My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights for our 10th anniversary trip. The room and common areas were just our style and were true to the beauty of the photos on the website. The property was charming and picturesque with the barns and incredible Catskills scenery. We were lucky to catch the leaves near their peak - it is hard to imagine nicer views.
The vegetarian/vegan food was superb. Each day there was a different delicious smoothie and a meal that was flavorful and light but with enough substance to give us energy to start the day. We particularly enjoyed the tofu scramble and raw flatbread. Michelle made it look easy and we had a nice time talking - her perspective on food is fascinating and we liked how she shared based on our cues as sometimes guests want quiet and sometimes we want to chat and learn about the transplant B&B and Catskills scene.
The location offers and plenty of walks and hikes and nearby small towns with surprisingly good food. The farther towns had spectacularly scenic drives and the shops and small-town feel we hoped for. Woodstock was a great place to spend a day walking and shopping. In Oneonta, we spent a rainy afternoon stopping off at a cozy restaurant, a bookshop where we found an excellent selection for the kids, and an organic market where we recharged again for the evening. We even caught an amazing organic farm dinner outside Cooperstown on our last night.
After a day roaming the Catskills and charming towns it was nice to return to the Turquoise Barn where there was hot herbal tea waiting. the shower water was hot and the soap smelled superb. It's those little things combined with the surroundings, food, and hosting that helped make the trip special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 3 hours from NYC in the beautiful Catskill Mountains on an organic farm, Turquoise Barn is a former Green Certified B&B that has evolved into a full-house rental, retreat, and event center. The Catskills are becoming one of the hottest destinations for 2015. Besides being incredibly beautiful, the Catskills have been listed #2 on on Travel & Leisure's 'Best Places to Travel in 2015 - in the WORLD, #2 on Fodor's '2015 Go List!', and in the New York Times 52 Places to Go Feature. AND...Turquoise Barn has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller's January 2015 issue! Please Note: When you rent the Carriage House via Homeaway, you are renting the entire house Exclusively for your group. Our Home: Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance........We are located in the Western Catskills on a former dairy farm. Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800's Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house. Sleeps up to 16 people in beds and up to 25 with additional air mattresses or sleeping bags; camping on the property is also available. Set on acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams, barns, and an amazing event field (with stage) nestled in the Catskill mountains; this fully furnished home is ideal for your next vacation, retreat, romantic getaway weekend, or gathering with friends & family. It's also the perfect spot for a country wedding, family reunions, group or corporate retreats. Upstairs are four large bedrooms (comfortably sleep 4 in each room), each equipped with a private bathroom, tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond. Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen, large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch. NATURE THERAPY.......Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing. We are an eco-friendly chemical & pesticide-free environment both inside and out. Fresh spring water is available throughout the house and property; you can drink, swim and even shower in it! We use only natural soaps & cleaners as well as organic cotton linens which we line dry. Our property is the perfect location for large outdoor gatherings or small indoor events. Create your perfect country WEDDING; host a RETREAT, dinner party, or family and friends reunion. We have a large OUTDOOR EVENT SPACE nestled in the foothills with plenty of parking. Please visit Turquoise Barn website or contact us for more details What to do? Watch the sun set, moon rise, stars sparkle, relax by pond, build a bon fire, curl up with a good book next to the wood stove, schedule a massage or reiki treatment, hike or snowshoe the foothills in our backyard, visit the historical graveyard across the street. And if you want to explore, there are plenty of activities in the area. Close proximity to restaurants, SKIING (Plattekill 20-25 min - Bellayre- 30-35 min - Windham - 50 min - 1 hr), hiking, snowmobiling, swimming, fishing, book stores, antique shopping, yoga classes, performance centers, galleries, museums. Bovina 7 minutes, Delhi 10 min., Stamford, 10 min, Andes 15 minutes, Margaretville, 25 min, Cooperstown 50 min., Woodstock 1 hr. Approx. 2 Hours from George Washington Bridge - 3 Hrs. from NYC, 1.5 hrs. from Albany, 1.5hrs. Binghamton, 1.5hrs Kingston. For more pictures and information check Turquoise Barn's website as well as our reviews on Trip Advisor, Yelp! NOTE: We list on a number of websites so our calendar may not always be up to date. Please contact us before booking to be sure your dates are available. Thank you! ... more less