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Cozy, Secluded Mountain Home in the Heart of the Gunks

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View of the house from the driveway in late fall.

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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum of 25 years of age....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children should have a great time on the property but parents will need to consider 'child proofing' for very young children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

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  • 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. ....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Full 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Second Floor...moreless

  • Full 2: toilet, shower

    First Floor...moreless

  • Bathrooms heated by radiant floor system: Each bathroom has it's own thermostat....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Various novels, magazines...moreless

  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    board games, puzzles ...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner Cable: Showtime and Netflix currently provided....moreless

  • Stereo

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    In the Shawangunk Mountain range. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing

Dining

  • Dining:

    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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Air Conditioner in each bedroom...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Living room fireplace. We provide seasoned wood. Fireplace can heat lower level of house....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Current phone service has free calling throughout the U.S....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant floor heat on first floor and in bathrooms. Baseboard radiant heat in bedrooms and living room. 5 separate heat zones. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, bed cover and comforters for each bed....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking in driveway holds 4 cars....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    The house and parking area are well off the main road. ...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    8 towel sets provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Current Wifi access is excellent from any room in the house as well as on the deck and front porch. House currently has Time Warner 'Ultimate 50' allows multiple devices...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove:

    Woodstove in unheated summer dining room. We provide 1.5 cords of firewood per year for entire house....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pots and pans, utensils, spices, sugar, olive and canola oil and balsamic vinegar etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dish-washing detergent provided...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Coffee maker, toaster, blender, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    600 square foot deck...moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden:

    You may grow a garden on the property but please discuss with us first....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Both a gas and charcoal grill are provided...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Front porch and screened in summer dinning room (with woodstove.) ...moreless

  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2015
Mar 1 - May 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$325
$1,350 $2,600
Summer 2015
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,370 $3,300
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay
$400
$1,450 $2,600
Christmas Holiday
Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,450 $2,600
New Year's
Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2016
3 night min stay
$400
$1,450 $2,600
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$325
$1,370 $3,300
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 2%

Notes:

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.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Steward International Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Aroma Thyme
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Honors Haven, Ellenville NY
23 Miles
Nearest Train
Middletown, New York (NJ Transit from NYC)
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
route 52
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Aroma Thyme
55 Miles
Nearest Ski
Belleayre Ski Resort
16.8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Minniwaska State Park

Car: Necessary

The Losee Cottage Experience

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.

 

Owner info

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.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • View of the house from the driveway in late fall.

    View of the house from the driveway in late fall.

  • Living room fireplace with French doors on left opening on to deck

    Living room fireplace with French doors on left opening on to deck

  • Kitchen looking into living room and front porch entrance

    Kitchen looking into living room and front porch entrance

  • summer dining room

    summer dining room

  • Main dining area: Table extends to seat 10; includes 10 straightback chairs.

    Main dining area: Table extends to seat 10; includes 10 straightback chairs.

  • Nice place to sit and read or make phone calls

    Nice place to sit and read or make phone calls

  • Twin bedroom

    Twin bedroom

  • Twin bedroom

    Twin bedroom

  • View from Front Porch and kitchen

    View from Front Porch and kitchen

  • View of entrance to house from parking area

    View of entrance to house from parking area

  • Entry to living room with winter dining area in background

    Entry to living room with winter dining area in background

  • Deck on an early morning summer day.

    Deck on an early morning summer day.

  • Kitchen with door to summer dining room at far end of room on right

    Kitchen with door to summer dining room at far end of room on right

  • View from summer dining room

    View from summer dining room

  • Corner sofa and TV area.

    Corner sofa and TV area.

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Double bedroom

    Double bedroom

  • Second floor bathroom

    Second floor bathroom

  • Lane of maples shot over path from parking area (to left) and house (on right)

    Lane of maples shot over path from parking area (to left) and house (on right)

  • view of house from lane of maples (see earlier photo) with kitchen on left

    view of house from lane of maples (see earlier photo) with kitchen on left

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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english
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