Seminary Hill in Callicoon, NY: Orchard, Tasting Room, Cidery and Boutique Hotel

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120 miles from NYC, Seminary Hill is many things: an orchard, with more than more than 60 varieties and 1,500 trees on 12 acres; an eco-friendly cidery meeting PassivHaus standards; a tasting room and restaurant where ciders are paired with fresh, local food; and an enchanting boutique hotel, with 17 units across eight apartments. Proudly local and sustainable, Seminary Hill’s cidery and tasting room is perched atop one of the highest hills in Callicoon, NY. Its picturesque views overlook the former St. Joseph’s seminary, the Delaware River, and nearby Pennsylvania — the combination of which makes for a most spectacular setting to grab a drink or bite while watching the sunset. The ciders are delicious and complex; all lean toward the drier (read: crisper and better) side of the spectrum. Should you get carried away drinking in all the fun, just down the hill from the orchard and closer to town, Seminary Hill's Boarding House is the perfect spot to call home for the weekend. Seventeen rooms are housed across eight apartments in two buildings — one a former hospital from the 1930's, and the other a doctor's office from the 1870's. The buildings were renovated under the direction of local design studio Homestedt, whose Shaker-inspired vision for the Boarding House means simple yet chic, totally cozy rooms — each with private bathrooms, many with restored vintage claw foot tubs, and all with complimentary luxury bath amenities. Like the boarding houses of old, there are some shared spaces for guests, including the lobby/living room stocked with books and cozy couches, and a kitchen where guests are welcome to cook themselves a meal, or enjoy the breakfast buffet. Should you fall in love with the vibe — and you will — design studio Homestedt's nearby shop is filled with many of the housewares, sheets, and toiletries you'll find at Seminary Hill Boarding House. Ready to plan a trip? Read on for our recommendations, including what to do in Callicoon, NY — from where to shop, hike, and get outside – plus the best places to eat or grab a drink. What to Do: Shopping and Exploring the Delaware River town of Callicoon, NY The historic Callicoon Theater, which is listed on National Historic Registry, hosts one screen, 350 seats, a decked out surround sound system and a fully upgraded digital projection system for a quality viewing experience. Photo: Jerry Cohen. As of late, it could be argued that this Delaware River town is the liveliest of them all. With the cidery, a distillery, a gem of a movie theater, excellent shopping, the region's most esteemed farmers' market (on Sundays), plus its own natural wine shop and bar — there’s plenty to do. Along Main Street, Callicoon’s main thoroughfare (split into Upper and Lower Main Street) visitors will find a great selection of places to shop and enjoy. Visit the many antique shops in town, including the aptly ...

A Guide to Kingston, NY

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Ninety miles north of NYC, the Hudson River Valley town of Kingston, NY is situated at the base of the Catskill Mountains on the Rondout Creek. As the original capital city of New York, it’s loaded with history and incredible architecture — plus, a very vibrant art community. Like many Hudson Valley towns, its history, natural beauty and affordability has recently drawn in the creative types who have relocated and made Kingston their home — and are, in turn, opening restaurants, shops, studios and other small businesses. Read on for our guide to Kingston, New York, with recommendations on where to stay, eat, drink, shop, hike, and more. Where to Stay in Kingston, NY: Hotel Kinsley Hotel Kinsley's Wall St Suite is a loft-like space featuring original ornate moldings, king bed, full living/seating area, and a marble tile bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and luxurious oversized soaking tub. We love boutique hotel Hotel Kinsley, who offers guests beautiful rooms throughout four buildings in Kingston’s Stockade District. Dating to the 19th century, each building is stylistically and architecturally distinct; each pay homage to the Kingston’s past as well, heavily rooted in generations of art, travel, and nature. The buildings are closely nestled throughout the oldest part of the city, with its characteristic colorful facades and Federal-style architecture. The first of the four buildings to open was Kinsley’s flagship, 301 Wall Street; since then, guest rooms have opened in three additional buildings. The flagship is a restored 19th century bank building that also houses Kinsley's airy restaurant, with towering ceilings, a mezzanine for private dining or meetings, and the coziest cocktail bar. Above Restaurant Kinsley's kitchen, a large mural by artist Happy Menocal serves as a focal point, the same artist whose work is used throughout Hotel Kinsley’s cheerful website. Above Restaurant Kinsley, ten guest rooms are located on its upper floors. Guests enter through the bar, check-in inside the bank's original vault, then head upstairs via a historic elevator. From the rooms to the restaurant to the bar, the interiors are stunning, each space totally unique but cohesive in the use of color palette and texture — thanks to the handiwork of interior designer Robert McKinley. What to Do in Kingston, NY: Shopping, Galleries, and Exploring Town Wall St in Uptown Kingston, NY is lined with boutique shops, galleries and restaurants. Much of Kingston’s appeal is being at the epicenter of “Upstate” culture in the Hudson Valley. Exploring town, and the region, is a must! The town is comprised of three distinct neighborhoods: Uptown (also called the Stockade District), Midtown, and the Rondout (downtown.) Uptown Kingston is the most architecturally distinctive, with colorful painted buildings facades along Main and North Front Streets – plus some exceptionally preserved historic buildings in the blocks surrounding. In this part of town, don't miss staples like Kingston ...

AutoCamp Catskills in Saugerties, NY

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In Saugerties, NY, a collection of luxury tents, Airstreams, and cabins make up AutoCamp Catskills – AutoCamp’s 5th and newest location. Set on an expansive swath of land near the base of Overlook Mountain, campsites range from Airstreams, to luxury tents, to small cabins and tiny houses. Similar to its sister camps in Cape Cod, Yosemite National Park, Russian River Valley and Joshua Tree National Park – guests enjoy affordable “camp” accommodations in some of nature’s most beautiful places, while not sacrificing the good stuff: that is, electric, running water, showers, luxury linens and Ursa Major bathroom products. Nearly 100 campsites are woven into this Upstate landscape, dotted with tall pines, leafy trees, and freshly planted landscaping. All campsites are connected to a system of dirt roads, with carts provided to shuttle luggage and supplies to camper’s sites with ease. Bikes are also provided: use them to cruise around camp, or get to the Clubhouse quickly – where you’ll not only check in, but also likely end up grabbing some supplies at the general store, or grabbing a bite in the dining room. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace surrounded by chairs accentuates the space, giving the cavernous room a cozy vibe. Outside the Clubhouse, a large communal bonfire is surrounded by plentiful seating, where guests can gather, mingle, and hang out in the great outdoors. As far as accommodations go, each site is a little different, with four options to chose from: luxury tent, cabin, Airstream, or studios (you might call these tiny houses.) All have electricity, mini-fridges, towels and linens, basic cookware, plus a fire pit and grill; those without running water and bathrooms share showers and bathrooms in the Clubhouse. For each site’s fire pit, one set of compressed wood fire starters are also provided to campers. (Of note: no outside firewood is permitted; additional compressed wood is available for purchase at the Clubhouse.) While purists might turn their nose at this definition of “camping,” what AutoCamp provides is a cushy "camp" spot that is perfect for groups and families: fun and inclusive for all, from newborn children to grandparents to pets. More boutique hotel than traditional camp, AutoCamp is great for those seeking an immersive outdoor experience without sacrificing comfort. (And yes, there’s WiFi at each site.) The appeal to groups and families was not lost; in fact, during our recent stay, most of our fellow campers were young families. Around AutoCamp, groups of kids raced around on bikes, and could be heard sharing stories from their Catskill Mountain hiking adventures, or recalling their first overnight in a tent without parents. The happy memories being made were palpable. And despite a nearly-full camp, the experience feels decidedly low-key, everyone is friendly, and quiet hours were very respectfully observed. All in all, AutoCamp provides a cushy experience to connect – with your family, close friends and the great outdoors. Ready to plan a trip? We’ve got you: below, some prep tips, along with some ...

A Guide to Enjoying the Great Outdoors in Harriman State Park

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Did you know: New York’s second largest park is just 30 miles from NYC? Harriman State Park is a haven for hikers, cyclists, and lovers of the outdoors. Known for its 31 lakes, it also features 200+ miles of hiking trails, along streams, woods, and beautiful vistas of the Hudson Valley and NYC. Sound overwhelming? Let us help!


The Hurley in Hurleyville, NY

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100 miles from NYC, this super-stylish Airbnb in Hurleyville, NY is full of delightful surprises and thoughtful touches. There’s much to explore in this home, like an entire wing of the home hidden behind swinging doors, cleverly disguised as a wall. In the living room, floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the woods gives guests the sensation of treehouse living; while an entire wall of mirrors in one of the bedrooms makes for a captivating bedroom experience. Finally, down the stairs into a fully finished basement, a second living room has a wood stove, plus a bar tucked into a nook, offering speakeasy vibes.

Modchalet in East Jewett, NY

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Less than 15 minutes to Windham Mountain and Hunter Mountains, the Modchalet is the perfect getaway spot year-round — but especially during winter, for après-ski vibes by the fire – indoors and out – or soaking in the hot tub after a day on the slopes. On the main floor, the primary bedroom is just steps from a luxurious bathroom with a jacuzzi soaking up. Kitchen and dining space is open, perfect for socializing while prepping cozy meals at the house. Upstairs, two additional bedrooms each have multiple beds and share a second bedroom; the compact house easily accommodates 10 guests. At night, gather around the fireplace, a pellet stove that functions easily with a remote – so you can get cozy quick without the hassle of handling firewood. Just 8 minutes to winter sports, summer & fall hikes at Hunter Mountain; on your way, stop for a drink or meal at Scriber's Prospect, overlooking the mountain. Alternately, Windham Mountain is less than 15 minutes away; grab a bite or drink at Windham Local or Babbler's.

Catskills Cedar House in Shandaken, NY

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This extra-cozy 3 bedroom vacation rental was originally built as a weekend ski home in the heart of the Catskills, just 2 hours from the GWB. The chalet-style home, nestled at the foot of a mountain, is surrounded by woods on three sides — and the perfect, private spot to unwind with friends and family in front of the fire in all seasons.

Elk Lake Lodge in North Hudson, NY

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The spectacular Elk Lake Lodge offers rooms in its cozy main lodge, along with individual cabins, in a stunning and private Adirondack landscape. Set amid more than 12,000-acres of a privately-owned forest preserve in the heart of the High Peaks, with exclusive frontage on Elk Lake, the lodge is ringed by mountains: Dix, Macomb, Nippletop, and the Colvin Range.

Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, Adirondacks, NY

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Currently in its 125th year, Camp Sagamore is an all-inclusive retreat where guests can stay completely onsite for a getaway – the price includes all meals, access to hiking trails, kayak & canoe paddles, historic tours, hand-set bowling, and more. Explore this fascinating National Historic Landmark from America’s Gilded Age that was once a private getaway for the wealthy and famous — including the Durants, Vanderbilts, Emersons and more — now open to the public.


Q&A: Tinker Street Tavern in Woodstock, NY


Amid a global pandemic, Tinker Street Tavern opened in July 2021. Aesthetes will find the space delightful; not a single opportunity to pay homage to the bar’s musical history was missed. The historic property was once owned by Albert Grossman — who managed Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren to name a few.

Before & After: Camp Caitlin


Caitlin Cowger, owner of Camp Caitlin, has a piece of advice when it comes to buying your Upstate dream home: “Don’t look for the house of your dreams. Renovate the house of your dreams.”


Blackberry House in Jeffersonville, NY

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Introducing Blackberry House, dreamed up and created by brilliant minds behind Homestedt. This designer-built, stunning home with a private sauna and deeded lake rights is located in the Catskills foothills 100 miles from New York City

Three Bedroom, two bathroom home | Designer built in 2022 | 1,600 square foot home on 5.72 acres with deeded lake access to Hust Pond | Living room with soaring ceilings, oversize windows and cozy wood stove | Primary en-suite bedroom with walk-in shower and separate soaking tub | Loft area with lounge and workspace | Unfinished basement with additional 1250 square feet | Expansive sun deck and sauna | Asking $695,000

Listed by Robin Jones at Catskill Mountain Houses. Open House: Saturday, January 28, noon-2 pm at 65 Blackberry Lake Road, Jeffersonville, NY 12748. For inquiries or showings, or to RSVP to the open house, email robin@catskillsmountainhouses.com.

The home’s attention to detail defines Blackberry House as crafted rather than just built. The shou sugi ban exterior lends a sense of drama upon arrival that continues indoors by applying the technique to interior accent walls and furniture. The first thing you see upon entering is the 22-foot vaulted ceiling of the open-plan living space, anchored by a high-efficiency wood stove. The black stone countertops and tile in the kitchen contrast with the white oak floors that tie together the kitchen, dining, and living spaces.

The ground floor features a primary, en suite bedroom with a built-in headboard and side tables, double sinks, a walk-in shower, and a separate soaking tub. A second full bathroom on this floor has an additional walk-in shower and laundry. Bedroom number two includes a calming work-from-home space to take advantage of the excellent cell reception and high-speed cable internet at the property.

An expansive loft overlooks the living room below and contains a generous third bedroom, lounge, and a workspace with enviable views.

In addition to shou sugi ban, common design threads include cast iron detailing, contrasting black and white elements, 9-foot ceilings, and 8-foot doors throughout the home. The space features oversized picture windows throughout, allowing streams of sunlight and inviting the outdoors in. All contents have been handpicked for the space by designer Anna Åberg of Homestedt and are available for sale, making this truly a turnkey home.

Blackberry House is nestled on nearly six private acres of forest and meadows with meandering stone walls visible from the many picture windows throughout the house. An expansive double deck invites sunbathing, outdoor showers, dining al fresco and sipping Negronis under a blanket of stars. The custom-designed sauna is the capstone for chilly summer evenings and crisp winter mornings. A brief stroll leads down to a private, non-motorboat shared lakefront, great for kayaking and paddle boarding.

The property is surrounded by forests and rivers, numerous fishing spots, swimming holes, and hiking trails. It’s the perfect base camp for all your outdoor adventures while being just minutes …

Love Farmhouse in Long Eddy, NY

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A timeless beauty, Love Farmhouse is nestled on 60 acres of private trails, meadows and forests with an in-ground pool overlooking the overlapping hills of Rock Valley. This rural estate is located in the Catskills foothills and just 120 miles from New York City.

Four bedroom, three bathroom home | 2,016 square foot home on 60.31 acres | 20’x40′ heated in-ground pool | Large screened porch | Wood burning stove | Ornate, original wood details throughout | Furnishings and home contents included in sale | Asking $649,000

Listed by Robin Jones of Catskill Mountain Houses. Open House: Saturday January 21 noon-2pm. For showings or inquiries, or RSVP to open house, email robin@catskillmountainhouses.com.

The babbling creek abutting the house creates a fitting soundtrack as you approach the covered front porch. Step inside to be greeted by the living room’s cozy wood stove with a line of sight into the formal dining room. Antique pass-through cabinets with original wood detailing connect the dining room to the kitchen, lined with additional floor to ceiling cabinetry. Vibrant blue tiling gives the downstairs bathroom a signature feel, and the first floor is rounded out by one bedroom currently used as a sitting room.

The stairwell to the second floor preserves a wallpaper of yesteryear and leads to three bedrooms, one with an extra sitting room or work from home space, and an utterly charming farmhouse bathroom with clawfoot tub and shower.

Aged with grace, Love Farmhouse is full of antique pieces and different textures, the way a family home charmingly accumulates key pieces over time. Furnishings and house contents are included in the sale with some exclusions for personal and staging items.

A large, screened porch leading to the pool and fire pit is accessible from the dining room. The 20’x40′ in-ground heated pool is just steps from the house.

This property was owned by one of the original landowners of this area. The family carefully selected this beautiful piece of land for their daughter, and the father built the house himself in the 1920s. The creek is prolific, and the land is vast with a natural aquifer high up in the back of the property that could perhaps be used to make a large pond. The acreage is full of natural beauty – giant ferns and azaleas flank the house, a fragrant lilac tree blooms in the spring, apple trees, lilies, daffodils, poppies and peonies grow wild. Scroll through the above gallery to see the property in it’s verdant summer glory.

Love Farmhouse is just a few short miles from outdoor adventures, like hiking or swimming at Crystal Lake, clay shooting at Catskill Pheasantry & Clays, refined days spent at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club, and fishing on the Delaware and Beaverkill Rivers. A short drive to Callicoon for shops, dining and essentials – check the Escape Brooklyn Guide –  and just 120 miles from New York City.

Designer Farmhouse in Lexington, NY

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In bucolic Lexington, NY, this designer farmhouse is the Catskills ideal: a beautifully preserved historic home with a modern aesthetic that celebrates the home’s history, and the landscape that surrounds it.

Five bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home plus historic barn | 2,724 square foot home on 2.42 acres | Two ensuite bedrooms | Large screened in porch | Recently renovated in 2022, including design/reconfiguration, but also systems updates | Separate pristine two-story 1840’s red barn | Asking $1.495m

Listed by Regina Tortorella at Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty. For showings or inquiries, email secondhomeguru@gmail.com or call/text (914) 466-0329.

Set amongst the meadows with a mountain backdrop, this 1860’s farm has been lovingly renovated and beautifully decorated. During the renovation by the Brooklyn-based interior designer, the 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath farmhouse’s first floor was reconfigured to improve flow, add modern amenities (a full bathroom, powder rooms and a main bedroom suite), increase access to the outdoors, and capture the views that make Lexington, NY a favorite of
outdoor enthusiasts, artists, and photographers.

While the results of the thoughtful renovation are obvious in the stunning finishes, the soothing wall colors and whimsical wallpaper, others are less conspicuous, like the new HVAC system with an efficient heat pump and air conditioning. The second floor has two ensuite bedrooms and two additional bedrooms, one of which is currently a delightful bunk room.

Downstairs, a screened porch offers a relaxing entrance to the outdoors where you’ll encounter the farm’s most prominent feature: a gorgeous two-story 1840’s red barn, a pristine example of post and beam construction, that can be used in a multitude of ways. Presently, the lower level is arranged as an entertainment space with games, a bar, and seating areas, while the soaring second floor has been accented with chandeliers and left wide open; it’s a rustic ballroom ready for a great party.

Located 135 miles from New York City, and set between Hunter, Belleayre and Windham Mountains – Lexington, NY may just be the Catskill region’s best kept secret. While visiting, stock up on provisions at the newly opened Van Dusen’s, hike nearby West Kill at Diamond Notch Falls, then grab a drink at the Spruceton Inn or West Kill Brewing.

DeBruce Lodge in Livingston Manor, NY

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With an emphasis on preserving a wonderfully wild landscape, the owners of Debruce Lodge tapped award winning local architect Jacqueline Horton to design their weekend home. Perched high on over five private acres, this timeless post and beam lodge is located within the Catskills Park’s “Forever Wild” forest preserve, and is just 110 miles to NYC.

2 bedroom (plus bonus loft), 1 bathroom home | 1,080 square feet | 5.37 acres | Stone fireplace & pellet stove | Short term rental friendly | Cathedral ceilings and skylights in living room | Floor to ceiling slate finished bathroom with walk-in shower | Seasonal outdoor shower & fire pit | Asking $425,000

Listed by Robin Jones of Catskill Mountain Houses. View the original listing on catskillmountainhouses.com. Open House: Saturday, January 7, noon-2pm at 105 Goff Road, Livingston Manor, NY 12758. Please RSVP to robin@catskillmountainhouses.com.

For inquiries or showings contact robin@catskillmountainhouses.com

Newly constructed in 2020, the lodge was built on the gently sloping southern face of historic Goff Hill. Contained and cozy, the north-south orientation allows morning light from the east to enter soaring skylights and illuminate the fieldstone fireplace and open plan layout. The dining table bay windows facing west allow for evening sunsets. And the day in between is ripe for adventure.

Interior features include the stainless steel kitchen, a floor to ceiling slate finished bathroom with a walk-in shower, heavy timber carpentry and a wood-swathed interior throughout. There is one full bedroom on the ground floor, and one open lofted bedroom overlooking the living area below.

An additional loft with library ladder access is situated directly across from the bedroom loft. Imagine this flexible space as a work from home area, a fitness/yoga room, or adventure gear storage. This loft can be converted to a third bedroom with town approval.

This Catskills cabin in the woods features an energy efficient design with compact construction. It was built to represent a new generation of petroleum-free homes that boast a tiny carbon footprint. Ecologically advanced, this cabin relies on electricity sourced from local solar farms. And if you want to dive deep, the cast iron Harman Absolute43 heating technology is revered for being one of the most advanced high efficiency pellet stoves on the market.

A heavy timber front porch area blends into extensive artisanal stonework. Renowned herbalist Elizabeth Neves led the native flower garden and permaculture landscape design surrounding the cabin, which leads the way down to a crackling fire pit. The back patio is for post-hike outdoor showers, grilling, dining and balmy summer sunsets. Venture into the acreage to find the historic stone footprint of an 1800s farmhouse and the stone wall that traverses the landscape.

The Debruce Lodge has been a crowd pleasing member of the Red Cottage Inc. portfolio since 2020. Full house contents are available for sale, making this a truly turnkey weekend home and/or …

A Turnkey, Modern Cabin in Pond Eddy, NY

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Less than 2 hours from the GWB – 80 miles from NYC – this newly built modern cabin in Pond Eddy, NY is located moments from a beautiful scenic byway following the Delaware River where eagle watching is a pastime. Situated on a bluff overlooking a wooded ravine, the magical sound of the Mill Brook Creek can be heard from any deck on this stunning new build.

Winter Rental at Mountaintop Oasis in Livingston Manor, NY

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Perched above the town of Livingston Manor in the Catskills, this cozy 2-bedroom home is available for a three-month lease during winter 2023, from January 15 through April 15 (with some flexibility on dates.) Short term rentals under 30 days will not be considered.

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home | 1,700 square feet | Deck with hot tub & outdoor shower | Stone fireplace & 2 outdoor firepits | Home office with large desk and printer | Cell service & strong WiFi | Fully equipped kitchen with Breville Nespresso machine | Washer/dryer | Detached garage with home gym | Asking $3,500 for monthly rentals, with 10% off for renters interested in entire winter rental period

For more information or inquiries, contact shandeleemountaincottage@gmail.com.

This mountaintop home has been optimized for relaxation and work from home ease. The main floor has two bedrooms, one of which is currently being used as a home office. An additional bedroom is upstairs in the finished attic space with vaulted ceilings, great for kids or visiting friends. The plant-filled house gets plentiful natural light throughout winter, especially during the morning when the direct sun hits the couch (perfect for cozy morning fires) and afternoons at the dining table (a great WFH spot.) The house is pet friendly, but suited best for medium and small animals.

Inside the home office is a sliding door leading to a private deck with a hot tub and grill, overlooking a fenced-in garden – one of three at the house – which grows specialty flowers including sunflowers, poppies, and dahlias; plus herbs and vegetables. During harvest season, pull from the garden for an array of lettuces and tomatoes for fresh salads. On the side of the house, a beautiful outdoor shower is perfect for rinsing off before and after dips in the hot tub (seasonal only.)

The property sits atop a mountain with a stunning view a field where hay was once grown and harvested. Today, the deck overlooks the field, where you’ll spot neighboring horses and cows graze their days away in the distance, along with lots of wild rabbits, deer, turkeys, and other wildlife. (Keep an eye out for bald eagles, too!) There are two fire pits on the property; one in the yard immediate to the house, and one in the field overlooking 100+ year old pine trees and a small pond. Firewood will be provided.

In winter, the super-cozy living room is an ideal place to unwind, with a wood-burning fireplace and custom, extra-deep couch, and tons of blankets and pillows to cozy up in. Netflix, HBO, Amazon, HBO and Hulu available streaming on the TV. A large dining table fits up to 6 guests.

The kitchen and bathroom were gutted to the studs in 2018; everything in the bathroom has been updated with new fixtures, including shower/tub with a view to the outdoors. The kitchen is also well-equipped, with a new fridge and everything you need on a day-to-day basis, including a Nespresso machine. …


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