The entrance front of the house
The view from the main entrance of the house down the drive towards the Oceanus Fountain
Apart from original furniture and decorative features, the house contains an impressive collection of classical and modern art collected by various members of the Rockefeller Family. The grounds, too, are adorned with a wonderful collection of modern sculpture, which works surprisingly well within the frame work of the gardens' classical design.
A formal walk of linden trees in a vaguely Italianate section of the gardens close to the house; a small Greek temple housing a Venus statue may be glimpsed at the end of the vista
The central rill in the Italianate section of the garden
A wrought iron gate
The brook garden with rock formations, flowering perennials, and shrubbery
A view of the terraced gardens descending below the house towards the river
Part of the former swimming pool with its pebble mosaic floor
A view over the gulf course to the Hudson River and beyond
A shaded walk at the edge of the rose garden
Unfortunately the roses had not began to bloom yet but when the rose garden is in flower it must be very beautiful
One of the many varieties of Rhododendron found throughout the grounds
Our tour was well-led and very informative and both the house and the gardens were very impressive. The gardens, in particular, were impeccably maintained, which is not necessarily a given with a lot of historic estates. If you want to know more about Kykuit, you can visit the website of Historic Hudson Valley.