Sunday, October 5, 2008

Creating a Bed and Breakfast

My wife Nadia and I are currently restoring a 300 year old house near Hurley, New York State, with architectural features dating back to the original Dutch settlement of the New Netherlands. We plan to open the house as a Bed and Breakfast where guests can enjoy luxurious modern amenities blended in with the original features of the house and grounds, which front the Esopus river.

This is the oldest house in New York State that you will actually be able to stay in! Live the history, and explore the Mid-Hudson Valley from a location that has it all – we are 5 minutes from the Thruway and only 2 hours north of New York City, yet close to New Paltz, Woodstock, and Rhinebeck (we are minutes from the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge). Here you can visit the Fisher Center at Bard College, Roosevelt’s House in Hyde Park, or the Saugerties Lighthouse in only 20-30 minutes, whilst still having immediate access to both the Shawangunks and the Catskills. There is a wide choice of casual and fine dining both sides of the Hudson River.

Hurley itself is a National Historic Landmark. Its Main Street has the oldest concentration of stone house in the United States. There are many excellent museums in the local area, and many of the grander historic houses on the banks of the Hudson are within easy reach.

We hope to show some of the progress of the work on the house on this site as we count down towards opening ........

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