|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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 house features a rocking-chair front porch, screen porch, music room (keyboard, 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 and a tire swing.
We adore our rambling, eccentric, heimische 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 9, 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.
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.
Jennie Litt purchased this farmhouse in 2001
Initially, it was the vibrant and varied musical heritage of the Hudson Valley that drew us to its bosomy farmland and piney slopes. The Maverick Concerts in the Woods has brought classical music to the Catskills for a century, and Pete Seeger, atop his bluff overlooking the Hudson, strummed his banjo and dreamed of a better world, while the aristocracy of 1960s rock had the Aquarian vision that came into being as the festival known as Woodstock. It was the possibility of holding house concerts in our music room which made the decision for us, and we have enjoyed a most fulfilling musical life here. The fact that it is also a tourist area, with beautifully preserved 17th-century stone houses and glorious hiking appealed to us aesthetically; it is also the place to which so many of NYC's creative artists have fled since being priced out of their Greenwich Village garrets, which has made for an always-delightful social life. Our Hudson Valley is a friendly place full of artists and artisan foods, where we can be close to nature yet still close to NYC.
We adore our rambling, eccentric, heimische 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 under a rock. So many touches charmed us during that first walk-through: 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, rehearsal and concert hall, and songwriting studio.
I stayed here with a big group of girls for my sister's bachelorette weekend. There was more than enough space to accommodate us all very comfortably. The house was clean. The home is definitely not "cookie cutter" - very unique design and space. Everyone had a wonderful time! The owners were helpful and accommodating.
Ten friends met in Stone Ridge for a seminar, and this house was the perfect location for us to relax and unwind and play music. This rambling historic house full of books and pianos and a harpsicord was charming and comfortable. I am sure we never found all the rooms. We looked at other properties, renovated and updated and totally forgetable. If that is what you are looking for this is not the house for you. This is a place for friends or family to unwind and create memories.
This property worked very well for my group of 12 people. There is plenty of room, places to sleep, and two large kitchens. The owners were very responsive, friendly, and helpful throughout the whole process and made sure we had everything we needed.
This house was perfect for my wedding weekend. My bridesmaids and I stayed the night before my wedding and left in time for my fiancé and his groomsmen to get ready the next day. It was the perfect backdrop for pictures and even better for the after party gathering. Our bridal party and a couple of friends returned after the long and wonderful day. There was so much room to spread out. Everything was just perfect!
The historic and beautiful Hudson Valley is a collection of lovely old towns ringed by mountains and bisected by the lordly Hudson River. Farms, orchards, fine dining hiking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, scenic walks, antiquing, shopping, folk music, and local fairs and markets are among the attractions. Equally great is just to hang out with friends or family in a beautiful old farmhouse, cook, toast marshmallows, dabble your feet in the Kripplebush Creek, and relax. Urban New Yorkers have made the Hudson Valley their second home for more than two hundred years, and its small-town sophistication reflects that urban-rural interconnectedness. Foodies and eco-foodies in particular will relish the many farm-to-table restaurants and the opportunity to get to the actual source of those local foods they prize. There are endless hikes for lovers of the outdoors, from the flat rail trail system that runs for miles through the area, to serious mountaineering. Historic homes (FDR, the Vanderbilts) and sites, small museums (the D&H Canal Museum in High Falls, the Samuel Dorsky Art Museum in New Paltz), and remnants of Colonial-era settlement (such as New Paltz's Huguenot Street, the Old Hurley Burying Ground, and Kingston's Stockade District) provide historic interest. Music of all types, from classical (The Maverick Concerts) to folk (check local listings) to classic rock at the Bearsvile Theatre, art galleries and open studios abound for culture-lovers.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
7 Sep 2016 - 28 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £33 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||£81|
|Holiday wknd Sunday nite||£82|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.