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This enchanting Shawangunk Mountain house -- a ''home sweet home'' -- sits on a forested mountain top in the cliff-side bohemian community of Cragsmoor, NY.
Losee Cottage is a newly renovated two-story stone-and-cedar-shingle house. The 2300-square-foot home boasts 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths (one on each floor). The four bedrooms sleep 8: 1 queen master bedroom; 1 full bedroom; 2 twin bedrooms (2 twin beds per room). Wraparound windows bring the outside inside with a generous deck, 900 square foot living/dining room (extendable dining table seats up to 10 and includes 10 straightback chairs),with both radiant floor and baseboard heat, a glassed-in summer porch with dining table for 10 (not heated though guests are free to use the woodstove if they want) and front porch sitting area.
The galley kitchen is well-equipped and has an ample prep area. A gas grill and a charcoal grill are provided for cooking en plein air. With the large outdoor deck and summer dining porch, the house is a great place to entertain outside in warm weather. In the colder months, enjoy cooking and chatting while standing on a warm, radiant heated floor or entertain family in friends in the main dining/living room.
The house is a complete retreat for a romantic week of vacation and relaxation or get-togethers for friends and family. It's a 2-hour drive from New York City, 45 minutes from New Paltz, 50 minutes from West Point.
The Middletown, NY, train station (for NJ Transit) is 40 minutes away; scheduled bus service in Ellenville is 15 minutes away by taxi.
The house is just minutes from great hiking and the best hang-gliding on the east coast. Just a bit further are amazing rock-climbing, mountain-lake swimming, farmer's markets, summer theater, music festivals and golf.
We regret that the house is not equipped for wheelchair accessibility.
Air conditioner (with remote) is provided for each of the 4 bedrooms. Summer nights are generally cool on the mountain but in recent summers there have been one to two weeks when temperatures reached into the 90's.
Window shades for a better night's sleep - Each bedroom has at least 4 windows, each with blackout shades.
All windows have screens to let in summer breezes.
In cooler weather, storm window sashes and a well insulated home help keep out the cold.
There are two separate heating zones for the 4 bedrooms. Bedrooms heated via hot water baseboard units.
Bathroom and upstairs hall have a separate radiant floor heating zone.
Bathrooms heated by radiant floor system: Each bathroom has it's own thermostat....moreless
First floor heated via radiant floor system. Living room also has hot water baseboard heating system.
1.5 cords of seasoned firewood included in yearly rental.
Parents with very young children will need to consider child proofing as the house is not child proofed....moreless
There are 2 dining areas, each table extends to seat 8 to 10. Enjoy year round dining in the living/dining room; In warm months (or if heated with woodstove) enjoy the screened in summer dining room....moreless
Thanksgiving Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas Holiday Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2015 7 night min stay
New Year's Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Housekeeping. laundering of sheets and towels, firewood for fireplace and wood stove, propane for gas grill included in rental price. Charcoal not included.
Cotton and flannel sheets, bath towels, bedspreads, hypoallergenic comforters and pillows supplied.
Fire is not permitted anywhere on the property except in the fireplace and wood stove. This is a county rule reflecting forest fire risks.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Take a hike through Sam's Point preserve or to Bear Cliff. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful and historic Cragsmoor hamlet, an artist colony that several Hudson River School painters and many artists, actors and musicians continue to call home.
The nearby villages of Pine Bush and Ellenville offer all the conveniences of dining, shopping, services, and arts & crafts. Shadowland Theatre is the foremost regional theater in the area. Honor’s Haven offers a gym, spa, pool and golf.
Sam's Point Nature Preserve, a half mile from the house, offers invigorating hikes and gorgeous views of Bear Mountain (60 miles away), the Hudson Valley, and the Catskill Mountains. The historic local Stone Church with its lovely views is the site of dozens of weddings and events year-around. The Cragsmoor Free Library contains Hudson River School paintings as well as paintings by more recent artists.
Other activities are within a 30 to 45 minute drive, including the traditional charm of Mohonk Mountain House and Resort, Minnewaska State Park, and New Paltz, NY, a lively town with diverse dining, shopping and rock climbing as well as the National Landmark: Historic Huguenot Street.
Other activities closer-by include hang gliding, horseback riding, and hiking as well as wine tours and occasional musical performances at the Stone Church.
Kid Friendly: Ambulating children have a great time on the property. Parents will need to consider 'child proofing' for very young children.
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: We spent all our childhood summers in Cragsmoor and have fond memories of exploring the woods, climbing trees, finding red newts, and swimming in mountain water holes along the trails in the mountains. We also remember great, foggy, Fall days when we’d play games, read and eat our mother’s fresh baked muffins with tea – or scare ourselves by watching Dark Shadows when our parents were out. As adults we enjoy cooking, entertaining and gardening in Cragsmoor and my sister was married in the Stone Church. Now her young daughter and friends are busy exploring the mountains.
Why the Owner Chose Cragsmoor: Losee Cottage has always had a special attachment to us not only because our family has been vacationing on this lovely spot since the 1860's but because of the beautiful surroundings and the activities the great outdoors offers.
Losee cottage (pronounced Low -see with emphasis on low) was originally a kitchen attached to the house where our great grandparents and their 8 children summered. When the children grew up, 'Losee Cottage' was put on American Chestnut logs (still visible in the basement but not in the forest) and dragged down the field by horses (circa 1890-1900). It became our great uncle's home. He sold it during WWII and subsequent owners enlarged it.
We repurchased the house in 1999 and have restored and modernized it over the past 5 years. We do not live in the house. We spend our free time in the “Stone House” which is next door to Losee Cottage.
We hope that if you do choose Losee Cottage as a vacation spot, that you will enjoy it and the surroundings as much as we have.