Upstate Jane: Design Savvy Upstate Vacation Rentals

  |  December 8, 2011

As the owner of Dichotomy Interiors, I have had requests from people for where they can find a rental Upstate that looks like my weekend home. The one place I always know I can send them is to the site Red Cottage Inc., a company founded by owner Jennifer Grimes. I did a brief showcase of her rentals a few years ago on Urban Jane, and I have watched the company grow from managing rentals in the Catskills, to opening up her own real estate firm, to now covering properties all the way in the Bahamas and on to Ireland! I am going to showcase a few of the gorgeous rentals available on her site, that should tempt even design snobs into venturing upstate for a getaway.

The first property is an award-winning rental in Hudson, designed by the owner-architect at Messana O’Rorke Architects.  “Ten Broeck Cottage” is available as a weekend, monthly or seasonal rental.

8+ acres • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Sauna • Steam room

Cell reception • WiFi • Cable TV • Apple orchard • River

DVD • iPod enabled housewide sound system • Washer/dryer • A/C • Fireplace

Why you should rent this house: Design, design, design

The next property is located in Youngsville, NY (convenient to Jeffersonville and Livingston Manor) is known as “The Barn”  It is an artist renovated barn with combination of chic city flair and rural cottage coziness punctuated by a river stone fireplace in the center of the home.

3 bedrooms (queen beds) • 2 bathrooms (1 with shower, 1 with jacuzzi bathtub/shower)

Spotty cell reception • WiFi • 37” HD DVR (cable) • DVD/VHS • 50 CD player

Dishwasher • A/C in master bedroom • iPod speakers • Gas grill • Washer/dryer

Reasons to rent: Style galore, and Q-U-I-E-T

The next property is the “Four Season Lodge”, a renovated farmhouse in Claryville, NY with its own swimming pond and screening room.

Swimming pond • Hot tub • 113 acres • DVD player on high intensity projector

Washer/dryer • Nightclub quality stereo with wireless streaming from iTunes • Gas grill

Land line: Yes • Cell: very spotty • Internet: No • TV: No • Board games

Not suitable for young children

The final property is a waterfront beauty aptly called “Amber Lake Cottage” in Livingston Manor.  This home has an air of sophistication and luxury and also is potentially dog friendly.

Well-appointed kitchen • Weber gas grill • Satellite TV (flat screen) • iPod Speakers

DVD • Stereo • Dishwasher • Washer/dryer • AT&T, Verizon cell coverage

WiFi • Row boat • Well-behaved dogs considered (note the white furniture!)

These properties should satisfy anyone of your friends who has turned their nose at Upstate thinking it is only filled with musty cabins and patchwork quilts! Most of the properties are available for short-term, monthly or seasonal rentals. They say January is when to start searching for your “summer rental”!

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