Bully Hill Vista
North Branch, NY
Maximum guests: 4-6
Bedroom 1: Queen
Bedroom 2: Queen
+ pull out sofa (sleeps 2)
Landline: No • Cell: Excellent
WiFi: Yes* • A/C: No
Dogs: Well-behaved dogs allowed with prior permission (maximum: 2)
6.25 Acres • Swimming Pond with dock
Wood Stove • Charcoal Grill
DVD: Yes • Cable TV: No
Fire pit • Hammock
Dishwasher • Washer/dryer • Gas stove
Reason to rent: Hands down it's that view. Accessible from so many spots.
*Add'l rates apply - see Rates & Availability
This cool country pad, as featured in the New York Times, is fabricated from shipping containers and tastefully decorated but not over-furnished, perched with perfection near the top of a hillside clearing, overlooking the pond, and a most extraordinary view of farmland and hills folding into one another out into the distant sky. The spectacular vista can be appreciated from the master bedroom, the main living area, and the guest bedroom. A long, cantilevered deck, accessible from two sets of sliders, is the go-to spot virtually yearround, because even in the winter, you'll want sit in the Adirondack chairs and let the expansive panorama wash over you.
You'll drive up the winding dirt dirt road and peel off where the driveway meanders through a pretty meadow, and ultimately through the gap in the stonewalls and up to the house. It's a simple, streamlined structure with sloping roof, and when you enter into the main living area, it feels open, welcoming and spacious. The kitchen has a large island with plenty of counter space, and all the usual conveniences are there like dishwasher and coffee maker.
The dining table sits in front of one of the sliding glass doors that lead out to the deck, so your morning will be spent forgetting about your breakfast, and watching the light change, or weather roll in from a distance. At the other side of the main room is a comfortable seating area, near another slider, and set up with a TV on which you can play your DVDs. The wood stove is there to add extra-toastiness, should you care to fire it up.
There are two bedrooms, each with queen beds, with a (full size) pull out couch available in the living room. The first bedroom is on the main floor, just off the living room, and has a very pleasant bathroom with tub/shower, en suite. Down a spiral staircase (NOT child-friendly), is the guest bedroom. It's in a generously-proportioned space, with walk-out slider. Another full bath with tub/shower is next to this bedroom. And tucked away nearby is the house's washer & dryer.
And the views from inside will surely draw you out. Walk the rolling property; head down to the pond; and by all means, take a dip from the swimming dock (temperatures permitting of course!). Crystal clear waters await. Enjoy a few chapters of your weekend read in the hammock near the house, and if you're a cyclist, the area roads are top notch.
Bully Hill Vista is in real farm country, but only about 7 minutes to the business district of Callicoon, which includes one of the best Farmers' Markets in the county (see area info for more detail). The peace and quiet here is transformative, which, for many, is just what an Upstate getaway is all about.
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