This dramatic and handsome converted 19th century barn serves as my guest quarters. The top floor, with two bedrooms each with bath en suite, is for your exclusive use while enjoying a serene stay just outside the charming Village of Rhinebeck.
Soaring cathedral ceilings , rustic exposed beams and loads of light set the tone for this dramatic and unique space. The private entrance and stair up to the entire top floor is for your use alone and isn't shared with any other guests. Each of the two bedroom suites has it's own bathroom with jacuzzi tub and skylight, decorative fireplace, seating area and french doors to a private deck with table and chairs. In the hallway between the two bedrooms there is a breakfast "mini bar" (NOT A FULL KITCHEN) which features a refrigerator, Keurig coffee machine, electric kettle and microwave oven and is stocked with coffees, teas, treats, hot cocoa and bottled water. The space is comfortably furnished with an eclectic mix of new and antique furniture, original artwork and prints with luxurious bedding and towels for your comfort. Also available for your use; an iron and ironing board, hair dryers in each bathroom, bath oils and bubbles, Scrabble and backgammon and a fully equipped picnic basket.
This historic house and the barn once had a life as a true Bed & Breakfast and a few remnants of that period remain, namely the kitchy names for the guest rooms. The "Fox Den" looks out over gardens and the house beyond and has a queen sized bed and seating areas with a few steps leading up to it's bathroom. The "Huntsman's Hideaway" overlooks woods and has a king sized bed and a pull out sofa.
The house is located just outside of the Village, and is set far from the road, accessed through a long gated private driveway. We share the driveway with our two neighbors and multitudes of deer, wild turkeys, foxes and other critters so drive with caution as you approach.
PLEASE NOTE : Cell service can be spotty here as we are in the country after all, so be prepared to unplug more than usual and enjoy the serenity. The WiFi has recently been improved so it should be better now ( 12/2016) than some of the reviews suggest. If a guest has left a baby at home or may need an emergency back up please let me know and I can arrange it so that I can always be reached on your behalf.
Servicios y zonas comunes
Guests have their own parking area which is separate from the main house, exclusive use of the top floor of the guest house and it's two decks and are welcome to quietly enjoy the grounds which include a pond stocked with colorful Koi fish, the vegetable/cutting garden, perennial gardens and a hammock to relax in.
Atención a los huéspedes
I will personally greet guests whenever possible and give them the overview...after that you will be left to enjoy the privacy of the space and grounds. I will have books and suggestions for you if you want input on your stay.
Otros aspectos destacables
The Dutchess County Fairgrounds has events all season long including Food and Wine festivals, Craft Fair, Antiques Fair, the county fair and my personal favorite, the Sheep and Wool festival in the fall. Additionally there is the Rhinebeck Aerodrome for vintage airplane shows, tours of wonderful Hudson River Houses such as FDR's home and presidential library in Hyde Park, the Vanderbilt and Mills Mansions of the Guilded Age, and Wilderstein right in Rhinebeck. Hudson is a 30 minute drive due north if you want to spend the day rubbing shoulders with the discreet country version of NYC's hip and chic or antiquing beyond what Rhinebeck has to (URL HIDDEN) stopping at Olana ( the quirky and fabulous moorish inspired home of painter Frederick Church) as well as nibble your way from farm stand to farm stand there and back. For outdoor activities there are plenty of hikes locally with the lovely and contemplative Poets Walk right on the river, and Ferncliff Forest which are both in Rhinebeck, or a 25 minute drive into the Catskill Mountains for a strenuous hike followed by a hearty meal in Woodstock.
The barn provides ideal alternative accommodations for guests coming to the area for workshops at the Omega Institute or the Culinary Institute of America, campus visits to either Bard College or Vassar or weddings at the areas many venues.
The family also uses the grounds when we are in residence so obviously respecting each others peace and quiet is important. There is no smoking in the barn but you can smoke out on the decks if you like.
Greetings! I live in Manhattan but my house in Rhinebeck is an important weekend touchstone for me. For nearly 10 years the renovation and restoration of this house and property has been a labor of love for me...a creative project that will never be completed and that I am pleased to be able to share with my guests. Among my myriad creative pursuits I am most passionate about gardening and eagerly anticipate the opening of each new fragrant blossom or the harvesting, preparing and eating of the crops that I grow. Don't be alarmed therefor, if in the summer months you stumble across me out in the grounds beneath a large hat, elegantly covered in dirt and sweat. You might assume I will be cranky laboring beneath the hot sun but I assure you I won't be...nothing makes me happier!!