelier Michael A. Cimino paired each course with an excellent selection of wine from the extensive wine cellar.   

Foie Gras - The Supper Room at Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York - Photo by Luxury Experience  Lobster Ravioli - The Supper Room at Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York - Photo by Luxury Experience
Foie Gras                             Lobster Ravioli

Dessert highlights included Executive Pastry Chef Taiesha Martin's Chocolate Decadence Cake accompanied with Caramel Ice Cream and Cashew Caramel Popcorn; and Owner Daniel DeSimone's own luscious creation, Dan's Lemon Meringue Cake.    

Lemon Meringue Cake - The Supper Room at Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York - Photo by Luxury Experience
Lemon Meringue Cake

Architecturally stunning, with a marriage of antiques and contemporary décor, Glenmere Mansion will enchant not only with its beauty, but also with its impeccable service, and thoughtful attention to detail. Located less than 50 miles from New York City, Glenmere Mansion is perfectly situated for a romantic adult getaway weekend.   

The Living Room at Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York - Photo by Luxury Experience
The Living Room

The Supper Room is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday with 2 seatings at 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm. A Champagne Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Read about The Supper Room in the Restaurants section, and in the Chefs' Recipes section where Executive Chef Rob Stella and Executive Taiesha Martin graciously shares a few of their recipes to provide a delectable taste of the restaurant.   

The Supper Room at Glenmere Mansion Recipes   

Chef Rob Stella's
Boneless Rack of Lamb with Chickpea Panisse, Piquillo Peppers, and Roasted Eggplant
Roasted Labelle Farms Foie Gras with Rhubarb Sorbet,
Toasted Brioche and Salted Almonds 

Chef Taiesha Martin's
Coconut Tapioca Pudding, Pineapple Mojito Sorbet, 
Sautéed Vanilla Pineapple, and Candied Coconut 

Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York
Glenmere Mansion
634 Pine Hill Road
Chester, New York 10918
United States
Telephone:       +1-845-469-1900
Fax:                  +1-845-469-1919
Email:               This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website:          www.GlenmereMansion.com 

Read more about the Hudson Valley in the Destinations, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes sections. 

For additional information on the Historic Hudson Valley, please visit the website: www.HudsonValley.org.  

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