This charming property is in the heart of the Catskill Mountain Preserve nestled in a hollow on 40 acres. It is a classic Woodstock home embellished with local art and artifacts. Enjoy relaxing by the stone fireplace, the wood burning stove, outdoor fire pit or the stream. 15 mins from Woodstock and Phoenicia. Equidistant between Hunter & Belleayre resorts. This spot is ideal for couples, solo adventurers, families (with kids), and furry friends (pets).
BEDROOMS - There are 2 bedrooms with a total of 4 beds that can accommodate 6 guests. There is also a couch in the common room that can be used for bedding. Each bedroom has a closet and drawer space. Bedroom 1 is the master bedroom on the right at the top of the stairs. It is referred to as the Birdwatcher Bedroom. It has 1 queen bed and also 1 twin bed in a curtained cubby. This bedroom has a large window casing and lots of light. It has a collection of DVDs and a blu ray player that has apps for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube. Bedroom 2 is on the left at the top of the stairs. It is referred to as the Woodland Bedroom. It has 1 twin pop-up trundle bed that converts to a king size bed. It also has 1 standard twin bed. This bedroom is a dark paneled room and is a great sleeping room. There is a laundry hamper located by the door. Extra linen storage is in the armoire.
BATHROOMS - There are two full bathrooms. The master bath at the top of the stairs has floor to ceiling windows on to a private view of the forested mountainside. It is a spacious room with many places for your things. There is a claw foot tub with a view out to the woods. The tub has a hand held spray and a tub caddy for those much-needed relaxing soaks. Fresh towels are located in a cabinet next to the tub. The second full bathroom is on the first floor off of the kitchen. It is has a standard shower with a hand held spray. Towels are located in a wall-mounted holder.
COMMON ROOM AND DINING ROOM - The Common Room has an entrance area with a bench that will accommodate coats, bags, skies and supplies, or it can be used as a dance floor. There is also an upright piano for private concerts. This area opens up to a sitting room with a grand stone and tile fireplace. There are plenty of windows opening out to the surrounding wooded hollow. There is a stereo with tuner and turntable and an adapter for plugging in personal devices. There is a blu ray player with apps for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube, etc. The Dinning room is on the other side of the entrance. It is wood paneled with a grandfather clock and maps of the surrounding park. It has a dining table for 6 and a desk in the front window for those who need a work space to conduct business. There is also a dartboard. Bring your own darts.
KITCHEN AND PORCH BBQ - The kitchen has windows viewing the wooded mountainside. It has wood countertops, tile back splash and wrought iron hanging pot rack. It is outfitted with cookware, a chef's range and a full size fridge. There is no dishwasher, so clean up is on those who have dishwashing duty. There is a basic cookbook collection. As it says in the house rules. It is important to keep this facility clean and in tiptop shape. Cleaning supplies are kept below the sink. Paper towel and dishtowels are present. There is a coal BBQ grill on the front porch. BBQ supplies must be brought in. Please use common sense with flame grill. Fire extinguisher located next to grill on porch. Please keep grill clean. Grill tools are on shelf below griddle. There is a water hose outside of the downstairs bath that can be utilized for cleanup.
PURGOLA AND FIRE PIT - Up the path from the house you arrive at the blue stone pergola patio perched on the bank above the stream. In the center of the patio is a fire pit. On the streamside is a screened in dining canopy. This spot is the centerpiece of the ideal getaway. Enjoy dinner in the shade of the canopy. Afterword, sip a refreshing beverage around the crackling fire with the sound of the mountain stream murmuring in the background.
Guests have run of the house and the yard and the 40 acres of land. The mountain stream runs right through the property. There are several Catskill Park trailheads within a couple mile radius.
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Your Host Michael Tudor is available to answer any questions and make suggestions about local attractions, restaurants and destinations. The property managers, Jameson and Olivia live next store and are also available to help guests get oriented and settled. Please let us know if we can be of service.
- WINTER ACCESS - Access to this property in the winter months (Dec-Mar) requires 4 Wheel or All Wheel drive. Guests are responsible for their own vehicle and transportation needs
- SECURITY - Arrival to the house is self check-in via a smart lock on the front door. The lock is keypad entry. Each guest is provided with a unique PIN that gains them entry. The same PIN is utilized for locking up. Please make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when leaving the property either for a run in to town or at the end of your stay. If there are problems with the smart technology, the lock can be overridden with a physical key which can be provided by the property manager. At check out, please turn off all lights except the hall lights and porch lights.
- SMOKING - No smoking is allowed in house. You may smoke outside. Please use caution to prevent wildfires. Thoroughly extinguish and properly dispose of smoking materials. Ashtray is provided.
- PARTIES AND EVENTS - No parties or events are allowed unless planned and agreed upon with host prior to booking.
- SHOES - If shoes are wet or muddy, please take them off and place in the boot area next to the front door. A house in the wilderness can be challenging to keep clean. Please help us keep it that way. It might not be a bad idea to bring slippers in the cool months.
- CLEANING - A cleaning fee is charged to guests for each stay. For stays longer than 1 week, a cleaning must be performed once per week with an additional charge.
- WASTE - Garbage and recycling cans are located in the basement. Full kitchen garbage should be placed in the basement garbage cans. Full recycling bin should be placed in the basement recycling cans. Any outside garbage from pergola or front porch should be disposed of in a timely manner to avoid attracting the wrong kind of attention from black bears. In country houses there are certain woodland creatures that can be nuisances. Chipmunks, porcupines, mice and ants may take advantage of improperly disposed of waste.
- FIREPLACE - Use of the fireplace and wood stove are welcome. Please follow posted rules on their use. Chief among them is to only dispose of ashes in metal ashbin provided and never in bags or garbage. The fireplace chimney damper must be open before building a fire. The fireplace should always have the metal spark screen placed in front of it to prevent sparks from popping in to living area. The wood stove is very hot to the touch. Keep children out of its reach when lit. Do not over build fires. The fireplace may have up to 4 large logs. The wood stove operates most efficiently with max of 2 or 3 logs. Stove thermometer is provided. Fires in the outside fire pit must be extinguished at end of night. A water pump tank is provided in shed next to pit.
- STREAM - If heavy rains have made stream run high, please keep a safe distance. Use common sense.
- PETS - Pets are welcome with the understanding that they are well behaved. Whether they are on a leash or not, pets should be under the control of the owner and kept in the general area of the property and away from neighbor's houses. Please no pets on the furniture. Guests with pets should bring their own animal towels and keep pets clean and dry when entering the house. There is additional cleaning fee of $35 dollars per pet visitor.
- KITCHEN - This kitchen is a joy to cook in. The cooking supplies are easily adequate to prepare many lovely meals. Please keep kitchen area clean. Keep counters wiped down and put away sweets. Before vacating, guests are required to wash all cooking and dining ware. With the use of this kitchen facility comes the responsibility of its care.
- PACKING - What you bring in, you must bring out again unless otherwise discussed with host. Left over groceries, equipment and linens brought with you should be taken with you when you leave. Check for belongings on back of doors, closets and drawers.
- LINENS - Linens are provided for guests. Please only use these linens inside and provide your own swimming and cleaning towels. Do not use towels to remove makeup. At end of stay please strip used beds and leave linens in either the upstairs or downstairs hampers. Please leave used towels in bathtubs.
- LAUNDRY - Washer Dryer are available for use. Please empty lint trap in dryer. Please don't use too much soap. Front loaders with concentrated detergent need very little.
- ONLINE - Internet/Wi-Fi access is provided. Please do not attempt to change settings. If there is a problem talk to host to resolve the issue. For access to media programing, there are two blu ray boxes, one in the main common area and one in the master bedroom. These boxes are connected to the internet and have apps for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube, etc. You may watch free programming or sign-on to your own account to watch premium content. Make sure you sign-out of your account at the end of your stay. Any additional charges on your account from subsequent guests is not the responsibility of the host. Please utilize the internet responsibly. Do not conduct any illegal activities on the service provided by the host. There are no cable television services provided.
- COMMUNICATION - The land phone line has local and unlimited long distance service. Guests will have to use their own calling cards for international service. Cell service is spotty at best in our part of the park. Certain parts of the house can receive texts. On occasion, a phone will ring with an incoming call, but coverage is not good enough to carry on a conversation. Cell service does work on Silver Hollow Rd up at the top of the drive. There are some spots in the yard that will even allow you to have a cellular call. Generally the higher up in elevation you are, the better reception there is. Down in the hollow reception is limited. Much of this access depends on the cell carrier you have your plan with.
- WILDLIFE - Have respect for wildlife. If you are unsure what this means, have a visit to the parklands website and familiarize yourself with the best ways to interface with the local wildlife. Encounters with black bears are rare, but do happen. We share the parklands with them. Be aware of best practices. They generally steer clear of human activity. A mother with cubs can be dangerous. Watch for deer on the local roads, especially at dusk.
- MINDFULNESS - If guests do not head the rules and items are broken or compromised, then guests are responsible to reimburse house for an items replacement or rehabilitation.
- CHECK-OUT - Upon check-out, please perform the following:
1) Put garbage in basement cans.
2) Pack and take leftover groceries and supplies.
3) Wash and put away cooking and dinnerware.
4) Strip used beds and place linens in hampers.
5) Place used towels in tubs.
6) Check for belongings on back of doors, closets and drawers.
7) Thermostats should be set to 68 degrees.
8) Turn off all lights except for hall lights and cooking range light.
9) Close windows and lock front door on your way out.
- Thank you!
I am a musician, I have spent 25 years in the music business as a recording engineer and producer. I moved up to Catskills from NYC in the 2Ks. Life hasn't been the same since. The mountains have made a new man of me.
This home in the hollow has some magic to it. It is an arts and crafts style cabin that was built in the 30s on what I am guessing is a 19th century foundation. Most likely it was the site of a logging camp along the old mill road down to Phoenicia. For me the property is significant because it holds a close resemblance to an ancestral family homestead that my father and I visited in Wales when I was a youth.