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Historic Riverfront Victorian in the Hudson Valley

SuperhostFirthcliffe, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
Entire house hosted by Sarah
16+ guests7 bedrooms6 beds2 baths
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Wake up to stunning views of the Hudson River in this huge, immaculately clean, & beautifully designed historic home. Welcome to Sparrow House, our one-of-a-kind 1859 Gothic Victorian in the Hudson Valley. Only 80 minutes from NYC, 19 minutes away from the Beacon stop on the Hudson line/Metro-North, and 13 minutes from the Salisbury Mills/Cornwall Stop on the Port Jervis line/NJ Transit. The house is spacious, has exquisite light, and river and mountain views from nearly every room.

The space

Sparrow House sits on 2 acres of lush property with stunning waterfront views, and is conveniently located near the Storm King Art Center, West Point, Breakneck Ridge, Bannerman Castle, hiking trails at Black Rock Forest, and Storm King Mountain. A short drive to Beacon and the Dia Museum, orchards and wineries.

Sparrow House was built by Captain Leonard P. Clark in the 1850s along with many of the surrounding cottages (and even a Bowling Alley!) along River Avenue. Captain Clark was a shipbuilder who built and rented schooners for guests summering in Cornwall-on-Hudson but he lived at Sparrow House with his wife and two daughters. The house now functions as a space for creative retreat, exploration and community. We host many writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers and nature lovers; the serene landscape has been a repeated draw for many.

The house is mysterious, romantic and full of character. Suitable for large groups or small. We find happiness, music, storytelling and tranquility here and we hope you will too.

This listing is for the full house (with private entrance) of a massive, three-story Gothic Victorian and comes complete with 5 bedrooms, 3 additional sleeping areas and 2 large bathrooms, one with a clawfoot tub. Note that this listing can hold up to 14 people. Please contact me if your listing is above this number and we can discuss on a case-by-case basis. Please note, we are in the process of restoring this historic house so the home may look more updated than the photos! (All changes will be for the better, we can assure you!)

You are a quick 12-minute Lyft/Uber ride from the Salisbury Mills/Cornwall Station, or a 19-minute Lyft/Uber ride to the Beacon Metro-North train station, and all the restaurants and museums along quaint Beacon’s Main Street. There is also parking for numerous vehicles.

The house was designed as an artists' retreat; a quiet place to imagine and create. Original Victorian design and antique pieces live next to the all the modern amenities you could ask for. Each of the bedrooms is decorated to provide guests with their own unique experience.

The home includes:
-A cozy living room with a 50" TV. Feel free to watch any DVD from our library of films, documentaries and TV shows or enjoy Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo and other streaming services.
-Full, modern kitchen outfitted for making whatever you like (yes, there's a dishwasher!) with a large dining area.
-Five bedrooms, one Queen pull out sofa, 2 couches and an air mattress in the loft.
-Bathroom: 2 bathrooms, one with a claw foot, soaking tub and one with a large, walk-in shower.
- A Screening Room complete with a full-wall movie projector for Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, and other streaming services.
-There is a washer/dryer that may be used by guests staying at least four nights.
-Unbeatable river-front location, creating a quiet nature-filled retreat, close to all the best spots in the area.
-Tivoli Radios in every bedroom.
-Blazing fast Wi-Fi Internet.
-Touchpad smart lock for keyless entry and effortless check-in and coming-and-going.

The Bedrooms:
Each of the bedrooms is lightly themed and decorated to provide a different immersive experience.
-"The Map Room” (Queen)
-"The Woodlands Room" (Full)
-"The 80s Room" (Full)
-“The Film Noir Room” (Queen)
-“The Loft” (Queen)
- "The Library" (Queen sofa bed)
- "The Screening Room" (Sectional Sofa)

Couches and air-mattresses provide additional sleeping areas in the Screening Room, Living Room and Library.

Q: Do I need to bring towels or linens? What about a hairdryer or iron?
A: Nope! We provide these for all guests and include hotel-size toiletries.
Q: How will I receive the key and how many keys will I get?
A: The house features a keyless entry system with a code that lasts as long as your stay. This allows for effortless check-in and entry for your entire party.
Q: Is there Central AC through the Nest thermostats?
A: No. Central AC is not included on the list of amenities. There are window ACs located in the Screening Room, Map Room, Woodlands Room, 80s Room and Loft. Currently, the Film Noir Room doesn’t have AC due to the casement windows, but each bedroom is equipped with a box fan for the window and the rooms get quite cool in the evenings!
Q: Is the place professionally cleaned between guests?
A: Yes, and we take pride in providing a clean home for guests.
Q: What is that sound when I flush the toilet or run water in the 1st floor bathroom?
A: The beautiful, brand-new bathroom on the 1st floor runs on a pump system (the only way to add a ground-level bath in this 1850s home!) As a result, please make sure to only put toilet paper in the toilet. All other objects (tampons, q-tips, tissues, wet-wipes, paper towels etc...MUST be thrown away in the trash. Any pump clogs due to flushed will be billed to the guest.)
Q: Should I include children when entering the size of my party?
A: Yes. And please enter infants as "children" and NOT "infants" if Airbnb gives you the option to specify (this seems to only pop up for some users). The party size needs to be registered with our insurance company and children definitely count as people to insurance. Also, please understand that all listed "extra person" charges are a function of the increased cost to insure larger parties, including children and infants.
Q: I am looking for a last-minute stay. Can I make a same-day booking?
A: If you're looking for a same-day booking and the place is free, please inquire and we'll try! It depends on whether our cleaning crew can accommodate last minute, which isn't a sure thing. For same-day bookings, check-in may also have to be later than the listed time in order to make sure the place is ready. Still, can't hurt to ask!
Q: What's my total booking price?
A: With fees included, Airbnb only shows the guest, and not the host, the total cost. This figure should be present after you enter your dates. Note that, pricing varies on a daily basis, and Airbnb uses their own algorithm to adjust it automatically, so we don't control it.

Guest access
You will have use of the entirety of the house except the 3rd floor closets and the back room studio (off the kitchen): this includes the kitchen, living room, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a library/office and screening room.

We ask that you do not access the following spaces during your stay:
- The back room behind the kitchen
- The locked closets located on the 3rd floor
- The attic

There is a keyless entry system, for effortless check-in and coming-and-going. You're going to love it here!

Other things to note
- NO COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEO/FILM SHOOTS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL, PRODUCTION INSURANCE & A SIGNED CONTRACT. If you are a filmmaker, photographer or location scout interested in the house for a shoot, please find the Sparrow House NY website on your favorite search engine to book that service. Airbnb bookings are for vacation rental/sleeping accommodations ONLY. By booking on Airbnb, guests agree that violation of this rule shall be subject to an additional fee of at least the cost of the total booking per day for use of this service.
-Sparrow House is home to chickens which means farm fresh eggs for all our guests. The Goldhen Girls are very popular with families with children - please let me know if you would like a personalized workshop on how I care for them/gather the eggs!
- We do not accommodate the charging of electric vehicles. The house was built in the 1850s and cannot handle charging cars. If you have an electric car, we are more than happy to help you find a local charging station.
-During peak season, Fri-Sun stays may be required to rent the full house. During peak season weekends, minimum stays may be longer than two nights as well.
-About check-in times: If no guests are checking out the same day as you arrive, we often allow for early check-in or bag drop as long as we have advance notice and it works with our cleaner's schedule. If your arrival is on the same day as a check-out, there's a slight chance our cleaner may be putting the finishing touches on when you arrive, so we just ask that guests be understanding as she's trying hard to do a lot in a short window of time.
Wake up to stunning views of the Hudson River in this huge, immaculately clean, & beautifully designed historic home. Welcome to Sparrow House, our one-of-a-kind 1859 Gothic Victorian in the Hudson Valley. Only…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
1 double bed
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed, 1 air mattress
Bedroom 6
1 air mattress
Bedroom 7
1 sofa bed


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Hair dryer
Laptop-friendly workspace

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Firthcliffe, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Cornwall-on-Hudson is a historic, river-front village 50 miles north of NYC. Just an 8 minute drive from Storm King State Park and West Point, and 19 minutes from Beacon, there are a variety of activities nearby.

Hosted by Sarah

Joined in March 2015
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Founder of Sparrow House NY, an artist's retreat located in the Hudson Valley.
During your stay
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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