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9620 Dry Run Road
Painted post, NY 14870


Watson Homestead is a full service conference and retreat center, open year-round, serving 8000 - 10,000 guests annually.  In addition to hotel-style accommodations and meeting rooms, Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center has an indoor, heated swimming pool; climbing tower, historic one room schoolhouse, hiking trails, miniature golf, archery range, ball fields, covered picnic pavilion, full summer cabin area, playgrounds and a meditation labyrinth. Guests are served home-cooked, healthy meals buffet style in our dining room with a fireplace and panoramic view of 375 acres.  Call us today to book a day or overnight meeting or retreat.  Watson Homestead is an excellent location for youth, sports or organizational retreats, weddings, clergy or religious retreat groups, conferences, trade shows, banquets, seminars, quilt, scrapping, yoga and wellness retreats, team building and staff training retreats.

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Reservation Policy


Reservations:  Please call us at (607) 962-0541. Signed contracts and Deposits are required.

Deposits: The deposit amount is $15 per registered person. This amount is non-refundable.

Final Count & Minimum Billable Amount: Final count must be received no later than twenty-one (21) days prior to your event or your Minimum Billable Amount will be based on your original contracted number. Please remember, you or your group will be billed for space reserved and not used.

Deductions and additions after arrival: Your minimum billable amount will be determined by your contract in conjunction with information submitted prior to twenty-one (21) days before your event. Additional guests will be charged per the contracted rate.

Check-in/Check-out: Registration for your event is required before 7:00 PM.  A representative of your organization must be present to check-in prior to 7:00 PM. 
Check-in for lodging is 3:30 PM. If you arrive early, we will do our best to accommodate you. 
Check-out is 10:00 AM. There is a late departure fee of $25.00/hour.

Payment: We ask that one person pay the final bill. All checks should be made payable to Watson Homestead. Complete payment is required at the beginning of your stay. Groups checking in Friday evening should pay by Saturday 11:00 AM.

Weekend Package: For those organizations registering for weekend packages of 2 nights/4 meals, meals will begin Saturday breakfast and end with 9:30 AM Brunch.

Food Service Minimum: Minimum Food Service is 20. Contracts will not be entered into for under 20 persons for Food Service unless it is known that other groups in-house during a concurrent stay will allow for a greater than 20 person meal count.

Pool Usage: Overnight guests are given the opportunity to one hour of pool usage. For weekend guests the time is generally Saturday afternoon. Please request a specific time with guest services.

Equipment and Linens: Any equipment provided by, or linens rented from WHC&RC must be requested at least twenty-one (21) days prior to your event. Equipment is available on a first-come-first-served basis, but must be requested prior to arrival.

Set-ups: Special meeting room set-ups must be requested no later than twenty-one (21) days prior to your event.

Group Programs required: Each organization bringing an event to WHC&RC shall submit an event program schedule to Guest Services no later than twenty-one (21) days prior to the event.

Names & Addresses: Each organization bringing an event to WHC&RC shall submit a list of event participants along with addresses, telephone numbers, and ages if below the age of eighteen (18).

Meeting Space: The number and size of meeting rooms allowed per group per event will be determined by WHC&RC dependent upon group size and the program requirements. WHC&RC reserves the right to charge for meeting rooms requested above and beyond our determination. Due to high demand, use of the Chapel must be scheduled prior to your arrival.

Renting the “entire house”: This means contracting for 200 or more guests per event.

Posters & Signs: The use of posters and signs by your group is subject to approval by Guest Services. Please do not use tape or tacks to hang signs on painted or varnished surfaces.

Use of Lobby: The Main Lobby is a common area to be used by all our guests. Please do not program this area for your group.

Food Service: The Dining Hall at WHC&RC is intended to serve all groups in-house and shall be considered “common ground”. No group should assume exclusive ownership of the dining hall during their stay unless that group rents the entire house. We request that group prayer, announcements, or other similar activity be conducted quietly at group tables or before entering the Dining Hall. Serving style at Watson Homestead is buffet. A salad bar is available at lunch and dinner times. The menu is “Cook’s Choice”. 
Times are as follows: 
Breakfast:         8:00 AM              Sunday Brunch 9:30 AM 
Lunch:              12:30 PM 
Dinner:              6:00 PM 
Please arrange your group’s schedule to be on time for meals.

Lodging without meals: Lodging with meals shall be sold as an undivided package. Guests are not permitted to prepare their own meals to the exclusion of purchasing meals from WHC&RC. Lodging at Hillside may be an exception to this rule providing all guests for a given event are wholly lodged at Hillside House. The use of crock-pots and other cooking appliances brought for the purpose of serving snacks shall be limited to use in the kitchenette area on the lower level of the Chapel extension.

Special Dietary Needs: Please notify Watson Homestead of any special dietary needs no less than 21 days prior to your arrival. We will do our best to accommodate guests with special food conditions whenever possible, but due to the quantity of people we serve, we cannot cook special meals for individual guests during their stay. Those guests with severe allergies, or special medical food conditions should make alternative plans for food before their arrival. If the allergy is wheat/gluten, they must be prepared to bring food to supplement. Food Services at Watson Homestead uses low salt menus whenever feasible and always offers vegetarian alternatives at the buffet. Lactose free milk is also regularly offered during meals.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all buildings and open areas except in those which are designated.

Alcohol Use: Although possession and/or consumption of alcohol is prohibited at WHC&RC, exceptions will be made upon approval of the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Policy exceptions will only include dinner parties, banquets, and/or receptions where a third party caterer, licensed to provide and serve alcoholic beverages in the State of New York, is contracted with the group to provide this service. WHC&RC staff will not provide and/or serve alcohol to its guests. The guest services coordinator will review each case and submit the requests to the Executive Director and Board of Directors for final approval.

Animals /Pets: We ask that you not bring your pets with you.