Millbrook Country House; Millbrook, NY

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Millbrook Country House; Millbrook, NY

Millbrook Country House; Millbrook, NY


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Run by former Gourmet editor Lorraine Alexander and her husband Giancarlo Grisi, Millbrook Country House brings a chunk of the Emilia-Romagna region to the affluent Dutchess County village. After Grisi and his brother sold their family’s late-Renaissance villa near Modena, the Italian-born innkeeper brought his share of the furniture, art and objects to this 204-year-old residence. The Adriatic style is perhaps most obvious in the Barocco room, where a reproduction of Guido Reni’s La Aurora (which the couple found in a flea market in Santa Margherita Ligure, down the coast from Genoa) hangs over the gilded Venetian bed.

Listen to Puccini on the Bose sound system or peruse the extensive library of books on food, art and travel in the property’s sprawling living areas, or chill in the peaceful grounds, where the scent of basil and rosemary wafts from the herb garden—the harvest can be sampled in your breakfast omelette. Afternoon tea with homemade baked goods or ice cream is also included. On request, the couple will serve guests a three-course dinner ($45 per person), made from local ingredients. Since the B&B has no liquor license, pick up a bottle at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery (26 Wing Road; 845-677-8383, millbrookwine.com). The winery, which also has a Tuscan estate, Villa Pillo, is holding an Italian buffet lunch on May 19 to pop the corks on its newly released tocai friulano ($55, advance purchase required). 3244 Sharon Tpke, Millbrook, NY; 845-677-9570, millbrookcountryhouse.com). Rates $175–$275; mention TONY when booking by phone to receive ten percent off the room rate on stays of at least two nights through June 30 (excluding Memorial Day weekend).

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