Step into history at Windrift Hall, a tastefully restored 1790s Federal Style Manor house overlooking your own private pond. The house is situated at the end of a private country road on top of a hill within beautifully landscaped meadows with fields, mature trees, stone walls, the pond and a gently flowing creek.
The house is filled with a mixture of European and American antiques of the Hudson Valley. 4 bedrooms, library, living room including the spacious country kitchen all have wood burning fireplaces.
Nature is all around you. In summer you might like to take your meals under the 250 old maple tree or barbecue on the shaded terrace in the back. To cool off you could swim in the pond or lounge in the chairs on the dock overlooking the water. For true relaxation we have books ,board games,puzzles and a nightly concert of owls, crickets and bullfrogs under the stars.
Although it feels very secluded, you'll find all the amenities around the corner.
Conveniently located at the corner of Route 81 and 9W, you’ll find a Grand Union supermarket, a gas station, a pharmacy, a pizza restaurant, a decent wine shop and a medical emergency center. Personally I love to shop at the Black Horse Farm on 9W towards Athens. They have a huge selection of fresh organic produce. While listening to the classic radio station, you can sample their delightful spreads of homemade products while browsing through the shop.
Our 300sf spring fed pond is set in a dramatic natural setting and perfect for swimming, but if you feel like going to an outdoor swimming pool, there’s the Catskill Valley Pool in the nearby town of Athens.
You’re welcome to use the public tennis courts of Coxsackie or you might enjoy a round of mini-golf on 9W while trying one of the 26 delicious ice cream flavors served at Tom’s next door.
If you feel like watching a movie we have a flat screen TV with a Netflix account or you might like to see the latest flic at the charming Drive-In Theatre on 9W.
There’s a beautiful horseback riding farm in an idyllic setting within 5min from us. For more details go to http://willowcreekequine.com
If you’re interested in historic places don’t miss out on a tour through the Broncks House and Museum. It’s in walking distance and one of the oldest houses in America. Our library has books about all the historic places in the Hudson Valley, Olana across the river at the Rip van Wrinkle Bridge or Clermont on 9E are just a few other beautiful mansions to visit within 1/2 hours drive.
If you stay with us I’m sure you have a love for old and beautiful things. Our place is the best starting point for your antique treasure hunt. Just around the corner on 9W is the Coxsackie Antique Center showcasing the wares of 100 local dealers.
Across the river there’s the town of Hudson, famous for some of the most eclectic antique shops in the country. A stroll along picturesque Warren Street takes you to dozens of shops ranging from high-end stores with fine period pieces to unique little boutiques. There are also some nice restaurants. My personal favorites are the Swoon Kitchenbar and DABA.
Some of the best hikes are in the Catskills. You’ll find maps, hiking and walking guides as well as other information about Greene County in our library.
Within 30min drive there are 2 great ski resorts in the town of Hunter and Wyndham. After a day on the slopes, you will really enjoy to snuggle up in front of one of the 5 working fireplaces in the house.
We hope you enjoy your stay. If you’re interested in anything in particular, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re there for you and help you find places only locals would know of.
Our house is very easy to find. The location is:
256 Smith Road, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
If you google map or mapquest it, you’ll get exact directions from the place you leave. Travelling by car from New York you can either take the Taconic or go on the Interstate, follow I-87 towards Albany. Take exit 21B. After the tollbooth turn left on 9W towards Coxsackie. After 2 miles you’ll see a Stewarts gas station. Turn right on Route 81 in direction to Greenville and Earlton. Take the first left onto Lovecky Road. At the end of that road at the stone house turn left and follow the dirt road till the end.
Trains are usually leaving every 2 hours from Penn Station, NY to Hudson and back via Amtrak. At the Hudson station you can take a taxi to our place for your return to the station you can call a local limousine service at
Tel: 518 731-8242.
HOUSE RULES AND USEFUL TIPS
CHECK-IN AND OUT TIME:
Check in and out time is usually noon, but we’re flexible. Please let us know in advance what works best for you. There’s a number lock on the front door.
We’ll email you the code prior to your stay, just punch it in, when the green light is blinking, pull the door towards you, turn the lever clockwise and you’re in.
Well behaved dogs are permitted. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse.
This is a non smoking house: So please smoke outside.
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:
You have wireless internet access throughout the house and within a certain range outside. Please log into our free account at FRENK.
Enjoy all fireplaces (kitchen, living room, blue and yellow bedroom on the second floor). The only one you can’t use is the one in the white bedroom on the ground floor. It’s not working. Before you start a fire, please make sure that the vent is open. A lever inside the chimney may need to be pushed up. Check if you can see the sky when you look up through the flue, which means it’s open. If you have smoke in the house the vent is probably closed.
Please help yourself to the wood stacked up around the barn. Do not leave a fire unattended. Sparks can fly easily and smoke can be dangerous.
WATER AND SEPTIC:
The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that any improper material has been flushed and clogs the septic system, you could be charged for the plumbing services needed. We have a new instantaneous hot water system, which takes about 20 seconds to heat up. Just turn the faucet on and wait a bit.
HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING:
In winter the house is heated and pre-programmed for your entire stay. No need to change the thermostat.
In summer the thick walls together with a clever design of natural air conditioning create a cooling effect in the entire house. Just leave the door of the basement open, so cold air can circulate from the cellar into the attic and provide pleasant temperatures throughout the house. In addition we have a few external electric fans for your convenience. Usually temperatures are 10 degrees cooler upstate than in the City, so overall it's quite a difference.
WASHER & DRYER
There’s a washing machine and dryer in the alcove next to the kitchen. Please help yourself to detergent on the shelves above.
We love cooking and you should find in the kitchen most everything you could possibly need to create memorable meals. We just recently renovated the kitchen with all new appliances like a professional Viking gas stove, fridge and dishwasher. Please read the instructions on the inside before use. There are 2 faucets in the kitchen, the smaller one is filtered drinking water, you also find filtered cold water in the fridge. When you open the door, just press the button on the left. Ice cubes are below in the freezer compartment.
Kitchen equipment and supplies like a Kitchen Aid machine, blenders, pots and pans, dishes, glasses and cutlery for about 10 people are all in the cupboards.
The trash bin is for everything accept glass and plastic. Please dispose of your bags in the grey garbage ton next to the barn, where you also find a wooden box for recycling items like glass, metal and plastic.
LIVING AND BEDROOMS:
You’ll find fresh sheets, duvet covers and towels in every room.
Some of the windows in the living room are not working, do not try to open them. Most windows in the other rooms work just fine. Please use the window screens in summer.
The Steinway piano is a concert level grand piano and a very valuable piece. Please handle it with great care. If you’re an experienced player, you’re welcome to play. If not, please keep it closed. Thanks
These are private places, please refrain to go there.
Enjoy the pond for swimming. It’s a fresh water pond with perfect temperatures on hot summer days. In winter you can ice skate at your own risk, just make sure there were freezing temperatures for at least 2 weeks before you step on the ice.
There are deckchairs and chaise lounges throughout the property. Please remember to bring inside the seat and chaise cushions when it rains and before you leave. We usually stack them up on the wooden box in the hallway.
You’re surrounded by nature, so please check yourself and your children for ticks.
For barbecuing there’s a Webber charcoal grill on the terrace.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
RECYCLE – We try to live in harmony with our environment, please help us to recycle. Please put glass, plastic and metal in the wooden box left to the barn, paper and carton neatly bound in the kitchen, all other garbage bags in the grey container next to the barn.
Please don’t forget to empty the fridge.
CLEANING – We expect you to leave the premises the way you found it.
On top of each bed you’ll find clean bed sheets and duvet covers as well as a set of towels. Upon departure please wash the sheets and towels and put them back the way you found them.
You’ll find all cleaning supplies in the kitchen behind the door left to the fireplace.
If you don’t have time to do the cleaning or laundry, please leave $150 for the cleaning lady in the drawer of the kitchen and everything will be taken care of.
Mare sure the doors to the kitchen and terrace are locked. Please exit through the front door, enter the number code and turn the lever anti-clockwise when the green light is blinking.
Your deposit is fully refundable after your departure, provided the following provisions are met.
• No damage is done to the house or its contents, beyond normal wear
• and tear.
• The house is returned in the same state as found upon arrival
Please keep in mind the owner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that
occurs while on the premises. We are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings
or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are
expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others
whom they invite to use the premise.