About this listing
Light-filled & lovely, 2 blocks from Rhinecliff Station, 2 miles from central Rhinebeck, this pied-à-terre offers the beauty of deep country and the convenience of a prime Hudson Valley location. With private entrance and terrace and a knockout view.
This two-room apartment is bright and freshly renovated with simple elegance to please your eyes and provide all the needs and comforts of home without overwhelming you with someone else's stuff. Local cabinetmaker Gerard Ryan built the kitchen that's been outfitted to serve up to 4 people. The apartment includes a Kuerig coffeemaker, hairdryer, WiFi, a flat-screen TV with Roku streaming capacity (free access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more), and books and magazines for your reading pleasure.
And the view out on the back field is as good as it gets.
The guest apartment is private, with its own entrance and small terrace. In summer there's outdoor furniture that guests are welcome to use while contemplating the view. Often there's a space in the driveway for your car or you can park safely and legally in front of the house on our quiet street.
Interaction with Guests
If you prefer to be left to yourself, of course we'll respect your wishes! But if there's anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable, just pick up the phone or text. Someone from the main house will be nearby to help.
There's no other town like Rhinecliff. A tiny hamlet of Rhinebeck with only 200 residents, Rhinecliff has the feel of an old-fashioned resort town, quiet and picturesque. The library just down the street offers music nights, movies, and seminars, as well as books. Then, a short 2 miles and 5-minute drive is central Rhinebeck with its fine restaurants, stores, historic great houses, and art house cinema. Also close by are the cultural events of Bard College, and the spiritual enrichment of Omega Institute. A quick ride across the river and you're in Woodstock, or south to Hyde Park and you're at FDR's estate or the Culinary Institute. All this and Nature too!
The Amtrak Rhinecliff Station is 2 blocks away, where you can catch a train into Penn Station, NYC, for a 95-minute magical mystery ride along the Hudson--truly spectacular--and mystical! At Penn Station you can catch the train to the plane. For getting around locally cabs are usually standing at the station, although cabs are not so easy to find over major holidays. You can rent a car from Enterprise in Kingston. They will pick you up here or at the station to bring you back to their store where you can complete paperwork and pick up your vehicle. Bikes can be rented overnight from Kingston Cyclery either in Kingston or nearby Red Hook. Bikes can be rented for the day at the bike shop in Rhinebeck.
Other Things to Note
Tea and coffee are provided. For longer-staying guests we can wash and fold laundry or offer you access to the washer and dryer on premises as an add-on cost. We also provide a large jug of triple filtered ionized drinking water.
There are 2 cats in the main house, but we keep the apartment pet-free on behalf of those guests with allergies. NO PETS IN THE APARTMENT, NO EXCEPTIONS (please don't ask). No smoking of any kind in the apartment; there is a smoker's bench with a lovely view outside. The apartment has recently been renovated with loving care to help you feel at home. Please treat it in the same spirit. House protocols are detailed in a printout given to guests on arrival. This is a quiet house. No parties. General policy: When you didn't bring or can't find something you need, please ask. If there's anything we can do to help you be more comfortable, please please ask. It's our pleasure!
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Everything was lovely and as described. The apartment was clean and comfortable and ideally located for my trip to Omega. Also very close to the main street of Rhinebeck for restaurants and bars.
Susan was a great host. The location was convenient one block from the Hudson River and the Amtrak (though it is a cab ride into Rhinebeck if you don't have a car). The finished basement apartment has a private entrance and more natural light than you would think and was very clean (no shoes allowed). Susan's recommendation of the Poets Walk Park for a hike and dinners at The Local and Another Fork in the Road made our stay. Lots of nice snacks/treats left for us in the unit including coffee , cream, fruit, soda, granola, yogurt, etc. Her back yard is very large and beautiful. Only negative is the mattress on the bed is very firm/hard (in case that is an issue for you). All in all a great stay and look forward to staying on our next trip to Rhinebeck in the Fall.
I'm so sorry the mattress was a problem for you! It was purchased just over a year ago very much with my guests' comfort in mind. The thing is, I have the same firmness of mattress on all the guest beds here--three--and of over 100 sets of guests I'd guess around 30 have told me they loved the bed and asked me where they could find the make of mattress, and only two have said it was a problem--and the other one said it was too SOFT. I'm afraid it's a case of not being able to please all the people all the time--though I sure wish I could!
My boyfriend and travel buddy thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Susans artists retreat apartment! Susan was very accomodating and left aromatic soaps and some essential food for us during our stay. There was an issue with the cooling vents as warm air was blowing out of it, however, Susan promptly attended to this problem and offered free laundry service in exchange. The backyard is lovely too. I highly recommend the apartment.
The circuit "blew" because something had been spilled and not cleaned up in the vicinity of the kitchen appliances. As a consequence the refrigerator went off and defrosted and the freezer ice melted all over the floor. It would have been appreciated had you cleaned up the spillage and/or let let us know in a timely manner that the circuit had blown so that we could have addressed the situation before there was damage.
First Airbnb experience-We stayed in Susan’s one bedroom, fully lit by natural light, basement apartment, nice space. Close enough to town and plenty of things to explore and do. Thank you Susan, great host!
This is in a really nice town, Rhinebeck (or Rhinecliff) with restaurants like the Garden Spot and Aloi Thai. Susan Ray does a great job as a hostess. Full nice apartment, with good bathroom with shower which is fine, sitting in backyard was nice and green and I did some laptop time there with my hotspot. And I extended the stay a third day, since it was comfy all around. Nice on amenities, good quality soap and shampoo and in frig a quality yogurt to start, a solid little kitchen area with a range (much better for stuff like heating up soup than a microwave). Comfy bed.
And I think Raku for TV stands for rinkydink :) Oh, I don't do airbnb for TV anyway, and that is just a joke! You can get some stuff.
Was there when I needed her, left me alone when I wanted to be left alone. Stocked the fridge with great local stuff for breakfast.
Susan was very welcoming, and gave us a full walk-through of the apartment when we arrived. The following afternoon she shared delicious homemade cornbread with us. The apartment is very tastefully renovated and comfortably decorated. The location is conveniently close to Rhinebeck center and the train station, but despite it's proximity to town and train it feels remote and relaxing. The yard was beautiful, the blossoming magnolia tree just outside our door was a real treat. We were comfortable and enjoyed a relaxing weekend stay.
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About the Host, Susan
Having traveled some I've learned what makes for me a good home away from home: cleanliness, convenience, a good bed, quiet, a simple but quality aesthetic, a bit of Nature, good water, something to read, something to munch on when restaurants are closed, friendliness, privacy when I need it ...
The very best experiences were when those things were provided in the homes of strangers who became friends. I'd like to offer that kind of haven for travelers here. The Sufis say, the Guest is God. You never know!