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James Andrew (and Emma) at Wynkoop

James Andrew (and Emma) at Wynkoop

After our fabulous visit to DIA:Beacon we were off to Wynkoop House – I’ve been eagerly anticipating seeing my friends’ house for some years, and boy was it worth the wait. Wynkoop is a stately 18th century stone manor house filled with period treasures and is incredibly well preserved, with practically all of the original paint intact. Apparently the last owner was born there and lived in the house until she died – she was sadly lacking in resources, but as it turned out, her somewhat limited state of affairs kept the place virtually unchanged for nearly 90 years.

wynkoop_bedMy friends are incredibly stylish and they just get everything right. The property is perfection, from the incredible interiors to the glorious gardens (where we had the most elegant garden tea, made all the more so by the very elegant greyhound, Emma). Wynkoop is a glimpse into the 18th century without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences one could possibly want. There are also some good dining out options nearby, and I was treated to a rather delicious dinner at Cucina Restaurant in Woodstock. They serve innovative Italian cuisine in a really stunning setting, including a porch for al fresco dining. Nothing could be better than to enjoy a few lush and languid days surrounded by friends, nature, and beauty – all this being said, it won’t surprise you when I say that I’m already planning a return to Wynkoop in the autumn!

Incidentally, Wynkoop House is available for photo shoots, weddings, parties, or simply as a private escape destination.


At Wynkoop

Photographed in one of the Wynkoop gardens with Emma (top), I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Gucci retro floral print cotton voile shirt, silk and hemp shorts by Our Legacy, Adriano Meneghetti “Military” belt in olive braided waxed cotton and leather with silver buckle, Tom Ford brown leather sandals, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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  1. Dean says:


    So nice to get out of the city this time of year!
    Have a great weekend!


  2. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    I really need a country home- somewhere on the Hudson would be perfect for me- Rhinebeck beckons!

    Thank You as always for your tremendous support!



  3. Danny says:

    Hi James!
    Greetings from Capri!
    Congrats on the Cover Pic!!!
    Onwards, Upwards, Monsieur ou Madame Oligarch client….
    X, D

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Danny,

    How sublime- I did not make it to Capri this season- one of my most favorite places on earth.

    Thank You! – Yes it was fab getting the cover of Russian Elle Decor – but never brought me any biz- oh well.

    Cheers and Much Love from NYC


  5. Dearest James! (congratulations on the cover of Russian Elle Decor!!) I just don’t think those oligarchs would like our “look?!?

    Wynkoop is beyond divine…..thank God no paint changes!
    My fave landscape blogger (Tara Dillard) calls it the “poverty cycle”! Lack of riches preserves entire villages, landscapes, interiors…..prevents all kinds of “wreckage”!!

    Thank God for people who “get it”; and “preserve it”!

    A house in Montecito sold around 5 years ago….its interiors were astonishing…paint from the late 40’s sublime! New York decorator came with his “people” not one finish should have been touched!

    You already know….completely ruined by some Southern California “decorator” (with a sign out front; no less) I can’t even bear to drive by it!

    What a shame!!!

    to you!

    Pray for rain! You and Scott come visit and do a rain dance!!



  6. oh p.s.

    look how the dog loves you! Just like ours! You are a darling!!!


  7. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Penelope,

    Well you are right – I did not get one call or email out of that cover- the editors of Russian Elle Decor however loved my place when they saw it in the American issue and I thought it great fun to be on the cover.

    I would love to see your friends work – perhaps a garden tour can be arranged on our next visit.

    So sorry to hear about the ruined interiors at the home in Montecito- I would have loved to have seen that.

    Your friend Tara is correct – the cycle of poverty- is what saved this home.

    I am visualizing a soaking terrential rain storm for you as we speak!!!

    The beasts do seem to like me and Emma was instantly in love with me – perhaps she sensed how much I adore animals.

    Much Love


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