This petite post and beam barn was for many years a studio for artist Judson Smith. There is a photo hanging in the Teahouse of Mr Smith in the studio circa 1935. It is now renovated and preserved as a sweet one room cottage with a sleeping loft. The Teahouse is part of an estate 1/2 mile from the village of Woodstock, overlooking the Sawkill Creek.
Originally built in the 1870's as a small barn on the estate. The cottage was fully renovated, new bath, new kitchen, refinished hardwood floors, pillow top mattress in the sleeping loft, and a full size Murphy bed if you prefer not to use the sleeping loft.
This is a petite one room studio cottage with ladder to the sleeping loft which has the queen size pillow top mattress. It is about 300 square feet, with a cathedral ceiling, plus the sleeping loft. It has wifi and a TV with DVD player. There is a CD music player. There is a propane gas grill on the deck.
We recently built an outdoor fireplace by the stream for the use of guests of the Schoolhouse and Teahouse Cottages. Next to it is a maul [splitting ax] and a chopping block. On the western border [upstream side] of the estate is a supply of seasoned firewood, some of which may need splitting. We include a "Campfire Primer" in our attachments in case you don't have experience with building fires. If you plan to build a fire, we recommend you bring some newspaper to ignite kindling.
Pets: Your dog is OK if you let us know before booking. Some dogs shed, which makes a lot more work for the housekeeper – if your dog sheds, leaving a tip for the housekeeper is welcome. [We don’t charge a pet fee.] After a couple of guests could not stay due to allergies to cats, we decided it necessary not to accept cats.
Check in 2:00 PM, check out 11 AM. If there is no guest right before or right after your visit, then check in or check out time is usually flexible – we ask that you confirm ahead of time so we can let the housekeeper know. The occasional issue of sulfur smell in the water [mentioned in a couple of reviews] has been eliminated by installation of a new water treatment system November 2016.
While the Teahouse can sleep 4, for more than 2 adults, we recommend our Schoolhouse Cottage on the same estate, since is it larger.
When you book we will send a map of the estate showing the location of the Teahouse, and a map of the 75 acre Comeau Park on the other side of the river and its 2 miles of walking trails.
The Teahouse is 1/2 mile from the center of the Village of Woodstock and the bus stop.
Other things to note
After you book, we send detailed information and attachments, with maps, directions, and key information. If you don't see it within a few hours, check spam first, then let us know promptly.
Mice are a fact of life in the country.
We have had a couple of guests at our cottages in the past 8 years who were upset at seeing a mouse. When we learn that mice have gotten in, we trap them and that takes care of it for a few weeks or months, but sooner or later another finds a way in. If a mouse would trouble you, please do not book the Teahouse.
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Ulster County Community College AA
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