Cozy 2 Bedroom Cabin on 11 acres, short walk from Stissing Lake
About Antoinette Bruno
I run StarChefs magazine based in Brooklyn and have 2 children. HBS alum, originally from Maryland and have lived in NY for last 30 years.
Antoinette Bruno purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Antoinette Bruno chose Pine Plains
20 years ago we looked in the country for a place to call our own. We married here and raised our two children. Stissing Lake offers an ideal place to relax, lots of room to roam and indulge in the magic of nature. Enjoy spring blossoms, summer fun in the water or the gorgeous fall foliage. Hike Stissing Mountain, picnic on the lawn, kayak or paddle boat around Stissing Lake, swim without the distraction of motorized boats, fish for Bass, watch the swans and turtles on the lake or birdwatch at Thomson Nature Preserve.
What makes this Cottage unique
Stissing Lake is our little slice of heaven.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Slice of heaven!
Peace and quiet on a beautiful lake! Loved every minute- the paddle boat to the floating dock, the most generous firewood delivery, a washer/dryer.
Quiet and lots of activities
My friend and I enjoyed our quiet time at the cottage. We were there during an off season time in October so no one was in the large main house near by that is actually on the lake.The cottage is off to the side and one must walk through the other property to get to the lake and boats and bicycles that are shared with others. That was not an issue for us since we were the only ones there. The cottage has everything you need (even fresh eggs) including a tv with access to all the streaming channels. There are many many places to hike and antique shop and lakes to paddle and fish near by.
My only complaint would be that one of the bedrooms is located in the interior of the house so no window. It would help if the fan was able to run while sleeping without the ceiling lights on. Otherwise a beautiful area to explore.
The location, lake amenities- kayaks fishing poles bikes etc was wonderful.
Having access to lake with canoe, kayaks, fishing poles, bikes was fantastic! However the “rustic” cottage was a little lacking even considering “rustic”. Not one smoke detector and the 2nd bedroom has NO window, the kitchen had sufficient plates, but not bowls or table utensils. The big kitchen problem was lack of cooking pots or the disgusting conditions of the ones available. With a small investment in a set of pots & utensils the experience would dramatically improve. You can run out and buy paper & plastic as a guest and that is not too bad- but dishes & cooking utensils?! No wine/bottle openet either- we bought & contributed to next guest. We also had to buy an additional fan. With just a little TLC & attention to daily needs it would be absolutely fantastic, Would consider again if owner addressed some of these.
Antoinette was so kind and helpful with all of my questions. Because no one was in the main house during my stay, I was able to sit on the Adirondack chairs for hours and stare at the lake every day of my stay. It was peaceful and lovely! And there is even a nice hike to Thompson Pond within walking distance of the house! Lots of nearby towns that have beautiful hiking and plenty of things to do outdoors. And great farm stands all over the place!
Most wonderful vacation ever!
The location, amenities, and services were superb. We enjoyed the charming property, taking advantage of all the activities available, especially the swimming and hiking. We visited the very charming surrounding towns and restaurants. We also dined at the house on the porch taking in the breathtaking view and romantic setting. Would highly recommend for your next vacation.
Nice setting--shabby and not very clean inside
As others have shared, the setting is gorgeous--though the cottage itself is not on the lake and there's nothing much to look at out of any of the windows. Beyond that, while the owner and others do describe this as something of a basic cottage, there are some intrinsic issues that had I known, I would have stayed elsewhere. First there is the issue of cleanliness. The place was not at all well cleaned--even with a significant additional cleaning fee. The refrigerator door handle looked dirty and was tacky to the touch. Baseboards and a board that ran just behind the kitchen sink were quite obviously dusty and dirty. A giant dust bunny twirled around the 2nd bedroom when I first walked in to take a look. The dishes in the cupboard obviously needed washing before use--which was pretty gross. The water kettle is enameled metal. The area around the edge of the spout as well of the inside of the kettle were entirely chipped and scratched with some rust. I wondered what was leaching into my water from it--and a new kettle only costs $25. Other enamel pots were also chipped--but I wasn't doing much cooking. Neither the second bedroom nor its ensuite bath have windows. That's right--a "bedroom" with no window and its bath with no window either and no fan to clear the air. Yech! The doors to both bathrooms are quite flimsy and so even if they closed properly--and neither of them could be closed--there is very little privacy. The mats in both bathrooms needed to be washed. The towels were clean and a nice quality and seemed quite new and there were plenty of them; there was adequate hot water for a shower and/or a bath. There is actually a TV that worked well and the wifi worked some of the time. But the place was not well cleaned and that eradicates other good points for me. After first noticing the general level of cleanliness I was left wondering if the sheets had actually been changed after the previous guests. I've stayed in many cottages over the years, and I never had that thought cross my mind before. I would describe the furnishings etc as way more shabby than chic, but the cleanliness factor was the big problem for me. I'd give it a pass next time.
Nicki - I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your stay in our country cottage. We've been renting the cottage for more than 20 years with many of the guests returning every summer for their family vacation. True the building is over 150 years old and can get dusty quickly but the cottage was cleaned the morning of your arrival, and had been cleaned twice the week you visited us as October is a busy month for foliage seeking guests.
As for more shabby than chic, the furnishings are Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Couture collection sofa and chair, copied by many furniture designers.
Additionally, we purchased new Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic sheets and towels at the begining of the rental season in May. The sheets and towels were washed on the morning of your arrival so they would smell fresh. We will look at changing our laundry detergent perhaps with a different scent.
I really apologize that you thought the decorative antique french enamelware hanging on the wall was for use. It's just for decoration. The pots and pans are in the lower cabinets. We will make this clearer for future guests.
We take your feedback seriously and will make sure there is an electric kettle this year on the counter to avoid future confusion.
Again, we are sorry you didn't enjoy your stay at Stissing Lake Cottage.
Stissing Lake House and Cottage are located in Northern Dutchess County in the beautiful Hudson Valley. If you love the outdoors you will love Stissing Lake.