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Quiet Renovated Barn


Property Details

Updated: Sep 15, 2016
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3

Renovated barn sits just over the state line from the Berkshires, nestled on ten acres of the rolling hills of glorious Columbia County. It overlooks 1000 acres of Audubon Sanctuary and a crystal clear babbling stream which runs about 8 months of the year. We are on a lovely road for walking with beautiful views of the Taconic Ridge. The cottage is perfect for a person or couple who needs a get-a-way with no distractions unless they want them. It's a multi-level open plan cottage with original 1904 beams. Downstairs is an entry room, bath, and a living room/dining area with a modern kitchen and wood-burning stove. Upstairs is a bedroom with a queen sized bed and a study/den that includes a 2' x 8' desk top/work surface and a daybed. The study area has a large window opening to the stream, a native meadow and woods. All systems are recently updated and the kitchen is fully equipped.

The barn also faces our flower and organic vegetable garden with an orchard beyond with apples, peaches, plums, pears and persimmons. Beyond the pine trees, set in the meadow, is a 16' by 36' pool surrounded by hydrangea and plantings.

Hillsdale bridges the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley. We are conveniently located one mile from the hamlet with its IGA, gift shops, diner, fine restaurant, amazing library and the beautiful 400 acre Roe Jan Park. We are four miles from Catamount skiing. The cottage is a short drive from three great small towns. Ten miles east you'll find the Berkshire town of Great Barrington with desirable shopping, dining and entertainment. Heading west, we are 15 miles from the dynamic town of Hudson with antiques, galleries, restaurants and Club Helsinki. Millerton is 17 miles south. The amount of first-rate activity in this rural setting is astounding. Not only are there extraordinary arts, dining and shopping but also the great outdoors - trails, fishing, biking, Bash Bish Falls, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and climbing. Cultural highlights include Jacob's Pillow, Tanglewood, Barrington Stage Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Co., Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and many museums. (Note: Sign on cottage is a family heirloom, not a commercial venture.)



Excellent Verizon and AT&T Cellular Reception

Woodstove and Firewood

Internet is WIFI only

Air conditioner and fans

Weber Gas Grill


More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

John is a retired corporate librarian now active locally at Roeliff Jansen Community Library. He and his wife, Claudia, raised two sons in New York City.

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Speaks: english, french, italian

12 Reviews

based on 12 traveler reviews


Great space, lovely pool, an oasis

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay very much, very well cared for and welcoming spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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silence is golden

  • 5 of 5

A quiet cottage in the woods tucked near a ravine and a wooded land preserve. The cottage is clean and roomy and has great views of the land. We saw hawks swoop down for a meal , deer chipmunks, assorted birds and other wild life. We took a cooling dip in the pool many times during our week stay.The area has many attractions and things to keep one busy. The host were informative and friendly. A perfect and lovely place to vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect country guest house!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful property and the hosts, John and Claudia, are gracious and welcoming. They have tremendous pride in ownership, bringing in a new rug for the guest house, that is already beautifully furnished. I brought my Bichon pup who had a terrific romp with Harry, the Tibetan terrier. The cottage exceeded expectations in terms of location and tranquility. The stream was running and the pool looks great. I didn't use it, as it was cold and rainy all week - but it is a tribute to the house design that the cottage was always bright, with views from all sides of woods or country living. Five stars. Absolutely. I hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The little barn was just as pictured and very comfortable and spacious for the two of us. Head room in the bedroom upstairs is tight--not a problem for us, but consider if you are very tall. The house was clean, the grounds were lovely, the hosts were kind and gracious, and the Hillsdale area was beautiful. We went to museums and restaurants, the farmer's market, the gorgeous local park and then came home to enjoy the quiet of the countryside. I hope we will have an opportunity to make a return trip. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

A quiet get-away

  • 5 of 5

The Cady barn was just perfect. A small, efficient space that always felt roomy and relaxed. I had friends visit overnight on a variety of occasions and there was enough room for all.

John Cady and his family were gracious landlords. The grounds of their home are beautiful and as guests on their property I so enjoyed their garden and pool and the whole setting.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Great barn stay!

  • 5 of 5

We were at the barn for the Memorial Day weekend for a beautiful stay in the country. The flowers and the grounds and the open kitchen/living room were gorgeous and so relaxing. John & Claudia were very accommodating VRBO hosts and provided us information about the area and any small amenities we needed. It was a quiet, lovely stay-- we would definitely return. Unfortunately the water level is down--so there was no babbling brook.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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From the Owner

We bought his property in 2005 for it's idyllic setting. The way the house sat on the site with the land rising in the back from floor level was particularly attractive. The house felt perfectly integrated with the land. There was a 100 foot long peony bed. (We fill the house and cottage with peonies beginning of June - What could be more luxurious?) The pool was there surrounded by trees and meadow but without the stone steps, the rail fence and hydrangeas. And the location between three great small towns was unbelievable. But both the house and barn were in bad shape. The simple 1910 house had been added on to four times by previous owners and the floor of the old small barn was caving in. There was an asphalt parking pad in the backyard. We totally rebuilt both structures, keeping the original foot prints but removing walls to make spaces more open plan in feel. The landscaping has also been completely redone, with added stone work, an enlarged vegetable garden, more trees in the orchard and about nine perennial beds.


Rental rates

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Off Season
Sep 12 2016 - Dec 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dining Area

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1


  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

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