Our house. A loft, but not lofty. Cute, but not kitschy. Cool, but not cold. And close to absolutely everything. Near the center of town, yet tucked away from it all, Woodstock Haven is set well-back from the road on four private acres. We're within walking distance to the NYC bus, so no car is necessary. But if you have wheels; we have off-street parking. Rustic on the outside, luxurious on the inside, it's a modern oasis replete with soaring cathedral ceilings, nine-foot tall southerly windows, reclaimed cherry floors, stainless steel appliances, a deep soaking tub for two, air conditioning, a wood burning fireplace, plus free wi-fi. Add the long outdoor deck with a view of nothing but woods and gardens, and you have a perfect, romantic couple's retreat. While the meditation room could serve as a guest room, because there is only one bathroom off the loft bedroom, the Haven is best enjoyed as a romantic couple's getaway or a retreat for a couple with young children. For couples traveling together, we are happy to recommend neighboring rentals (if you'd like to lodge separately) or larger properties that could accommodate everyone. We're an environmentally friendly home. Passive solar, radiant heat, on demand water heater, all organic cleansers and soaps, HEPA vacuum, VOC-free paint.
Interior Features: Lie in bed and gaze at the stars through three large picture windows at your feet as you luxuriate in 600 thread count organic cotton sheets. Stretch out on the chaise by the fire with a throw and a book. Watch the sun make kaleidoscope patterns on the floor as it passes through our glorious, 10-foot tall Gothic stained glass window. Or retreat to the meditation room with its softly flowing tapestries and many, many, many pillows. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck and listen to the shushing of the trees. Perhaps you'll have a visit from one of our deer, turkeys, rabbits, red tailed hawks or fox. Take advantage of our yoga and pilates dvds; or book a private training session or massage here at the Haven. Make scones in our chef-quality convection oven. Barbecue on the grill. Find a spot in the garden and watch the bees. Snooze in the hammock. Wend your way through our woods.
Nearby Activities: Should you venture away from paradise, the town, the swimming hole, restaurants and shops are only a few steps away. Rent a bike and peddle Woodstock’s quaint village roads. On your way through town center, stop at the local farmer's market, flea market or one of two organic supermarkets and fill your baskets to the brim with fresh fruits and produce. If free-range chicken and organic beef are in your diet, stop at the Woodstock Meats, too. If yoga is your thing, try the Woodstock Yoga Center. All are within easy walking distance.
We're Environmentally Friendly: The Woodstock Haven was constructed using green building techniques. We have passive solar, radiant heat, and an on-demand water heater that never runs out. We use all organic cleansers, soaps, and low VOC paints. Visit our website below
I'm a writer who enjoys playing with color in my spare time. Gardening has become something of an obsession.
We wanted something close to town so we wouldn't need a car. At the same time, we didn't want to be sandwiched between neighbors - we already have that experience in our apartment. This property definitely fit the bill: it feels as if we're in the middle of nowhere, but we're less than 1/2 mile from everything. We loved having the swimming hole across the street and all our tall trees on the acreage in back. The property is private, but not remote.
The stained glass window is utterly mesmerizing. The soaking tub is decadently luxurious (along with so many other touches in the house - DWR, Calvin Klein, Angela Adams, Modernica furnishings, original art works by up and coming and established painters, mixed in with eclectic flea market finds). It's cozy enough for a couple - you don't feel like you're wasting a lot of space - but if friends join you, the meditation room allows everyone to have adequate privacy. The 24-foot high ceilings and the wall of windows make the house feel larger than it is and keep it flooded with sunlight. Unlike many 'in town' cottages, The Haven truly is private, set well-back from both the road and neighbors. And because it's new construction, the cottage does not have the issues older homes have (but does have all of the charm.) We love giving people the opportunity to experience what it's like to live in Woodstock, even if it's only for a little while. And they couldn't pick a better location for that experience than the Haven.