|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
We fell in love with this small, charming upstate hamlet 20 years ago. For a year, four of us looked for land outside New York City, wandering through all the counties looking for the elusive magic of a country home. We found those qualities in a tiny town of Cornwallville, in the Durham valley. We bought a house that is even more than we'd hoped.
When the house next door became free, we bought that too. Our rental house was a parsonage once. It's strong and practical, and we filled it with books and dishes and quickly made it a home. It's a perfect place for a weekend, a week, a summer.
Keywords: Country House
Three of us own this house together: writer, filmmaker, gardner. We bought the house 28 years ago, on one of the most beautiful days any of us can remember.
Esther Cohen purchased this chateau / country house in 2000
We looked for a year at houses in New York State, in counties that were less than 3 hours from New York City. Our idea was that we wanted a place to escape, to retreat, to plant vegetables and flowers, to read and talk and walk and hike, and to invite as many people as we could to come and eat with us.
Oddly enough, New York State (many regions, not only ours) is astonishingly and unexpectedly beautiful. We have a porch, a light yellow porch, overlooking a long green field. That porch has been the inspiration for poem after poem (after poem).
We really liked staying here. We were here to ski, and afterward came home to this beautiful, quiet house on a very still country road surrounded by streams and hay bails poking through the snow. The house's sunlit rooms were filled with unique furniture, textiles, and art. At night we read as many of the very interesting books we found here as possible in two days, watched their Monty Python's Flying Circus DVDs with our kids, and saw some of the first season of Mozart in the Jungle which we'd missed. The only thing missing was smoke detectors.
It is a pretty big sized house that comfortably housed 8 adults. It is filled with quirky art that are great conversation starters with plenty of books and games lying around. The kitchen came fully equipped (with some great fudge brownie ice cream from the host). It is really a great deal for the price!
Esther was really accommodating to our requests, including a late checkout and was very prompt with all her responses.
Will definitely stay here again and recommend this to anyone!
A beautiful, very quiet location in the hamlet of Cornwallville. Location very convenient for exploring the Hudson Valley and Catskills, and across the river to the Berkshire hills. Esther and Bruce are very welcoming and helpful. The house has all the conveniences you will need to be self-sufficient, including a kitchen well stocked with utensils. The gardens are extensive and pretty, and our dogs had a ball on the grass! We had a great time.
Just what we needed to escape from work and the busy world in general. A place that feels like your other home, a place to relax and clear your mind. The house is old, the furniture could be from the same era. A perfect fit! Don't expect fancy but find yourself in a place where time slows down and daily stress fades away. We enjoyed breakfast on the porch, lunch in the backyard, dinner on the couch and evening drinks in the garden. We could explore the full property or sit with our neighbors. We felt at home during the whole week and didn't want to leave. Esther, Peter & Bruce took care of us and there was nothing to worry about. We'll be back!
Esther the owner is so kind and wonderful to work with. I didn't get to talk with her husband but I'm sure he is just as wonderful. This home is quaint and comfortable & full of character. . My family(husband and kids 12,12 &14) loved it. I don't ski & enjoyed going back to the house, relaxing & reading in the quiet...walking the property & watching netflix.! I highly recommend this home & location! Thank you for sharing it!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Rates depend on season and duration. Feel free to query us.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
An organic farm's a mile away, and so is a small and interesting local historical society, a well-known water park, a game farm, and infinite paths for hikes