Enjoy the light from the large windows in the Chapel Room overlooking the courtyard garden. relax on our comfy twin or single daybed and enjoy turbo speed wifi. A writing desk makes this a favorite writers retreat.
We are a composer and artist couple with in a large renovated church hall in the Rondout section of Kingston, just up the street from restaurants, marinas, art galleries and easy distance to hikes, swims, kayaking, skiing etc. We are perfectly situated less than 20 minutes drive from Woodstock, Bard College, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, mountain lakes and waterfalls. Organic coffee and teas are included along with highspeed WIFI internet access. We have 3 full bathrooms (not including our own) and we have 2 dogs which we restrict to our part of the home as some guests are not fond of or allergic to pets. The home is filled with beautiful abstract paintings of Julie Hedrick which are also shown at The Norha Haime Gallery in NYC. This bedroom includes a both a comfy full sized bed and single bed , antique armoire, uniquely designed large windows, a writing or computer table and strong highspeed WIFI signal. The neighborhood is a unique blend of 1800's and 1900's architecture, sea captains homes on one block and row houses on the next. Our courtyard, which the chapel room looks down on, evokes a European flavor with a gentle fountain, herb and flower garden with fruit trees and cobblestones.
We are required by the county and NY State to charge tax which we will collect when you arrive via check or cash. In addition to coffee and tea we are happy to prepare a special locally sourced home cooked breakfast for ten dollars per guest. On nice days we serve breakfast in the garden and in inclement weather guests gather around the farm table in the kitchen for a relaxing gourmet breakfast.
Interaction with Guests
We usually make a point to be home to greet our guests and get them settled in their rooms and from then on they are on their own to come and go as they please. While we are happy to share our passion for the area with guests and hear about their discoveries we also respect those that wish to come for retreat and privacy. They are always welcome to knock on our studio door if they need anything or call us if we are not at home.
We could wax poetic about this: While we are just up the hill from the marinas, restaurants, galleries and shops of the historic Rondout district of Kingston we are also a mile from Kingston Point Beach on the Hudson and wonderful rail trails and hiking/cycling areas. Our neighborhood is a mix of row houses, churches and Presidents Place around the corner and West Chestnut have wonderful mansions with river views.
No smoking indoors, smoking permitted in the courtyard. While pets are welcome we ask you not to leave them alone for extended periods when there are other guests in adjoining rooms. If they are shedders we require an additional $15 to the cleaning fee per visit.
Julie and Peter are lovely. The environment is warm and inviting. They put me on the trail to a great bakery and a cool bar. The only downside was not having more time to get to know them. Highly recommend Church des Artistes:)
We were welcomed at the front door warmly by Peter, then Julie. We were shown our room, given the lay of the land, etc. They were expecting us and were prepared to step into the host role. We loved our room from first sight. After unpacking and changing, we left for the evening, returning late. Lights were on, candles were lit...we felt very at home.
It was such a nice relaxing place to stay and a short walk to the waterfront. Julie and Peter were wonderful hosts and very helpful with my travel plans.
1. Their whole house is so full of stories—from wall decor to tea sets and jams to the repurposed studio, it's intimate and magical.
2. Arriving late, all we wanted was a bottle of wine but the shops were closed. No problem, since they stocked a nice Bordeaux.
3. After picking us up from the bus terminal, Peter got out of his car in the pouring rain to speak with the Venetian restaurant and see if their favorite chef/good friend was still around.
This is just the beginning of a lovely, restorative weekend. Highly, highly recommended!
Peter and Julie have created an incredible home and life. It has been our pleasure to stay in this beautiful space (twice now!); it's the perfect getaway. The breakfast is instagram-worthy, as is the garden where we enjoyed it. And the rooms themselves are comfortable and light-filled. If I say more, I'll start to sound mushy. Just go!
Our experience was wonderful. Everything was beautiful and Peter and Julie are super nice and welcoming. I will be recommending their place to friends.
Peter and Julie were absolutely amazing! Even on one of the coldest weekends, the bedroom was warm and cozy and amazing to wake up to. Highlights were the robes (very warm), the water pressure (amazingly strong - felt like a hot water massage), the breakfast (day 1-roasted potatoes, frittata, apple bread pudding, day 2- omelets, baked tomatoes, rolls, homemade granola and on both days - fresh squeezed orange juice) and the hosts (ask to take a tour of their studio - it's gorgeous)! It was a great experience and I can't wait to come back in the spring/summer to take advantage of the patio.
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Julie is an artist, poet and amazing listener and creator of beautiful spaces. Peter is a composer, Pianist, Radio Show host, community activist, passionate about food and music and people.