Turquoise Barn

Established in 2003, Turquoise Barn is a Green Certified, eco-friendly Retreat, Education and Event Center located approximately 3 hours from NYC on an organic farm in the Western Catskills.  The former dairy farm is home to 3 historic buildings; including a converted 1800's Carriage House, former pig barn now Gallery (Turquoise Barn), and a 3 story historic heifer barn which is now the studio & workshop of Michael Milton and Michelle Premura, two artists formerly from East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.  

 

RENT

Our 1800's Carriage House (former B&B - sleeps 16-20) AND outdoor event space are available to RENT for small or large gatherings including personal and corporate RETREATS, WEDDINGS, Reunions, VACATION RENTAL, Photo & Video/movie Shoots.  Rent by the hour, day, weekend or week.  

 

We offer a variety of Additional Services that may be added to your visit including nature & plant ID walks; essential oils, herbal, & wild food workshops, botanical cuisine food prep classes, yoga, massage, and rieki.  

 

Additionally,we host Botanical Workshops and Rejuvenation Wellness Weekend Retreats that reflect our commitment to conscious and natural living, as well as our specialty in sustainable botanical cuisine.   These all inclusive weekends are ideal for anyone wishing to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate without having to worry about what to do and where to go - it's a one stop vacatoin package.  

 

Also on the property are organic vegetable, herb & flower gardens, a flowing spring fed pond, a small apple orchard, roosters, chickens, ducks, cats (outdoor only), rolling hills, open meadows, a large outdoor event space nestled in the foothills, and fresh air......oh and amazing fresh spring water (you even shower in it)! 

 

 

 

Turquoise Barn is THE place to be for anyone wishing to experience creativity, beauity, and the art of NATURE THERAPY!!  Browse our website to learn more or contact us.     

 

History

 

 

 

 

Carriage House

 

 

Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance........

 

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. Upstairs are four large bedrooms, 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, woodstove and back sun porch.

 

When we began restoring this amazing building in 2000, using as much of the original and recycled/reclaimed materials as possible.  All the slate in the bathrooms, kitchen, and near the woodstove came from an old local school house, the 2 sets of double doors, wainscoting, floor boards upstairs are original; the floors downstairs came from another barn on the property.  Doors, railings, furniture, and some fixtures are all reclaimed. To date, we are continually upgrading while working towards retaining the original character of the house.  

 

 

Most of the furniture and artwork is also made from recycled/reclaimed materials.  All artwork and furniture is made by us (Michael & Michelle) and most is available for purchase.  So if you’re interested in something, just let us know.  We also have a gallery/shop next door (Turquoise Barn) with more furniture, art, jewelry, collectibles, and local raw honey and organic produce when in season. 

 

The Grounds

 

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. 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. 

 

What to do?

 

Watch the sunset, moonrise, stars sparkle, relax by pond, build a bon fire, curl up with a good book next to the woodstove, schedule a massage, hike 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.

 

We also offer a variety of special services including catering, workshops, massage and more.  Visit our additional services page for more details.  

 

Perfect location for large outdoor gatherings or small indoor events. 

 

Create your perfect country weddinghost a retreat, dinner party, or family and friends reunion.  We have a large outdoor event space nestled in the foothills with plenty of parking.  

 

Close proximity to SKIING (Plattekill 20-25 min - Bellayre- 30-35 min - Windham - 50 min - 1 hr) hiking, snowmobiling, swimming, fishing, book stores, antique shopping, yoga classes, restaurants, 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.

 

You can view our rates and reserve here at our HomeAway Listing or contact us for more information. 

 

 

 
 

Michelle Premura

Michelle is a co-creator of Turquoise Barn.  She is a certified vegan living & raw food chef & instructor, reiki practioner, herbalist apprentice, artist, jeweler, mother, wild food enthusiast and botanical cuisine aficionado.   Michelle graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Fine Arts - Sculpture.   She also graduated as a gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA and studied jewelry design & manufacturing at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.   Michelle has been learning and practicing whole food and natural living for over 25 years since she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1985. In addition to hosting workshops and retreats at Turquoise Barn, she has also lectured and taught at a variety of schools and universities, as well as private events. Currently, she is preparing to co-host retreats with Oaxaca Casa de Quetzal in Oaxaca, Mexico.  

 

To learn more about Michelle, click here.

Michael Milton

Michael is a co-creator of Turquoise Barn.  Originally from Jamaica, Michael is a painter, sculptor, & performance artist who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC with an MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also a wood worker extraordinaire, and master at recycling/reclaiming materials to design & renovate spaces into unique, functional, and aesthetically pleasing works of art.  Michael designed and renovated the Carriage House, Gallery and is currently completing the renovations on the "big barn."  He is currently working on creating his 3rd annual outdoor Reggae Music Festival.  

  Weddings . Retreats . Vacations        Organic . Restorative . Transformative

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(607) 538-1235 . 8052 County Highway 18  Bloomville, NY 13739