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Catskills/Delaware, Large Schoolhouse/Music studio

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 bedroom suites ,2 bathrooms , sleeps 20 {including sofa beds}

Set in the Upper Delaware of the Western Catskills this 5000 sq ft historic school house features luxurious high ceilings and expansive class rooms with many large windows restored and converted to create a unique eclectic homeaway from home experience .Furnished in rustic shabby chic style which has been reviewed as a both mansion and museum the property is set up to give the feel of an artists loft space in down town NYC.The rental also features a fully equipped music studio for group use included in the basic rental rate .Perfect for a magical relaxing getaway or activity weekend in the country with a medium to large size family or friends group of up to 16 +?. .The property is located in a picturesque hamlet,and bordered by 2 rushing streams , the garden is fenced in on three sides and secluded from the village by a border of trees on all sides so bring your pet .We have a fire pit and charcoal barbecue and there is a patio on the front lawn next to the main stairs which are also a popular gathering place for guests Also a great location for a photography shoot , weddings ,music video ,yoga group or private retreat. Discounts available off season for smaller parties .Now with updated kitchen , new cook stove and Subzero fridge . The rental consists of two floors with 4 very large suite like rooms ,bathrooms and lobbies about 5000 sq ft on two floors,The top floor has two 800 sq/ft suites , bathroom kitchen kids room and lobby with the north room set up with a large kitchen and gathering area and the south room as TV room and bedroom There is another large room with pool table and separate music studio downstairs. The studio is available for rehearsal, jamming ,writing or recording ,please contact for details . Details of the bed layout are available elsewhere on this site. Set on one acre with a large lawn area and bordered by 2 streams the house is only one half mile from the Delaware river where swimming boating rafting and fishing access is available and one mile from Hancock where all shops and services are available We also have a separate 12 acre woodlot which is available at no charge for a camping and hiking base for guests who really want to see the trees..There are 2 golf coarses within 5 miles and recreational boating is now allowed on the pristine Cannonsville reservoir just 6 miles away. The town of Callicoon is about 20 miles away and there are many antique and craft stores in Walton.Bethel Woods is about 30 miles south if you want to see a show We have good cell reception for all major providers and hi speed INTERNET . Also just installed a nice 46 inch TV for those cozy nights around the telly All linen and towels are included as well as basic kitchen and bathroom supplies.The basic nightly rate is for a group of ten people and there is a nightly surcharge of $30 for extra guests up to 20

Current; We had a great 2017 and are kicking off 2018 with a lot of winter rentals ,already looking at a busy summer which is great. Thanks to all our guests who enjoyed the house and those already booked for this year

History: The Cadosia Schoolhouse is a three storey brick structure built in the 1920's, containing all the original woodwork. This was the second schoolhouse on this property, the first one was built in 1867. Purchased in 2001 in derelict condition the house has been extensively restored single handedly by the owner and is heated almost exclusively with wood . The Hancock area was once a popular vacation destination and many traces of the O&W railway can be found in the area largely unchanged since that time The garden has a fence around the front and north side and we are dog friendly.We have streams running on both our South and West sides, meeting in front of our SW corner and running half a mile down to the Delaware River where one can enjoy fishing, canoeing or kayaking and swimming all summer long.

Activities: .The Delaware River is famous for it fly fishing and we have had groups from as far away as Canada stay at the house We have an extensive library of books and vinyl records, all rooms have a separate sound system with Mp3 player input . We are in a shallow valley, with nice hikes in the hills surrounding us. Wildlife is abundant in our area, which is famous for the eagles and hawks which nest nearby. . The Cannonsville reservoir has been opened to boaters and a permit is easily obtained on line for fishing or recreational boating

Area: The surrounding area is full of beautiful scenery and charmingly remote roads , cute little towns for antiquing and thrift shopping, golf courses and restaurants and other historic sites.

Caretaker . May be on the property during Guest turnaround for maintenance

Town of Hancock All services easily available just 1 mile away including Tops supermarket, liquor store,discount beer outlet laundry ,Family dollar ,Hardware, Lumber store ,Canoe and kayak rentals ,Fishing supply ,Gun shop and Library

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Hancock Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • River
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The main floor bathroom has a claw foot tub with a shower, antique bowl, and hand basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • upper left suite - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Main room / kitchen
    lower left suite - 2 queen , pool room /lounge
    upper right suite - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , blue room / TV DVD
    lower right suite - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , classroom / studio
    upper front bedrm - 2 twin/ single , front room / beds
  • In two bedrooms we have convertible sofas that open to be double beds. Many other couches and sofas available that can serve as beds.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
There are many great spots for swimming in the Delaware river just 1mile away . Kayaks available locally


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Catskills/Delaware, Large Schoolhouse/Music studio
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Amazing Place For Music Lovers

  • 5 of 5

Nick and Jaimie were incredibly generous hosts, and this schoolhouse is really something special. My friends and I used the music studio every day, which has some really insane and great-sounding gear, and had a lot of fun poring through the huge record collection in the TV room, listening to everything from King Crimson to NIN to Mozart. We sat around the fire pit and used the grill every night, as well, and played some pool in the pool room. We went and tubed a river one day (the company that rents the tubes are just down the street), and otherwise went and swam in the nearby Delaware river every day, which was a 5 minute drive away. It was the perfect weekend for our musically-inclined friend's bachelor party (but even the non-musicians loved their stay here). If you're looking for a unique getaway, absolutely book this place--you won't regret it!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, eclectic and well-loved space

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly wonderful and well-maintained. Every amenity was provided for, down to heated mattress pads/sheets. Although we spent the coldest new year in the school house, the stoves heat everything nicely and was just what we expected. Nick was very clear about the stoves heating the building and it added such a nice vibe to our experience. Every room is well taken care of and has its own character and flavor. It's just such a wonderful space and atmosphere. Thanks Nick & Jamie for creating such a lovely space and sharing it with us! We hope to come back in the summer time!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lots of fun and character at a great location!

  • 4 of 5

I was one of 11 people on our trip and there was plenty of room for all of us! The house was great and had lots of charm from records to a music room to a lofted bed. We have stayed in a lot of places, but this was the most unique. The hosts were quick to respond to text messages if we had any questions and that made things easier for us. Our only issue, which had a solution, was that it was cold. The weekend was colder than expected, and we heated the place by keeping fires going in the stoves. Everyone liked the fires, but it was an unexpected aspect of the trip. It was cooler than people would have liked, but overall it was a great time. We would go back even if we had to keep building fires.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a great group to host but it does clearly state in the description that we heat almost exclusively with wood and that it is part of the sustainable homestead charm of the rental ..By next winter season I am planning to make a video to help novice wood burners understand the basics of the stoves at the schoolhouse and generally encourage use of wood heating in rural areas by increasing efficiency of stoves . That is not to deny that in Febuary when its -10 outside that one has to be fairly active in order to stay cozy . All wood is supplied .
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A unique gem

  • 5 of 5

I went with a group of 13 people for our annual "friends trip". We had a blast. They were a few musicians in the group and we did jam a little bit which was cool, but that wasn't the primary focus of the trip. There is a river close by where we did a 2-3 hour relaxing tubing trip - a great way to start your day after a night of drinking... The owners were very friendly and welcoming. For the price, I would certainly recommend this to another group.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great friends weekend.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location. We ended up with a total of 7 guests. More than enough room from all us. The record collection was phenomenal. Something for all tastes there. Our only complaint is that it's cold in this place during the winter, the wood stoves helped get it warm, but those are a lot of work for those less inclined or capable of building and maintaining a fire. Luckily we're fire building folk and frequently spend time in tents versus homes. Besides that, we had an amazing experience. Nick was always available when we needed him. The house was eclectic and well styled. Don't expected to watch cable. A TV is and was available for us but we never used it. But if you're expecting Netflix look elsewhere. This is a location for moderate to large groups. We started with 4 and that was nice, but more will make it more fun. Worth the money. Worth the experience. Definitely a place to be.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and inviting

  • 5 of 5

The owners, Nick and Jaimie, were SO friendly. Jaimie stayed in the bunker in the basement during my stay and was always around when I had questions. It appears that they are constantly updating the house and I am excited to see it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
February 3, 2018


Originaly from UK and lived in NYC for many years ,Check me on facebook . there is also a Cadosia Schoolhouse page and I like likes

NICHOLAS HEARMON purchased this chateau / country house in 2001

Why NICHOLAS HEARMON chose Hancock

Many people who have stayed say that the photographs do not do justice to the rental , well you cant photogragh a vibe


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Hancock golf club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
route 17 exit 87a
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Circle diner
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Elk mountain

Located at the top of the scenic Delaware River area the East and West branches of the river come together just a mile away in the sleepy town of Hancock. This provides fishing and boating facility.In addition the Cannonsville reservoir has been opened for recreational boating including sailing although access permits need to be obtained at DEP on line.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

supplies $50
cleaning $75
service $25
Tax Rate 10.0%

The rental rate is for up to 10 people ,children under 18 not included . For additional guests there is a surcharge of $25/ person/stay . discounts are available for smaller groups and mid week stays. Cleaning ,linen,applicable tax and basic supplies are covered by a $150 surcharge /rental

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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