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The Writers' Retreat

Berne, New York, USA

Located in rural Upstate New York in the Heldeberg Mountains, our rustic 1841 farmhouse is nestled on eighty private wooded acres and offers a one-hundred-mile view from the large front porch, a swimmable spring-fed pond, and plenty of wildlife.

The retreat features three bedrooms upstairs and one bathroom downstairs. Sit and relax in the living room with a crackling fire in the wood stove or find inspiration in the big piano room or the office.

Take a break from writing and prepare your meal in the huge old kitchen and in summer, savor that food sitting on the back yard patio.


The retreat is located 15 minutes away from Middleburgh; one hour from Albany and... one step from heaven!



Rhonda Coullet, your host, is a produced playwright, Broadway actress, keyboardist, and songwriter. Among others, Rhonda played in Runaway Beauty Queen which premiered at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota Florida. Reviews at

"I am looking to spend more time away from home to get my play produced in New York City."


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Rhonda Coullet.

Region:  Schoharie County is the rural farm county of New York. Middleburgh is a simple uncomplicated farm town nearby and charming. More stimulus and writers can be found in Rensalaervillle. Cobleskill is a SUNY town 25 minutes away for shopping and a three-dollar movie or you can drive an hour to Albany to its shopping malls, culture, or airport.

Location:  Located three hours north from New York City, one hour west of Albany. Closets airport is Albany.

Closest airport:  Albany International Airport (ALB)

Tourism information:  Schoharie county Chamber of commerce tourism


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Entire farm house or Room $450 per week/share $995 per week/non share Three bedrooms upstairs and one bathroom downstairs. Large kitchen, high speed Internet. 450


  • High Speed
  • Phone
  • Refbook
  • Private bathroom
  • TV/DVD
  • Stereo
  • Out smoking

Payment terms:  To guarantee your reservation, you will be confirmed upon receipt of deposit. Balance is due upon arrival. Banks and ATM's in Middleburgh. All currency is in US dollars.

Cancellation policy:  If at least 30 days prior to arrival, deposit will be refunded less $25 administrative fee. Cancellations under thirty days will not receive a refund. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and can be obtained through your travel agent.

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