The sleepy upstate New York town facing a celeb invasion: Soho House considers a farmhouse development in Rhinebeck, population 8,000, after success of British country outpost
- The popular private members club is eyeing Rhinebeck for a new development
- It would be modeled on the Soho Farmhouse in the Oxfordshire countryside
- Oxfordshire retreat counts Meghan Markle and the Clooneys among its guests
- Soho House is private club and celebrity hangout with 50,000 members
Soho House is considering its first rural American development with a farmhouse in the sleepy upstate New York town of Rhinebeck.
The new development will be modeled on the Soho Farmhouse, which is spread across 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, and neighbors the quaint Cotswolds villages of Chipping Norton and Great Tew.
The retreat opened in 2015 and comprises 40 cabins, a seven-bedroom farmhouse and a four-bedroom cottage.
Guests can use bicycles to travel between the dining venues, a 55-seat art deco-style cinema and a boating lake.
Rhinebeck, a town with a population of just 8,000 in the Hudson Valley, is already to home to some celebrities, including Paul Rudd who co-owns a sweet shop called ‘Samuel’s’ there with Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
It was also the setting for former President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in 2010.
Pictured: A file photo of Rhinebeck in upstate New York, which Soho House is eyeing as a new rural development based on its Oxfordshire retreat
Pictured: An exterior shot of the Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
People ride the bicycles downtown July 21, 2010 in central Rhinebeck, New York
Pictured: An interior shot of a living room at the Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
The sleepy town, known traditionally for its wool festival and for having the largest collection of antique aeroplanes in the world, is 100 miles north of Manhattan and 180 miles west of Boston.
A source told Page Six of the possible rural American development, ‘It might make the town just a tad less quiet.’
Last year, locals living near the farmhouse retreat in the English countryside said their once peaceful lanes were overrun with ‘noisy super cars’ and speeding SUVs belonging to ‘a specific type of person who is more upmarket’.
Since the club opened in 2015 they said the traffic had become ‘terrible’.
Soho Farmhouse is where Meghan Markle hosted her hen party in 2018 and membership costs £1,360 a year. George and Amal Clooney are also among its regular guests.
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony
George Clooney and his wife Amal (pictured) are also among the retreat’s upmarket guests
Pictured: An interior shot of a living room and kitchen at the Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Victoria and David Beckham are currently isolating at their £6million property which they bought near the farmhouse to be close to its spa.
British entrepreneur Nick Jones, 57, opened the first Soho House in 1995 in Greek Street, London, as a haven for people in the ‘creative industries’.
It soon became a luxury private member’s club and celebrity hangout with 50,000 members worldwide and a waiting list of 30,000.
As of 2020, Soho House operated 27 clubs across the globe, with plans to open in Nashville, Tel Aviv, Mykonos, Paris, and London in the next two years.