Charming 1930s artist's home on 3 acres on quiet lane 5 mins to the center of Woodstock. Gorgeous living room has vaulted ceiling; a wood-stove in a stone hearth; original artwork. Comfy beds with anti-allergy pillow covers & linens washed in fragrance-free detergents. Close to great places to eat, excellent music, antiquing, hiking, biking, horse-riding, skiing, and kids' activities. Come visit, relax in the screened-porch and watch the fire-flies.
Good dogs welcome. Good cats not: allergies!
This Woodstock home in the foothills of the Catskill mountains is close to Kingston, Saugerties and the Ashokan reservoir. It is an old Woodstock artists' house and still has that old world feel but it also has up-to-the-minute features such as a "Mini Split" heating/cooling system in each room and a brand new front loading HE washer & dryer. The kitchen is stocked with the basics: light olive oil for cooking and extra virgin for salads, balsamic and cider vinegar, sauces, mustard, herbs and seasonings to make wonderful meals, and there is a microwave for when you just want to do something simple. Also good locally prepared coffee, a variety of teas, sugar and enough cream to get you started. We use high-end fragrance-free washing detergent for our linens and have anti-allergy covers on most pillows.
The house can work for any number of guest configurations – great for a single family with or without kids, two couples (master bedroom and its bathroom are at the opposite end of the living room from the other large bedroom and its bathroom), or a group of friends. The house has three bed-rooms, one Queen-size bed, two full-size beds, and a twin trundle bed in the third bedroom. One of the full-size beds is an antique double so a few inches smaller than a modern full-size. There is a screened porch that looks out on the back garden and wild area that is the best place to have dinner and hang out – don a warm sweater to extend it's season in spring and fall – and we also provide fleece throws to add to your comfort there. And there is a cosy-making wood stove in the living room for colder times; we will provide you with enough wood for your visit.
We can cater to people with infants and small children – in addition to what is listed in the "Amenities" section, we also have a comfy changing pad, a padded toddler toilet seat (no potty), and a good collection of toys for every gender. (FYI, the “high chair” mentioned is actually a booster chair that straps onto a regular chair.) Let us know in advance what you need.
We also have a few amenities to make your pooch feel welcome.
As the owners are a family of artists, there is original artwork throughout the house. Also there is WIFI, a CD stereo system, a large flat screen TV (basic cable), and a library nook full of great books and board games.
In summer, the inground swimming pool is very close to the house so no problem to bring lunch or snacks to it from the kitchen. The pool is an old dear and missing some tiles, but fully functioning and a delight to hang out by and swim in, and long enough for swimming lengths. The pool is heated by a solar collecting system and is usually good for swimming right through mid-September and, weather permitting, beyond. It’s open from mid-May through September.
The house is on a quiet and pretty dead-end lane and backs up to the historic Woodstock School of Art (so perfectly located for people taking workshops there).
Now that we are moving into the cooler months we ask Guests to bring some indoor shoes (our wood floors are older and not so smooth for stocking feet). Lastly, a reminder to guests that this house is our home and so we beg you to bear that in mind and treat it gently and with respect.
Guests are welcome to enjoy all of the property with the exception of the owner's small private garden behind the owner's cottage. The wild area beyond the lawn is a bit swampy in places so more fun to look at than to walk in.
Interaction with guests
We live in another house on the property so will be nearby if you need advice or help. But keeping a low profile minding our own business, of which we have plenty, when you don't need us.
Other things to note
1. If you hope to stay for as much as 21 days, or up to the maximum period of 28 days, in addition to being verified by Airbnb, we would also want to see other host reviews and recommendations. There will be absolutely no hold-overs after the 28th day unless by prior agreement with the host.
2. In the cool weather seasons, we prefer to leave outdoor shoes by the door. So please bring some indoor shoes or slippers - our wood floors are older and not so smooth for stocking feet.
3. Strictly no smoking in the house. But people may smoke in the screened porch/patio and outside. There are ashtrays available on a shelf in the porch. If you smoke, please don't leave cigarette butts on the ground in the yard or pool area.
4. The water comes from a drilled well on the property and is treated to ensure its cleanliness and safety, and is fine to drink. However, if guests are not comfortable with the idea of drinking well-water, you should purchase bottled water to drink.
5. As this is a rural area, we have a lot of wild life which is lovely, but we prefer the wildlife to be away from the house. Therefore guests should be careful not to leave trash containing attractive (to critters) food smells outside, or left-over food out by the pool area or in the screened porch.
- Pool rules will apply including supervision rules for children. We will ask you to sign a waiver when you arrive stating that you enter the pool enclosure and use the pool voluntarily and at your own risk. Please note, if you bring playmates for your children, you cannot sign on behalf of their parents so please contact us about having a PDF of the document sent to you for the playmates parents to sign.
- Please bring indoor shoes or slippers to wear in the house.
- We have a strict no-smoking policy in the house, however you may smoke outside including in the screened-in porch - we leave ashtrays in the porch on a shelf. Please be considerate and use an ash tray. Do not toss or put out cigarettes on the ground or the grass.
- Bed wetting: if you have a child who is not yet reliably trained, please bring the necessary items for that with you: a rubber under-sheet to protect the mattress and mattress pad, and your own bed sheets. If an accident occurs on our sheets, it must be dealt with immediately - instructions for this possibility are in the house info book available to you when you are here.
- Dogs: we welcome well behaved dogs for an additional $25 fee per animal per the first two nights that can be paid upon your arrival.
Please note: dogs are to be discouraged from being on the furniture without a protective cover (we don't have one so you will need to bring your own) and are not to be allowed on the beds at all. If your dog has behavior issues and/or can't be trusted, or if your dog is not fully house-trained (or elderly and likely to be incontinent), please leave them at home.
Dog owners should bring poop baggies as we prefer if dogs are walked on the lane to do "their business" If a dog poops on the grass, owners must clean it up ASAP as it happens (we have a long handled poop scoop you can use). No dogs can be in the pool and when in the pool area, must be leashed - we grow eatable plants there so don't want them peed on. Also, please, no house or pool towels to be used for the dog, but we do leave an old but clean towel on a shelf in the screened porch to use in case you need it.
Hello, I'm Claire - I am from Ireland and my partner, Carey, is from the UK - a Londoner. We've been in the US for 21 years - 15 of those years in Woodstock. I am an artist, a professional portrait painter, I teach workshops at the Woodstock School of Art, and I write art commentary for Roll Magazine. Carey is a novelist and college professor. We like to travel and have been Airbnb guests ourselves - we split the bookings between us so that we each have some kudos. In addition to our teaching and creative work, we are both readers and enjoy the cinema; we also enjoy eating out and going to galleries and museums.
As guests, we usually have our own agenda so are happy to be independent but appreciate when the host is accessible, even if only by phone.
As hosts, our aim is, of course, for guests to have a lovely relaxed time. We are new to hosting on Airbnb having started in August 2017, but we are not new to renting our homes to vacationers either under our steam or with the help of a Realtor. We are big supporters of the idea of a sharing economy - Claire is a member of the local branch of the Freecycle Network and for two years, after our youngest daughter went to college, we were members of Couchsurfing and hosted travelers on a regular basis.
We live in another cottage on the property so are usually nearby and available to help if needed. But we also understand that you have your own agenda for your trip and so, as neighbors, we aim to be as discreet as possible. Also we are usually very busy with our own lives and projects.
We have listed a lot of languages - Claire has a rudimentary knowledge of these languages, less so Italiano, with the exception of English which she speaks very well! Carey speaks all fluently, including English... If he isn't home when guests need more French, German, or Italian (or Russian), than Claire can cope with, he is usually available by phone to help.