Not knowing anything about Woodstock or the surrounding area, it was serendipitous that I discovered the Imagine Woodstock House. To the west you are minutes away from the Catskills, to the east is the Hudson River Valley and miles of parks and historical homes. Anything and everything you might want to explore is no more than an hour away, with the exception of Sleepy Hollow and it is a quick drive down the freeway.
There is a lovely restaurant in Bearsville along with a wonderful tiny grocery store, the Cub Market, which can take care of most of your specialty culinary needs and sells great sandwiches for picnics. Sunfrost Farms is just down the road between Bearsville and Woodstock and is every cooks dream. The kitchen is well equipped and easy to cook in.
Formerly owned by a composer from the 60’s who renovated, redesigned, lifted and expanded the original cottage; the current owner—who utilizes the house only as a rental—has filled it with musical memorabilia: old electric guitars, radios, phonographs and records. CD players and large flat screen TV’s are in two bedrooms, while the living area contains one that goes on forever. There is adequate air conditioning for the summer both downstairs and in the upstairs bedroom, and heat for the winter; being there during the month of September in 2016 we needed both, and were always comfortable.
The original tiny cottage has the most wonderful floors—wide wooden planks, softly gleaming; an ancient rock fireplace stained black with soot is at the end of the dining room. The doors into the house and leading from the dining room into the kitchen and a downstairs bedroom are white washed—like the horizontal planked walls—and Dutch style. I love the antique upholstered chairs in the dining room and the table they surround…not necessarily a trestle style, but similar in its length and width…and charm and age.
Outside is bucolic peace. I love the backyard with its towering trees on all four sides and the old weathered table with room for six, which is great place to have a restorative happy hour before dinner after a day of exploring.
We spent four fun filled weeks at the Imagine Woodstock Stock House and I do acknowledge that the house is old, and has an old house's quirks. They are well worth adapting to. Mike Young was always responsive if we had a slight problem or question and extremely accommodating to all of our needs.