Explorers' & Artists' Mountain Retreat for 120 Years!
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Cragsmoor house description
The house sits on top of the Shawangunk Ridge, in the Hamlet of Cragsmoor, looking toward Minnewaska State Park and the Catskill Mountains. It is a 2 story house with the living/dining areas, a sunroom, a bedroom and bath and the kitchen (with washer and dryer) on the 1st floor and one large bedroom with it's own bathroom on the second floor. In addition there is a full size futon and plenty of room for it on either floor. The house has central heat and a wood stove on the first floor.
Cragsmoor has been home to artists since the late 19th century including, George Inness, Jr, E.L. Henry (who's house is next door) Helen Turner and Charles Curran. Many of its houses and the 100 year old Cragsmoor Library and the Stone Church were designed by Frederick Dellenbaugh, who charted the West with John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt.
Bear Hill, a ten minute walk from the house, and Sam's Point, a 30 minute walk, feature breathtaking views in opposite directions, some of the best rock climbing in the eastern U.S. and many hikes of different levels of difficulty, to waterfalls, natural ice caves, spring fed pools. Both are covered with the famous Shawangunk blueberry bushes, free for the picking.
There are spas, golf courses, antique stores, artists studios nearby. There is hang gliding in warm weather and cross country skiing in cold weather.
There is beauty of every kind, man made and God made. The top of Sam's Point is the only place in the world where Dwarf Pitch Pine trees grow, creating on erie landscape of black pine trucks interspersed with white Birches and endless blueberry bushes. And it smells so good!
- 1600 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Lawn / Garden
- Deck / Patio
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Medical Services
- Mountain Biking
- Hunting Small Game
- Cross Country Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Climbing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Massage Therapist
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Eco Tourism
- Cragsmoor has served as a cool mountain escape from city life since the middle of the 19th century. It was and is an artists' colony and many of its homes were designed and built by Frederick Dellenbaugh, a self taught architect and explorer with John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt. Cragsmoor is situated on the top of the Shawangunk Ridge at the Southern end of the Catskill Mountains. The views are spectacular and Rock outcroppings on the east and the west side of Cragsmoor provide hiking and rock climbing opportunities and in July and August, abundant blueberries, free for the picking. The 'Borsht Belt' resorts were actually located in the Shawangunk Mountains, and The Nevele, a sister resort of Grossinger's, is planning to reopen, with a casino....moreless
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Lovely and relaxing
Lovely and relaxing
A friend and I stayed here for a weekend of hiking and climbing. The location is perfect: you can walk to Sam's Point (the conservation center is about a mile away), and it's only a 20-minute drive to Peterskill and Minnewaska. It's a great old house with a lot of character, with two comfortable bedrooms. (The sunrises from the upstairs bedroom are breathtaking!) The kitchen is well-appointed, and the sunroom has a library full of books, guides, and maps of the area. It was cold when we were there, but with four thermostats and a wood-burning stove, we were plenty cozy and warm. It's on a quiet street, and we were never aware of any cars or noise from the outside. The owner is very helpful, and it's obvious that she's put a lot of care and love into this home. It makes a good base for exploring the area, but is a lovely retreat in its own right.
- Guest Sarah H.
- Date of stay 10/25/13
- Review Submitted 10/30/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
It's a beautiful house, on beautiful grounds, in an old community that is quiet, peaceful, and respectful. Hiking nearby is fantastic. Folks at the library and the post office were not only helpful but enlightening.
- Guest jersey guest (New Jersey)
- Date of stay 08/24/13
- Review Submitted 09/03/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, people with disabilities, sightseeing, age 55+.
Quiet and Relaxing
Quiet and Relaxing
We just spent 4 quiet and relaxing days in this comfy, clean Cragsmoor home. The kitchen was very well stocked and had plenty of dishes and cooking utensils. We especially enjoyed the sunroom. We saw deer in the yard and the view of the mountains from that side of the home is beautiful. The Stone Church in the community is a great place to stop for both the architecture and the incredible view. The owner is very helpful and willing to answer your questions. We are retired and have been renting vacation homes for the past 10 years, and this is one of our favorites.
- Guest Cheryl S.
- Date of stay 08/14/13
- Review Submitted 08/19/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners.
the perfect getaway
the perfect getaway
I stayed at the house last weekend with my four best friends for a girls' weekend - and it was perfect. The house was a great size, with a lovely living space and sunroom that were comfortable and nice. We all loved the beautiful backyard and porch area - especially the fresh herbs, and the bedrooms were comfortable and clean. The area is beautiful - the house is very close to some beautiful hiking trails and just 35 minutes from New Paltz and lovely Lake Minnewaska. Overall, we had a fabulous stay, and everything was easy and perfectly set for our arrival. I would highly recommend this spot for a getaway with friends, family, or a significant other!
- Guest lilrhody4 (Barrington, RI)
- Date of stay 08/09/13
- Review Submitted 08/17/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
A cabin in the woods
A cabin in the woods
I went to Cragsmoor with my friends for July 4th weekend this year. The house was clean and very well maintained. The grass was newly mown and the accommodation came very use friendly with all working appliances, pots and pans etc. We had a dog and it was pretty dog friendly. There were sleeping arrangements for all. It's a quiet place in the mountains, overlooking a valley. You could stay at the house for the weekend easily not even getting out of the hamlet, making use of the walks around it (to the reservoir and the ice caves) but our friend had carefully planned a few hikes and excursions to watering holes which the area is full of. We came across waterfalls, does and deers and secret diving spots. It can be romantic, a fun escapade or a nice friend's reunion over a BBQ. It's whatever you want to make it and the surroundings and the set up definitely enhances the experience.
- Guest Frenchie (United States)
- Date of stay 07/04/13
- Review Submitted 07/15/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners.
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- Nearest Barpub: Stony Brae, 5 min, at Cragsmoor Rd & Route 52 at 2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Stony Brae at 2 Miles
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: I live in Los Angeles and work in television. I try to get back to Cragsmoor as often as I can, but that is not very often, unfortunately.
Why the Owner Chose Cragsmoor:
My father and my Grandfather grew up in Cragsmoor. I spent summers in Cragsmoor with my brothers and it is one of our favorite places in the world. A copy of a painting of my father at age 9, by Helen Turner, hangs over the fireplace. It is called 'Mountain Boy.' A copy of a painting by E.L. Henry (who lived nest door) hangs in the 100 year old Cragsmoor Free Library. It is called 'Country School' and features my Grandfather, standing at the front of the class at age 6. I bought my house after my father told me to call Sally Matz (President of the Historical Society) and ask her to recommend a house to buy. Sally grew up down the hill on Schuyler Road from where my father grew up and her grandfather was the great illustrator, Arthur I. Keller. That's why!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
There is no pressure. Your stay can me thrilling and challenging if that's what you want (rock climbing, hang gliding) or serene and beautiful (walks and books and food) or both.
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House looks toward the Catskill Mountains
Sunroom - looks to Catskills
The living/dining room. The sunroom is straight ahead, kitchen to the far right
right side of kitchen
Upstairs, very large, bedroom with bath
View of Catskill Mountains from sunroom.
Livingroom, dining area is behind camera
Left side of kitchen
Downstairs bedroom with it's own bathroom on right
Upstairs bedroom. Bath is to far left.
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2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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