Socially conscious entrepreneurs Chid Liberty, the co-founder and CEO of the fair-trade apparel manufacturer Liberty & Justice and the Made in Africa label, and his model wife, Georgie Badiel Liberty — also an activist and philanthropist — have parted ways with a large upstate property. The two sold their 236-acre biodynamic farm in affluent Rhinebeck for $13.75 million in an off-market deal, Gimme Shelter has learned.
The sale closed on Friday. The couple, repped by broker Wendy Maitland, of Atelier by Wendy Maitland, purchased the farm for $8.5 million in a distressed transaction last year. (It first listed for $8.5 million in 2019.) Maitland represented both the buyer and the seller, and declined to comment on the deal.
Now, sources say, the property is slated to become a resort under the luxury Six Senses banner, which includes locations across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Gimme Shelter has reached out for comment.
The couple bought the farm in partnership with a friend. It was, in part, supposed to be a compound, for both of their families, for generations to come. For now, the glam couple will be spending more time at their home in Williamsburg and traveling.
“The idea was to make [the property] our main residence and do retreats there with impact organizations,” Chid, who was born in the West African nation of Liberia, told Gimme Shelter. (His wife grew up in Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast, both also in West Africa.) We did a bunch of retreats for Equity Alliance and Unreasonable Impact, and hosted our own, with yoga, hikes and horses. We loved it.”
The property wasn’t on the market, but the calls from prospective buyers came in nonetheless.
“We said no at least three times, then named a ridiculous price,” Chid said.
Right now, they’re also busy at work. Georgie alone just raised $1 million for her charity, the Georgie Badiel Foundation, which works to bring clean water and sanitation to Burkina Faso.
“She is rocking and rolling,” Chid said. “And we are launching a swim line with Target that is all Made in Africa.”
Their soon-to-be-former property was once known as Old Stone Farm before it was transformed into a “secret” hotel — one with no signage — named The Dutchess, where big-name guests included media mogul Arianna Huffington.
The farm has a special-use permit and was also formerly an equine therapy center. The property is anchored by a stone house built in 1768 with original details. It has eight fireplaces, two bedrooms, 4½ baths and an artist’s studio. It also measures 3,600 square feet, following two additions in the 1920s and 2000.
There’s also a 7,200-square-foot barn built in the 1780s that had been transformed into the 10-room inn and spa.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.