House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 6-8)
About Karyn Feiden
A health writer and a poet, we relish going from city to country and back again, and work hard to make the rental experience a terrific one for our guests.
Karyn Feiden purchased this House in 1999
Why Karyn Feiden chose Willow
Everything about the Woodstock location is great. There is a progressive spirit and a rich array of cultural activities -- art galleries and crafts shops, music venues, film and poetry festivals, outdoor concerts and plays, and much, much more. The restaurants are great, as are the farm stands and food shops. The world-class Emerson spa is less than 10 minutes away. But it's just as easy to skip all that for a nature experience. Hiking trails begin in the back yard, which abuts public lands. The Catskills are rich with hiking, swimming, and biking opportunities. Star-gazing and sunsets can be extraordinary. Set back in the woods, the house is utterly tranquil, yet it is a short drive to civilization at its best
What makes this House unique
A loop walk through the neighborhood, up a mountain road to a great vista... a drive to Woodstock for the film festival or an outdoor summer concert.... Swim in the private, spring-fed pond, armed with cooler chest and towels, emerge refreshed and silken. Return home for a sauna, a campfire, a cocktail... Read a novel, watch a movie in still beauty... Breathe deeply... Feel calm.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great place, great location
The place was exactly as described. A wonderful getaway from the city. The hostess was more than generous and made sure we had a great experience. Thank you!
Just absolutely perfect
We had all the information we needed to stay warm, fed, comfortable, and informed (PDF, maps, books about the area). The house is beautiful and has all the amenities one could want. Feels like a home, not empty as some vacation rentals do. Loved the sauna! Looking forward to returning when the trees have leaves and flowers are blooming.
Wonderful, clean property in an amazing setting with an attentive host.
Karyn could not have done a better job in making us feel at home.
Perfect!! Great location near outdoor activities, shopping and dining. Host is exceptional!
This is the perfect spot to explore the Catskills. Near everything. But what makes this house special is the quality of the property with upgraded features and critical facilities such as on demand hot water, good water pressure,high end sauna that heats up in minutes .
This property doesn’t feel like a VRBO rental but family home.
Host is available 24/7 however everything is perfect so only reason to contact her is to say thanks.
Thanks so much, and we're delighted you had such a great time. We do try to offer the warmth and comfort of a well-maintained home, and I'm so pleased that came across during your stay!
A beautiful peaceful retreat
Willow appears to be a sweet spot in the Catskills, as it’s neither too secluded nor too developed, and this pretty house sits on a particularly prime piece of land. The evening of our arrival, I stood in the front yard and just listened—there wasn’t a single sound that didn’t come from a living creature. I recorded four whole minutes of organic pastured peacefulness on my iPhone, just because I could, and didn’t hear a single car or aircraft for the duration of the recording. Just the quiet and calm I’d been hoping for.
The house is warmly furnished and beautifully appointed. The kitchen is nicely laid out and had a better array of spices, knives, and pans than most vacation rentals. It was easy to cook there. All the fixtures in the house are modern and in working order, though there are so many light switches I’m not sure I could ever learn them all. (I’m fairly certain that if you flip them in just the right combination, a hidden door opens to a secret temple.) The house was bigger than we needed, and we barely set foot on the second floor, except to use the extra bathroom. The sauna was an unusual treat for us--just the thing for a cool rainy afternoon. My wife also enjoyed the hammock in the screened-in porch, where she sat with her laptop for a few hours one afternoon and got some work done. The windows and fans allow for good cross-ventilation in the house as a whole. Even though a couple of days were hot, we never needed to run the air conditioner in the bedroom.
My only minor issue was the bed, which is a double and not a queen—probably fine for most couples if one of them doesn’t suffer from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. My wife mostly slept on the futon couch in the living room, which was reportedly very comfortable. The mattress was also a bit firm for my taste, although not uncomfortably so, and the upstairs mattress is even firmer.
But despite a few very minor quibbles, we loved the house and the surrounding area. Do yourself a favor and read the helpful and thorough notes that Karyn provides on everything from using the facilities to a guide to the Catskills, as there’s lots of useful information. Karyn is also extremely responsive, a very good host.
Charming home, terrific location. Great find.
This home was a lovely place for my family of four to stay for the week. Our children (ages 3 and 6) had a ball playing in the yard and swimming in the neighborhood pond, where they looked for tadpoles and salamanders. The house was cozy, comfortable, well-maintained with a well-equipped kitchen. The location is secluded and serene but it is also a quick drive to the towns of Woodstock and Phoenicia. Also a great jumping off point for beautiful hikes and kayaking. Karyn made everything easy for us and was generous in providing information about the area and nearby activities. All we had to do is show up and enjoy. Highly recommended for a family getaway.
Hike and snowshoe out the backyard -- thousands of acres of public land. Swim pond with picnic tables and park-like grounds and yoga classes available in neighborhood. Galleries, fine restaurants, entertainment in nearby Woodstock. Hudson River 30 minutes away for kayaking, sailing and other boating. Easy access to all outdoor recreational activities in the Catskills.