1740 Stone House W/ Modern Comforts

House - Entire home/apt · Plains Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561, United States
Tom And Kim

Close enough to walk to town, but chickens roam the yard. Surrounded by history, natural beauty, & culture. Cook together in the large kitchen; use the 28 miles of rail trail out the back door, or just relax. A happy place. Read our reviews.

Your host, Tom And Kim
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Close enough to walk to town, but chickens roam the yard. Surrounded by history, natural beauty, & culture. Cook together in the large kitchen; use the 28 miles of rail trail out the back door, or just relax. A happy place. Read our reviews.

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Close enough to walk to town, but chickens roam the yard. Surrounded by history, natural beauty, & culture. Cook together in the large kitchen; use the 28 miles of rail trail out the back door, or just relax. A happy place. Read our reviews.

There may be some construction work done on the barn on weekdays, but it in no way effects the house. The barn is under renovation so there are a few construction materials behind the barn. We hope this project will be behind us by early summer.

One hour north to skiing at several Catskill Ski Resorts. Ten minutes to great hiking and rock climbing. See guide for links.

One and a half hours north from NYC, New Paltz is a progressive and inclusive village surrounded by great natural beauty, culture, and history. This 250+ year old gem has been ten 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:
Everyone loves our large, gourmet-style, eat-in kitchen with a wood-burning stove, two dishwashers, three sinks, expansive soapstone counter tops, a large six-burner stove and a sofa for relaxing. Local, organic food is just out the backdoor in our kitchen garden or a short walk down the street. The formal dining room (seats 16) with hand-painted mural.

Downstairs are two bedrooms:
-The downstairs master bedroom has a queen-size bed, wide floorboards, exposed beams an en suite, candlelit two-person, Jacuzzi-style tub.
-The second downstairs "bedroom" is a comfortable Murphy bed in the library.

Upstairs are four bedroom - three that share a bathroom and the fourth with an en suite bathroom:
-One double bed
-One with two single beds
-One with a queen size bed
-One queen, a beautiful view of the pond, private sitting room and en suite bathroom.

A comfortably furnished screened in porch is perfect for warm evenings. In the winter it stores our wood pile for the wood burning stove in the kitchen. The large, patio with gas grill, fire pit, large table, 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.

The rope swing, tetherball, children's zip-line, paddleboat, and canoe are fun for young and old alike. Kids love building forts in the woods or playing baseball or tag in the front yard. Massive snow structure or creations can be built under the right conditions.

Sometimes conditions are good for skating. We have four boxes of skates and a light for night skating. Always check with us first and then check the ice yourself before going onto the frozen pond. A drill is available for checking ice thickness. Skating is at your own risk. Please educate yourself on pond-ice safety.

Check-in and Check-out:
We want your stay to be perfect, that includes arrival and departure times which best meet your needs. Please let us know your estimated schedule in advance. We will greet our guests on arrival and show them around the house. It is old -- it can be quirky.

Railtrail abuts property. It runs 7 miles south to Gardiner and 11.5 miles north to Kingston. See my guide book.

Walk to town for dinner.

Hike, bike, climb or cc-ski the Shawangunk Mountains.

Shop in town.

Paddle the Wallkill River.

Walk over the Hudson.

Visit local cultural and historic sites.

Relax, cook, swing on the rope swing. And watch the wildlife pass through the yard (chickens too when it is not too cold.)

Guest Access

For the most part, if it is here you are welcome to use it. Please return items in the same general condition, to the same location they were found:

- Central A/C and Heat
- Kitchen Food Basics: condiments, spices, salt, oil, flour, sugar. etc.
- Garden Produce In Season (kitchen garden)
- Fresh Herbs and Red Raspberries In Season
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Dish and Hand Soap
- Bedding and Bath Linens
- Wireless Internet
- Hairdryer
- Irons and Ironing Boards
- Outdoor Dining Table
- Tether Ball, Sports Equipment
- Area Hiking Maps
- Fire Pit and Wood
- Washer, Dryer
- Dishwashers (2)
- Convection/Toaster Oven
- Gas Stove & Oven
- Refrigerator & Freezer
- Cooking Utensils, Mixing Bowls, Pots & Pans
- Flatware & Dishes
- Coffee Grinder, Mixer, Blender, Baking Tins, Food Processor, etc
- Outdoor Gas Grill and Tools
- Coffee & Tea
- Coffee Maker (Drip)
- Games and Craft Supplies
- Piano (moderately in tune)
- Paddleboat and Canoe, (small pond)
- Rope Swing
- Flatscreen TV
- DVD collection
- Netflix and HBO
- Jam Box with Blue Tooth
- Dress Up Box (more adults than kids us this)
- Computer and Wireless Printer
- Four Crates of Ice Skates (if the pond freezes solid)
- Insect Repellent

Interaction with Guests

We sometimes stay in a separate building onsite keeping a low profile during guests visits.

Please error 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.

The Neighborhood

Local Activities:
New Paltz is well known for outdoor activities with everything from sky diving to world-class rock and ice climbing. Historic Huguenot Street, SUNY New Paltz, the Village of New Paltz, The Dorsky Museum, and the Adirondack Trailways bus station are within walking distance. Launch access to the Wallkill River is just down the street. Ten minutes by car to Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park. The New Paltz area abounds with great shopping, restaurants, culture, and history.

We are within walking distance of town, yet it still feels rural with chickens walking through the yard. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is right through our woods and provides easy access to hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing, or biking. The rail trail runs 11.5 miles north and seven miles south. One of our favorite Sunday morning adventures is to take a bike ride to Rosendale for breakfast at the Alternative Baker. A few bikes are available for use upon request. Additional bikes for rent or loan can be found in town.

- Access to Rail Trail through our woods.

- Massage Therapist’s Studio next door featuring the new “Corestones” technique.

- Guided hiking and biking tours available upon request for an extra charge. Please request in advance.

- Yoga, acupuncture, Pilates, and spas available in town.

- Apple picking within walking distance (in season)

- Two community pools

- Games, puzzles, “touch-me” shelf” for kids, and sports equipment available

- Basketball hoop, baseball, tether ball, large playable yard

- Bikes, kayaks, cross-country skis, and snow shoe rentals available in town.

- Pond -- please watch young children, swim or skate 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 bedrooms -- invisible during the day, subtle at night.

- 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.

Getting around

Bus: Adirondack Trailways has service from Port Authority to New Paltz. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours on the bus. We are five minutes from the bus station.

Exit 18 on the New York Thruway (87). We are ten minutes from Exit 18.

Metro North runs to Poughkeepsie. There is a shuttle "link" bus from the train station to New Paltz.

There are several taxi services offering $5 or $6 taxi rides in and around New Paltz.

We are 10 minutes from Exit 18 on the New York State Thruway.

There is some limited local bus service around town and between area towns.

Other Things to Note

We want your stay to be perfect. Please error on the side of asking questions before and during your stay.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 3.5
Beds: 7
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $5000 /week
Security Deposit: $1000
Cleaning Fee: $150
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The house was absolutely gorgeous as was the setting; the home is complete with all amenities and includes wonderful perks. I was surprised to learn that the owners were staying at a separate house on the grounds, but now realize that information was disclosed in the profile of the house. If you want full privacy, it might make sense to ask about that beforehand, but it is definitely worth it - it was an amazing experience. And Kim was very helpful.

    July 2014
  • We couldn't have imagined a more idyllic setting for our small wedding. The house was unique and gorgeous; a wonderful combination of historic charm with modern amenities. The trees are magical and the chickens are a delight. The kids loved running around outside in the soft grass, swinging on the rope swing, experimenting with the mini zip line, and exploring the extensive toy collection inside. All of us enjoyed the lovely herb and vegetable garden; the fresh snap peas were a delicious snack. The back patio and the fire pit were a great place for the adults to unwind with s'mores and wine in the evening. The kitchen is a dream; the chefs in our family loved the open layout!

    The house is in a very quiet area and feels very private, but it is also only a few minutes drive from the heart of historic New Paltz; and that was a lovely town to explore. We saw very little of the neighbors (property is spread out), but on the occasion we did, found them to be very welcoming and generous. Our guests were also very impressed with their rooms and the beautiful grounds. Everyone reported a most enjoyable and peaceful weekend. Our sister-in-law said it was the most relaxing and happy event she's experienced in the past 10 years of our family gatherings. Several times we were asked how we found such a place... thank you airbnb!

    Kim is a gem. She went above and beyond in large and small ways to make our experience at her home truly unforgettable. We were deeply touched by her kind-hearted words and gestures. We really enjoyed her positive presence and felt like we had a friend watching out for us whenever we wanted her advice or had questions about the house/grounds.

    We were simply delighted all the way around with our accommodations and our hosts. Thank you, Kim and Tom!

    July 2014

    June 2014
  • Kim was the best host!! She is so warm and friendly and extremely responsive. The house and grounds are gorgeous and very comfortably hosted my big family spanning 3 generations during our wedding weekend. Everyone loved the house - including our photographer who commented that it was absolutely perfect for the "bride getting ready" pictures. We hope to come back soon!

    June 2014
  • Kim is amazing!! She was so welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed. She's fun, easy to get along with, fast to reply to inquiries and just so damn sweet and accommodating!! We loved her and we owe her for making our wedding weekend so stress-free and memorable! Thank you Kim!! Love Erika and (website hidden) the house is beyond gorgeous and New Paltz is idyllic :)
    Don't hesitate to book and stay at Kim's house. If you have any questions, email Kim for our contact info, we'd be happy to offer any addition info.

    May 2014
  • Kim and Tom are amazing and the worst part about the weekend was that we had to leave!! The house is amazing and so welcoming and comfortable. Our hosts were lovely and there for anything we needed. Everything was absolutely and completely perfect and I can't wait to come back ASAP. Thank you thank you thank you!!

    April 2014
  • Great house, amazing hosts providing a ton of information about the area and things to do. Would highly recommend this house to my friends.

    March 2014
  • I rented Tom and Kim's home for two nights to celebrate my boyfriend's 30th birthday with a small dinner party/sleepover with 8 of our friends. The home was beautiful and Kim was such a lovely hostess, leaving out linens and towels for all of our guests.

    The kitchen and dining rooms are a dream for anyone hosting a large dinner party- plenty of space in both. We were there during March so while the pond was still frozen we did have decent weather and were able to spend some time outside on the lounge chairs.The jambox in the kitchen was key and for a group of adults, we had a surprising amount of fun with all of the toys and dress up trunk in the game room. So many great photos as a result of that!

    All in all I'm glad we ended up picking this home for our weekend birthday getaway, couldn't have had a better time!

    March 2014
  • This is the second time my large group has stayed here.

    Kim is so enjoyable to spend time with we were sorry to see her go after our orientation. Communication is always clear and friendly, with instructions written down in a binder so we know just how to do everything (right down to a terrific cup of coffee).

    The house and property are lovely, combining old-world 17th century craftsmanship with very thoughtfully integrated modern conveniences, like great hot water pressure, comfortable heating, a huge gourmet kitchen and a new modern master bath that would be at home in any architectural magazine.

    We know honest ratings help others make good choices about what places are and aren't worthwhile. Our five star rating for Tom and Kim is completely honest and well-deserved.

    February 2014
  • It's impossible to list all the amazing qualities of this enchanting home. You can't find a better place for a winter escape from the city. Staying at Tom and Kim's stone house in the winter is like stepping into a Christmas card or a countryside snow globe scene. We ice skated for hours on the very private and picturesque pond. We cooked elaborate meals in the expansive, stunning kitchen. We built warm little fires on the patio and fed the neighbors' chickens and paraded around the house in a slew of costumes from the dress-up trunk until we couldn't breathe from laughing so hard. I woke up in a light-filled room on the second floor that felt ripped from my favorite home-decor Pinterest board. We walked along the train trail behind the house and played percussions instruments and browsed coffee table books and smiled and smiled. Tom and Kim are excellent hosts, communicating thoughtfully up until our stay and throughout the weekend. We felt very safe and prepared to visit. The house truly is a gem! It's the reason Air BNB exists. We surely do hope to return soon.

    January 2014
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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: Error 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?)
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