Our newly restored 1882 farmhouse is the ultimate rural retreat, backing on a 10,000-acre state forest with more than 200 miles of hiking and snowmobile trails. Quiet, cozy-yet-sophisticated design, the perfect writer's retreat or family getaway.
We're writers who bought and restored this property 10 years ago in our quest for a quiet weekend retreat away from TV and the internet. This is the ultimate writer's retreat, with sightings of red fox, black bears and deer, and hummingbirds feeding in the extensive rose and herb gardens. The modern kitchen overlooks the state preserve and is equipped with cutlery and service for 8, stainless steel appliances, cookware, and 15-feet of fabulous local bluestone countertops. We have central heat and a cozy wood stove - with cords of seasoned firewood stacked outside for you to use. There are three airy bedrooms with queen beds in each, and one small child's bedroom with a single bed. Sheets and towels are included. Two large bathrooms with spacious showers, a large deck with a propane grill, picnic table and chairs, and in warm weather, a fabulous sleeping porch with two couches/twin beds. Our guests love to sleep out here and watch the fireflies!
Our five acres are surrounded on two sides by the Burnt-Rossman State Forest Preserve, which includes almost 200 miles of snowmobile/horseback/hiking trails. Please note this is a remote location. The closest supermarket is a Price Chopper 15 miles away in the village of Cobleskill (We suggest that you stock up on groceries at the Price Chopper in Cobleskill!). Guests have full access to all areas of the house. We do have a brand new washer/dryer in the basement.
Interaction with Guests
Prior to check-in we will give you a code to open the keyless locks on our doors. We will not be at the property during your stay but you can reach us at any hour by text, email or cell and we do have a wonderful handyman in case of an emergency.
You'll love the quiet!
We love to hike past the miles of old stone walls that mark the many apple orchards that flourished here over the past 200 years.
We do have neighbors with horses and we love the occasional whinny, or the sight of riders outnumbering cars on the road in front of the house.
There are several lakes in the area that are perfect for kayaking.
You must have a car to reach our home.
Other Things to Note
This is a house for nature lovers, family or friend get-togethers, and people who want to escape the noise of the city! Keep in mind we picked this location for the solitude and distance from civilization!
We do have a coffee maker and grinder and we'll leave you a nice bag of fresh roasted Columbian beans from Fairway. The kitchen is stocked with basics -- salt & pepper, spices, condiments, flour & sugar and honey. Lots of fresh honey from our own hives! We like to cook, so there are plenty of pots and pans, a Cuisinart, a big mixer and an ice cream maker.
We recently renovated the kitchen, which has a dishwasher, gas oven and stove, and large fridge. (It also has a really nice window seat that overlooks a beautiful old apple tree.)
We are willing to negotiate a lower rate for a lease of longer than one month.
This isn't just a rental property, it's our home, so we do expect you to treat it gently. Please, absolutely no smoking on our property. And while we're dog lovers, we must kindly ask that you leave your pets at your home. And absolutely NO cats. One of us is very allergic!
We do ask our guests to leave unmade any beds that are slept in, leave used towels in the provided laundry basket, and - very important --- take the trash to the curb and leave the kitchen in the condition in which you found it. We keep a very clean house, but we are in the country, and any food that's left out can attract mice.
A group of friends and I stayed at Marty's house for New Years. We found it even more lovely in person! She was sweet enough to leave us some NYE treats and breakfast staples.
Highlights were the massive kitchen, wood burning stove, bee keeping books/VHS tape and claw foot tub.
The property is in a state park which is great for hikes, which I would recommend coming back during the warmer months. This is definitely a good place for "unplugging."
Spending Christmas at Marty's home has been a joyful and calming experience. Her secluded and very charming cottage is engulfed by a huge fairytale forest, turning every window in the house into an intimate Impressionist painting. Lovely home, beautiful surrounding nature (even in the dead of winter), and a superb host--there was nothing more to ask for... Good times!
If you're looking for a rustic, charming country getaway, this is your spot. Don't expect strong cell service, and there's no wifi. This can definitely be a plus, but know it before getting here.