We think our 2,300 sf solar-powered 1900 historic Schoolhouse is both unique and beautiful. Thoughtfully gut renovated, it’s 18 ft windows and 26 ft ceilings let in marvelous light. With a modern big kitchen, 4 bedrooms, patio, pergola, gazebo, playhouse, zip line, and huge backyard, your family or group will luxuriate in peace and tranquility.
The house is central to a number of destinations in Warwick NY, Vernon NJ, and Matamoras, PA. Skiing, hiking, orchards, and vineyards are all close by.
The space has been thoughtfully and personally decorated with unique pieces from our travels to India and Burma as well as with special schoolhouse pieces. It sort of resembles more a SOHO loft than a country home. What feels special to us is the quality of the light through the oversized schoolhouse windows: There’s just something about the light in the house that has always felt magical to us. We have invested a lot of love in our house and have renovated it thoroughly. The decor Includes three large blackboards and schoolhouse desks where our kids love to play "school." The large dining room table seats 12-15 people.
The 4 bedrooms are as follows (please take note to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding): one bedroom is downstairs with a queen bed (adjacent to a bathroom), three bedrooms are upstairs: one with a queen sized bed and attached bathroom, one with two standard twin beds in the kid room (one is a trundle underneath the bed--there's also a long cushioned window seat that is bigger than a bed in that room that could fit another person so three kids could MAYBE sleep in that room), and one with a standard twin bed in the smaller upstairs room (please note this is a very tiny room for one person and has no windows), and there are 3 couches and an air mattress in the two living rooms (that can comfortably sleep additional people) for larger families or groups. So the house comfortably sleeps 7 in beds (as long as there are two people in each of the queen beds, and one person in each of the 3 standard twin beds, 8 if you include the long window seat in kid’s room, more if you include couches etc.). There is also a fold up toddler bed and two pack n plays underneath the twin bed upstairs for any babies in your group.
Outside there is a large paved patio with an eight foot table (seats 10), outdoor chandelier, and four comfortable modern adirondack chairs. The attached pergola provides great shade. The pergola has Edison string lights attached that you can plug in (see photo). It is a lovely place to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, there is a ten foot covered gazebo for sunny days and enjoying sunsets. There is also a treehouse in the backyard as well as a large web swing, an 100 foot long zip line, a wooden standing swing for two, a hot tub that seats 4, a stone fire pit with seating, a gas grill, 2 large hammocks, a large geometric climbing dome, small sandbox, and a 90 foot “play shed” with a slide.
In addition, there is a 500 square foot basement rec/play room with a separate entrance (not included in square feet of house.) It is my kids’ favorite place to be! It’s a very kid-friendly, carpeted, renovated space that includes two fun, relaxing hammock chairs, toys galore, a natural wood bar area with stools for doing work, poufs for sitting, a couch area, soft reading nook, lots of kid books, dress-up clothing, a dollhouse, and a playhouse. There is also a tv there. The best part is: the kids very happily play and sometimes watch movies down there while we have adult conversation over leisurely dinners and wine upstairs.
We do expect respectful guests. This is a no shoes house and that must be adhered to. There is a TV in the basement but we mostly come here to experience the quiet and de plug (but there is good wifi). No parties or dogs are allowed. (At all.)
While we have had many groups of adults (friend reunions, musicians, family groups, work retreats, wine enthusiasts for the wine trail) we are also very kid friendly. Some resources we have for kids include (they are all pretty put away outside and inside so it's not cluttering the house if you don't have children): a 90 foot furnished “play shed” outside with insulation and a play loft inside that has a long slide attached outside, baby gates on stairs, baby and toddler beds, high chairs, baby toys, drawing materials, dolls, animals, toys, kid books for all ages, a "play school" with schoolhouse desks etc, two doll houses with furniture/people etc, toddler indoor riding toys, play kitchen with play pots etc, a rocking horse, a play kitchen, doll carriages, a baby/toddler outdoor swing, a fold up ball pit, an outdoor water table, climbing dome, sandbox, two art easels (for setting up outdoors), a large webbed riding outdoor swing that fits three, a treehouse, toddler outdoor slide, house, and table, a zip line, play structure, four scooters of all sizes, a wagon, balls of all sorts and sizes, badminton, many varieties of board games and puzzles, three kid-sized bicycles, a kid-sized sled, 2 strollers, helmets, outdoor riding toys, an electric car and, of course, the basement rec room.
If you search YouTube for "Hudson valley schoolhouse" or "Hudson valley Johnson schoolhouse" you will find videos of the house.
The whole house and grounds including an acre of outdoor space, outdoor patio and a treehouse.
Interaction with guests
I am responsive to any questions or concerns.
Other things to note
Summer/Fall Activities include:
Within half an hour’s drive are: The Delaware River, Wawayanda State Park (over 34,000 acres!) with sandy beachfront, large lake with boat and canoe rentals, and miles of hiking/mountain biking trails, Greenwood Lake (the largest lake in Orange County), Harriman State Park, D And H corridor trail, Canoeing on the Delaware, Fishing, The Appalachian Trail, High Point State Park, Sugarloaf Arts and Crafts Village, Warwick Drive-in, Storm king, golf courses, several noted spas including glenmere, Dia: Beacon, Fair Oaks Drive in, Sterling Forest (New York Renaissance Festival, Paint Ball facilities), Vernon, NJ, (Mountain Creek Water Park and Ski Mountain as well as Minerals Spa), Woodbury Commons Shopping Outlets in Harriman, NY, apple orchards galore (closest are soons orchards and slate hill orchards, both ten minutes away), many vineyards and much much more! We especially love living near so many special apple orchards, farms, distilleries, and craft breweries. We are happy to recommend all our favorites for unique and special nights out!:)
Winter Activities include:
Skiing/snowboarding/tubing/crosscountry skiing/snowshoeing/snowmobiling. There are 4 ski resorts within half an hour of the Schoolhouse (in the Warwick valley, Mt Peter and in Vernon, NJ), snowshoeing on the Appalachian Trail and Wawayanda State Park, ice skating, ice fishing, Minerals Spa, etc!
Day trips that are easy from our house are: mountain creek ski slopes, sugar loaf art and craft village, Mohonk mountain, bethel woods center for the arts, and Hyde park. Additional near charming towns to explore on day trips: Milford (pa), beacon, Phoenicia, Kingston, cold spring, Hudson, Warwick, rheinbeck, new paltz, Peekskill.
Other Year-Round Attractions nearby include:
These are just about an hour away:
1) Martin Van Buren's home in Kinderhook
2) Franklin D. Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park
3) John Jay in Katonah Homestead, Ambassador from the Continental Congress to France and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
4) Clermont Estate home to Robert R. Livingston Jr. one of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence
5) Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York
6) The Thomas Cole National Historic Sitein Cedar Grove
7) Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson
8) Tour Fort Montgomery
9) Cold Spring Harbor
Closer attractions: (within half hour)
10) Balloon Rides
11) Glider plane rides
12) World class cliff gliding and para gliding
13) Sugar Loaf Craft Village
14) The Castle Fun Center (Go Karts, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Roller Skating, Arcade, and more!)
15) Stony Point Battlefield & Lighthouse
16) Bear Mountain
17) West Point Military Academy
18) Green Ridge Golf Club (walking distance from schoolhouse
19) Upper Delaware National Scenic Byway
20) Storm King Art Center
21) Kitatinny Canoeing and Rafting
22) The New York Renaissance Faire
23) Brotherhood Winery (America’s oldest winery)
24) And many more historic houses, sites and museums.
Vineyards within 30 minutes:
Warwick valley vineyards 15 min away, has music and food
Bashakill winery has music 20 min away
Clear view vineyards 25 min away has music
Demarest hill winery 20 min away
Applewood winery 30 min away
Brotherhood winery has good restaurants, is 30 min away
Vineyards within 45-50 minutes:
Benmarl, glorie farm, palaia, white cliff, magnanini, Adair, silver stream, torne valley
Also I love fair oaks drive in movie theatre and Warwick drive in movie theatre for a unique night out, both very close by.