This 2,300 sf 1900 historic, unique, and beautiful Schoolhouse has been completely lovingly gut renovated. It's 18 foot tall windows and 26 foot high ceilings let in marvelous, beautiful light. With a modern kitchen, 4 bedrooms, outdoor patio, outdoor playhouse and huge acre backyard your family or group will luxuriate in peace, quiet, and tranquility. It is a unique space like no other.
The house is central to a number of destinations in Warwick NY, Vernon NJ, Middletown, NY and Matamoras, PA.
The space has been thoughtfully and personally decorated with unique pieces from our travels to India and Burma as well as with special schoolhouse pieces. It resembles more a SOHO loft than a country home. We have invested a lot of love in our house and renovated it thoroughly. The decor Includes three large blackboards and schoolhouse desks where our kids love to play "school." The large dining room table seats 12-15 people.
The 4 bedrooms are as follows (please take note to avoid any confusion): There is a queen sized bed in each of the two adult bedrooms, two twin beds in the kid room (one is a trundle underneath the bed--there's also a long window seat that is bigger than a bed in that room that could fit another person so three people can comfortably sleep in that room), a twin bed in the smaller upstairs room (please note this is a tiny room for one person and has no windows), and there are 3 couches and an air mattress in the two living rooms (that can comfortably sleep additional people) for larger families or groups. It comfortably sleeps 8. There is also a fold up toddler bed, a crib mattress, and a pack n play underneath the twin bed upstairs for any babies in your group. I also have an extra pack n play in the basement.
Outside there is a large paved patio with an eight foot table (seats 10), outdoor chandelier, and four comfortable modern adirondack chairs. The attached pergola provides great shade. The pergola has Edison string lights attached that you can plug in (see photo). It is a lovely place to enjoy the outdoors. There is also a treehouse in the backyard as well as a large web swing, an 100 foot long zip line, a fire pit, a gas grill, and a 90 foot “play shed” with a slide.
We do expect respectful guests. This is a no shoes house and that must be adhered to. There is also no TV as we come here to experience the quiet and de plug (but there is good wifi). No parties are allowed. At all.
While we have had many groups of adults (friend reunions, musicians, family groups, work retreats, wine enthusiasts for the wine trail) we are also very kid friendly. Some resources we have for kids include (they are all pretty put away outside and in so it's not cluttering the house if you don't have children): a 90 foot furnished “play shed” outside with insulation and a play loft inside that has a long slide attached outside, baby gates on stairs, baby and toddler beds, high chairs, baby toys, drawing materials, dolls, animals, toys, kid books for all ages, a "play school" with schoolhouse desks etc, two doll houses with furniture/people etc, toddler indoor riding toys, doll carriages, a baby outdoor swing, a fold up ball pit, an outdoor water table, a large webbed riding outdoor swing that fits three, a treehouse, toddler outdoor slide, house, and table, a zip line, four scooters of all sizes, a wagon, balls of all sorts and sizes, badminton, many varieties of board games and puzzles, two bicycles, strollers, helmets, outdoor riding toys, and an electric car.
If you search YouTube for "Hudson valley schoolhouse" or "Hudson valley Johnson schoolhouse" you will find videos of the house.
The whole house and grounds including an acre of outdoor space, outdoor patio and a treehouse.
Interaction with guests
I am responsive to any questions or concerns.
Other things to note
Summer/Fall Activities include:
Within half an hour’s drive are: The Delaware River, Wawayanda State Park (over 34,000 acres!) with sandy beachfront, large lake with boat and canoe rentals, and miles of hiking/mountain biking trails, Greenwood Lake (the largest lake in Orange County), Harriman State Park, The Appalachian Trail, High Point State Park, Sugarloaf Arts and Crafts Village, Warwick Drive-in, Fair Oaks Drive in, Sterling Forest (New York Renaissance Festival, Paint Ball facilities), Vernon, NJ, (Mountain Creek Water Park and Ski Mountain as well as Minerals Spa), Woodbury Commons Shopping Outlets in Harriman, NY, apple orchards galore (closest are soons orchards and slate hill orchards, both ten minutes away), many vineyards and much much more!
Winter Activities include:
Skiing/snowboarding/tubing/crosscountry skiing/snowshoeing/snowmobiling. There are 4 ski resorts within half an hour of the Schoolhouse (in the Warwick valley, Mt Peter and in Vernon, NJ), snowshoeing on the Appalachian Trail and Wawayanda State Park, ice skating, ice fishing, Minerals Spa, etc!
Year-Round Attractions nearby include:
These are just about an hour away:
1) Martin Van Buren's home in Kinderhook
2) Franklin D. Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park
3) John Jay in Katonah Homestead, Ambassador from the Continental Congress to France and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
4) Clermont Estate home to Robert R. Livingston Jr. one of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence
5) Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York
6) The Thomas Cole National Historic Sitein Cedar Grove
7) Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson
8) Tour Fort Montgomery
9) Cold Spring Harbor
Closer attractions: (within half hour)
10) Balloon Rides
11) Glider plane rides
12) World class cliff gliding and para gliding
13) Sugar Loaf Craft Village
14) The Castle Fun Center (Go Karts, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Roller Skating, Arcade, and more!)
15) Stony Point Battlefield & Lighthouse
16) Bear Mountain
17) West Point Military Academy
18) Green Ridge Golf Club (walking distance from schoolhouse
19) Upper Delaware National Scenic Byway
20) Storm King Art Center
21) Kitatinny Canoeing and Rafting
22) The New York Renaissance Faire
23) Brotherhood Winery (America’s oldest winery)
24) And many more historic houses, sites and museums.
Vineyards within 30 minutes:
Warwick valley vineyards 15 min away, has music and food
Bashakill winery has music 20 min away
Clear view vineyards 25 min away has music
Demarest hill winery 20 min away
Applewood winery 30 min away
Brotherhood winery has good restaurants, is 30 min away
Vineyards within 45-50 minutes:
Benmarl, glorie farm, palaia, white cliff, magnanini, Adair, silver stream
Please respect the house as you would your own. We value our house and hope you will as well. I will try to be flexible with check in and out when I can but it is somewhat limited and related to the schedule. The standard air b n b check in time is 3, check out at noon, but whenever possible I am accommodating of alternative arrangements (and often this is the case, totally depends on the date and other guests' needs.) Also, no parties are allowed.
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