The Writer's Cottage is a tiny white house on a country road; vintage, complete, and inspiring. Built in the nineteenth century, it's perfect for a solo traveler or a pair of travelers exploring the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley. If you like rustic buildings, you'll be a fan of the cottage; it's an incredibly cozy time warp.
Find an airy loft up narrow enclosed stairs, but everything you need to be comfortable is right on the first floor. Enjoy the orchard outside and an acre of lawn.
For its small size, the cottage has several discrete spaces. Downstairs is a bedroom with a queen size bed and two cozy chairs. A well-equipped kitchenette has a ship lap vaulted ceiling and a round table that seats four, plus an ample mudroom for jackets, skis, boots and fishing poles.
An extra room is just big enough for a cozy sofa and a writing desk, with a view of the orchard. The sofa opens up into a comfortable single bed, good for either an adult or a child. This room is also a good place to put a crib. There's a narrow bathroom next door.
Up an amazing tiny enclosed staircase is an open loft space perfect for meditation, music, reading, privacy, or painting.
The loft could be an extra bedroom too. We can put a double air mattress on a bed frame up there at your request, if you're willing to navigate those steep stairs with care at night! Note that the stairs lead right into the downstairs bedroom, which may be a privacy issue for some.
This is an ideal spot for a weekend respite from the city, or as a base to explore the area. It calls to people working on creative projects, or those looking for a longer hiatus.
It has all the important amenities, like good cell service, light, and dedicated wireless internet. It also offers quality linens and pillows, shampoos and soaps, nice china and good coffee, but no dishwasher and no tv. The doorways are narrow and the upper loft space is only six feet tall. But there's lots of old wood and so much charm.
Relax on deck chairs or the hammock out back, on the porch out front, or set up lunch at the table and chairs on the grassy acre outside the back door.
Some more features: even in midsummer, this area offers generally comfortable evening temperatures, but for the occasional night when it's hot, you'll find air conditioning available.
People tell us that they like to know more about how we care for the beds and linens, so here is a little detail. We use sheets with high thread counts and wash them in Seventh Generation natural detergent. Pillows and comforters are down-alternative. We use protective anti-allergen covers for pillows, and encase the bed's mattress and box spring too.
There's a place for hangers on the back of the bedroom door. For longer stays, there's a chest of drawers and a full-size closet up in the loft.
Our neighborhood used to be the center of town back when the old grist mill was in operation; now the modern town center with bank, post office and restaurants, is about 2 miles away.
There are a handful of historic houses on our road. We live right across the way and can greet you, hand over your keys, and show you around when you arrive. You'll have front and back lockable doors and two parking spaces. We can also provide good local recommendations and are available in the event of any problem.
Общение с гостями
The entire space is yours and you can exist in it perfectly privately. However, we're always happy to chat or wave when you pass by.
Другие важные подробности
New Lebanon, at the top of Columbia County, New York, is a pretty funky town, not a Norman Rockwell town. Many people drive right through it to go north for antiquing or skiing, to take the scenic pass into Massachusetts or to pick up the nearby NY thruway.
Our town is so small that there's only one stoplight, and that's a blinking one. There's no night life to speak of, no sidewalks, and we lack a big grocery store.
The upside is that our location right next to the Berkshires is what makes the Writer's Cottage such a good value, and so good for exploring. You can get easily to almost all the places you want to go-- more easily, we find, than from some of the Berkshire towns themselves. And whatever New Lebanon lacks in picket fences, it offers in glorious hillside viewscapes.
The town has a remarkable allotment of Shaker history, such as the massive square ruins of the Great Stone Barn at Mount Lebanon. This was recognized by the World Monuments Fund as one of the 100 most significant endangered sites in the world, and it's right here and easy to visit.
Lebanon Springs was also utterly famous in the nineteenth century for its warm water spa, frequented by luminaries like Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and the Marquis de Lafayette. The spring still courses down the hillside, but in obscurity now.
There is plenty to enjoy here. Stop at Blueberry Hill Market Cafe for coffee and something delicious for breakfast or lunch. Try M&M's for a late dinner of burgers, wings, and some craft beer, or reserve at Mario's for a fancy meal. Trek by the beaver dams at Hand Hollow Conservation Area. Go to Meissner's on a Saturday at 4 for their antique auctions, where we've found astonishing values. You'll find a lot of information about local options in our online Guidebook.
Our location turns out to be an excellent base for the range of travel and exploration in this area, or just for staying put and enjoying a rural escape, as so many of our airbnb guests have told us.
The Writer's Cottage is for people who love historic buildings and like to take care of them. Please, no smoking or candles. Take care with the tiny steep stairs if you use them, and use the rope going up and down. Even though the house really only accommodates two adults, bring a child (or possibly 2) under 12 at no extra charge (although that can get cramped in here.) We can't permit alcohol consumption by people under 21.