The SpaceIf you're interested in an easy getaway from the city, consider weekends or a week or two (or something longer term) at our newly renovated 257-year-old farmhouse, on the Appalachian Trail, about 5 miles from Fahnestock State Park, with miles and miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails, and proximity to DIA, shopping, and great eating in Beacon, the Storm King sculpture park near Newburgh, and the Boscobel Shakespeare Festival (and farmers market) in nearby Cold Spring.
The house is cozy in the winter, a perfect place to bring a dog or dogs for a country romp.
There is one cat on site who spends much of her time outside She doesn't care about dogs at all. But if you are allergic to cats or dogs (we bring our dog when we use the house), this is not the place for you.
Great lake swimming is nearby, within three miles. Fishing poles are available in the garage.
The house fits 5 comfortably: 2 bedrooms upstairs, one with a queen bed, the other with three twin beds. There is also a large couch in the living room, and an air mattress if you have more people. Located 60 miles North of New York City, in Fahnestock State Park, literally on the Appalachian Trail, this house will give you and five others all the privacy you need, as well as access to all season sports, beautiful gardens, and complete comfort.
Completely updated, restored, maintained--and newly renovated kitchen, dining room, living room, bedrooms, and patio--1759 house; wide-plank pine floors, hand-hewn beams throughout. You can cook for yourself in a fully set up kitchen with brand new white Carrera marble counters, eat at the new island, or in the dining room at an expandable oak table or (in the summer) on the little patio in back of the house. You can watch TV or movies on the 42" flat-screen TV in the living room, or on the 24" TV with DVD/VCR player in the master bedroom. There are wonderful farmers' markets nearby in Cold Spring and also at Fishkill Farms. The town of Beacon--with art galleries, restaurants, pizazz, and DIA--is 20 minutes away. The village of Cold Spring is also just 20 minutes away, with a Saturday morning farmers' market, and a summer Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel, overlooking the Hudson and West Point.
There are gardens on all sides of the house, and we'll ask you to water some if it gets hot and dry. You should be able to pick fresh salad, and late in the summer, tomatoes.
MetroNorth trains stop at Cold Spring and Beacon, with frequent service to and from NYC, where there are cabs (more at Beacon), and the ride costs about $30. There is no real public transportation in the area, so a car is a must for getting around, unless you're a hiker or serious cyclist.
The house is a long stone's throw from the Taconic Parkway, which makes for terrific convenience and you'll hear traffic outside during the day--but no trucks are allowed, and it slows way down at night. With all new windows, the house is quiet and airtight.
Please only make a fire in the firepit or chimney near the patio on cool, windless days. When it gets hot and windy folks worry about forest fires.
Finally, note there is a caretaker on the premises--Steve--who takes care of snow plowing, light maintenance, gardening, and the on site chickens. He has a separate entrance and will remain unobtrusive at all times -- unless you need him. His bathroom is on the main floor, behind the hall curtain. Please respect his privacy and use the bathroom upstairs.
Washer/dryer are in his space, so if you need some laundry done be sure and be in touch with him about timing. We'll leave you his number so you can text your wishes. Guest AccessGuests will have exclusive access to the entire main floor--with the exception of the bathroom, shared with the caretaker--and the upstairs, which includes a bathroom with shower. Guests have exclusive use of the living room, dining room, kitchen, upstairs front porch, back patio, and grounds. The basement is the caretaker's, and therefore off-limits to guests. Interaction with GuestsWe are not on site when guests are at the house, though we are always available by phone, email, or text. Use Warren's numb(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) The NeighborhoodWe love being on the Appalachian Trail, nearby Fahnestock Park, the views of the hills, and nearby Beacon and Cold Spring. And even though we hear cars on the Taconic, that means we are extremely convenient to NYC, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Kent, and Millbrook. Getting AroundYou will need a car to access the house and the neighborhood. There are three convenient Metro North train stations, all about 20 minutes away: Cold Spring and Beacon on the Hudson Line and Southeast on the Harlem Line. There's plenty of parking on the property. Best local cab company is Beacon Express: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Other Things to NoteDepending on the season, you may me able to eat tomatoes and lettuce out of the garden. And if we still have chickens, feel free to look for fresh eggs, and give them any food waste. And if you come when the flowering baskets are on the front porch, please do water them every day.