The SpaceThe approach to the decor is inspired by a combination of Shaker and Victorian sensibilities, with spare, handmade and carefully selected furnishings.
The house is set well back from the road and is private, bordering on a large pasture and Palatine Park, where there's a lake for swimming. Features include a wood beamed eat-in kitchen with seating for 6, living room, 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. The house boasts many windows with views of the gardens (and Catskill mountains after the leaves fall). One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to play records with the windows wide open, daydreaming the day away. It seems to be a favorite of guests as well!
Two porches are available for taking in the scenery. Flocks of wild birds are constant visitors to the feeders dotting the yard. The ducks, hens, roosters, wild turkeys, geese and swans from the neighboring farm sometimes visit, looking for treats. Please be aware that the roosters do indeed behave like roosters and welcome the day by--if not before--dawn. You will not hear traffic or the honk of cars--in fact, you may hear nothing at all (ah, silence!) and/or the natural world. If animal sounds are an issue, you will want to book elsewhere.
The master bedroom--with its magical tree house appeal--has a queen size bed, the second bedroom a full size bed with charming vintage iron bed frame, and the final bedroom a twin bed with a lovely old wrought iron bed frame. All the rooms are filled with artworks and objects collected over the years. Guest AccessThe house is located close to the best the area has to offer:
--Germantown's Main Street is quaint and bustling with amenities, with the famed Otto's Market and Otto's Variety shops, the wonderful new restaurant Gaskins, as well as Lawlor's Package Store (a wine and liquor shop). All are within a 7 minute walking distance from my home.
-45 minutes to Catamount and Windham mountains for skiing
-15 mins to hoppin’ Hudson for antiquing, restaurants (Crimson Sparrow, Swoon, etc.), shopping, best area wine shop (Hudson Wine Merchants) and farmer’s market (spring through early fall)
-10 mins to Bard College and the Fisher Center for Performing Arts
-10 mins to the Village of Tivoli, with its great restaurants (Brice Marden’s Madalin’s, Panzur, a gallery and wonderful knitting shop)
-10 mins to Tivoli Bays or Poets Walk, for superior hiking and Hudson River gazing
-10 mins to Clermont, Montgomery Place, Olana, and Wilderstein Historic Sites
-15 minutes to the Village of Red Hook (Mercato’s, Tivoli Mercantile)
-20 mins to the Village of Rhinebeck Interaction with GuestsHost enjoys sharing her beloved retreat with like-minded folks and respects guests' need for privacy. Am also happy to make suggestions--just ask!
The NeighborhoodGermantown is a historic hamlet conveniently located between Hudson and Red Hook/Rhinebeck. The Hudson River School artists celebrated the area for good reason -- the light and majestic scenery are simply breathtaking. Getting AroundAmtrak is located 15 minutes away in Hudson.
Metro North is 45 minutes away in Poughkeepsie.
Parking on property is no problem, thanks to a large circular driveway. Other Things to NoteAgain, do note that the farm next door has all manner of fowl, some of which (namely ducks, hens and wild turkeys) pay visits to the property. Deer and rabbits also make frequent visits to the property,with an occasional visit by a groundhog.