The SpaceThe guest house is small, about 200 square feet. It comfortably fits one person -- but can certainly fit two (depending how they feel about each other...haha...or even three if that third is very small.) The optimal number of guests is one, as, in size only, it's a bit like one of those New York City studio apartments. Several single working people have spent months here, working out of the apartment and have claimed to be quite satisfied with the experience. The Wifi has recently been upgraded and people who need reliable web access should be fine.
The bed is a single, but we often move a cot in for a second person. We have had a number of two person groups take this option and they report being satisfied with the arrangement. (I am **contemplating** removing a bookshelf to put in a full-size double bed. Feedback is welcome to help make the decision.)
The bath is full, with nice water pressure and ready hot water, and there is a kitchenette -- stove, refrigerator, toaster oven, coffee maker -- in an alcove.
You would be about 30 yards away from the main house where I live with my husband. The main house is of historical interest because it used to belong to the modern artist Jasper Johns. Indeed, Johns designed some of the unique features of the main house and he turned part of the house into a huge, light-flooded studio where he painted his famous flag paintings. Eventually we will rent the studio room. Currently it's not ready for guests; we're happy to show it though. Guest AccessThere is plenty of parking. If you would like to park in the garage that can be arranged. The guest house has a small deck but you would certainly be welcome to wander around our 1.29 acres (not a huge area but nevertheless...) There is a small brook at the bottom of the property and some people like to follow its path. Deer like to hang out in the backyard. You'll probably also see wild turkeys, hawks, turkey vultures, chipmunks, squirrels and many kinds of birds, including the odd crane near the stream.
Always be aware that you may be near poison ivy. It takes many shapes and adopts many colors depending on the time of year and maturity of the plant, but it usually grows close to the ground and so is hard to see. I recommend wearing long pants, socks and shoes if you walk in the woods around here. Avoid plants with a three leaf cluster. If you would like a poison ivy tutorial I would be happy to tell you all I have, by painful experience, come to know. Interaction with GuestsI have recently suffered a huge personal tragedy and am not feeling very social but I am always happy to help if some problem arises or if you want information about the area. The NeighborhoodStony Point is what I call a Rubarb, somewhere between Rural and Suburban. Parts of this little town, notably Main Street where we live, look like any country road you'd see in New England. There are several churches, and many small homes, painstakingly landscaped with flowering trees. Other parts of the town look like Everytown U.S.A., i.e. not so scenic but at least amenity-rich with fast food restaurants and chain drug stores. We're big fans of Hogan's Diner in the center of town -- and apparently so is the rest of the town, as its always jammed to the gills. The food is good, they do takeout and there's a busy, bustling atmosphere. It's a family restaurant but the food is much better than at homogenized, franchise places like Denny's or Bob Evans. Waiting for a table is not bad at all. You can sit on a bench they provide and watch the local scene. Getting AroundSeveral bus lines converge in the center of town and it is possible to get fairly regular bus service to neighboring towns like Nyack and New City. There is even bus service to Manhattan but, because of its meandering route, the ride can take up to 2 hours to get to Times Square. A car is recommended in this area but we often see bicyclists. If you like to look at architecture and beautiful homes I recommend driving or biking along the Hudson River starting in Nyack, and then passing through Granville, Piermont, and Tappan. If you are more interested "in the works of God" (as opposed to the works of man -- as my late dad used to put it), you should follow the Palisades Parkway north to the Bear Mountain bridge and Harriman state park. Other Things to NoteBesides the possibility of poison ivy hiding in the deep grass?....
If you arrive after dark please be advised that the driveway is dark. There is an illuminated street address sign but not much light around the head of the driveway, and it's a bit steep and sharply angled if you approach it from a westerly direction. There's not much I can think of to do about the lighting situation short of putting in lights that would disturb my neighbors and just generally look crass and garish. Just be prepared to turn on your brights and proceed slowly. This is a more rural area and the street as a whole could be a lot darker than you are used to if you are from a city.
But please also bear in mind this is not a remote-forest-experience (not in the least.) We are situated in a town that's a mixture of rural and suburban. The house is bounded on one side by an acre (not a large area) of trees and stream, but on the other side there's a two-lane, paved road that gets plenty of traffic during the day. (Though not so much at night.) It is DARK up here after dark, so house numbers are hard to see and you'll do better with a GPS.
Winter Is Coming. Most people around here have 4-wheel drive cars. This allows us to cope with slippery roads and snow-choked and steep driveways. Our 4-wheel drive Subaru Foresters are awesome in snow -- just like little tanks. (There's a reason the Subaru Forester is the National Car of Vermont -- Just kidding, but they are ubiquitous up there.) If you have one of those flimsy little Zip Car tin thingies...um...how do I put it...life may be harder for you. The little oil-fueled heater we keep in the guest house is powerful, silent and doesn't blow that awful dry heat you get with an electric heater. If you find the air too dry, however, you will find a humidifier in the closet.