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Secluded Getaway in Hudson Valley near Berkshires

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 5-6

Total privacy with easy access to some of the loveliest established, and several of the most up-and-coming, little towns in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. Come to write, read, make art, hike, fish, do yoga, go antiquing. Swim in the river or local waterfall and pick your own fruit from local farms in the summer, pick apples and see gorgeous foliage in the fall, ski and snowboard in the winter, enjoy the natural world waking from slumber in the spring.

Sleeps 1 to 5 adults. Queen bed in private bedroom downstairs sleeps two. Double mattress in loft accessible by ladder sleeps two, pull-out futon in living room sleeps two kids or one adult. Quiet hours are 10pm to 10am.

The cottage is on the same property with a house we rent on VRBO; you may see guests from the house during your stay. You may also rent both spaces for large gatherings like family reunions. Find the house at listing #916581.

Wood stove and propane heat for cozy winter days and nights, full bathroom with tub, full kitchen.

Long gravel drive and a small bridge lead to the cottage.

--5 minutes to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (July/August annually)

--10 minutes to great restaurants, shops, and weekly farmers' market in downtown Hillsdale

--10 minutes to Steepletop, former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, with a poetry walking trail and more, in Austerlitz

--15 minutes to Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farm Store in Ghent

--15 minutes to Catamount Ski Area

--20 minutes to shops and dining in Chatham, NY, and the Taconic State Parkway

--20 minutes to historic Great Barrington, MA

--25 minutes to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA, and fine dining and shopping in Stockbridge, MA

--25 minutes to Bash Bish Falls waterfall and state park

--40 minutes to trendy Hudson, NY: restaurants, shops, galleries, Club Helsinki, and train station

--40 minutes to Jacob's Pillow Dance in Becket, MA

--Less than 2.5 hours from NYC and Boston

Please contact us DURING your stay if you encounter any problems. We want to resolve any issues immediately so that you can enjoy your stay!

More Details

Francois Novotny
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 March, 2018

About Francois Novotny

I have lived in Columbia County, NY for several years and am originally from California. My wife Anna Claire and I have three children under 7 and run a small farm with cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, and a large biodynamic vegetable and flower garden. I've been a contractor and builder for 15+ years.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hillsdale in Columbia County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , loft area accessible by ladder; no children under 10, please
  • Books
  • Games
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming


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Secluded Getaway in Hudson Valley near Berkshires
average rating of 4.3076925 based on 13 reviews


  • 3 of 5

This is a very small cottage - it looks much larger in the photos. There is a mildew smell throughout the cottage that dissipates somewhat when the heat is on and the windows are open. The ladder to the loft needs to be screwed on so that it is stable. The owner responds right away and I appreciated his communication. The area itself is beautiful and we enjoyed exploring the Berkshires.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

The cottage was as described except that the second bedroom is loft and it was not possible for us to use it- I think that should be in the description.

We were actually comfortable and fine for the weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Penny, Thank you for staying with us. We want to clarify that both the listing and the cottage manual we sent to you a week before check-in mention the loft. There is a photo in the listing labeled "loft space" and another photo shows the ladder to the loft. We are sorry that you did not understand that the second bedroom was a loft, but it is clearly stated in multiple places and clearly visible in the photos. In 3 years of renting our cottage, no other guest has been unclear about this point.
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Secluded & Quaint!

  • 4 of 5

Great little cabin off the beaten path...very cute cabin, myself, wife, and 4 other people stayed in this cabin to attend a wedding which was about 2 minutes away. 1 Full bathroom, plenty of hot water and the kitchen was furnished with cookware, and glasses..perfect! The temperature was about 80 degrees that weekend...but the cabin stayed a cool and crisp 70...from all the shade from the trees...but the cabin has no AC, only heat...which is fine for us because they provided a fan for us...The only 2 issues that came up for us was the hot water had a sulfer smell to it, which when I contacted Francois, they asked when we were not going to be there so they can come and remedy the issue...which we were only staying for one night so wasent a big deal that they needed to come out right then...

The 2nd issue was the cabin listed that it sleeps 6...but you have to read the WHOLE listing to find that it really sleeps 5 adults and 1 child...so just be aware of that as well...we ended being a blowup mattress which solved that issue.

The owners were nothing but helpful and made sure we had a pleasant stay...we would stay here again, but with fewer people.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rural Country Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Property is as described, rural and rustic. This is not a fancy place, but was comfortable and a good value. We happened to stay on an extremely hot weekend, 90 plus degrees with high humidity. There were some fans, but no AC, so if being cool this should be factored in for a summer stay. We choose this cottage instead of paying extremely high priced hotels in the Great Barrington area while attending a wedding which was 15 mins away. Would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet rustic cabin

  • 4 of 5

Great meadows, forest and creek for kids to wander. Cozy cabin. Loved the wood-burning stove and the fire ring.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rustic, quiet and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Pluses-- peace and quiet, totally private spot, large picture windows facing meadows and woods; very comfortable bed, fresh flowers, plenty of towels and amenities for two people, variety of nice touches; info re: area, books and games. Disappointments-- not really "on" the river, we had expected to see or at least hear the river, some evidence of mice (hard to prevent so be careful with food), some spots (in kitchen/bathroom) could have been cleaner. We didn't need the loft, but if you do, be aware that few adult humans could stand up in any part of the loft. Wishes -- screen door, screens on more windows esp. bathroom, a small bureau or ways to hang things in bedroom, a small roasting pan, a sharp knife or two, and a toaster (we mostly cooked our own meals). Overall, it was a lovely weekend away from everything and about 30-40 minutes from Tanglewood. You do need to be fully prepared to not have cell phone service most anywhere in the area. Surrounding area is truly beautiful with spectacular country side vistas.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Hudson NY
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Hillsdale, New York

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £61.38
Pet Fee £14.44

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Pet fee (only dogs allowed): $20 per night. Cleaning fee: $85 per rental period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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