2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
About Jim Smart
Hi, we are Jim and Cindie and we are both business owners and have lived in Minneapolis most of our 49 years of marriage. We are heavily involved in our community and belong to many non-profit boards of directors. Jim is an architectural designer and owns a business that designs retail stores and restaurants all over the world. Cindie owns a complex litigation support firm and she too is involved in work all over the world. These businesses have given us an opportunity to travel the world for both work and pleasure, and we love travel! Our one and only child, Casey is a very talented chef. She started her career in NYC but soon fell in love with our neck of the woods in the Catskills. She is currently a cook at two different restaurants, a diner and a fine dining establishment. Jim, who is a very good cook in his own right, likes to think that she acquired her skills from him, but the truth is he is learning lots more from her! She has recently pursued yet another path and has added goat farmer and cheese maker to her repertoire. Our Minneapolis home in the beautiful Kenwood neighborhood is very well situated for a great urban stay. We are close to our beloved biking and walking trails, (right out our back gate,) and our wonderful lakes! We're a nice 45 minute walk to downtown and about twenty minutes from the Uptown area with many restaurants and movie theaters as well as live theaters. Our home in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York is about as opposite as we could get! Nestled into the northern Catskills The Chalet is very secluded and surrounded by beautiful trees. There is also a wonderful rushing mountain stream that we call Casey Creek! The house is very unique in its design and construction and has many wonderful features such as a soaring vaulted ceiling of Douglas Fir logs and a great kitchen! While our home in Minneapolis has been featured in numerous design magazines, our home in the Catskills hasn't YET! (Stay tuned!)
Why Jim Smart chose Bloomville
Our Catskills Chalet is truly unique. It is a two story chalet style post and beam house built with a combination of conventional construction along with some of the most amazing logs you've ever seen! Some are 24" in diameter that soar into the vault of the room. On the first floor entering the house, there is a sitting room with a Franklin wood stove. Just off this room are the two bedrooms and the main bathroom which also features log walls (including right in the shower!) Both bedrooms also have log walls with beautiful wood plank ceilings and floors. Up the slate and cherry wood stairway you enter the living quarters of the house with a wonderful and very well equipped kitchen -- our daughter is a chef, so we have everything, including a Robot Coupe and a Sous Vide! The kitchen counter separates the breakfast table, which is actually a poker table that was once owned by Al Capone and came from one of his "hideouts" in Northern Wisconsin. The door to the outside covered porch separates the table area from the living room. The living room is very comfy with a corduroy sofa and a beautiful Stickley wood wing back upholstered chair and ottoman. Also a nice wooden rocker and a juror's chair. There is a flat screen TV and we have a wide selection of movie DVDs as well as an HTML cable to connect your computer for Netflix, etc... The adjoining library features many wonderful books, games, puzzles, movie DVDs, and loads of CDs from most genres. Around the bend from the library is the dining area where we have a table that will seat 8 to 10. Next to the dining area is what we call the study cove. It's just a nice corner of the house with some jurors' chairs, a secretary that stores our glassware, and a china cabinet. This is a fun cozy area because the chairs are in front of some stained glass windows. Next, on your way back to the kitchen is a half bath. Keep reading in Unique benefits section....
What makes this Chalet unique
You may have noticed that this route seems to be circular. It is! All of these rooms are open and wrapped around an open "atrium" in the center that houses the stairway and a view into the lower entry/sitting room. It is also something of an art gallery featuring a couple of beautiful paintings by Cornealious Zwaan, a Dutch/American painter from the turn of the 20th Century. As you look at the photos, you'll notice a funny looking structure in the back of our home. We call it the Hobbit Hut. It's actually an entry room into our basement. Look to the right of the Hut and you'll see some beautiful windows, so you can tell this isn't just a "normal" basement. The room with the windows actually features a very nice slate pool table which you are free to use. While the lower level is still a works in progress, it's really a beautifully finished area. There is a really wonderful bathroom with a walk in shower and very soon we will complete our "movie theater," or media room. Currently there is a Wii for your use. Interaction with Guests If the Chalet is for rent on VRBO, then we are probably at our permanent home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are always available by phone or email, and we do have representatives in the immediate area who are available to help with most any issues or questions that may arise.
Absolutely NO smoking!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Secluded, Rural, modern—perfect getaway
Stunningly set in a private space, no neighbors visible all weekend. Stream at base of property provided storm-fed serenade at night.
Games and DVDs for rainy days, perfect space for private time.
Kitchen is well appointed and grocery nearby. Ideal base for hiking and beginner kayaking for us,
Very quiet relaxing stay. Charming house. Everything is provided for bath and kitchen.
This place is true gem. First of all, the house was very clean and well stocked with anything that you would need. In addition, the owner is easily accessible to answer any questions. This place is one of the few that has an a/c (window unit) and this is important if you visit in the warmer months. This cabin has all the amenities of home. It is located on a farm and off the beaten path so your stay will be as private as you like.
Beyond the basic details you would expect for your stay, the decor, layout, and sheer size of the chalet makes the stay unique from other cabins. The chalet has three stories (or two and a basement. It is a beautiful site from the outside but once you come in, you will find yourself exploring all of the eclectic art and trinkets throughout the house.
We stayed for the Cooperstown baseball tournaments and that worked well but it is about 35 minutes away. We were actually disappointed that we didn't get to stay in the cabin and enjoy the chalet as much as we would have liked.
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. As you can probably tell from the atmosphere, we're really into cozy and into relaxing! We hope that you all can come back some time when the baseball pressure isn't on! Speaking of that, how did your son do in the tournaments?
Be well and thanks again!
Jim and Cindie Smart
This chalet is exactly as it looks in the pictures...wonderfully equipped kitchen. Learned what a sous vide is.
Thanks so much Cara!! So happy you and your parents had a nice cozy Thanksgiving!! Come back some time, sous vide will be there for you!! 😊�
Peaceful mountain retreat
We had the most amazing time at this beautiful mountain chalet! It is about a 4 hour drive from Brooklyn NY. My fiancé and I needed a break from city life and this was the perfect setting. Very quiet and peaceful area set among local farms, mountains and forests. Upon the owner's recommendation, we stoped at Adams Farms in Kingston to pack up groceries for 4 days and enjoyed the rest of the scenic route to the chalet. The house is decorated beautifully without feeling intimidating. Every piece of furniture and artwork has been selected thoughtfully and tastefully. The house is spacious yet cozy. Everything you need is there including a fantastic open kitchen to cook in. We look forward to visiting again and again and getting to know the area more. Highly recommend this property. The owners are fantastic. They respond to all of your questions and are very helpful!
Thank you so much Patricia! We are so happy that you enjoyed your get away at the Chalet!
Our daughter lived for years in Little Italy and our drive from there took about 3 hours, but I've been known to exceed the speed limit a little, I guess.....
We look forward to your next visit!
Jim and Cindie Smart
We are seniors that found each other and started a new life! What a perfect honeymoon cottage! You can see the owners love their home. Every detail is perfect! We highly recommend this wonderful hideaway!
CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!! We are so happy you chose our Chalet to celebrate! We send our very best wishes for many wonderful years together!