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“Great building, horrible tour experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place
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Owner description: Montgomery Place, a serene reflection of nearly 200 years of continuous family stewardship, is best known as a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing and an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. But the totality of the estate - house, gardens, arboretum, woodlands, orchards, hamlet, and natural features - makes it a unique American treasure.The 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great building, horrible tour experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

This property has so much potential, and is clearly architecturally and historically significant for many reasons. Nice grounds, beautiful house, and interesting history - but because of the quality of our tour, the knowledge of the tour guide, and the limited access in the house, we had to discover most of this own our own. The tour was disjointed and did not fully explain the history of the house or the family, and information about the landscape and how to find many of the outbuildings was lacking. Our guide could not accurately answer questions or provide any information that was not in the prepared script. Only the first floor is open for a tour, which should be very clearly stated on the website. It is such a shame that such an interesting place is not done more justice.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank Shelby S
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views, perfect spot to read a book or contemplate the meaning of life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

Montgomery Place is one of the Hudson Valley's gems. The views are just breathtaking. There's usually very few people there, so it's a great getaway when you just need to be in nature alone with your thoughts. I've visited in winter and in spring - it is equally beautiful. I've never actually been inside the house - just toured the grounds and sat on the steps overlooking the view of the river and mountains. There are also some nice hiking trails and a waterfall on the grounds! I once spotted a turkey while on the trail from the waterfall!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank xtinatravels
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New Orleans
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful, solitary ramble”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

No one was there when I visited on a cool, drizzly day. No one. A tour was noticed to begin much later than my visit, but I had the exterior of the house, the charming terrace with wicker chairs, the woods and the river vista to enjoy in solitude. I could look in the (hand blown glass) windows of the ground floor and see the elegant furniture, the china and crystal laden dining tables and the beautiful wall treatments, which made me want to learn more. All in all, a delightful place.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank SuzeNewOrleans
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Yonkers, New York
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Natural & Architectural Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

I've now visited Montgomery Place three times, in Spring, Summer & Fall. The house, of course, is a pleasure to tour no matter the season, and the tour guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and very willing to answer questions. A house tour is a very reasonable $10, but the grounds are open at no charge, which is not universally true of many other of the estates in the Hudson Valley like Kykuit & Sunnyside. The grounds at Montgomery Place are well kept but not over-groomed, and there are 2 well marked trails to walk and discover the wooded areas leading down to the river. Both offer serene, unspoiled opportunities to enjoy the beauty of this area. Neither walk is unduly strenuous, but wear sturdy shoes. Sandals are not a good idea! If you'd prefer a more leisurely visit, a walk around the more formal areas of the estate is just as lovely, and you can sit on the thoughtfully provided benches at the back of the mansion and drink in the marvelous view to the Hudson below....And if you are a birdwatcher, Montgomery Pl. should be on your must-do list when you're in the area. Woodpeckers, bluejays, larks, red-breasted nuthatches, little blue herons...and that's just a casual inventory from one afternoon. In short...Go! Whether you're a history buff mainly interested in the house & it's architecture or a nature lover, or both, it's a wonderful way to spend a day in a glorious part of New York State. And nearby Tivoli and Red Hook have a range of dining and shopping options to please anyone.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Agnes C
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Vernon, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Interesting house, lovely grounds”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

The house is interesting for the history of the family that settled in the Hudson River Valley before the Revolutionary War. There are walking trails throughout the grounds. The day we were there, an antique car show was taking place, adding to the fun. Only the first floor is open to tourists.

Visited August 2013
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