For my birthday my husband took me on a long overdue romantic weekend sans our daughter. We toured Sullivan County staying at small B&B’s, namely Ecce, in Barrysville, which is perched on top of a mountain with a stunning view of the Delaware River where it’s almost guaranteed you see a bald eagle, and we did! On our drive back to the city, we decided to splurge and spend the day at The Glenmere.
Are you yearning to escape to the hills of Tuscany, steam in a luxurious Turkish hamman that would make JLo swoon, savor a spoonful of poached shrimp drunken in osetra caviar while seated in a vanilla leather banquet in a gilded dining room, or sip cognac in a library where heads of state discussed politics for decades? Your dream is only an hour away from New York City and it is called The Glenmere Mansion. Situated in the lower Hudson Valley on 150 acres of rolling hills overlooking a lake that might as well be Lake Como, this Relais Chateaux property has been restored to its original grandeur with exquisite touches every where your eye turns. We started in the spa, and being a spa diva (I’ve spa’ed the world), I can say it’s one of the prettiest spas I have ever been to. After changing into our cushy robes, we were escorted to the hamman. A large heated slab of Carrara marble is in the nucleus of the lavishly Moorish tiled room that includes a cascading waterfall-Jacuzzi and four different water therapy rooms; an herbal steam room, a dry heat sauna, a swiss shower, and cool mist room. We laid on the hot marble as two therapists poured bowls of hot water over our bodies for over thirty minutes and then scrubbed our skin till we were born again. I was in altered state when I felt the most incredible sensation of due drops trickling down my legs. I opened my eyes only to see a therapist making these billowing pillows of foamy soap in these special bags that looks like clouds. She hung these clouds over my body letting them slowly land on my skin, all while another therapist was massaging my body with the soap and special oil and continuing to pour hot water over me. The treatment ended with a vitality dip in the waterfall Jacuzzi while the attendants left only to return with a plate of fresh whipped cream and strawberries. This journey is called the “Turkish Soap Ritual” or Nirvana. It was $195.00 and lasted over an hour. We then lounged in the spa library which is a calming womb with hues of cream and turquoise and a beautiful bookshelf with large colorful Lucite letters that spell R E L A X. I then had a fantastic massage by a skilled body worker named Blossom. Yes, that is her birth name. Massages start at $165.00 for 60 minutes.
After spa’ing, we walked through the mansion on our way to lunch at The Supper Room. Each room from the library to the dining room was more beautiful than the next. My favorite being the living room with its grand piano, two marble fireplaces and a giant Donghia Murano glass chandelier. We relished every morsel of the $65 prix fixe brunch which came with a bottomless glass of Louis Perdrier Brut champagne. The windows overlooked the hills of Orange County and Glenmere Lake but we were not in New York, we were thousands of miles away from Brooklyn—at an idyllic wonderland of luxury and taste.
We did tour the rooms which start at $750 a night and go up to $2450.00 which come with your own butler a la Downton Abbey.