The SpaceDown a residential road off of a small country road, our home is a natural, quiet, and private getaway. Despite its peaceful location, it is minutes away from the main draws of Columbia County--towns, art centers, farm stores, hiking trails, and historic homes. You could easily hole-up and just relax in our cozy home and private land, or explore and enjoy the local area. We tend to do both, never feeling we get enough of this wonderful place.
After you enter the house through the mudroom, you walk into the "old part of the house," which was built in the early 1800's. We did a gut renovation, re-design and rebuild of this part of the house, including a new roof, new framing, insulation, painting and detailing. We restored the old part of the house to its original structure and exposed wood beams throughout. We also installed a new, top-of-the line kitchen with work space for a few people, and an adjoining counter to the dining room.
The kitchen-living room has 15-20 foot high ceilings, natural light, a wood-burning stove, and a cozy sitting area. Off of the kitchen-living room to the left as you enter are the pantry and guest bathroom, which has an original clawfoot tub. Off of the other side of the living room is the guest bedroom, which has access to the screened in porch out back.
As you walk from the kitchen into the dining room, you enter the "new part of the house." The previous owner, an architect, bought the house in 1970 and built this seamless addition in the 1990's. This part of the house contains the master bedroom upstairs; the kids' bedroom with a trundle bunk bed at the end of the hallway; the second, full bathroom, and the den with TV and sleeper couch.
With windows and French doors throughout the house, we get natural light all hours of the day. There is a wrap-around deck and screened-in porch off of the back of the house on the first floor. The master bedroom upstairs also has a deck that looks out on the back yard and pond.
Far from any main roads, down a residential road, our home has natural privacy and quiet. The house sits on the south end of our 15-acre lot. We have a gigantic back yard, with sledding hill, that ends at our back woods. From there, you can walk a loop trail up to our second pond, which has a canoe or natural ice rink depending on the season. The property used to be an apple orchard and there are still 3-4 apple trees, two pear trees, a Japanese maple, a plum tree and other charming flowers and shrubs.
Our house is also a great place to cook all year round. Henry has worked as a professional cook and built food production facilities. We designed, built and equipped the kitchen for people who love to cook, like us. We also have a basic Weber grill out back. We are frequently adding to the kitchen and improving all areas of the house and land.
Some of the best farms and farm stores of Columbia County are within minutes of our house. On the flip side, you can quickly reach the Dairy Queen in Ghent, Price Chopper in Chatham, Walmart in Hudson (boo, but handy), and all of the restaurants and shops of Chatham, Hudson, Kinderhook, and Valatie.
We also have a good stock of sporting and outdoor gear. We have set-up our home for working remotely--good wifi, wifi printer, desk, and cable and Apple TV. Guest AccessYou have access to our whole house and land, which is clearly marked. Interaction with GuestsWe will send you a guide to the house before you arrive and we will leave a printed copy here. We ask that you read this so you understand our guidelines and how things work. We live in New York City and we are not here. We leave keys in a lock box and you let yourself in. You will have complete privacy and our place is very peaceful. We will leave you some local tips, but you should research the area for points of interest. We want you to treat our home with care and figure many things out on your own.
If there is an emergency, dial 911 and contact us immediately. If you break something or if something does not work that's serious, please contact us too. However, you should be able to figure most things out.
During the winter, we can turn on the heat in the old part of the house remotely before you arrive so the place is warm and toasty. The NeighborhoodWe are in a perfect location in Columbia County. We are 1/4 of a mile up the road from Art Omi Sculpture Park: you can walk there from our house and they have great drop-in art classes for kids.
We are a few minutes drive from Little Ghent Farm, Kinderhook Farm, Berry Farm, and Tierra Farm.
We are 15 minutes from Hawthorne Valley Farm, which is a great place to stop and pause, before coming to our place.
We are 10 minutes from Chatham, Valatie and Kinderhook, and roughly 20 minutes from Hudson.
We are also 30 minutes from the Catamount Ski Area. We are 20 minutes from Spencertown, another 5 to Austerlitz and about 40 minutes to Great Barrington. We are also 40 minutes from the Albany Airport and 30 minutes to downtown. Getting AroundThe best way to get to our place is to drive up the Taconic. You exit left off the Taconic at Harlemville Road, just after the Harlemville/Philmont Exit. You can also exit there, stop at Hawthorne Valley Farm. When leaving HVF, you go left and continue left up the hill on Harlemville Road, crossing the Taconic and continuing on. Coming from North on the Mass Pike, you exit for the Taconic and get off at Chatham. You then take State Road 66 to us.
Train service to Hudson from Penn Station is great. We are a solid 45 minutes from the Albany Airport. There are also 2 airfields near us if you fly a private plane! Other Things to NoteWe are still doing some work to the house--not while you are there--but we are repainting in the fall, upgrading the mud room, etc. This is all exterior stuff that's not terrible but will look much better in the future. Please pardon some of our exterior blemishes.
We also do not have air conditioning. The house is well-insulated so it stays cool during the day and it gets cool at night. However, it can get warm on a hot, muggy day.
Finally, we are 1.5 miles away from the Kinderhook Sportsman Club, a private rifle range, which has been operating for 50 years. They practice Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings. During the winter, there is rarely any activity and for the most part, the sounds coming from the Club are very light (During the summer, because of all of the trees and distance, the sound is muffled). Our two young boys play in the yard and are not bothered by it (if practice is underway) and no guests have mentioned it or been bothered by it at all. Still, if this will bother you or your family, you should consider it.
On the more charming side, we have plenty of wildlife, without any bear-spottings. We get wonderful birds in our trees, have turtles, frogs and fish in our ponds, and see deer, who run away into the woods. We've quietly looked upon lots of bunnies, beautiful butterflies, and even a flock of 30 wild turkeys has passed through.