Hillsdale Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
House, 6 Bedrooms + Library w/daybeds, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-15)
Wonderful farmhouse and barn nestled in the New York Berkshires, perfect for a couple wanting to escape, or a family wanting to gather!
Built in 1818 and originally known as the Pixley-Foster General Store, our farmhouse has known only four owners in almost 200 years. Quirky and beautiful, you can emphasize quiet or fun, depending on your mood. When our family isn't there, we'd love yours to be. Just over 2 hours from New York City and Boston, with easy access by Amtrak and Metro North trains. 20 minutes to high-end restaurants and shopping in either Hudson, NY or Great Barrington, MA. Rural even in this age, you can live the pastoral life and still be close to Tanglewood, art house movies and unbelievable food.
The house is a product of every era - the downstairs has been largely restored to its early-19th century rugged beauty, while the upstairs still maintains the charm of its past as a bed & breakfast from the 1950s. We've mixed old and new - a 90' satellite TV is projected on a 1920s plaster and lath wall, WiFi Internet wafts through the colonial wideboard pine floors, the kitchen boasts a new 6-burner Viking stove, but you eat breakfast on a formica kitchen table from the '40s. Best of all, the house is entirely solar-powered, with a grid backup (during the last ice storm, we were the only house for miles with power!)
The master bedroom was once the carriage house, with the original horse-feeding windows now converted to triple-paned glass. Weather permitting, you could spend time in the barn: two floors, with the upstairs hosting an old basketball court. Downstairs has a pool table, ping pong, foosball, darts and a stereo. A hot tub is available just off the kitchen.
Pixley Knob Hill Farm can be a quiet setting for a couple, a getaway for a family (especially with a new baby), or a reunion for old friends looking for a place big enough for endless conversations and games. Between the house and barn is a monkey bars/swing/clubhouse play structure. We have 21 protected acres, including a hill giving 360-degree views of Columbia County: the Berkshires, the Taconic Valley, even a little slice of the Catskills. Milk cows wander just outside the kitchen window. Catamount Ski Resort is visible from the living room couch. Summer, spring, winter or fall, it has been a great place to gather for 190 years!
Keywords: House and Barn
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
About The Owner
My wife and I are both writers, directors, and musicians. We spent part of our childhoods in the U.K. at the same time without knowing each other (we were 10). Our daughter just turned 8, and our jobs keep us all on the road a lot. Little-known fact about me: I can do Morse Code at 35 words per minute. Little-known fact about my wife: she's an award-winning ice skater!
Why The Owner chose Hillsdale
We both went to the University of North Carolina, and are always amazed how similar the Berkshires are to the Southern Piedmont. We'd always wanted a homestead for our enormous (and getting bigger) families, but we finally decided it was time to have a place outside the city after we were in downtown Manhattan during the attacks of 9/11. For the last decade, it has been a true sanctuary of love and laughter.
What makes this farmhouse unique
I fell in love with the house the second I saw the basketball hoop from 1948 hung on the second floor of the barn. Since then, we did a little research, and uncovered the amazing story of Isaac Foster and Polly Pixley, the newlyweds who built the farm in 1818. The result is an irreverent homemade book sitting in the living room!