I get a pain in my heart when I think about how much I want a country house up by Rhinebeck. I imagine myself rummaging through farmers markets to find glorious veg and meats to take home and slow cook for hours as my guests and I drink hot toddies by the fire (completely ignoring the fact that I have a glorious kitchen and even more glorious farmers markets in Brooklyn and all I ever seem to buy is gourmet honey and flowers and that I basically use my oven for storage...A country house would change me. I just know it). It wouldn't have to be a big house, just a little shack with a view. Today The New York Times takes us on a tour of a different sort of Rhinebeck country dwelling with a view: John Jacob Astor IV's Astor Court, designed by Stanford White a few years before John went down with the Titanic. A nice couple and Stanford's great grandson fixed it up. I'll just take the tennis courts. Or the bathroom. I'm sure there's a place to plug in a crock pot.