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Wonderful 100 Year Old House in Spectacular Country Hamlet

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Chateau / Country House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

We fell in love with this small, charming upstate hamlet 20 years ago. For a year, four of us looked for land outside New York City, wandering through all the counties looking for the elusive magic of a country home. We found those qualities in a tiny town of Cornwallville, in the Durham valley. We bought a house that is even more than we'd hoped.

When the house next door became free, we bought that too. Our rental house was a parsonage once. It's strong and practical, and we filled it with books and dishes and quickly made it a home. It's a perfect place for a weekend, a week, a summer.

Keywords: Country House

More Details

Owner
Esther Cohen
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish, I speak other languages, badly.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2017

About Esther Cohen

Three of us own this house together: writer, filmmaker, gardner. We bought the house 28 years ago, on one of the most beautiful days any of us can remember.

Esther Cohen purchased this chateau / country house in 2000

Why Esther Cohen chose Durham

We looked for a year at houses in New York State, in counties that were less than 3 hours from New York City. Our idea was that we wanted a place to escape, to retreat, to plant vegetables and flowers, to read and talk and walk and hike, and to invite as many people as we could to come and eat with us.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Oddly enough, New York State (many regions, not only ours) is astonishingly and unexpectedly beautiful. We have a porch, a light yellow porch, overlooking a long green field. That porch has been the inspiration for poem after poem (after poem).

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Cornwallville in Durham

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Table Football
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
Remote beautiful country, close enough to Hudson and Windham to see as many people as you want. Or to be on your own completely.

Reviews

Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)

Wonderful 100 Year Old House in Spectacular Country Hamlet
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
4

Adorable and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We really liked staying here. We were here to ski, and afterward came home to this beautiful, quiet house on a very still country road surrounded by streams and hay bails poking through the snow. The house's sunlit rooms were filled with unique furniture, textiles, and art. At night we read as many of the very interesting books we found here as possible in two days, watched their Monty Python's Flying Circus DVDs with our kids, and saw some of the first season of Mozart in the Jungle which we'd missed. The only thing missing was smoke detectors.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you. And we've replaced the smoke detector for next time!
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5

Charming house very conveniently located to Windham ski

  • 5 of 5

It is a pretty big sized house that comfortably housed 8 adults. It is filled with quirky art that are great conversation starters with plenty of books and games lying around. The kitchen came fully equipped (with some great fudge brownie ice cream from the host). It is really a great deal for the price!

Esther was really accommodating to our requests, including a late checkout and was very prompt with all her responses.

Will definitely stay here again and recommend this to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you found the ice cream!!! Come back soon.
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5

Clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Neat and scenic made for a pleasant weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, quiet Cornwallville

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, very quiet location in the hamlet of Cornwallville. Location very convenient for exploring the Hudson Valley and Catskills, and across the river to the Berkshire hills. Esther and Bruce are very welcoming and helpful. The house has all the conveniences you will need to be self-sufficient, including a kitchen well stocked with utensils. The gardens are extensive and pretty, and our dogs had a ball on the grass! We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cambridge MA, USA / Dronten, The Netherlands
5

A place called home!

  • 5 of 5

Just what we needed to escape from work and the busy world in general. A place that feels like your other home, a place to relax and clear your mind. The house is old, the furniture could be from the same era. A perfect fit! Don't expect fancy but find yourself in a place where time slows down and daily stress fades away. We enjoyed breakfast on the porch, lunch in the backyard, dinner on the couch and evening drinks in the garden. We could explore the full property or sit with our neighbors. We felt at home during the whole week and didn't want to leave. Esther, Peter & Bruce took care of us and there was nothing to worry about. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI EDWIN AND BEA, WE LOVED HAVING YOU NEXT DOOR AND WOULD BE VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU BOTH AGAIN.
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5

gem!

  • 5 of 5

Esther the owner is so kind and wonderful to work with. I didn't get to talk with her husband but I'm sure he is just as wonderful. This home is quaint and comfortable & full of character. . My family(husband and kids 12,12 &14) loved it. I don't ski & enjoyed going back to the house, relaxing & reading in the quiet...walking the property & watching netflix.! I highly recommend this home & location! Thank you for sharing it!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Ski Windham
Car: necessary

An organic farm's a mile away, and so is a small and interesting local historical society, a well-known water park, a game farm, and infinite paths for hikes

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Cornwallville, Catskills

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£435
for 2 nights
From
£156
£942
£2,461
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.9
Property Damage Protection £45.96
Pet Fee £19.48

Rates depend on season and duration. Feel free to query us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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