"Blandina's Hideaway Villa" is centrally located along a winding country road, nestled between Kingston, Rosendale, and Hurley; close to all things fabulous in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley. It's a charming one bedroom villa with private bath, a small kitchenette, cable and wifi,and complete with free range chickens and farm fresh eggs. Gourmet Breakfast or Brunch is available for an extra charge, as well as dinner. Please ask about meals in advance.
HISTORY: Blandina's Hideaway Villa was named after Blandina DuBois DeWitt who was born in 1731 and died on November 4, 1765 at the age of 34. She was said to be a beautiful, young, well educated, and popular French girl who lived "up the hill" and caught the eye of "Charlie" DeWitt who lived "down the hill." Using his little brother as a chaperone, Charles courted her during the non-growing season with activities like sleigh riding. Eventually, Charles asked for her hand in marriage. Blandina married Charles of "Greenkill" and bore him five children. It is believed she passed away during the birth of her sixth child, whom also didn't survive. Charles' claim to fame was impressive. He was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, had served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, and was a well-respected politician and businessman, but he was best known as the BEST flour miller of his time. His flour mill was an critical part of feeding General Washington's Continental Army. History tells the story that Martha Washington only used flour milled from the DeWitt Mill. She said, "It was the finest flour in all the land." As the DeWitt Mill was located "down the hill" and Blandina DuBois lived just "up the hill," history leads us to believe that Blandina lived on the land of my villa. Therefore, I've named my garden "Farine Jardin de Blandine", French for Blandina's -Flour- Garden and the villa is honored to be known as Blandina's Hideaway. And, Blandina's grave is located in The Old Hurley Cemetery just 10 minutes from the villa.
There's a poem etched on the grave of Blandina (DuBois) DeWitt. It's worn and covered in lichen. It's said to be written for her by her children some 201 years ago. I left no stone unturned in researching Blandina and found the only person still living who knew what the poem says. Now that I have gained this information, I will share it with all of you. Enjoy!
"Thou the Dread Gulph hast past whilst o'er thy urn
Five Children Deer, and Husband lov'd do mourn
From Fondest Love cut off in prime of life
we mourn The Mother fond and Dearest Wife
Hence Ne'er to see thy Lovely face Again until we inter on Zion's Blissful plain."
I can't say enough about how much I love the Hudson Valley. It has something for everyone and you'll be sure to experience the beauty for yourself. I want you to have a great time at Blandina's Hideaway Villa. If there's anything that I can do to help make your stay more enjoyable please don't hesitate to ask. ~
*** To be clear, Blandina's Hideaway Villa is located in the bottom portion of my home, it is NOT a separate dwelling. However, you do have a private full bath and private entrance and a locking door between the two areas. Just want to be clear about this. ~ Thank you!
I'm a native of the Mid-Hudson Valley who has
traveled extensively throughout the world. I'm a travel journalist and freelance photographer and have reported my adventures in the internet magazine through both text and pictures since 2009. My stories have also been has published in The Lincoln Eagle Newspaper, Epoch Times,
I like to become one with the people of a cultural community. I love photography and I prefer to immerse myself in the moment and capture the soul of the people, places, landscapes, and animals through my heart and the lens of my camera.
Blandina's Hideaway Villa is uniquely decorated with several of my photos from around the world, you'll also you'll find lots of little items from remote areas such as Madagascar. Not to mention my rock collection from around the world.
As an animal lover and advocate for animal rights, I try to capture the beauty and the plight of animals throughout the seasons in their geographic areas. I'm on the board of directors of Have a Heart Animal Welfare Foundation, Inc. I help to rescue animals in need and help re-home them.
In traveling to more than forty countries on five continents, I
still consider the naturally diverse Hudson Valley as one of the most beautiful areas of the world. Here, I enjoy hiking with my rescue dogs, skiing, snow shoeing, sailing, and kayaking.... And now I can add Blandina's Hideaway Villa to the list.
I'm sure you will find Blandia's Hideaway a cozy retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So, why not escape from it all and find some peace and calm in the zen like atmosphere here in the country at Blandina's Hideaway Villa. ~ Hope to see you soon, Jean
Jean Spoljaric purchased this villa in 2013
Blandina's Hidaway Villa is a real live "chicken farm" Not the kind you eat, here at Blandina's all the chickens have names, they are all pets and from time to time they have even wandered into my house. Currently we have about twenty chickens outside in "The Zen House" The babies are grown and have moved outside, they were hand raised inside with a little help from a heat lamp. They still are so stinking cute! We have added to the farm a few "RECUSES" Big Red, he's a one eyed Rooster who resembles Fog Horn Leg Horn, he needed a forever home and now he's loving life here at Blandina's. We also have a mentally challenged Rooster named "HUGH HEFNER"... We call him "HEF" for short and then there's Little Miss Frizzle! She's missing a few feathers but she's happy to call Blandina's home. You can meet them all when you visit.
We raise happy chickens here at Blandina's Hideaway!
I welcome my guests to help take part in the daily chores if they want to. You could feed, water, or give them a few treats... if you feel like getting dirty I'll even let you help me clean the coop. Or, if you prefer to have nothing to do with the flock you can simply sit back and enjoy your time here at Blandina's. Your sense of adventure is totally up to you! I look forward to your stay and if there's anything that I can do to make your stay more enjoyable just let me know.
If you would like to know more about our B&B offering of Gourmet Brunch, complete with endless Mimosa's, Lobster Florentine Farm Fresh Eggs Benedict, or 3-egg Omelets with home fries, fresh fruit and all the fixins, please inquire ahead of time so we can plan and discuss the cost and any food allergies that you might have.
Thanks in advance, and I hope to see you soon. ~ Jean
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our time staying at the villa with Jean as host. The villa was cozy and comfy, with the quiet of country living outside. Jean was easy to work with and had great suggestions for us on where to go for dinner, hiking, and apple-picking. Overall, we had a relaxing and memorable weekend.
My partner and I shared this as we were attending a wedding in the Catskills. We were absolutely delighted: so much warmer, friendlier, more interesting than the formal hotel bookings recommended for guests.
Jean wasn't able to be present when we arrived, but made sure that communications with full directions for arrival and admission were accessible by telephone. The "cabin" is a delight, packed with interesting art objects - many Jean's creations. Comfortable, and easy access to kitchen things.
Window looks out on chicken roost with gorgeous exotic fowls and - yes, we guessed right - a bilingual pun on "farina" painted over it.
Jean herself immensely friendly when we met her in the morning.
Recommend this highly. Access for walks and woodland rambling holidays in the summer must be terrific.
This was our second time staying with Jean. The accommodations were top notch once again. It is a clean comfortable space. The Wifi works great. Jean supplies you with snacks and beverages ( Kuerig coffee included). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We are already booked for next year!
We had a relaxing stay. Quiet, comfortable, perfectly located and the breakfast was great (thank you Jean!).
My wife and I stayed here one night on our way up to Vermont. The place was very comfortable and the homemade breakfast the next morning was awesome! Would highly recommend if you are staying in the area or passing through. Thanks Jean!
We had a wonderful stay at this spacious, comfortable, beautifully decorated villa. It is even more inviting in person than it appears in the photos. We had plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy our four-night stay. The kitchenette was perfect for breakfast, snacks, and leftovers from our dinners out. Jean was a wonderful host, thoughtful and attentive to detail, and responsive to our needs. We had never been to the area before, and enjoyed exploring the quaint little town of Rosendale, as well as nearby Woodstock, Kingston, and Saugerties. We highly recommend Jean's place and hope to return ourselves.
"Blandina's Hideaway Villa" is the perfect little place for two people to get away from it all. Our Villa is nestled just off of a winding country road in the heart of the beautiful and picturesque Hudson River Valley. We are half way between Kingston and Rosendale.
Historic Uptown Kingston features the Stockade area which was preserved from the British burning in 1777. The Senate House housed New York State's first capital and is located 10 minutes from the villa. There's lots to see and do in uptown, including a fabulous Farmer's Market every Saturday morning. Historic places like the Old Dutch Church, Bogardus Tavern, and the four corners of the oldest buildings in Kingston. Nearby Hurley boasts a main street of houses from the 1700's, the historic cemetary where Blandina lies, and their Stone House Day and Corn Festival in July is a very popular event.
The Kingston waterfront on the Rondout Creek is known as "The Strand," is also located 10 minutes away in Kingston's downtown area. The waterfront is home to the Clearwater, the environmental sailing sloop made famous by folksinger Pete Seeger and to the large tour boat Rip Van Winkle and the more intimate boat, the Teal. All depart from the docks at the Kingston Maritime Center, just down the street from the Trolley Museum and the boat building school. For personal water recreation, bring your own kayaks (or rent some) and paddle up the Creek, head out toward the river, or put in at Kingston Point Beach. From there, one can kayak to Rhinecliff and Tivoli on the east side of the Hudson.There are several fabulous restaurants and lots of fun nightlife in the downtown area.
Bring your mountain bikes as we are only a half a mile from The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail where you can ride your bike all the way to New Paltz, and soon, to Highland and the Walkway Over the Hudson , and over to the Dutchess Rail Trail. Just a few miles into the trip, you'll cross Rosendale's newly renovated (railroad) trestle bridge hundreds of feet above the Rondout Creek. There, you can stop off in Rosendale at some of the funky venues or continue on to New Paltz for a cold drink or a bite to eat. Not a biker? If you prefer, you can take a nice walk or a run/jog on the rail trail, but note: There are NO motorized vehicles allowed on the rail trail.
Rosendale was made famous 100 years ago by J.J.Roebling's Rosendale Cement Company. The strongest cement in the world was used to construct, among many things, the Brooklyn Bridge. Rosendale's bohemian atmosphere has much to offer as there are a few cute cafes, a fabulous cheese shop, art studios, restaurants, bars, sushi, pizza, an old movie theater, and more.
The villa is located perfectly! Its close to everything wonderful! Our area is so well known for its natural beauty. Be sure to bring your camera as you'll want to capture all that our area has to offer.
Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park, are some of the areas most beautiful hiking/ biking/ climbing/ walking areas. These places are all located ridges of the Shawangunk Mountains; "The Gunks." You can reach all these places within a half hour of the villa. New Paltz is a happening fun college town with a Starbucks and lots of great shops, restaurants and pubs.
It's a short trip to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge over the Hudson River. There, you'll find another beautiful area to explore. Rhinebeck offers a wide array of upscale shopping, eclectic dining, and features the oldest Inn in the world, The Beekman Arms. There are specialty stores, like my favorite, The Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Shop. If you travel a little further south on the historic Old Post Road (Rt.9), you'll find Hyde Park, NY. It is the Presidential home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Culinary Institute of America, and the Gilded Age mansions of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Ogden Mills. The Presidential Library and Museum is a must see!
If you are a skier or rider, I recommend taking a trip to Hunter Mountain, known for its world class snowmaking, located about 45 minutes away, or to Belleayre Mountain. In June, Hunter is home to Mountain Jam and there are several other festivals,such as Tap NY and the German Alps. If you're looking for high adventure, Hunter Mountain has the world's longest and highest Zip-line. Hiking trails and camping sites are numerous in the Catskills, including North Lake, Kaaterskill Falls, and Platte Clove. Tannersville is a great little mountain top town with some shopping and a few restaurants and bars.
If antiquing is your thing, you'll want to take the 20 minute drive north to Saugerties, home of Jimmy Fallon. It is home to many antique shops, HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun), Krausse's Chocolates, Diamond Mills Hotel, and the Saugerties Light House.
Last, but not least, Woodstock, NY. It's a 25 minute drive from the villa and it's home to musicians, artists, and a few left over hippies. Levon Helm's Barn, home of the Mid-Night Ramble ROCKS on weekends!!
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I DO NOT take payment through this website!!! Please contact me personally to make your payment. I accept cash and or credit cards, however, I need to charge an additional 4% if you choose to pay with your credit card as that's the fee the card company charges me. Thank you! Call or text me at 914-388-7409 ~ Thank you! ~ Jean