Soho House, a global network of members-only social clubs, announced a new location in upstate New York during its celebrations of being in the Empire State for 20 years.
Grasmere House, which will be Soho House America’s first countryside retreat, is set in Rhinebeck across a 250-acre property that was a former working farm. The Grasmere House property will offer multiple food and beverage outlets, hiking, biking, spa, wellness facilities, and guest bedrooms.
“We wanted to create something special with Grasmere House,” said Nick Jones, founder of Soho House, in a statement to amNewYork Metro. “We’ve been in New York for 20 years now, and this will be our first countryside retreat in the U.S., which I hope our members will love.”
The property is located a mere 15 minutes from the Rhinecliff train station in the Hudson Valley — just a “short commute for those in the city looking to escape nearby to many historic towns and sights,” according to Soho House.
Grasmere House will blend the balance of nature and experience with restored 19th-century buildings anchored by a historic manor house, similar to Babington House in the United Kingdom. The design inspiration “will reference the romanticism of the nearby woodlands and incorporate natural elements from the historic Roycrofters arts and crafts movement in the 1800s.”
The opening date for Grasmere House is yet to be announced.
The first Soho House location in the states opened in New York City’s Meatpacking District in 2003, and recently played host to an anniversary celebration featuring performances by Lauryn Hill. Ludlow House in the Lower East Side and DUMBO House on the Brooklyn waterfront are two other Soho Houses in New York City.
Soho House founder Nick Jones opened the first Soho House in London’s famous Soho district in 1995. The house sat atop his restaurant, Cafe Boheme, and accessed by an obscure side door around the corner. Jones transformed the space into a creative place for his restaurant’s regular customers.
Membership to Soho House provides access for “curious, kind people to work, rest and play” at Soho House locations around the world, and include daily events, gyms and spas, bedrooms, and global access. Fees start at $666.75, paid every three months; discounted rates are available for individuals under 27.
Soho House announced future houses in Portland, Charleston, Mexico City, São Paulo, Glasgow, and Manchester. The company, headquartered in London’s famous Soho district, currently has more than 40 locations across the world and is planning to open a total of 20 houses by 2025 across North and South America.