House Manual & Rules

Our home was built in the 1800's and we've spent over a decade here hosting our friends, renovating, adjusting our expectations and learning how to care for an old home. It's a little quirky but with a lot of charm. Door handles might fall off, there might be a creaky floorboard but we love it unconditionally. Please read through this to get an idea of how we've lived in an upstate house, high up in the mountains with no air conditioning and drinking water straight out of the ground. That's how this house was built and how it is still possible to live there but please read below for specific information.

WATER

IT'S FRESH BUT PLEASE BE MINDFUL

Due to the age and location of the house, the water supply comes from well water. This means that it is not an infinite supply and is reactive to the rain fall and the season. For 10 months of the year this is never a problem, but as we get into high summer the supply can get compromised and be slower to replenish itself particularly if there are large groups staying in the house - showering, bathing, toilet, dishes etc. Please be mindful Of this, and consider bringing a few extra containers of water to the house if you have extra visitors, hosting a dinner party or like to shower often.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be mindful of your water consumption. We pull our water from a private well below the house which is known to run out if there are 6 or more people taking long showers and washing dishes - especially during periods of little to no rainfall. Though our tap water is safe to drink, tastes good and is fresh mountain spring water from a well 300+ feet beneath our property, we advise you to drink at your own risk as we cannot possibly track day to day changes in it's quality. This house has had the same water setup since the late 1800s for generations of people to enjoy - with thought, care and consideration.

INTERNET

IT'S DECENT BUT NOT FIOS

Again, as we are in the mountains and at the mercy of our local suppliers, so please don't expect city level speeds inside the house. Streaming videos or music or zoom calls no problem. But all at once, across ten difference devices...you may run into a few issues. That said, all three of us have run our businesses from the house at times, exporting film files, high res design assets etc. But it just takes longer and can be unreliable depending on time of day. So best to keep in mind before committing to a multi-video Skillshare presentation. :)

FIRST AID KIT

In the laundry room, drawer closes to bathroom.

The first aid kid is located in the laundry room, last drawer on the left near the bathroom doorknob. There are also additional items upstairs in the bathroom closet for your convenience.

SMOKING

It's the year 2020, not 1920. No smoking inside the house. There are ashtrays on the back and front porch and the patio for your use. Feel free to smoke outside and you know better than to throw butts into the rocks and landscaping!.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO

Jon Santos
Property Manager

(mobile number disclosed until after agreement)

Wurtsboro Fire Department 
91 Sullivan St, Wurtsboro, NY 12790
(845) 888-4611

New York State Police 
Police department in Sullivan County, New York
2948 US-209, Wurtsboro, NY 12790
(845) 888-2681

Mamakating First Aid Squad 
Ambulance service in Wurtsboro, New York3.9 mi
68 Sullivan St, Wurtsboro, NY 12790
(845) 888-4011

Crystal Run Healthcare Rock Hill
(845) 794-6999

LAKE ACCESS

This fall 2020 season, guests are not allowed lake access. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

FIREPIT

Fires are not allowed this Fall 2020 season.

GARBAGE & RECYCLING

Garbage pick up is not available in our area and must be taken on Sunday's and Wednesday's to the Mamakating Transfer Station just 7 minutes down the main road, between the hours of 8am and 3pm.

HEATING AND COOLING

COOLING

There are fans and heaters in some of the closets in the rooms. We have not had to use air-conditioning in the +15 years that we've owned this house. That isn't to say that it doesn't get hot but it does tend to be cooler (sometimes 10-15 degrees) in our area on average compared to the city. During mid-summer months, the attic will heat up. We advise gently opening the windows and putting the screens in both rooms, keeping the doors open to allow for the air to flow and vent nicely. Open the door on the screened in porch and keep it propped open and keep the screen door closed. When the sun sets, the temperature will change considerably. But most of the time in the hot summer months we are mostly on the first floor, outdoors or on the porch during the day. In many ways, the way the house was designed, it is counter-intuitive to install AC'

HEATING

There are blankets located in the closets in most bedrooms. There are spares in the cane box in the living room. We have a nest zone for the upstairs and downstairs that we will control remotely. The house is mostly heated with a baseboard system that uses heating oil.

TOWELS

We happily provide towels (located in shelving in laundry room). Please be mindful of your enviro-footprint and use the same one during your stay here!

PORCH LIGHTING

The back porch has string lights that run also into the patio. We pull the plug out when not in use. It is located to the left of the screened in porch door.

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

The main soundsystem has controls to play your audio device through a blue mini-plug connection, the Roku and or projector / streaming media. At this time there is no airplay or sonos connection.

There is a little black box attached to the stereo shelf on the right side that is a bluetooth input. Switch the input to AV6 and then begin pairing your device by pressing the button on the black box until you here the beeps (sounds like it's going up). Using the bluetooth settings on your device, connect to the NS-MBTK35.

We love having the same audio playing through the first floor, indoor and out. At the time of writing with the setting normal (no 5.1, no surround etc.) the stereo will play in the living room, bathroom, porch, patio and kitchen. Please do not change any of the audio settings or levels but do feel free to turn the different zones on or off. The labels might not be working properly but through trial and error you can turn on and off different zones.

Please be mindful that if you leave the Porch and Patio speakers on at night when you are watching a movie, the whole neighborhood can hear it! Many times, people press buttons on the effects / mode and mess up the levels so be mindful of these settings and it's difficult for me to walk you through this on the phone. HDMI 2 is for the Roku / netflix, etc. AUDIO is for the blue mini-plug that you can plug laptops and mobile devices with that type of audio output.

WATCHING TV ON THE PROJECTOR

Power ON and Set Receiver to INPUT: AUDIO: is the green miniplug cord that you can plug iphones / laptops into for music ∙ First turn on projector by carefully reaching up to the projector and pressing the power button (the white remote control is broken right now, we apologize!)∙ Then switch input on black receiver to HDMI 2∙ Use Roku controller to navigate to netflix, youtube, etc∙ Volume is controlled by stereo system, not roku, etc

Please turn it off and conserve energy as soon as you are done

OUTDOOR SHOWER

Make yourself at home in our outdoor shower along the side of the property, it is fenced in for your own privacy.

WOOD BURNING STOVE

Our house is made mostly out of old growth timber. It’s actually kind of a cabin. You can imagine how sensitive we are about fires up here. If you have experience with a wood burning stove and you are able to provide your own wood to burn, please feel free to use. If there is any doubt at all we ask that you not use it. 

MAINTENANCE AREAS OFF-LIMITS

Please do not enter the office (side-room to the right of the couch in the family room), or go under the house.

NOISE

We are located in a small community and are on good terms with our neighbors and would love to keep it that way. So please be respectful of your noise levels. No playing loud music outdoors after 10:30.We ask that you enjoy the sound system and Hi-Fi but they also can amplify the porch, patio, kitchen and bathroom. We do not allow for additional sound systems to be setup here with respect to our neighbors who are very close to the house.

House Manual

House Rules
READ THE INFORMATION SECTION ABOUT WATER.
SHOES OFF
NO SMOKING IN THE HOUSE.

There are ashtrays on the back and front porch and the patio for your use. Feel free to smoke outside.

FIREPIT
At the time of writing, we are not allowed by the town of Mamakating to make campfires. We use the fire pit to burn excess tree / yard waste durning periods that allow for controlled burning.(redacted from previous ) Please be mindful of the smoke blowing towards the road / driveway. If the wind is in this direction it blows onto our neighbors property and he will be sure to tell you to put it out. Please be mindful of this and use with discretion.

MAINTENANCE AREAS OFF-LIMITS
Please do not enter the office (side-room to the right of the couch in the family room), or go under the house.

NOISE
We are located in a small community and are on good terms with our neighbors and would love to keep it that way. So please be respectful of your noise levels. No playing loud music outdoors after 10:30.We ask that you enjoy the sound system and Hi-Fi but they also can amplify the porch, patio, kitchen and bathroom. We do not allow for additional sound systems to be setup here with respect to our neighbors who are very close to the house.

Arrival:

Once you turn off Masten Lake Road, turn on to Park Road. Drive past the lake and then up the hill past the camp. Keep driving up the hill and you will see tennis courts on your left, then 200ft later a road on the left (this is Colombian), take a left on Columbian and quick right into the first driveway on your right between some wild hedges.

Our driveway continues with a right turn at the end of the porch and you can exit onto Park Road (it is an L Shape).
The driveway is a little tricky and covered in grass so it's not the easy to distinguish it from the lawn but please be mindful: It is gravel under that grass and we do not park cars on our lawn!

If you drive too far on Park Road, you will hit a dead end so turn around and go back, turn right on Columbian and quick right into our driveway.

You can park in the driveway. Welcome to our home.


We have keyless entry.

Use the keypad and type 1-2-3-4-lock to unlock the deadbolt. To lock up when leaving, simply press the lock icon. The back and side doors are only lockable from the inside. You might want to open some windows upstairs to vent the house (July - August) and use the screens to keep the bugs from coming in! Venting the attic in both rooms will create good circulation and help the house cool down.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read our information section about WATER.

Wifi Details
Network name: Starbucks
Password: 173parkroad
How to resolve wifi issues:If you have any problems with the wifi just give me a call on 917.749.0898.


Baby / Kid Friendly

To keep little ones safe we have baby gates in the basement for your use. We normally put them around the stereo and at the bottom of the stairs. Outside, we put them around the stairs going to the basement or on the porch across the front stairs. Both the laundry door and kitchen door can be closed to keep toddlers safe (and contained) in the living area. :)We have a box of childproof latches in the laundry in the far left cupboard (beneath first aid). We also have a bottle of sterilizer, and plenty of toys suitable for a toddler that you are welcome to borrow. Our very active toddler has tested nearly every nook and cranny, but if you have any concerns do not hesitate to alert us.

Washer / Dryer
Our machines are new so should be very straight forward to operate. Simply turn on, adjust dial to right setting. Hit start.

***IMPORTANT: After using the washer wipe the inside lip dry and leave the door slightly ajar.  There is a magnet that holds the door closed without shutting it all the way so that it can vent out and dry.  Otherwise it will develop mildew quickly.

Keep in mind that we are on a well system so please be mindful of loads as it may compromise overall water supply. Thanks !

Trash, Recycling, Composting
Recycling: We recycle plastic and glass together in the bins just out the back door to the porch. Also separate mixed paper into the middle shelf.

DO NOT leave garbage or food outside. Animals will rip garbage apart!

Compost: There is a yellow bucket outside the kitchen door (keep covered with bag if possible) when it's full we have a larger bin located at the bottom of property behind fallen tree and fire pit.

Kitchen & Appliance Guide
Our kitchen is fully stocked (and fully labeled) so please take a second to familiarize yourself, and do your best to put everything back in the right place after you're done for the next guests. Make yourself at home using any of our oils, vinegars, spices and bulk goods.

We have both stainless and cast iron pots and pans, a food processor, blender, juicer, rice cooker, banana ice-cream maker thingie, kitchen aid cake mixer as well as an assortment of coffee makers. We have a pour over with a scale, filters, french press maker, traditional coffee maker and aeropress - if they aren't on the counter, they are stored above the pantry.

In the kitchen drawers by the door we have bug screen and sunscreen. Help yourself.

When you leave: Please take all perishable items with you and leave nothing in the fridge!


Entertainment System

Sound system: The main sound system has controls to play your audio device through a blue mini-plug connection, the Roku and or projector / streaming media. At this time there is no airplay or Sonos connection.

There is a little black box attached to the stereo shelf on the right side that is a bluetooth input. Switch the input to AV6 and then begin pairing your device by pressing the button on the black box until you hear the beeps (sounds like it's going up). Using the bluetooth settings on your device, connect to the NS-MBTK35.

We love having the same audio playing through the first floor, indoor and out. At the time of writing with the setting normal (no 5.1, no surround etc.) the stereo will play in the living room, bathroom, porch, patio and kitchen. Please do not change any of the audio settings or levels but do feel free to turn the different zones on or off. The labels might not be working properly but through trial and error you can turn on and off different zones.

Please be mindful that if you leave the Porch and Patio speakers on at night when you are watching a movie, the whole neighborhood can hear it! Many times, people press buttons on the effects / mode and mess up the levels so be mindful of these settings and it's difficult for me to walk you through this on the phone. HDMI 2 is for the Roku / Netflix, etc. AUDIO is for the blue mini-plug that you can plug laptops and mobile devices with that type of audio output.

WATCHING TV ON THE PROJECTOR
Power ON and Set Receiver to INPUT:

AUDIO: is the green miniplug cord that you can plug iPhones / laptops into for music ∙ First turn on projector by carefully reaching up to the projector and pressing the power button (the white remote control is broken right now, we apologize!)∙ Then switch input on black receiver to HDMI 2∙ Use Roku controller to navigate to Netflix, youtube, etc∙ Volume is controlled by stereo system, not Roku, etc
Please turn it off and conserve energy as soon as you are done

Emergency Contacts:
Jon Santos: Property Manager 917.749.0899

Wurtsboro Fire Department 91 Sullivan St, Wurtsboro, NY 12790(845) 888-4611

New York State Police Police department in Sullivan County, New York 2948 US-209,
Wurtsboro, NY 12790
(845) 888-2681

Mamakating First Aid Squad Ambulance service in Wurtsboro, New York 3.9 mi
68 Sullivan St, Wurtsboro, NY 12790 (845) 888-4011

Hospital: Crystal Run Healthcare Rock Hill (845) 794-6999

Towels:
We happily provide towels (located in shelving in laundry room). Please be mindful of your enviro-footprint and use the same one during your stay here!

Heating and Cooling:
There are fans and heaters in some of the closets in the rooms.

COOLING: We have not had to use air-conditioning in the +10 years that we've owned this house. That isn't to say that it doesn't get hot but it does tend to be cooler (sometimes 10-15 degrees) in our area on average compared to the city. During mid-summer months, the attic will heat up. We advise gently opening the windows and putting the screens in both rooms, keeping the doors open to allow for the air to flow and vent nicely. Open the door on the screened in porch and keep it propped open and keep the screen door closed. When the sun sets, the temperature will change considerably. But most of the time in the hot summer months we are mostly on the first floor, outdoors or on the porch during the day. In many ways, the way the house was designed, it is counter-intuitive to install AC'

HEATING: There are blankets located in the closets in most bedrooms. There are spares in the cane box in the living room.

Water:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be mindful of your water consumption. We pull our water from a private well below the house which is known to run out if there are 6 or more people taking long showers and washing dishes - especially during periods of little to no rainfall. Though our tap water is safe to drink, tastes good and is fresh mountain spring water from a well 300+ feet beneath our property, we advise you to drink at your own risk as we cannot possibly track day to day changes in it's quality. This house has had the same water setup since the late 1800s for generations of people to enjoy - with thought, care and consideration.

First Aid Kit:
Watch out for ticks! The first aid kid is located in the laundry room, last drawer on the left near the bathroom doorknob. There are also additional items upstairs in the bathroom closet for your convenience.

Back Porch String Lights:
The back porch has string lights that run also into the patio. We pull the plug out when not in use. It is located to the left of the screened in porch door.

Departure:
Please strip the bed (aside from comforter) and leave downstairs in laundry.
Leave used towels in the tub.
Please remove screens and close windows.
Please wash your dishes and leave them drying and clear the fridge and pantry of any perishables.
Rearrange any furniture that was moved during your stay.
Leave your garbage inside the house by the back door to the porch.
Do not leave any trash in the recycling area.
Please turn off all lights, fans and electronics. Double check stove, heater, fire.
Be sure to lock the deadbolt using the keypad by simply closing the door and pressing the lock button.
Thank you for your consideration and we hope you enjoyed your stay!

Local Activities, Shopping, Recommendations

Grocery:
Rock Hill Trading Co
This is like a miniature Walmart: groceries, limited veg + meat selection, all the stuff you'd find at a deli, soda, charcoal, flip flops, etc. This is a quick ride away for things you might need in a pinch. It's an all purpose hardware store/food market. Good for essentials, not for variety!
214
Rock Hill DrRock Hill, NY 12775, US

Rock Hill Liquors
Your basic liquor stuffs and wine (nothing too awesome or fancy, they ain't curators!) And you should have brought your own Aperol and or bitters from Brooklyn cuz they won't have that there!

Wurtsboro G-Mart
It's a supermarket, it doesn't have grade A produce but it will do if you need corn on the cob, avocados, cases of beer and what not.
2930 US-209, Wurtsboro, NY 12790

Shopping:
Please note: Under COVID-19 restrictions it is hard to know what is going to be open or have different hours. We would advise to call ahead so you don't drive the distance and be disappointed.

Mountaindale

There are a lot of shops opening here Fall 2018 so you should drop by and at least check out Ambikaboutique and thevietnamese restaurant across the street called Ba and Me.

Restaurants, Cafes, Farms:

The Kaatskeller
The Kaatskeller is the destination in the Catskills for wood-fired pizza, spirits, bocce, and good times.
(45 min drive)
39 Main St, Livingstone Manor

Fogwood & Fig
Vegan comfort food cafe / 24 Front St. Port Jervis, NY. Wednesday-Friday 11-7 Saturday 11-6 Sunday 11-4

Westwind Orchard
Ciders, pizza and Italian tapas on Thursday (only tapas) 5-10pm, Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-10pm from the first Thursday of April to the second Sunday of December.
215 Lower Whitfield Rd
Accord, NY
(45 min drive east)

Main St Farm & Cafe
This is a great sundries store that has awesome sandwiches and good beer and wine. A must stop if you are exploring north of Masten Lake.
36 Main St,
Livingstone Manor, NY
(45 mins north)

The Red Dot Vegetarian Kitchen
Wow, they put a lot of love into the veg food here you will love it and we are lucky to have them in our town.
106 Sullivan St
Wurtsboro, NY

Custer's Last Stand
Best Old School Ice Cream Stand!
176 Kingston Ave, Wurtsboro, NY 12790, US

Crust Italian Eatery
Pretend you are in Bensonhurst and you need some pasta fettuccini!!
277 Rock Hill Dr, Rock Hill, NY

The Krispy Apple
Rarely ever open but if you catch them you might be able to get an awesome smoothie or expensive fruits and honey!
240 Rock Hill Dr, Rock Hill, NY

Blooming Hill Farm
Stop here on the way up for some casual farm to table food in a beautiful setting. Once you get here, it's kind of a hike - this is something you should do before you arrive or on your way back but they are only open for lunch on weekends.
1251 NY-208, Monroe, NY 10950

Danny's Restaurant
In the mood for pub food, local vibes, hamburgers, french fries and american / italian fare?
178 Kingston Ave, Wurtsboro, NY





Hiking:
I want to recommend that you go the Neversink Unique area (hiking trail that goes to a river and a waterfall... really great views. Not too far from the house!