Jamie McDonald


with Jamie McDonald
  • Where:Amenia, New York

  • Why:Weekend break.

  • When:March 2018

  • Who:Me + my better looking better half.

Highs & Lows

  • No offense America, but I’ve been to many rustic hotels trying to copy the feel of an English Country House, but no one has succeeded like Troutbeck. It’s inviting, comfortable and relaxing at every turn.

  • The design is simple and functional to a tee; I would say the danger with trying to create a high end rustic vibe is to over crowd rooms but Troutbeck bravely haven’t and it works.

  • Location. The magic 2 hour limit from NYC means Troutbeck have got the distance just right and it actually adds to the experience that they are the last stop on the line.

  • The Founder. I got the chance to spend time with Anthony and his wife, Charlie, and theor friends and they are fabulous. This is always the last piece of the puzzle for me; what kind of people will come. I can see so clearly what a success this will be because it’s Soho Farm House without the ego and attitude.

  • They are very new so I feel like the hotel has yet to be tested and despite the fact my stay was perfect, you may come across some tiny road bumps.

  • It’s a small point, but if you are a light sleeper then bring ear plugs only because they have stuck religiously to the feel of a country home which means the odd creaky floorboard and door slam, although I’m sure they will get ironed out in time.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Plastic Free

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Upstate Hotel

  • Vibe

    Country house meets Soho House (Although I think they might hate the comparison).

  • Location

    Ideal –last stop on the Metro at Wassaic so far enough to feel away from it all but close enough to the city to get there easily.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Playful pop music, nothing intrusive.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Anthony Champalimaud and his Mum, Alexandra.

  • Pool/Gym

    Outdoor pool.

  • Restaurant

    Amazing. Chef is Marcel Agnez, previously of the Plaza New York City.

  • Bar

    Yes...simple, rustic, beautiful.

  • Minibar

    Don’t think so. Might have missed it.

  • Wifi


  • Children

    I think they would have a blast.

  • Price

    Great value for New York.

Short, sweet hike but very fun to see the cave.

The Stony Church hike to the caves

Stone Church, Stone Church Ln, Dover Plains, Dover, NY, USA

Short, sweet hike but very fun to see the cave.

For skiiers, you are 15 mins away from Mohawk Mountain.

Winter activities

Mohawk Mountain, Cornwall, CT, USA

For skiiers, you are 15 mins away from Mohawk Mountain.


515 Leedsville Rd, Amenia, NY, USA

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