|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
From January 7 through April 30, this stunning home is available by the month only, at $4,000 per month -- half the discounted summer rate! To access this special rate, just send an email inquiry, and we'll take it from there.
I welcome you to stay in my original creekstone Arts & Crafts country house, set on 40 acres of private woodlands, stream and wetlands in Woodstock, NY. It has been in my family for three generations, and is a haven for creating both fine art and narrative fiction writing. My great-uncle, Anton Otto Fischer, did most of his work in the studio 200 feet to the east (which will soon become available). Google him. He was famed as both a marine and landscape artist. There is a book of his life and work on the living room window ledge.
Any questions you may have will, hopefully, be answered by the Handbook that is on the dining room table or sideboard. It is a user's guide to the house and community.
In less than five minutes, you can be in the storied village of Woodstock, where I was born and raised. A diverse array of shops, restaurants and cultural institutions will greet the casual stroller, offering temptations galore. In 45 minutes, you can be in the heart of the Catskill Mountains for hiking, sightseeing or skiing. Belleayre Mountain, where I learned the skills of downhill racing, Hunter Mountain, a world-class ski resort, and Plattekill, the best-kept secret of the Catskills, are all less than an hour away.
My three-story Arts & Crafts home easily accommodates eight adults, making it an excellent value as well as a spectacular experience. It was designed and built by a woman, Elizabeth Ashley, in 1918 -- before women "got the vote!" From the moment you turn into the gravel driveway, the house and property envelop you with a feeling of welcome. I remember this unique trait from childhood, and I still hear it from people today.
Each of the four bedrooms has its own unique character. The entry door faces north, so I will identify them by the points of the compass.
Second floor west contains a private library with my many of personal books, and a writing desk where I wrote most of a novel (as-yet unpublished). This room also has a fireplace that is charming to look at, but is poorly designed and will fill the house with smoke. Queen bed, bureau, closet.
Second floor east has a private doorway out to a screened "sleeping porch," a pre-air-conditioning feature often found in Woodstock houses. The porch is furnished for casual gatherings at breakfast, lunch or cocktails, and offers a treehouse view of the yard, and the cavorting canines. Queen bed, bureau, closet.
The third floor master bedroom (west) has high, peaked ceilings, under the rafters, and treehouse dormers that gaze out to the north and south. Queen bed, bureau.
The third floor east is a smaller room with queen futon and writing desk. There is a printer that will interface with your computers.
Cotton bedding, down comforters and superior pillows gently soothe you to sleep after a long day of exploration, relaxation and fine dining.
The second floor bathroom is newly renovated with an Italian tile shower, European style, and pedestal sink.
The third floor bathroom has a clawfoot bathtub that is original to the house, and caters to those in need of a long, hot soak in the treetops.
The kitchen is newly renovated and updated, with all the modern acoutrements a chef could want, blending old-world with new. Marble tiles and white oak butcher block countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas range, and place settings for twelve. It is truly a chef's kitchen, and I have personally cooked many fine meals there, as have our guests for three years. The cabinets are original to the house.
The dining room has un-hewn chestnut beams hand-decorated decades ago by my great-aunt and my cousin. There is room at the table for eight, and the addition of a small folding table increases seating to ten. The table, sideboard and corner cupboard are all original Arts & Crafts pieces, and I believe some or all of them were locally built.
With a stone fireplace, ample seating for eight, a round oak Arts & Crafts table and natural chestnut log beams, the living room is a unique and extraordinary space that will both comfort and inspire you. Large windows overlook the yard on two sides, which is fenced-in to safely contain kids and dogs, and original cabinets contain games and toys. Firewood and kindling are provided, and fires are allowed.
The walls are decorated with original art and prints, many from local artists. A signed Jamie Wyeth print adorns the fireplace mantel. Lucinda Knauss, Calvin Grimm, Cornelia Schmitter and Lillian Lent are among those who live or lived in Woodstock. A couple of pieces by my great-uncle are featured, and the oil of a small boy, on the right as you enter the living room, is me!
Grill to your heart's content outside on gas or charcoal, and enjoy a delicious meal of steaks, burgers, chicken, fish or veggies at the massive bluestone slab table I moved in by myself. The outdoor fireplace is available for chilly nights, when you just don't want to go inside.
Play a round of cutthroat croquet, or swat a birdie across the badminton net, if you like, Those games, bocce and horseshoe are stored in the former chicken coop, the largest of the three outbuildings inside the yard.
For those who must stay in touch with the office or loved ones, high-speed internet wi-fi is available, and a printer can be found on the third floor. Make unlimited phone calls anywhere in the US or Canada on the landline. High-definition TV, with cable DVR and DVD player are in the living room.
And finally, as a longtime dog-person and the proud parent of an enormous rescue dog, a mix of American Bulldog and Black Lab, I welcome your well-behaved canine housemates to share the home with you. The yard around the house is fenced in, and provides ample room for your beasts to burn off excess energy or lounge about in the sunshine or snow.
I look forward to your stay very much... and I think you'll want to come back time and again!
I'm 66, with a 2002 Master's degree in environmental science from Bard College. I have three children and four grandchildren. I am author of the nonfiction book, "Polluting for Pleasure," which forced the EPA to issue a marine engine pollution rule, and transformed the marine market, eliminating some 5-10 Exxon Valdez-sized oil spills into American waterways every year. I have drafts of two novels going through endless rewrites and polishings, one of which I hope to resume sending to literary agents shortly. I was Executive Director of Hudson River Slop Clearwater, started by Pete Seeger in 1966 and one of the original regional environmental groups in the U.S. There is a more-detailed bio, if you're interested, at andremele wordpress com / about
Andy Mele or Rich Hoffman, property manager purchased this house in 1996
I inherited it. I'm third generation. My great uncle, artist Anton Otto Fischer, and great-aunt, artist and women's suffrage activist Mary Ellen Sigsbee Fischer, bought this property in the 1930s.
This property and house have a remarkable ability to make you feel at home from the moment you turn up the driveway. There is something about it that I can't explain, but I have been getting that soothing, welcoming feel from the house since I was a little boy. Many of my previous guests, under my former wife's management, reported the same feeling.
It's a rustic house, with old-fashioned windows and creaky floors. There's no vinyl or aluminum to be found anywhere, and the old chestnut beams overhead are the natural tree trunks of old chestnuts. There are even two large living American Chestnut trees on the property, on the far side of the meadow to the right as you drive in. See if you can find them.
But under the surface, there beats a thoroughly up-to-date technological heart: central air, super-efficient non-polluting propane central heat, high speed cable internet and a complete, modern chef's kitchen.
The house and land have nurtured two artists, famous in their own right, and two writers, including my late cousin and myself. Most of my first novel, Silver Stars, was written at the little writer's table in the west bedroom on the second floor, which used to be my study.
Let my house nurture your artistic tendencies, too.
We rented this wonderful home over Thanksgiving and it was just perfect. It had everything we needed and was in a great location, right near the center of Woodstock, yet quiet and nestled in nature. It was clean and cozy and we will definitely be back.
This beautiful house was perfect for our getaway from NYC. Thank you so much!
The country house was everything we expected and then some.It is a great place fora cozy weekend getaway. The home is beautifully decorated and very charming. Our family of 8( parents and 3 adult children ,spouse and fiancees) enjoyed the house and property immensely. Everything you need to cook or grill a great meal is available.
Andy was great and responded to our questions in a timely manner. We will certainly go back in the future.
We were three couples and one dog staying at the house for 4 days. It is a beautiful house on a great location. It is far enough outside Wood Stock to be rural and close enough to be convenient. This house has everything for your comfort and convenience. The kitchen was well supplied with everything needed to cook including sharp knives, something usually lacking in a rental. There are even the staples you need for ingredients. Comfortable beds, lots of towels, linens, blankets and extra pillows, a music system on each floor, and many other amenities made this a wonderful weekend. There are lots of choices for hiking, biking, and anything else you might want to do outside. When Monday came, we were all sad and agreed to take the place longer next year.
OMG! We love this house, three couple from Europe we spend 4 days in this beautiful house. We did the fire outside, we cook delicious dinners in the beautiful cozy kitchen the fire place every night in the living room watching a movie. The only thing We all want to say about this house you feel like you are in your own home we definitely come back !!! Thanks so much to the owner wonderful person We love your house
We stayed in the house with our kids and another family and had a great time. The house is old (i.e. charming but with some low ceilings in places, maybe not the best layout), but clean and well stocked. We were very comfortable with 4 adults, 5 kids and a dog. The outdoors is beautiful with a large fenced in grassy area for the kids and dog to play, great stone patio with fire pit and grill. The owner is super friendly and helpful.
Far too numerous to mention, especially if you expand the horizon to 20 miles. For example, Cole Palen's Olde Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a world-renowned fly-in destination for experimental and historic aircraft buffs. Horses In The Sun (HITS) has its northern facility in nearby Saugerties, a world-class equestrian destination. There is a drawer full of brochures in the house, and the Woodstock Times, which comes out every Thursday, is a gold mine of information.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
|Property Damage Protection||£64|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.