Light-filled & lovely, 2 easy blocks from Rhinecliff Station & the Hudson, 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 and garden. Often there's a space in the driveway for your car or you can park safely and legally 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. Someone from the main house will be nearby to help.
There's no other town like Rhinecliff. A tiny hamlet of 200, it has the feel of an old-fashioned resort town, quiet and picturesque. Its residents are a combination of long-time locals and more recent arrivals from the City, many of whom work in the arts. The library just down the street offers music nights, movies, and seminars, as well as books. Then a few minutes away are the fine restaurants, stores, historic great houses, and art house cinema of Rhinebeck, 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 from Enterprise in Kingston, and they will pick you up here to bring you back to their store where you can arrange for a vehicle.
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 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. Please, no smoking of any kind in the apartment. There is a smoker's bench outside. The apartment has just 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. Please, no parties. General policy: When in doubt, please ask.
Susan is the best there is! A truly wonderful host, between offering us multiple rides into town, food ingredients from her kitchen, and a lovely, clean space for our weekend. She will make you feel at home! Bonus: a memory-foam bed!
My girlfriend and I came up from NYC for a quick getaway from the city without having to worry about renting a car.
The location was very convenient as it was a very short walk from the train station to Susan’s house.
Inside, the space offered a cozy atmosphere and had everything we needed for a nice stay…kitchen, coffee maker, TV, Wifi, Netflix, comfortable bed, along with a nice view of the hill and woods from our windows.
As I mentioned we didn’t have a car, but getting into town was easy and only cost $8.00 for the two of us. The town of Rhinebeck was very cute and offered a lot of shops and tasty restaurants. They even had a small theater showing an excellent selection of Independent Films.
Susan was a great host as well! Giving us the space we needed, but offering great assistance when asked on places to eat or things to do in the area.
Overall, if you are looking for a great place to stay check out Susan’s!
Susan has a cozy and well-positioned home, only a short walk (and I mean about a block) from the train station. However, if you want to go into the nearest town, Rhinebeck, you'll need to hail a cab, unless you want to make the two mile walk. Susan was also kind enough to offer us a ride into town a number of times throughout our two-night stay. In fact, she was an amazing host all-around, leaving us with food and drink and wonderful reading material, as well as a comprehensive guide to both the room and the surrounding neighborhood.
Now, there are a couple of things you'll need to be aware of about the room. First off, it's located in her basement, which means if you're bothered by overhead foot traffic you may want to see if she will be around for your stay. Also, if you're using the heat, note that the bedroom gets much warmer than the living room. Finally, we had a plumbing issue on the first morning--the toilet stopped flushing and the shower stopped draining--but as soon as we notified Susan she had a plumber come fix it in a matter of a few hours while we were out.
Aside from these small issues, the getaway is incredibly well-stocked with amenities. Fresh towels, plenty of organic soaps, dishes, pots, pans…you'll want for nothing and will be able to find what you need easily. Also, the writing desk is a very nice little workspace with a beautiful view. Susan is highly accommodating, and an interesting, beautiful person, but also knows how to give you space. Overall we were pleased with our stay.
I can't say enough nice things about our stay with Susan. From the moment we arrived - Susan picked us up from the train station! - we felt welcomed and warm.
The space matched the pictures and our needs perfectly. We had plenty of peace and quiet, access to Netflix, and a ride into town when needed. Susan also set us up with a few basic groceries and delivery options, so we wanted for nothing.
Rhinebeck is a really great town on top of it all. We planned to walk the roughly 2 miles into town but got picked up by someone from the Rhinecliff Hotel on his way in. There was lots of great shopping and food options on par with NYC in terms of quality (but thankfully not price). Highly recommend this place. We will be considering making a return trip, perhaps in warmer weather.
Staying at Susan's place was really wonderful for my family during the Christmas holiday. Clean, comfortable, warm and toasty even the homemade scones were the perfect touch. Her place is just a short walk from Amtrak and getting in and out was easy as pie. Thanks again Susan for hosting my family over the holidays!
I spent an absolutely wonderful, restful and productive solo weekend in the Artist's Retreat. The space is very comfortable, private, and Susan has very thoughtfully considered all of her guests' needs--from organic bath products in the bathroom, to delicious local treats in the fridge, to the custom-built mini kitchen, to very comfortable bedding and excellent books. Susan is the best host you could ever hope to meet--she cares about making her guests comfortable, is available if you need her, but also gives you all the flexibility and space that you need. The apartment is built on to the exterior of the house, so you have a private entrance and can come and go without disturbing anyone. I loved how the apartment faces a big gorgeous field, giving you a feeling of absolute privacy, but you are also walking distance from the Amtrak station. Also, it's a 5 minute drive to the sophisticated hamlet of Rhinebeck, where I enjoyed visiting restaurants, shops, a great health food store and bookstore. Highly recommended!
Susan is a great host and has an amazing eye for small details! Her nice little touches (e.g., good coffee, a few small snacks, curated reading materials etc.) make a huge difference. The apartment is exactly as it looks in the pictures - clean, bright, tasteful and very relaxing. Her property is in the village of Rhinecliff, but when you look out the window, you just see hills and trees. Your host brings an urban sensibility to a rural retreat. We had a great two-day getaway at Susan's place, and there are many amazing walks and hikes nearby too.
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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!