CASA DE GIBBY, a unique lakeside retreat mixing nature with civilization Hudson Valley style.
We have 2 bedrooms upstairs that sleeps 6-Master bedroom has a King bed and 2nd bdrm has a Queen with 2 twins. The third Bdrm upstairs is open to parties of 7 or more. Basement has one twin bed, one full sized futon and a long couch. Basement has second full bath, rec room, mini fridge. Pool/Ping Pong table, Foosball and Darts.The basement is unfinished, meaning painted cinder block walls, painted concrete floor--I.e. not the Hilton down there. In the summer it is very cool, it has electric heat and a gas fireplace for the winter.
**Basement is included in all stays for no additional fee.**
Pets are considered with additional pet fee of $100, see list of breeds not allowed.
Two kayaks provided with rental.
Approximately 10 minutes from thruway exit 18, New Paltz, Rosendale and the Hudson River marinas at Kingston's waterfront... this is where your vacation starts. Located on Sturgeon Pool we have specifically designed the backyard to provide you access to the lake in a way not even the locals can experience in such an intimate and diverse manner. With four different landscaped tiers rising from the dock on the lake, to the stainless steel BBQ on the deck, and the screened in porch... you might not even care what the house or the region has to offer you. Here you will make truly one of a kind memories as you enjoy participating in and becoming part of what the Hudson Valley has to offer, without even leaving the property.
BOATING, CAMPING, BBQ: From the dock you can set off in the kayaks that come with the house to go fishing for perch and big mouth bass, or just stay on shore with the cooler, sunning and entertaining on the deck and patio. For the young at heart or nature starved, camp out next to a huge fire pit and have a bonfire at night followed by a sunday morning camp fire brunch. Up by the house you can BBQ from the deck with a table for 8, as you look out on the lake, or catch up with friends from the comfort of couches on the screened in porch.
EAT, ENTERTAIN: As much as we LOVE the back yard, we have spent just as much time renovating the interior to keep up with what the lake has to offer. We redesigned the kitchen so it is easy to cook a great meal and share the time entertaining friends and family. We added a wine bar serving the living room with it's own fridge, and a Love seat nook under a vaulted ceiling and skylight with a special view of the water. This way you, your family and friends are always close and sharing your time together in comfort and style.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: If you do feel the need to leave the property there is a ton of stuff to do and our location puts you central, yet remote, to all of it. We have lived here 20 years, 90 minutes from NYC and there is still a lot to share and discover and this is the best spot to set up your base of operations!!
BASEMENT REC ROOM, is a world away from the kitchen, it's like an additional apartment for the kids with Smart TV entertainment, mini fridge, sink, full bathroom. This room is unfinished, the pictures show the concrete walls and floor. Gaming table, older foosball table, an old Pool/Ping Pong table and a Dartboard area. It's great for additional guests or just a fun place for the kids to hang out so parents can have a little break. Washer/Dryer is included for one week stays or more. Tends to be cool in the summer and like a basement, not like a Hilton hotel. If you expect adults to stay down there, please make them aware of these "rustic" accomodations.
15 MIN DRIVE: The 'GUNKS' of New Paltz are internationally recognized for the rock climbing as well as 'the Mountain House' and the trail network from the 1800's that connects it all up on the hill. Down in town is the countries oldest main street from 1600's the 'Hugenot', a park where Sojourner Truth spent her afternoons and over 40 miles of rail trail network for cycling and hiking right down the middle of it all. The trail and canal system from back in the day is everywhere and the state is constantly renovating and reclaiming it. This network now includes the worlds longest pedestrian walkway (Walkway over the Hudson) repurposing one of the countries first steel bridges ever built.
Literally up the road is Kingston's water front the Rondout with fine dining, pubs, boutique shopping, and marinas where you can dock your boat to go out on the Hudson while you fish for striped bass on their annual fall migration from the sea up the Hudson.
Tour the valley's back roads discovering winerys, apple farms, culture, art, and spiritual learning centers like a Buddhist monestary outside of Woodstock to the Omega institute, a self sustaining building, yoga and spiritual workshop center. We are also spoiled with world class dining all over simply because the Culinary Institute of America is just across the river, so even our 'BAR' food can be a special meal, and the fine dining establishments... forget about it!
Essentially we are at the foot hills to the Catskills, we are where NYC civilized and art has been escaping for decades to mash up with country rural, to make the Hudson Valley a vibrant, cultured, yet down to earth lifestyle you can experience.
30 MIN DRIVE: Venture into the mountains for more Art & Music, the legendary Woodstock. Levon Helms, Bob Dylan and The Band called this home and now the Bearsville Theater, UPAC and Bethel woods continue the musical heritage with small venue bragging rites hosting 'local talent' to large outdoor music events.
Skiing in the winter, to fly fishing and mountain biking the trails of summer, the Catskills are an underdeveloped gem of the east coast. I am very fond of our mountain biking single track that is a roller coaster of roots, rocks and vistas. There are no major up hills with out a down hill reward just around the corner. And you can road cycle out of the driveway and be on a winding back country road leading all the way to Hudson River within 200 yards of the mailbox. Remember I mentioned the 'WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON'? Well, there is an elevator that connects the Walkway bridge to the Poughkeepsie train station, last stop on the Hudson Line out of Grand Central. YES, THATS RIGHT, YOU COULD LITERALLY BIKE BACK COUNTRY ROADS AND RAIL TRAIL FROM HERE TO THE WALKWAY AND CATCH A TRAIN INTO NYC GRAND CENTRAL WITH YOUR BIKE... or vise versa. First one to do that... I'll give you TWO NIGHTS FREE!!
TIME TO CHILLAX. When your finally done running around eating, entertaining, soaking up what Hudson Valley life is all about and your ready to drop, the bedrooms await. Now your personal comfort is our priority and each room has it's own heating and AC unit so you can make it just the way YOU want it. Wi-fi signals are strong and USB ports are bedside. An ethernet plug-in is at the work desk in the master bedroom, if you need drop your lap top and set up to take care of business during your stay. Bath towels are provided.
The 'King Room' features a beautiful year round view of the water with a king bed, antique desk, dresser and grandmother clock from the 1920's. Desk has an ethernet cable to connect to your laptop for secure internet connection. King bed has usb ports built in. Plenty of closet space and room for your luggage. Each bedroom has hooks to hang up wet towels or clothes and the house has trays for serving breakfast in bed!
The 'Queen Room' features a queen bed and a trundle bed with two twins. This room is the perfect size for a couple with kids or 4 grownups! It also features a desk for getting some work done, a dresser, a large closet with lots of hangers and cubbies for your clothes. Alarm clock has built in usb so you can easily charge your cell phone while you sleep. Lots of extra blankets in each room. A full compliment of towels is provided.
The living room features a fireplace with a super comfy couch that you won't want to get out of - in front of a wall-mounted flat screen. Plenty of channels from TWC plus we kept up with new tech and the TV has Chromecast so you can sync up to your mobile devices to browse online via the TV or watch your Netflix or YouTube account.
Our dining room table seats 6 people but there is easily room for 2 more.
The kitchen features all brand new appliances, including a 5 burner gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, and a large refrigerator. There are tons of glasses: wine, margarita, champagne, water glasses, rocks, mason jars, shot glasses and plastic for the kiddies.
Due to the importance of a good day starting right with a good cup of coffee, it has it's own station with a french press, bean grinder, a coffeemaker, and an electric water kettle.
There is a toaster, blender, turkey roasting pan plus a crockpot and electric griddle, waffle maker for those pancake breakfasts or second cooking surface. The kitchen has a huge picture window that looks out onto the water- so here at Casa de Gibby even washing dishes with the view makes it enjoyable! The window also opens onto the screened-in porch so you won't miss a thing. There is also a cafe style breakfast table for two or the 'kids table'.
We have a shed with 2 kayaks, paddles and life jackets available to cruise around on the calm waters. Super relaxing and kids love to do this. (Beach towels are not provided and renter assumes all liability for being in water).
Washer and dryer are available to week and month long renters.
Although smoking is not permitted inside the house, we have not forgotten your need. The front entrance has a small wooden deck as well as a small garden bench surrounded by straw berries. The Garden bench is under the house roof and is also a great spot to sit and watch the rain and stay dry.
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