New York tastemaker and designer Taavo Somer and the Post Company have teamed up to add an entry to the growing list of nature-inspired retreats in upstate New York. Called Inness, the 225-acre property in Accord, NY features the works: tennis courts, pools, a restaurant and bar, a greenhouse-inspired store, three acre organic farm, nine hole golf course, and, for accommodation, a 12 room farmhouse plus 28 individual cabins.
Opened in July 2021, it’s not hard to imagine getting lost among the grounds—and that’s precisely what the team envisioned.
Somer, in part, is known for helping popularize the quintessential 2010s Americana aesthetic with New York City mainstay restaurants like Freemans. His eye of detail and visual storytelling through said detail is unrivaled—the now shuttered (RIP) Rusty Knot bar was inspired by an ice machine, for example. With Inness, a sprawling retreat that bears little resemblance to the lumberjack nouveau aesthetic of old, simplarly hearkens back to a simpler, slower way of life. In all the right ways.
Inspired by the vernacular of Colonial New England architecture, both the farmhouse hotel and cabins have an antique-y aesthetic. A walk away from the farmhouse, which doubles as the main gathering space, the cabins are painted in a contemporary, monochromatic black and each has a sizable deck for hanging out.
Landscape designer Miranda Brooks kept the area around them wild-looking for natural views and immersion into the surrounding herbage.
Inside the cabins, earth tones and Shaker-inspired furnishings keep things serene and uncluttered. There's a well-stocked kitchenette for extended stays, and a modest wood stove in the living area provides some heat. The cabins vary in size, from 455 square feet to the 625-square-foot Grand King Cabin, but all feature custom furniture and lighting from Brooklyn-based Roll & Hill.
All this high design doesn’t come cheap though—standard rates start at $365/night-although special preview prices are available until the end of the year.
As if Inness didn’t offer enough already, the property has plans to complete a spa and gym by the end of 2021. And while most amenities are open to the public, the retreat also offers a membership program that works somewhat like a country club (more on this down the line).
Somer hopes his newest project will serve as an escape for urban creatives and that the space will become a place to gather with old friends, and make new ones.