The SpaceWell maintained farmhouse on site of a budding flower farm. This is a charming old house with its quirks, but very well-supplied and kept up with all modern conveniences. You'll have full, private access to the whole house: two floors, two bedrooms, two living room/common spaces with couches, a full working kitchen, and one bathroom upstairs.
Farmer Maggie has turned the grounds into lovely gardens and miniature flower fields, bordering four wooded acres. It's a constant work-in-progress, but no matter what projects she's in the middle of, you can still relax by our backyard fire pit, have a picnic on the front porch, grill up some steaks on the patio, or just take a nap in a chaise as the sun goes down.
Inside you'll find wi-fi internet with Apple TV (including Netflix, Hulu, and HBO). In addition to the main living room is a small library/music room with a working wood stove for extra relaxation, peace, and quiet. The kitchen is fully supplied with cooking/dining essentials plus some non-essentials that are essential to us, like a juicer and an espresso machine. :) Bathroom features a soothing steam shower and two sinks for double-duty teeth brushing. Furniture throughout is modern, clean, almost all less than two years old. Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire house except for basement and attic areas (due to safety issues). There is a small office off of the master bedroom that we use for storage and private belongings (i.e. clutter!), but guests are welcome to use this room, as well, if they like. Interaction with GuestsWe won't be on-site during your stay but are reachable by phone and text should any problems arise. We also have a small army of helpers who can stop by in the highly unlikely event of a mechanical issue or other urgent need. The NeighborhoodThe hamlet of Cottekill is in the town of Rosendale, one of the Hudson Valley's coolest, quirkiest little places. We have a vintage movie theater (recently restored), antique shops, restaurants, bars, a gorgeous hiking trail (the Walkill Rail Trail) and a beautiful creek running through town.
In Rosendale, we're lucky to be within spitting distance of several other towns and cities that make staying here quite convenient. While you can't get everything you might need in town, you certainly can in Kingston -- just a ten minute drive down Lucas Ave. and you're in a major municipality with all the big box stores you could ever ask for. Ten minutes the other direction brings you to High Falls or Stone Ridge, both cool little villages in their own right. 15 minutes south will take you to New Paltz, a bustling little college town full of pizza joints, bars, and even more scenic waterways, hiking, and antiquing.
We love it here and we think you will, too. Getting AroundGetting here is very easy -- there's a direct bus from NYC to New Paltz, Rosendale and Kingston, while Metro North goes to Poughkeepsie and Amtrak goes up to Rhinecliff, both across the river.
Getting around once you're here is another story, and we strongly recommend driving here yourself. Unless you plan to stay inside the whole time (which is fine -- we do it ourselves!) you're going to want some wheels. There is mostly reliable taxi service to the house from all public transit points, but again, once you get here you might feel stuck without your own ride. Other Things to NoteWe take great pride in our house and our hospitality, but guests should understand that this is NOT a hotel. It's where we live, and though it is meticulously professionally cleaned before you arrive you should expect to find the same things you might find when staying at anyone's house -- we can't control every fallen leaf from a houseplant or stray cat toy that may have been missed.
Speaking of cats, our two furry housemates are pictured in our listing and they live here almost full time. They won't be here when you arrive, but their fur might be lurking under couches here and there. If you are allergic to cats, this probably isn't the best place to stay!
Our house is in the country, and with that comes some quirks. In the winter it is very, very cold. We turn up the heat, fire up the woodstove, pull out some blankets, and proceed to love our winter time up here. Details on how to operate everything are in our printed handbook, but bottom line: if you dislike cold, or have never built a fire or turned up a thermostat, this might not be the best place to stay. Other things that come with living in the country: critters! We're hyper-vigilant against mice and insects but they occasionally roll through anyway. Summer especially brings an influx of stink bugs and ladybugs. No matter how clean the house is, a handful will most likely have moved in between the time we leave and the time you arrive. Instead of being surprised by this, please expect it.
Our house is also old, and with that comes some other quirks! We have a shallow well with modern contraptions to pull up the water and pump it through the house as needed, but it's most likely not what you're used to in the city. Multiple showers back-to-back will drain the tank (no worries -- just give it a few minutes to recharge after a long shower!). Both water pressure and water heat can fluctuate depending on the situation. More details are in our printed house manual, but we ask that you anticipate the vagaries of a well system rather than be surprised by it.
Children and house-trained pets are more than welcome, but it's important to note that the house is not child-proofed in the technical sense of the word. There are no outlet plugs, cabinet locks, or anything of that nature. We're also on a busy two-lane county highway with no fence, so it's important to keep a close eye on both small kids and excitable dogs. With that out of the way, we must say that we love kids and pets. We even have toys, games, crayons and coloring books, and lots of picture books to enjoy while you're here. We welcome your family into our home, and just ask that you take all the necessary safety precautions yourself.
In general, we simply ask that you consider yourselves guests in our home with all the privileges and responsibilities that come with that. We're not professional hoteliers; we're simply offering you a comfortable place to stay and hoping that you have a good time.
1. Let us know if something goes wrong and we'll work together to fix it. Use common sense to solve minor problems (Just what is that strange smell in the fridge? Why can't I get this log to light in the fireplace?) and call upon us to fix the biggies (The shower pipe burst! The electricity went out!).
2. We supply the kitchen (and bar!) pretty well and everything there is for your enjoyment. The husband in particular is known to make a special trip to the store specifically to buy beer and soda and chips for guests (that's just his way -- he hates a beer-less house). Please don't expect a fully stocked pantry with all the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner, but we do try to make sure the fridge isn't empty in case you're feeling peckish when you first arrive.
3. Linens are clean and changed before every guest arrives (including fresh towels). You'll most likely find basic toiletries (soaps, toothpaste, etc.) but we recommend packing all your favorites just in case. Again -- not a hotel, just a house that has some, but not all, of the things you'll need.
4. Please relax and enjoy the space. You deserve it! Read some books, watch some movies, pour yourself a cocktail and kick back on the porch. :)