Converge for a reunion, or gather kids & dogs for a month in the country at our 4500+-square foot, 6-BR, 5-bath 1840 farmhouse on the banks of the Kripplebush Creek.
The spacious, rambling old house features a rocking-chair front porch, screen porch, music room (keyboard, piano, harpsichord), giant eat-in kitchen (with couch!), DR seating 10, LR with 1860 hearth. It's set on 3 grassy acres with tire swing, trampoline, glider, fire pit & grill. 2 hrs N of NYC, between Catskill & Shawungunk mtns.
Converge for a family or college-roommate reunion, or gather the kids, grandkids and dogs for a month in the country in our 4500+-square foot, 6/7-bedroom, 5-bath 1840 farmhouse on the banks of the Kripplebush Creek.
The spacious, rambling old country farmhouse features a rocking-chair front porch, screen porch, music room (keyboard, clavichord, piano, harpsichord), giant eat-in kitchen (with couch!), dining room seating 10, and living room with 1860 hearth. There is even an adorable extra kitchen! It's set on 3 grassy acres punctuated by the Kripplebush Creek, two patios, fire pit, glider, trampoline, and a tire swing.
We adore our rambling, eccentric, comfortable, unpretentious home next to the creek, where the wild turkeys gather in the grey dawn, and where we once found a crayfish in the clear, cold water. So many touches charmed us during that first walk-through with our realtor: the tire-swing in a backyard tree, the wooden slat bridge leading across the creek into the woods, the couch that made the spacious kitchen seem so cozy, the bedroom with an artisanal (and working!) pottery sink, the attic proportioned like a yoga studio, the virgin-forest 18-inch pine floorboards in the master suite, and the wood-clad 'Cabin in the Sky' that eventually became our music room, concert hall, and songwriting studio.
The house contains beds for 11, but comfortably sleeps up to 16 guests, including a Baby Bjorn travel crib for a child 0-3. And if you don't think you're looking for such a large place for your small family's vacation, know that our family of three regularly enjoy ourselves here without feeling as if we are knocking around in a deserted castle; this is a homey, warm house, which easily accommodates groups of any size without anyone feeling either isolated or crowded.
We are located two hours north of NYC, and accessible by car, Trailways bus (to nearby Rosendale), and both Amtrak and Metro-North rail lines to Poughkeepsie. We are 15 minutes from Kingston, 20 minutes from New Paltz, and 30 minutes from Woodstock.
The Hudson Valley is an all-seasons destination, with downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, river tubing, sledding, fruit-picking, leaf-peeping, shopping, farm-to-table and fine dining, a vibrant folk, rock, and classical music tradition, art galleries and open studios, antiquing, scenic walks, historic sites, unique small museums, farmers' markets, and beautifully-preserved Colonial-era architecture. The area is defined as much by the Hudson River as it is by its twin mountain ranges (Shawungunks to the east, Catskills to the west). Or just hang out near home: hike into the woods to find ruined stone walls, pack a picnic and walk the creek to the local Schoolhouse Museum or beyond, play the piano, cook a fabulous meal in our welcoming kitchen and enjoy it with 10 of your closest friends around our dining table made from a reclaimed bowling alley, or sip a glass of wine on the screen porch while night falls and the crickets sing a duet with the creek.
Guests can access the entire house.
Interaction with guests
I am always available via text, phone, and email. I encourage you to contact me with any questions, or for suggestions about places to eat and shop and things to do in the area.
Other things to note
Our house was built in 1840, and like any old handmade country house, it is neither clinically sterile nor 100% airtight. While we maintain it meticulously and employ an excellent and thorough cleaning company, you may find the occasional daddy-long-legs in the bathroom, or cobweb in a window frame. The reality of life in the country is that nature sometimes encroaches. We strive to keep the house in tip-top shape, and hope you, like us, will embrace it in all its eccentricity.
We welcome your well-behaved dog, but we do have to charge a $75 pet fee to cover post-pet cleaning.
- Check-In and Check-Out Check-in time is 3 p.m. Arrangements can be made for earlier check-in. Should you arrive before your scheduled check-in time and the house is not yet ready, you can leave your luggage. Check out by 12 noon. Make sure all windows are closed, and all lights, air conditioners, kitchen ranges, and electrical appliances are off. Make sure all doors are locked. Please text (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) when you leave. 3. Getting Into The House You can get into the house through the front (farther from the driveway) and back doors of the MAIN HOUSE. They are outfitted with keypad locks. We will contact you with your unique 4-digit code, which will work for the duration of your stay ONLY. Please use ONLY these doors for arriving at and making your final departure from the house. Additionally, there is a front and side door to the apartment. Feel free to use those doors when you are at home, but, as we are not providing keys to them, they must be locked from the inside. 4. Property Manager & Housekeeper Contact Info Property manager Dennis Derr is your go-to person for repairs and immediate help with anything to do with the house: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (EMAIL HIDDEN) Dawn Markle ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) is our housekeeper. She will clean before and after your visit. 5. Trash and Recyclables Please bag all trash upon departure and leave it in the outdoor garbage cans in the parking area. If you are staying for longer than a week, you can call Dennis Derr to arrange for trash to be hauled away. Please collect glass, plastic, metal, and paper recyclables and leave in the labeled plastic tub in the pantry for Dennis. If you are staying longer than a week, feel free to ask Dennis to haul away recyclables. 6. Linens Upon your arrival, you should find beds made and towels distributed to bedrooms/bathrooms. You will find additional blankets, linens or towels in the linen cupboard at the top of the main staircase. You are not obligated to change your bedding or launder linens/towels at the end of your stay. 7. Fires Please DO NOT light fires in the woodstove OR the living room fireplace. You may use the fire pit in the back yard on the stone patio next to the stream. You will find firewood stacked in the driveway. 8. Smoking There is NO SMOKING in the house or on the grounds. 9. Pets Your well-behaved dog is welcome in our home. We charge a $75 pet fee per guest pet. Please do not allow your dog on the furniture, and please clean up after your dog. You will find rawhides and treats atop the fridge, as well as kibble, if needed. If you finish a bag of treats or kibble, please be good enough to replace it. 10. Outdoor Lights There are several outdoor lights that are controlled from indoors. The front porch light is controlled by a switch to the right of the main front door. The walkway light in front of the apartment is controlled by a switch to the right if the apartment front door. The small outdoor light between the apartment and main front doors is controlled by a switch at the bottom of the main staircase. The floodlight on the barn which lights the parking area is controlled by a switch inside the side door to the Hideaway; you can also control it with a switch next to the door to the basement in the front hall. 11. Pantry Feel free to use staples you find on the counter, in the cupboards, or in the fridge. Please replace anything you finish. 12. Multimedia and Wi-Fi You can connect your phone or tablet to our Bluetooth speaker, (the "JBL flip") on the marble counter in the kitchen. We use the TuneInRadio app to listen to the radio (it will also play music from your iPod). There are three tvs in the house: in the Storefront living room, in the master bedroom, and in the attic. Storefront Living Room: this TV has limited cable channels. The built-in VCR is no longer operable. If you happen to bring your own DVD player, you can connect it here. Master suite: This little unit gets a multitude of cable channels. Attic: This Smart TV comes equipped with digital cable, Netflix, and a DVD/Blu-Ray player. The TV remote also operates the DVD player, and you can use it to work Netflix. Please stream ONLY from Netflix or YouTube, as we will incur a charge if you stream from a pay-per-view service. The house is equipped with wi-fi ("Netgear"); there is no password. There is an old-school stereo in the downstairs library which will play the radio, records, and CDs. You are welcome to use it; if you do use the record player, please treat it and the records like the irreplaceable artifacts they are. 13. Appliances Dishwasher: Dishwasher detergent is under the sink. Washer/Dryer: The washer and dryer are available for your use. Detergent, cling-free sheets, and Oxyclean are in the laundry room. Please replace anything you finish. Please clean the dryer's lint screen. 14. Cooling The house stays fairly cool in the summertime. There are a couple of window air conditioners installed, two oscillating fans, and a number of window fans (stashed in various cupboards around the house). Another option for cooling the house is the attic fan, the switch for which is located in the music room. (You will know you flipped the right switch when you hear a dull roar.) The attic fan pulls cooler air up through the house and out the attic windows. 15. Toys There are toys in the attic. Your kids are free to play with them all over the house, but please return them to the attic upon your departure. Additionally, there are board games and art supplies in the dining room cabinet. Enjoy, keeping track of game and puzzle pieces, cleaning up after art supplies use, and returning everything to dining room cabinet upon departure. There is a tiny table and chairs in the apartment living room where little people can comfortably sit and create art projects, There is a 20" girl's bike for your child to use AT HER OWN RISK; ditto a trampoline. Outdoors, children and grownups alike can enjoy the tire swing AT THEIR OWN RISK. We have a few sleds knocking around as well, for those of you visiting in winter. One is usually on the front porch, and there are one or two more in the barn. There is great sledding on the grounds of the Rosendale Rec Center. Please enjoy our sleds AT YOUR OWN RISK. 16. Musical instruments Please refrain from playing the Steinway grand piano. You are free to use the Yamaha keyboard, the clavichord, and the harpsichord--with respect. 17. Tools and Supplies Tools and general supplies (lightbulbs, batteries, tape, etc.) are located in the pantry cupboard, the downstairs bathroom cupboard, and the kitchen drawer next to the back door. Please replace anything you finish. 18. Outside The Kripplebush Creek has a rocky floor! Do yourself a favor and wear water shoes if you choose to take a dip in it. Note that the wooden-slat bridge is currently in a state of disrepair: cross it AT YOUR OWN RISK. (We cross it all the time.) Our property extends behind the house up into the woods. Feel free to explore the woods AT YOUR OWN RISK, but do wear something unnaturally bright during hunting season. Check yourself, kids, and pets for ticks after spending time outside. You may flush ticks down the toilet. There is poison ivy in the yard as well. If you encounter it, treat yourself immediately with Tecnu (in downstairs bathroom medicine cupboard). Directions are on the packaging. Please enjoy the backyard grill. Grilling implements are in the utensil drawer in the kitchen, and briquettes in the cupboard by the back kitchen door. Please replace the bag of briquettes should you happen to use it up. 19. Circuit Breakers Circuit breakers are located in the basement, around the far end (bring a flashlight!). There is a separate box for the apartment and main house. To reset, look for the switch that is not aligned with the others--flip it all the way in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION, then back until it "clicks" into place. To avoid tripping the circuit breakers, please refrain from using microwave, toaster, and/or electric kettle simultaneously. 20. Snow Plowing We will make every effort to make sure the parking area is plowed and the walk shoveled prior to your arrival in snowy weather. You will find pet-safe Ice Melt in the coat closet or on the front porch to keep the walkways clear. If you need additional plowing, please contact Dave Friedlander at (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). You will find a snow shovel on the front porch. Please contact Dennis Derr for additional shoveling needs. 21. Damage Your $99 Property Damage Protection policy covers up to $5000 worth of damage to the property. However, we cannot recoup money for damages unless you tell us if and what damage has been incurred. PLEASE report any and all damage immediately: broken windows, damaged furniture, broken dishes, etc. That way, we can engage with the insurance company for repairs and reimbursement, and you should be off the hook. After all, wouldn't you expect the same consideration from guests in your home? By booking our property, you agree to waive all liability as indicated in paragraphs 15 and 18.
About the owner: David and I lived in this wonderful house full time from when we purchased it, in December 2001, until we moved to Brooklyn in June 2009. Our daughter Mirabelle spent her first year here, and has loved rediscovering the house as a toddler and now a kindergartner! We originally moved to the Hudson Valley to start a chamber music festival, which we ran for 5 years at Ulster County Community College, among other locations (including our own music room!). However, David's and my career as a cabaret and songwriting duo was in the process of taking off at the time, and we felt we needed to be in NYC for that, so we bid a regretful farewell to the Hudson Valley. But we couldn't bear the idea of selling our wonderful home! And we relish the opportunity to share it with you.