The Space"Blandina's Hideaway Villa" is centrally located along a winding country road, nestled between Kingston, Rosendale, and Hurley; close to all things fabulous in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley. It's a charming one bedroom villa with private bath, a small kitchenette, cable and wifi,and complete with free range chickens and farm fresh eggs. Gourmet Breakfast or Brunch is available for an extra charge, as well as dinner. Please ask about meals in advance. HISTORY: Blandina's Hideaway Villa was named after Blandina DuBois DeWitt who was born in 1731 and died on November 4, 1765 at the age of 34. She was said to be a beautiful, young, well educated, and popular French girl who lived "up the hill" and caught the eye of "Charlie" DeWitt who lived "down the hill." Using his little brother as a chaperone, Charles courted her during the non-growing season with activities like sleigh riding. Eventually, Charles asked for her hand in marriage. Blandina married Charles of "Greenkill" and bore him five children. It is believed she passed away during the birth of her sixth child, whom also didn't survive. Charles' claim to fame was impressive. He was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, had served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, and was a well-respected politician and businessman, but he was best known as the BEST flour miller of his time. His flour mill was an critical part of feeding General Washington's Continental Army. History tells the story that Martha Washington only used flour milled from the DeWitt Mill. She said, "It was the finest flour in all the land." As the DeWitt Mill was located "down the hill" and Blandina DuBois lived just "up the hill," history leads us to believe that Blandina lived on the land of my villa. Therefore, I've named my garden "Farine Jardin de Blandine", French for Blandina's -Flour- Garden and the villa is honored to be known as Blandina's Hideaway. And, Blandina's grave is located in The Old Hurley Cemetery just 10 minutes from the villa.
There's a poem etched on the grave of Blandina (DuBois) DeWitt. It's worn and covered in lichen. It's said to be written for her by her children some 201 years ago. I left no stone unturned in researching Blandina and found the only person still living who knew what the poem says. Now that I have gained this information, I will share it with all of you. Enjoy!
"Thou the Dread Gulph hast past whilst o'er thy urn
Five Children Deer, and Husband lov'd do mourn
From Fondest Love cut off in prime of life
we mourn The Mother fond and Dearest Wife
Hence Ne'er to see thy Lovely face Again until we inter on Zion's Blissful plain." Guest AccessYou will have your own area, separate from my living space. Blandina;s Villa has a private entrance and Private Bath. You are welcome to use the fire pit area and walk the grounds of the house. Feel free to picnic in the yard. I have provided an outdoor table with umbrella and chair set for your use as well. Interaction with GuestsI'll be available for all your needs while you stay at the Villa if you should need assistance with anything please just ask. The NeighborhoodWe live in a quiet neighborhood on a private setting. We are just steps away from the Wallkill Rail Trail, so bring your mountain bikes or your hiking boots and enjoy miles and miles of endless trails to explore. Check out the caves in Rosendale, about a 30 minute hike from the house. The Rail Trail is pet friendly, (Leashed animals only) and please clean up after your dog's waste as to keep the trail nice for everyone. Getting AroundCar: Recommended
"Blandina's Hideaway Villa" is the perfect little place for two people to get away from it all. Our Villa is nestled just off of a winding country road in the heart of the beautiful and picturesque Hudson River Valley. We are half way between Kingston and Rosendale.
Historic Uptown Kingston features the Stockade area which was preserved from the British burning in 1777. The Senate House housed New York State's first capital and is located 10 minutes from the villa. There's lots to see and do in uptown, including a fabulous Farmer's Market every Saturday morning. Historic places like the Old Dutch Church, Bogardus Tavern, and the four corners of the oldest buildings in Kingston. Nearby Hurley boasts a main street of houses from the 1700's, the historic cemetary where Blandina lies, and their Stone House Day and Corn Festival in July is a very popular event.
The Kingston waterfront on the Rondout Creek is known as "The Strand," is also located 10 minutes away in Kingston's downtown area. The waterfront is home to the Clearwater, the environmental sailing sloop made famous by folksinger Pete Seeger and to the large tour boat Rip Van Winkle and the more intimate boat, the Teal. All depart from the docks at the Kingston Maritime Center, just down the street from the Trolley Museum and the boat building school. For personal water recreation, bring your own kayaks (or rent some) and paddle up the Creek, head out toward the river, or put in at Kingston Point Beach. From there, one can kayak to Rhinecliff and Tivoli on the east side of the Hudson.There are several fabulous restaurants and lots of fun nightlife in the downtown area.
Bring your mountain bikes as we are only a half a mile from The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail where you can ride your bike all the way to New Paltz, and soon, to Highland and the Walkway Over the Hudson , and over to the Dutchess Rail Trail. Just a few miles into the trip, you'll cross Rosendale's newly renovated (railroad) trestle bridge hundreds of feet above the Rondout Creek. There, you can stop off in Rosendale at some of the funky venues or continue on to New Paltz for a cold drink or a bite to eat. Not a biker? If you prefer, you can take a nice walk or a run/jog on the rail trail, but note: There are NO motorized vehicles allowed on the rail trail.
Rosendale was made famous 100 years ago by J.J.Roebling's Rosendale Cement Company. The strongest cement in the world was used to construct, among many things, the Brooklyn Bridge. Rosendale's bohemian atmosphere has much to offer as there are a few cute cafes, a fabulous cheese shop, art studios, restaurants, bars, sushi, pizza, an old movie theater, and more.
The villa is located perfectly! Its close to everything wonderful! Our area is so well known for its natural beauty. Be sure to bring your camera as you'll want to capture all that our area has to offer.
Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park, are some of the areas most beautiful hiking/ biking/ climbing/ walking areas. These places are all located ridges of the Shawangunk Mountains; "The Gunks." You can reach all these places within a half hour of the villa. New Paltz is a happening fun college town with a Starbucks and lots of great shops, restaurants and pubs.
It's a short trip to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge over the Hudson River. There, you'll find another beautiful area to explore. Rhinebeck offers a wide array of upscale shopping, eclectic dining, and features the oldest Inn in the world, The Beekman Arms. There are specialty stores, like my favorite, The Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Shop. If you travel a little further south on the historic Old Post Road (Rt.9), you'll find Hyde Park, NY. It is the Presidential home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Culinary Institute of America, and the Gilded Age mansions of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Ogden Mills. The Presidential Library and Museum is a must see!
If you are a skier or rider, I recommend taking a trip to Hunter Mountain, known for its world class snowmaking, located about 45 minutes away, or to Belleayre Mountain. In June, Hunter is home to Mountain Jam and there are several other festivals,such as Tap NY and the German Alps. If you're looking for high adventure, Hunter Mountain has the world's longest and highest Zip-line. Hiking trails and camping sites are numerous in the Catskills, including North Lake, Kaaterskill Falls, and Platte Clove. Tannersville is a great little mountain top town with some shopping and a few restaurants and bars.
If antiquing is your thing, you'll want to take the 20 minute drive north to Saugerties, home of Jimmy Fallon. It is home to many antique shops, HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun), Krausse's Chocolates, Diamond Mills Hotel, and the Saugerties Light House.
Last, but not least, Woodstock, NY. It's a 25 minute drive from the villa and it's home to musicians, artists, and a few left over hippies. Levon Helm's Barn, home of the Mid-Night Ramble ROCKS on weekends!! Other Things to Note"Blandina's Hidaway Villa" is a real live "chicken farm" Not the kind you eat, here at Blandina's all the chickens have names, they are all pets and from time to time they have even wandered into my house. Currently we have nine chickens outside in "The Zen House" and with the arrival of Spring we now have 9 - 2 week old babies that I am hand raising inside with a little help from a heat lamp. They are so stinking cute! When they are big enough they will be moved outside to the chicken condo in the back yard. We raise happy chickens here at Blandina's Hideaway! I welcome my guests to help take part in the daily chores if they want to. You could feed, water, or give them a few treats... if you feel like getting dirty I'll even let you help me clean the coop. Or, if you prefer to have nothing to do with the flock you can simply sit back and enjoy your time here at Blandina's. Your sense of adventure is totally up to you! I look forward to your stay and if there's anything that I can do to make your stay more enjoyable just let me know. If you would like to know more about our B&B offering of Gourmet Brunch, complete with Mimosa's, Lobster Florentine Farm Fresh Eggs Benedict, or 3-egg Omelets with home fries, fresh fruit and all the fixins, please inquire ahead of time so we can plan and discuss the cost and any food allergies that you might have.
Here are some menu choices:
"The Big Easy " ~ Farm Fresh One, Two or Three Egg Sandwiches on Turkish Bread with Melted Cheese and a side of fresh fruit... $12.~ per person
"The Yummy O" ~ A Three Farm Fresh Egg Omelet, packed with sautéed yummy veggies and fabulous cheese with your choice of Home fries or a side salad, served with a side of fresh fruit... $ 17.~ per person
"The Blandina" ~ Eggs Benedict, "Blandina style". Poached Farm Fresh Eggs on top of Toasted Multi Grain English Muffins with sauteed spinach, white truffle oil and Poached Lobster, served with Hollandaise sauce over top, Home Fries and Fresh Fruit... $30.~ per person
Last But Not Least, "The European" ~ European Style Breakfast includes, Assorted Cheeses, Fresh Baked Goods, Crackers, Fig Jam, Almonds, Olives, Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Peppers and Grapes....$20.~ per person
***As always, Coffee / Tea and Orange Juice is NO CHARGE!!!
***ADD $25.00 per bottle for Mimosa's / or / $7.00 per Mimosa
*** Keep in mind: If you choose to add on the Breakfast/ Brunch option I’ll need 24 hours notice of your choice/choices. All food is prepared on premises, everything is fresh and made with love, I only use fresh farm ingredients and try to create and share a true Hudson Valley Farm to Table experience for you. Thank you in advance, I look forward to your stay.
Thanks in advance, and I hope to see you soon. ~ TAKE NOTE: I have 2 big friendly dogs and a grumpy (indoor) cat, and let's not forget the chickens. We are a free range chicken zone...although, none of my animals will be in your space during your stay you may encounter them while outside, and if you have allergies to pets, take note: Cats and dogs live here.
The Villa sleeps 2 person/s. The beds can be configured either as two twins or they can be "kissed together" to make one large king. The Villa is set up studio style so it's one big cozy room with a private bathroom.
Please feel free to let me know what I can do to make your stay in the Hudson Valley the best ever! ~ Jean