2 Bedroom, full bath. Pond, forest and garden views.
About Karine Bouis-Towe
I grew up in Southern Texas, my parents were originally New Yorkers and thus moved back to the North East when I was 12, to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I went to college in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. After graduation I moved to Boston, meeting up with my now husband who was in graduate school there. We lived in Boston until my husband wanted to go back to school and finish his PhD, which brought us to Capitol Hill in our Nation's Capital. That was a hectic place, so much happening all the time especially after 911. I spent a few more years in the IT industry, taking different federal government jobs until having my second child and realizing I could not raise my children, manage a 247 job and stay healthy. I finally quit and put my passion into our children, creating community gardens around SE DC and starting a direct farm to consumer buying club, which helped bring better food options to our family and hundreds of others in the DC Metro Area. After 7 years on the Hill and having two young boys we decided to move to Takoma Park, MD just over the boarder from DC. We lived there for 5 years, enjoying the diverse community and a much larger yard where we had chickens and implemented a permaculture design around our house. It was lovely, but the urban area eventually wore me down and I really wanted to continue my pursuit of gardening and expand it into farming, that's when we moved to our current location in Columbia County, New York. We haven't looked back since. During our stay in Takoma Park I was homeschooling our children but felt once my eldest reached third grade that I needed to find a more cultured environment for him to learn, thus we began looking for Waldorf schools in a strong farming community and near potential academic jobs for my husband, that's when we settled in Ghent, NY. Realizing this area has a strong short term rental economy and that we have a great location to share we decided to add a second story to our barn.
Karine Bouis-Towe purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Karine Bouis-Towe chose Ghent
We chose Columbia County and the Ghent area because I had been coming up to the Hawthorne Valley Farm store for years, pickup up raw milk and other health food products when I would visit my sister and her family in Pouquag, NY an hour south. It's beautiful here, a truly magical place year round. There is always something for our children to do, either outside our house, with friends from the community or going to cultural events or festivals. We chose our current location because the forest and neighboring open space is beautiful and has the potential to be farmed, it's close to our children's school and amenities in NY or MA. Our property has a year round stream flowing threw it, a large pond, it's hilly and offers magnificent sunsets. It's also a sunny spot facing South with a nice Eastern sunrise.
What makes this Apartment unique
The house and barn were rustic when we purchased them but the potential was obvious in such a gorgeous setting. The property was a hunting cabin for 25 years before we purchased it, so the main house is in progress. We decided first to invest our time and energy into expanding the barn and creating an apartment. Initially I wanted the apartment to have someone living on site to help with the farm, but expanding our farm will take time especially as I spend a lot of time with my children one of whom is not in school full time yet. So, it made more sense to rent our apartment out short term, we always wanted to have the option for farm stays when we left the city and we offer a very unique and special experience. It's so nice to be able to reconnect with where your food comes from and to enjoy the tranquility of a well run farm with happy animals and beautiful gardens.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Very nice and very clean in a beautiful setting Loved the store and lamb and eggs
We enjoyed the upstairs setting being above the farmyard and in the trees. We recommend this apartment cabin. Karine has thought of everything!
We enjoyed having you stay with Diane!
Retrograss Farm accommodation
A beautiful well appointed apartment in a purpose made detached building with its own entrance about two plus hours upstate drive from New York, and two minutes from the Taconic Parkway, down a short driveway with off road parking, in a wooded location.
If you are looking for countryside seclusion, woken by birdsong, in a peaceful, harmonious, stress-free and genuinely fine surroundings, this home with pond (the sound of ducks, hens, a couple of goats) and a warm and friendly atmosphere, is the ideal situation for a refreshing break with daily deer sightings.
Sleeping up to 4 in two double rooms and a spacious kitchen/dining/sitting room heated by a wood stove, and with up to date modern fittings, this comfortable second floor apartment is a perfect location for a countryside break. We stayed for ten days, and would happily return.
If arriving late bring your own provisions, although the nearby organic farm store in Hawthorne Valley can provide all you need for healthy living, and fresh laid eggs are available daily. I really recommend Retrograss Farm.
Hawthorne Valley Farm, Store and School 5 minutes away.
Catamount Ski Area 20 minutes away.
Great Barrington, MA and Hudson, NY 25 minutes away.