The Rexmere on Blenheim Hill
Center for Sustainbility, hospitality and agriculture.
Blenheim Hill Farm and its restuarant group made several visits the Historic Rexmere hotel in Stamford, with the intent of seeking grants to restore the building to its original state. The building came up for sale in 2014, after being used as an office building from many years. The Rexmere was deteriorating rapidly and we saw an urgent need to preserve this magnificent building and its place in Catskill history.
While we were exploring the opportunity, we learned that the Rexmere, one of the last standing hotels known as the Queen of Catskills, had burned to the ground. This was a devastating loss to the area and our plans to restore the building fell apart.
Instead of giving up, we decided to rebuild the Rexmere, but with modern and sustainable infrastructure, like geothermal heating and solar.
The rebuilding of the Rexmere on Blenheim Hill Farm would combine the promotion of sustainability in agriculture, food and the environment. Situating the new Rexmere on the 150-acre land of Blenheim Hill Farm would tie all these subjects into one major destination offering education, celebration, lodging and hospitality, and involving the local community and providing significant employment in the area, both during construction as well as ongoing.
Furthermore, rebuilding the Rexmere into a vibrant cultural center, would also restore the spectacular grandeur and splendor of hope and progress that the region experienced during its heydays.