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Romantic Retreat Overlooking Lake

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Surrounded by trees, lake and nature with all comforts and amenities extended. This house is private and safe. Heated and air-conditioned, the living room and bedroom include a fireplace for added warmth. The large oval deck leads from the living room and looks out onto the water as does the bedroom's own balcony. A row boat sits at the water's edge. This three level house has an all wood interior, wide pine plank floors throughout and vaulted ceilings. A sleeping loft includes a window and skylight. The bathroom's sloped ceiling also includes a skylight with claw-footed tub sunk in Mexican paving tiles. Original art and objects along with turn of the century antiques add to the warmth and charm of this original and unique home on the lake. Internet access and HD TV available. Beautiful in all seasons.

Through renting my house with guests being introduced to the surrounding beauty, several former renters are now property owners with homes in Sleepy Hollow Lake. Located in the old river town of Athens - little has changed in over two hundred years. One steps back in time driving through the village and finds things still lovely, still fairly secret, as it nestles in the foothills of the Catskills known as the Hudson Valley.

More Details

Donna Monroe
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018


Athens House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Claw footed tub sunk in Mexican paving tiles, w/skylight over tub. Shower over tub. Wood floor
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 double
    Sleeping loft - 9 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon
    Pullout - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living Room - Queen
  • 1 room with one full size bed, loft with one single futon, lr with one queen 1 loft sleeping area.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Air Conditioning. 1 full, 1 twin, 1 queen sleeper sofa. Pool (3 minutes away); boat; beach. Dish wall mounted HDTV included, Internet access,Wi-fi,DVD


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(42 traveler reviews)

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Romantic Retreat Overlooking Lake
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 42 reviews

Beautiful house in the trees.

  • 5 of 5

We had the most peaceful, restorative week here. From the moment you walk in you're hit with a breathtaking view thru the wall of windowed doors leading out to the deck. The pictures are accurate but really don't do it justice. It's a small house but amazingly well designed and maintained. It's so open and airy that you really do feel like you're in an extravagant treehouse. Everything you need is there. We did run out to Staples to get an RCA splitter cable so we could play music from our iPhones through the TV. Otherwise, bring CDs for the boom box, which has surprisingly good sound. Communicating with Donna was easy and helpful. We can't wait to come back. We'd love to do a few days in the winter time and try out that incredibly cool see-through fireplace that serves the main bedroom and the living room simultaneously. Thank you, Donna, for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad, Stacey, the week was a success. I look forward to seeing you in winter when you will have even more lake from my very "extravagant treehouse."
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Wintery cabin feels

  • 5 of 5

The space Donna provides has a lot of character and a real homey feeling to it. The house was easy to navigate with its symmetrical design. The rooms are all quickly accessible and generously decorated with cabin aesthetic. Along with the homey feeling the rooms offer, the view and silence of nature insight of the balcony make you feel the freshness of the morning. Each room (the bathroom, the living room, the loft) were different experiences a part of the cabin time feel. Would love to go back when it's warmer. Would recommend to any cabin enthusiasts or couples.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Damian....Happy New Year! I would love for you to experience another season, a warmer one, when you can experience the sounds of nature along with the wonderful wild life, racing through the trees for our amusement. Come back
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Perfect weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed with my husband and 2 year old daughter for the weekend. The view is beautiful I could have sat on the couch with the fire all weekend!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house perfect for a couple

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, cute and perfect for a couple, Donna's house has everything you need for a great weekend on the lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect lake house getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here on Sleepy Hollow lake. The house was cozy and comfortable and the view can't be beat. It was a perfect weekend away for city folks.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Rustic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing weekend at Donna's treehouse next to a lake. It had everything you need for cooking and relaxing, an amazing deep soaking bath and direct access to the lake. We would absolutely recommend it to anyone and would love to return in the near future! Thanks Donna!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
within minutes on the Hudson River
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Minutes Away- hiking, horseback riding, beautiful river park for picnics, two riverfront restaurants with outside dining on the Hudson, drive-in and movie theaters, Hudson's many antique stores, historic houses (Thomas Cook House and Frederick Church's Olana offer tours daily)

Of special interest to children are the Howe Caverns - though these are more than minutes away. Albany, within 1/2 hour, offers theatre as does Stockbridge & Great Barrington; festivals abound throughout the summer - brochures in house.

30 minutes from 2 Major Ski Resort Areas, Hunter and Windham.

Other Activities: Basketball court, row-boating


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $75

There is an extra charge of $50 a night per person if more than 3 adults. No refund unless reservation can be rebooked (excluding the service fee). Owner suggests guest purchase cancellation insurance thru Homeaway available at a nominal rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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