This school house looks like a normal cottage on the outside, but when you step inside you feel as though you have both stepped back in time and walked into a stylish Ralph Lauren catalogue. The owners kept the beautiful details of the past while updating the place to accommodate modern day living. There is a full working kitchen, great sized bathroom and 2 1/2 bedrooms with enough comfortable sleeping for 5. The master is very large and has nice afternoon and evening light.
The school house is 15 minutes max from anywhere you'd want to go: The state park for hiking, restaurants, and the Robiero family winery. A taxi also easily found the place to take us to dinner one night.
I loved that there was a bottle of wine waiting when we arrived and that we could explore the property and visit with the horses. The only thing was that I couldn't take a lesson because their horses were spending the winter in Florida, and we missed them coming back to the stables by a week!
This is great for a romantic getaway or for a smaller group. It was even wonderful to be there when the weather was chillier. Its super cozy and you can watch a movie and then fall asleep to the quietest night. You can hear the crickets. Magical!
Very cozy and quaint. Everything we needed for the weekend. Even a bottle of wine! There were even some toys for the kids to play with and kid friendly movies. They thought of everything.
This is a perfect location and house for a weekend away with plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors! For the sports enthusiasts, there is great road cycling (right out the door), nearby mountain biking for all levels of abilities (Lake Minnewaska, Mohonk, Lippman park), swimming (Lake Minnewaska or the Ulster County Pool), miles of trail running, rock climbing, and kayaking all < 15 minutes from the house. For those who prefer a more relaxing escape there is a great fire pit next to the house as well as a grill for relaxing evenings outdoors, the Ulster Country Fairgrounds and a local fruit market are both 5 minutes away, and you can stroll around New Paltz or cross the Hudson River by foot. We never did any horseback riding but love going to look at (and pet) the horses and donkeys. I know there are plenty of winter activities in this area as well. The house was extremely comfortable with plenty of space for 4 adults and had all amenities (and more) than we would need. Cell service is spotty in this area in general (mountains), however, the wifi in the house always gave us a strong signal.
We stayed at the Schoolhouse Cottage over a weekend while some of us were participating in the Rock The Ridge 50-Mile Endurance Challenge taking place in the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park. We could not have picked a better place to prepare for and recover from the race. The lovingly renovated cottage is perfectly situated, only a short car ride into New Paltz as well as to Mohonk and Minnewaska. The house offered everything we needed and is a cozy retreat we will be sure to visit again. Booking and communication with Tom, the owner, were a breeze and a true pleasure. While we could only have a brief look at the farm, horses, and donkeys this time around, we will make sure to get better acquainted next time around. Thank you, Tom and Julie, for making us feel so welcome.
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