Kykuit is the home that the Rockefeller's had outside of the city for spring and fall. It is amazingly situated and they took full advantage of the land when building the house. I don't have any pictures of the interior because photography of the art and artifacts (of which there are many) was not permitted. So as to the interior I will say it was quite a shock to me that I loved it. Usually in touring old homes I am interested, I think its an interesting historical thing but Kykuit is different and its is so almost exclusively do to the last Rockefeller who owned it, Nelson.
He like much of his family was an art lover and collector but he has one of the best eyes for using art that I have ever seen. Every piece from Ancient Chinese work to the modern masters is places in such a way as to both make it look its best and to make it seem to naturally belong where it is. Often to have both in the same room while sharing the space with victorian, georgian, and other pieces that his family had collected over the years. Also the home itself has some of the best architecture I have every seen, classic and ornate and modern and understated all at the same time.
I highly recommend a visit.
As for the exteriors there was just as much art on the grounds as was in side the house and Nelson was just as good at placing sculptures out door sculptures as he was painting and interior art. But first the front of the house.
There are numerous gardens and things around the house and the grounds each one with art and plantings set to look there best. It was clearly rather over cast the morning we went. Our guide kept saying how much better it would look in the sun, but in my opinion the formal gardens I have seen look there best on overcast days so I was not disappointed.
lunch was to see the chapel near here where the art loving Rockefellers invested in some stained glass.