Rustic Homestead

  • Location: Town / Village
    Shops and restaurants: A 5 minute stroll in the Village of Tivoli
    Hudson: 16mi (20 mins by car)
    Rhinebeck: 10mi (15 mins by car)
    Olana State Park: 13mi (17 mins by car)
  • New York City Airports: 114mi (2hs + by car)
    Albany Airport: 56mi (1h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Rustic Homestead

How would you describe Rustic Homestead in a nutshell?

It’s a fun place to gather with family and friends for a weekend getaway, or for a more relaxed R&R week away from New York City in the summer.

The barn was built in the late 1800s and sits on 5 acres. About 17 years ago, a woman bought the property and transformed the barn into a house. Around 2005, we spent a weekend there and it was just magical.

We ended up purchasing the property in 2012 and live in a separate house onsite and rent out the barn to guests. It was already a vacation rental, so that made the transition easy.

Barn exterior
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Upstairs living area
Dining area
Kitchen
Outside deck
Pond and gardens
Exterior at night

Rustic Homestead rooms & rates

The barn is a very friendly gathering place. It features the original décor, a wood-burning stove for the winter months where people can sit around the fire, cook meals and play games. There’s no cable, but we offer a display where you can watch DVDs.

The vacation home is in fact a two-story barn with a loft. There are four guest rooms that are actually bedroom nooks; they aren’t conventional with closed walls, but enclosed with linen curtains for privacy. It offers a communal vibe. We have twin, queen and king beds.

The first floor is for hanging out. It has a kitchen, full bathroom, wood-burning stove, and access to the patio and deck, which has an outdoor shower. The second level has the bedrooms, a bathroom, and a loft space with a queen bed and windows that open up to the stream.

  • Rustic Homestead for 4-6 people / 140 m²
    400 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 2 Bathroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
Included in the rates
Rates include taxes and are on a self-catering basis.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. But please note that the barn is not baby or kid proofed although many families do choose to stay and love their stay. No extra beds are available.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Toys for kids
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Playground
  • Hair dryer

The property features: 2 outdoor fire pits, a deck with a BBQ grill & patio furniture, a pond with picnic table and a stream where you can take a dip. It’s a rustic yet chic, camp-like gathering place.

Things to do in Upstate New York & Tivoli

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Tennis
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Most guests prefer to just stay at the barn because there’s so much to do here. People like to cook or grill and to enjoy the outdoors.

Some take a walk to explore Tivoli and catch a show at the theater, eat at the vegetarian restaurant or sit at the coffee shop.

There’s a sailing company at the dock that offers sailboat rides up the Hudson. There’s also a pontoon ferry that takes you across the river to a town called Saugerties. They have a lighthouse there that’s beautiful to see.

If you have kids, you can go to a nearby farm to pick-your-own berries to bring back and bake a pie. The university campus offers all kinds of shows, concerts and operas. It’s a beautiful campus with gardens where you can picnic. We have an estuary here off the Hudson River that we provide a map for. There are many old Hudson mansions in the area that you can visit. Montgomery Place is a mansion with a park that’s right on the Hudson River. Claremont Manor in Claremont State Park is another. Most everybody goes there to watch the firework display on the 4th of July.

The location of Rustic Homestead

The rental is in Dutchess County which is in the heart of the Hudson Valley. We’re a five-minute walk to the little village of Tivoli, which has a population of just over 1,000 people. It’s a very quaint and charming.

We’re located between Hudson and Rhinebeck. Those are probably the coolest places in the whole of the Hudson Valley. Hudson is about 18 mins to the north and is a mecca for antiques. It’s full of great restaurants and nightclubs with musical entertainment. Rhinebeck is about 18 mins to the south and is a cute country town with a lot of gift shops. They even have a little art house movie theater.

People usually drive here, but you can take the train also directly from Penn Station. There’s a local cab that will pick you up and bring you here.

We have one of everything — one baker, one coffee shop, one farm-fresh food market, one wine bar restaurant, etc., even one Irish pub and a dance space. Finally we also have an art school just five mins away. Some really famous artists have chosen this area as a place to live. It’s a very creative community.

When is the best time to visit Upstate New York?

The Hudson Valley is well known for its fall weather. Driving here from New York City you see all the different colors of the leaves changing.

In mid-March, it’s nice to see the snow melting and flowers starting to bud. The spring brings lots of greenery.

Summer here becomes more like the Hamptons, but country, not beach. There are country fairs, antique fairs, festivals, and lots of different events and activities going on.

Winter brings the people who want to enjoy the holidays here. We have a huge pine tree outside that we light up, and we decorate the entrance.