Bordered on both sides by the waters that once literally spun its wheels, TuthillHouse at the Mill is located inside a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1788, the old Tuthilltown Gristmill sits on the banks of the Shawangunk Kill and was restored by the Gabriello family in 2006.
When Ron and Linda Sussman began searching for a second house in the Hudson Valley, the New York City residents were instantly intrigued by the restaurant’s historic charm. After purchasing a home less than a mile from the property, they began visiting often enough to form an acquaintanceship with the staff. So when the couple decided to take the marital plunge about a year later, they knew “almost instantly” that TuthillHouse would be the place.
“For us, it symbolized a new life, a new path, a new home, in a beautiful part of New York State that is still delightfully quiet and undiscovered, yet close to the City, with no end of things to do, all year long,” says Linda, who praised the restaurant’s Italian/American country cuisine that uses local artisan products and fresh ingredients. “I would recommend the venue to any bride who is looking for something different, with a sense of old New York charm.”
In addition to the millstones and levers that decorate the dining room, original grain chutes were incorporated into the design of the restaurant, and American Chestnut beams still hold up the structure of the building. The bar, where the purported “resident ghost” may tip back a pint or two, also came from salvaged pieces of the mill’s original interior wood.
Bridal parties may choose between several areas on the 15-acre property, or a combination for different parts of the day. The upstairs Milling Room, where the Sussmans held their September 2012 celebration, accommodates up to 55 guests. The downstairs restaurant seats an additional 60 to 70, while the deck, located beside restaurant overlooking the river and Brandt’s Falls, fits 80. For larger outdoor affairs, the riverside lawn is just right for tented weddings of up to 200 people.
Four-hour catering packages range from $48 to $88 per person, not including bar options and rentals. Exclusive use of the facilities requires a site fee: $100 to $150 per hour for the deck, upstairs milling room, and the lawn. Exclusive use of the entire house starts at $10,000.