This unique, charming home is now more affordable than ever!
My charming 1918 Woodstock original welcomes you from the moment you turn up the long, private drive, on 40 wooded acres. Total privacy, yet close to town. With 1 1/2 acres of fenced, landscaped yard, your well-behaved dogs are free to run!
No smoking anywhere inside the house, please.
Be very conscious of fires in the fireplace, or in the outdoor burner, even candles. It is an old wooden house.
Please celebrate with restraint, and treat my family house with respect.
At the end of your stay, it would be appreciated if you could strip the beds and gather all the bedding and used towels in a pile by the corner cupboard in the dining room, which is adjacent to the door to the cellar, where the washer and dryer are situated.
The butcher block counters are new, and not intended as cutting board. PLEASE USE THE CUTTING BOARDS PROVIDED FOR ALL FOOD PREPARATION.
The second-floor fireplace, while tempting, may be blocked and is a wicked bad smoker, so it must not be used.
The living room fireplace is okay to use on cold nights. Firewood is stacked out under the carport. I beg you to be vigilant, and when going to bed, make sure that the coals are stable, and will not roll out during the night. I prefer not to use the andirons, because the fire seems to burn better when sitting directly on its coals, but it's your choice. ALWAYS USE THE FIRE SCREEN. And before lighting the fire, MAKE SURE THE CHAIN, TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FIREBOX, THAT OPENS AND CLOSES THE CHIMNEY-TOP DAMPER, IS ALLOWED TO RUN UP. WHEN YOU LEAVE, PLEASE PULL IT DOWN ALL THE WAY AND HOOK IT INTO ITS BRACKET.
I grew up in Woodstock, NY around my parents' generation of artists, writers and musicians. For almost 20 years I built fine wooden yachts, then wrote a book, Polluting for Pleasure (W.W. Norton, 1993), about the environmental impact of two-stroke engines, such as outboard motors. My book transformed the marine industry, which is now dominated by much cleaner four-stroke engines, preventing ten Exxon-Valdez oil spills-worth of oil and gasoline spilled into US waterways every year. I finished my BA (1994) and MS (Environmental Science, 2001) at Bard College. Then I went to work at the environmental group Pete Seeger formed in 1969. First as Environmental Director, and then as Executive Director (), I helped build the organization up to $1.6 million/yr., and helped win a thirty-year battle with General Electric over the infamous Hudson River PCB spill. After resigning to write, I helped a friend run for congress, working in his campaign and raising funds. I am readying two novels for submission to literary agents, and have gone back to environmental work as Suncoast Waterkeeper, in the Sarasota area. I have three children and four grandchildren, one of whom studies biomedical research at U of Delaware. My partner is Gayle Reynolds, a Kentucky horsewoman, licensed interior designer and longtime political and environmental activist.