About this listing
Walk to town - organic farm stand on road - feed chicks. Groups & multi-gen families love: multi-cook kitchen, quiet, space, peaceful, happy, fun. History, natural beauty & culture. Bus and 87 five mins. Read our reviews & Instagram #thornwood1740.
This 250+ year-old gem has been thirteen years in the remaking. We saved every detail we could while still making it a comfortable, beautiful retreat with all the modern conveniences. It sits on 5.5 acres of woods, lawns, pond, and gardens.
Dining and Cooking:
Cook together in the large well-stocked kitchen. Everyone loves our eat-in kitchen with wood-burning stove, two dishwashers, three sinks, expansive soapstone counter tops, large six-burner stove, and a sofa for relaxing. Charcoal and gas grills just outside the kitchen door.
Eat together by candlelight at the large table in the mural-painted dining room (seats a cozy 16) -- or al fresco on the patio overlooking the pond.
Produce (in season):
Free-range in the vegetable/herb garden three steps from the kitchen door. Or walk down the street to the organic farm for produce and some groceries (Thurs-Sat. in season).
Five and a half acres, including large lawns (front and back), tether ball, baseball diamond (of sorts), woods, pond, firepit and a collection of outdoor games.
Walk, run, bike, or cross-county ski on the twenty-four mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail just a short walk through our woods.
A comfortably furnished screened in porch is perfect for warm evenings. In the winter it houses fuel for the wood stove. The large, patio with gas grill, fire pit, large table (seats eight), and lounge furniture overlook the pond for meals or relaxing. On a clear night we love taking a blanket out to the lounge chairs and watching the stars.
I have listed this as six, but technically it is five bedrooms with a very comfortable queen Murphy bed in the Library.
Bedrooms Downstairs 1-2*:
-QUEEN in DOWNSTAIRS MASTER: wide floorboards, exposed beams, en suite bath, candlelit two-person, Jacuzzi-style tub, it is also a bubble factory for kids.
-QUEEN: the second downstairs bedroom* is a comfortable Murphy bed in the Library (shares bathroom)
Bedrooms Upstairs (4)
-DOUBLE bed (shares bathroom)
-TWO SINGLE beds (shares bathroom)
-QUEEN bed (shares bathroom)
-QUEEN in UPSTAIRS MASTER: a beautiful view of the pond, private sitting room, and en suite bath
One full bath and one half bath downstairs. Two full baths upstairs (showers only).
The house comfortably sleeps 12.
We do small events. Maximum number of guests for any event: 30. No DJ or band. Amplified music must be at a reasonable level. Music and loud voices must end at 10:30. Limited parking. We love and respect our neighbors; we hope you will too.
The rope swing, tetherball, basketball rim, paddleboat, and canoe are fun for young and old alike. Kids (and adults) love building forts in the woods or playing baseball or tag in the front yard. Massive snow structures and creations can be built under the right conditions.
Abundant wildlife passes through the yard (chickens too when it is not too cold.)
Check-in and Check-out:
We want your stay to be perfect -- that includes arrival and departure times that best meet your needs. Our standard times are: 5 PM check-in and 11 AM check-out. If we don't have other guests scheduled the same day we will do our best to accommodate your wishes. Please let us know your preferred schedule in advance. We will greet our guests on arrival and show them around the house. It is old -- it can be quirky.
One-and-a-half hours north from NYC, New Paltz is a progressive and inclusive village surrounded by great natural beauty, culture, and history.
Here At Thornwood:
- Games, puzzles, “touch-me” shelf” for kids, and sports equipment available
- Pond: please watch young children -- swim at your own risk. Parents of small children should also be aware of the small fish-pond by the barn.
- Star constellations on the ceilings of two of the rooms -- invisible during the day, subtle at night. Ask for black light to intensify.
- The edge of our property is a well-used animal trail. We see deer, wild turkeys, foxes, groundhogs, opossums, and muskrats.
- Birders will enjoy the following: rose-breasted grosbeaks, pileated woodpeckers, yellow-shafted flickers, baltimore orioles, goldfinches, purple finches, blue birds, cardinals, house finches, house wrens, chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers, downy and hairy woodpeckers, kingfishers, mallard ducks, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, red-winged blackbirds and more.
For the most part, if it is here you are welcome to use it.
- Bed and Bath Linens Provided
- Washer and Dryer
- Kitchen Food Basics: condiments, spices, salt, oil, flour, sugar. etc.
- Kitchen Garden and Herbs
- Four Adult Bikes (One of our favorite Sunday morning adventures is riding to Rosendale for breakfast at the Alternative Baker.) Additional bikes for rent or loan are available in town.
- Dress-Up Box (more adults than kids use this)
- Paddle Boat, Canoe, and Life-Jackets (small pond)
- Craft Cabinet
- Booster chair
- Pack and Play
- Whiffle ball, Kickball, Softball Diamond in front yard (casual)
- Central A/C and Heat
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Dish and Hand Soap
- Wireless Internet
- Irons and Ironing Boards
- Basketball Rim
- Area Hiking Maps
- Convection/Toaster Oven (no microwave)
- Outdoor Sports equipment and games
- Cooking Utensils, Mixing Bowls, Pots & Pans
- Flatware & Dishes
- Coffee Grinder, Mixer, Blender, Baking Tins, Food Processor, etc
- Coffee & Tea
- Coffee Maker (Drip)
- Piano (moderately in tune)
- Flatscreen TV
- DVD Collection
- Netflix and HBO
- Computer and Wireless Printer
- Insect Repellent
- Rope Swing
- Wood for Fire Pit
- Guest Slippers
Interaction with Guests
We stay on the property in the barn. We work hard to find the perfect balance of being available for questions or needs, but at the same time, scarce.
Within walking distance of town, yet it still feels rural with chickens in the yard.
One hour north to skiing at several Catskill Ski Resorts. Ten minutes to great hiking and rock climbing.
The New Paltz area abounds with great shopping, restaurants, festivals, culture, and history. It is also loved for it's varied outdoor activities with everything from sky diving to world-class rock and ice climbing.
Please see our AirBnB Guide Book, we have tried to compile a good list. At the house, you will find an extensive collection of local brochures, maps, and information.
A few of our favorites:
-Historic Huguenot Street
-SUNY New Paltz
-Village of New Paltz
-The Dorsky Museum
-Walk to town for dinner.
-Within a 10-minute drive you can hike, bike, swim, climb, or cross-country ski in the Shawangunk Mountains
-Mohonk Preserve offers day passes.
-Visit the Mohonk Mountain House for lunch or a spa treatment and have access to the Mountain House for the day.
-Minnewaska State Park entrance is by the carload. Often free when not peak season.
-Local shopping and antiquing.
-Hour drive to downhill skiing.
-Paddle the Walkill River -- input a quarter mile down the street. Kayaks often for rent.
-Take a day trip to Bethel Woods, site of the original Woodstock Concert and currently the site of a great museum and many great concerts.
-Many days worth of cultural and historic sites nearby - FDRs home and museum, Vanderbilt mansion, revolutionary war sites, Eleanor Roosevelt's home, many more.
-Paint balling one town south.
-Skydiving at The Ranch in Gardiner, NY. Beginners welcome to try a tandem jump.
-Many more great little towns in the area to visit.
-Visit local farms and farmers markets.
- Massage Therapist’s Studio next door featuring the new “Corestones” technique.
- Yoga, acupuncture, Pilates, and spas available in town.
-Guides for hiking, biking, wild edible walks, and rock and ice climbing available in town.
- Apple picking within walking distance (in season)
- Two community pools. Various local swimming holes depending on season.
- Bikes, kayaks, cross-country skis, and snow shoe rentals available in town.
Bus - Adirondack Trailways has service from NY Port Authority to New Paltz. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours. We are five minutes from the bus station.
Exit 18 on the New York Thruway (87) - We are five minutes from Exit 18.
Metro North - runs to Poughkeepsie. There is a shuttle bus called the Ulster Link from the train station to New Paltz.
Taxis - There are several taxi services offering $5 or $6 taxi rides in and around New Paltz.
Local Buses - There is some limited local bus service around town and between area towns.
Other Things to Note
We have check-in and check-out times listed; however, if there is no one else booked at the beginning or end of your stay, our arrival and departure times are flexible.
Please err on the side of calling or texting with questions or concerns either before or during your stay. Do not hesitate, no question is too big or too small -- day or night. We want your stay to be perfect.
1. Please respect our home and our neighbors.
2. No pets. Sorry, we love them too.
3. Please place nothing other than toilet paper into the toilets (even if the box says you can). Septic systems, unlike municipal sewer systems, cannot handle even slow-to-biodegrade waste.
4. Please listen for and attend to toilets and other water that continues running. If you hear the well pump coming on repeatedly and no one is using water, please check toilets etc. Continued running of a toilet or other water source will fill up the septic system until it no longer works and drain the cistern.
5. Use what you need with common sense and courtesy. Feel free to use spices, condiments, etc. -- anything that you find in the kitchen.
6. Please do not put wood boards or bowls in the dishwasher. Iron skillets (the heavy ones) lose their seasoning if washed in the dishwasher or with soap.
7. PLEASE use coasters on wood tables.
8. Food in kitchen and dining room only please. Please no drinks for children outside the kitchen and dining room.
9. There are three receptacles, located in the kitchen's center island. The bin in the front is for non-recyclable trash. Recycling (glass, metal, plastic) should be placed in the bin behind the trash. Paper recycling is stored in the paper-recycling drawer left of center.
10. Napkins and extra silverware are in baskets in the little cabinet by the chalk board in the kitchen. You will also find a box of rags for clean up and other misc. kitchen items.
11. Dirty linens may be placed in the laundry room. Feel free to use the washer and dryer.
12. Except to find bikes, or put trash and recycling in the bins, please do not enter the barn or walk around the area in the rear of the barn.
13. If you have trouble with heating or cooling or any other mechanical issue, please call us for guidance. We want your stay to be comfortable and our mechanicals to remain operational.
14. Use care when opening and closing old windows. Most windows have screens that hold them open, or if a stick is necessary to support it, it will be found near the window. Our old windows can be sticky and contain very fragile old glass. A gentle taping of the frame and gently working both sides most often will unstick windows. May of our windows will slam down like guillotines. Please use extra caution when opening and closing, and inserting or removing sticks and screens. Sometimes two people work better than one.
15. If you are going to use the bikes, boats or other equipment you will do so at your own risk and you are required to complete a release from liability. Details at check-in. Please use locks on bikes when out of the yard. Life jackets can be found in a large red bag in the outhouse in the back (garden shed).
16. Candle burning in tub area and dining room chandelier only. Please do not leave the room with candles burning.
17. Do not put non-burnable items in the fire pit -- glass, bottle caps, my rake, etc.
18. Please do not throw cigarette butts in the yard; you may use the ash tray on the front porch.
19. Please leave rocking chairs on the porch. They break when used on uneven surfaces.
20. For a fire in the fire pit, the most seasoned wood is the pile under a brown tarp by the kitchen garden. Please make sure the tarp in securely in place after use. Marshmallow forks and a pie cooker can be found in a galvanized bin in the screened in porch. Turn off the kitchen lights for the best star viewing.
21. Please use a lighter for the grill.
22. When it gets cold, all four doors on the front of the house should be kept closed at all times. None of them do a good job keeping out the cold so both doors are needed. If it is windy it is helpful to lock the back kitchen door as it has blown open in the past if not closed tightly.
23. Please keep the back-porch screen door, the outhouse door, and the garden gate closed. Birds, skunks, chickens, groundhogs, and squirrels have all been caught inside in the past. They make a mess, they eat the produce.
24. Feel free to use all games, dress-up, sporting equipment, craft cabinet supplies, etc. Please return to where they were found.
25. There is seed for the chickens in a silver can by the kitchen door. Feel free to feed them and visit them in their pen. We lost six. There are foxes in the neighborhood -- we can no longer let them free-range.
26. Please do not use washcloths for makeup removal. Please find the provided makeup-removal pads. Please use white bath linens for bathing only. There are beach towels in the over-mantle in the downstairs master.
27. Please do not disconnect the kitchen smoke detector. If something burned in the kitchen please open the doors and wave a towel in front of it until it stops.
28. Extra wine and drinking glasses are the in closet in the dining room. In the event of a red-wine spill, please use the wine-stain remover found under the double sinks in the kitchen, immediately.
29. Please drive slowly on our road.
About the Host, Kim
We have been working on Thornwood, for the last twelve years -- it's a hobby as well as our home. We worked hard to keep everything original while making it comfortable and complete with modern comforts.
Our advise to guests is: Err on the side of asking. We want every guest's stay to be perfect.
Thornwood is close to many cultural, historic, and outdoor points of interest.
After more than 20 years we still find new and interesting things to do in the area. We are a hour and a half from NYC and enjoy going down on the bus or train to catch a show or visit a museum.
My next "must go to" place is DIA in Beacon. Trying rock climbing on the area's cliffs is next on my bucket list. Every Mother's Day when I get to pick our activity I request a family hike up the rock scramble to Bonticou Crag or a bike ride on the rail trail for breakfast in Rosendale. I love to garden and enjoy sharing the bounty of our kitchen garden with our guests and filling the house with flowers from the yard.
Tom is a pilot, a retired Air Guard Colonel, and the provider of the "superior technical competence" always in demand around this house. He insists on ironing pillow cases when he is called on to help prepare for guests. I would like to, but just can't go there. (I wonder if he will ever read this?)