Built when Bovina was a booming dairy town, our grain mill gained a second life when we transformed it into the coolest living space ever. Sleep to the sound of a babbling brook, wake to stunning views of fields and hillsides. Wedding inquiries OK.
From vaulting ceilings to original globe lamps, every detail of this converted grain mill invites you to relax, breathe deep, and revel in the pleasure of living. Renovated by the keen eye of my father (former furniture designer/builder), this is the space I grew up in -- where I now love to spend weekends escaping the city with friends. And how easy to do so here! With four bedrooms and two fold-out beds, a game room, and a massive kitchen and dining room, the space is practically begging you to bring friends and make yourselves a dream vacation in the Catskills.
The mill is nestled on an acre of beautiful land, beyond which is a vast hay field. At the edge of the mown area, the hay begins and should be respected -- no trampling hay, please! On a hot day, dip your toes in the brook that runs by our back yard. There is often wild mint growing on the riverbanks as well.
Interaction with guests
The space is yours! I will always be available via phone or email, but will not intrude on your stay at all.
Other things to note
Having now hosted my first few guests, I realize there is another important detail to note: this is a country house. That means that, though the house is professionally cleaned before every guest arrives and after every guest leaves, it will never look like the Ritz. Flies sometimes come in through the French doors that open onto the deck. There are a couple barn cats that like to come to the back yard looking for snuggles and snacks. Our neighbor's rooster has been known to start crowing at dawn, none of the dish sets match in the kitchen, and half our window treatments are hand sewn. If everything you just read made you smile, this place may be for you. If not, there are ample housing options in Bovina, Andes, and Delhi, some of which may have a more controlled environment to meet your wishes. Another important note is that one bathroom has a shower, and the other has only a bathtub (and a toilet and sink, of course).
Please treat the home with care. This is a family home, and most of the furniture is comprised of heirloom pieces. Coasters are available throughout the space and should be used on wood. Please only smoke outside. Pets permitted.
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I love traveling, reading, hiking in beautiful places, watching excellent (or goofy) movies, and meeting new people. I'm an avid yogi, runner, and occasional horse back rider. I grew up in Bovina Center, NY, and now split my time between there an NYC. When traveling, I tend to travel light - why burden my shoulders with carrying tons of extra clothes I won't wear? I love discovering new places, and especially getting to 'live like a local' wherever I go.
If you're coming to stay at the stunning Mill, you are in for a real treat. I've intentionally not equipped it with Internet, as my favorite thing to do when going to the Catskills is to "get off the grid." And what a place to do it in! With sprawling fields behind you, a charming hamlet town before you, Russell's General Store, and Brushland Eating House -- it's basically like a trip back in time. The space was originally a grain mill, back when Bovina was a booming dairy town. After generations of disuse, my father brought his ingenuity and incredible eye for design to the space, transforming it into the coolest Bohemian-barn-mansionette you've ever seen. It's a great space for groups of friends escaping the city and craving a 'real' kitchen for cooking amazing meals and gazing at clouds by day, stars by night.