Spring is in the Air at the Barn in Tivoli
This weekend, as the snow begins to melt and our chins come out from behind our wool scarves, we can finally look forward to a brighter sun and the gentle beginnings of spring. And what better way to welcome the new season than with a country escape to The Barn in Tivoli, a lofted, year-round rustic country hideaway located in the small mid-Hudson Valley village of Tivoli, NY.
Owners Bruna De Araujo and Andrew Personette first discovered the barn in the Fall of 2005 when it was being offered as a vacation rental. They rented it with three close friends as the barn’s first guests and loved every minute of their stay. That winter, Andrew, an interior and furniture designer/builder, returned to the barn to contemplate his future life plans and Bruna paid him many, many visits. When they got married the following year and had their first child, their urge to leave Brooklyn for a considerably calmer and quieter life upstate, became very important to them. When the barn went up for sale in 2012, they knew what to do.
“I wanted to return to the best things of my childhood; birds, bees, farm fresh food and space to ride my bike and raise my child,” says Bruna, who grew up in Brasilia, Brazil. “We are very fortunate to be living this dream up here in the Hudson Valley.”
- Location: Tivoli, NY
Sleeps 6 – 8 people
Great for gatherings
“The barn is like my little dollhouse that I get to play with,” says Bruna, referring to the interiors, which are constantly changing. The exception being the New York piano, which came with the barn and is beloved by many musicians.
The Statue of Liberty nightlight was present when Bruna first stayed at the barn in 2005. There it remains, in the same spot for over a decade. A beacon of city life.
“It is like a big adult sleepover!” says Bruna, referring to the sleeping nooks in the loft that are separated by linen curtains. “You’ve got to be comfortable with the people you are coming with because you’ll be quite close to one another.”
To glance at the eclectic mix of books that line the shelves of “The Library” is to discover a book of Rumi poems or one that covers the intricacies of bike maintenance. Some are left behind from the previous owner, others from previous guests. A little envelope holder contains stamped postcards so guests can write notes to loved ones. “I call it the Snail Mail project,” says Bruna. “In fact, the first postcards I used were And North postcards that I got from the launch party last May.”
“In the city we are all in this fast paced environment,” says Bruna. “Here, you are allowed to slow down because all that there is to do is just live.”
People have been known to come and stay and get so inspired that they eventually move Upstate. “Tivoli is a charming little village of a bit over one thousand inhabitants and, funny enough, it spells ‘i lov it’ backwards,” says Bruna. “You can wake up and take a morning walk or jog up to Murray’s to have a delicious country breakfast with very local and beyond organic produce. You can stop by the Tivoli Bakery to get some bread, some chocolate brioches or sticky buns to eat on their porch while meeting the locals. Or, better yet, just bring it back to the barn and surprise your friends with an awesome breakfast.”
The couple welcomes guests to their “little country oasis” during all four seasons, in addition to hosting dinners, weddings, and photo shoots. They even offer a “work week retreat” where small companies can treat their team to a week in the country complete with hammock breaks, communal lunches, and happy hour fires with s’mores.
Their barn sleeps eight and is surrounded by gardens and greenery, a 4.5 acre oasis with a pond, stream, small yoga deck, three fire pits, an outdoor shower, and a custom made picnic table. “People return just for the outdoor shower because they love it so much,” says Bruna.
Almost every guest makes a fire in one of the Barn’s three fire pits. Some have even bought fresh meat from the solar livestock farm down the road to cook over an open flame.