About the property
- House800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
Play in the Catskills all day, sleep by the stream at night.
This 2 bedroom space is centrally located between Saugerties (HITS), Woodstock, and Hunter. It's the best of the Catskills right on Kaaterskill Creek with legendary swimming holes.
Lovely second floor apartment with a private entrance, in a beautiful 2-family home on Kaaterskill Creek is available year-round for long or short stays.
Romantic, private and quiet, this great getaway spot is less than two hours drive from the George Washington bridge. Whether you are swimming, bicycling, seeking nature at it's best or just resting and rejuvenating, you'll enjoy the serenity of our idyllic location. Your own large well equipped eat-in kitchen is the perfect place for morning coffee or tea. (Supplied, of course, along with a variety of wholesome breakfast items including yummy locally baked goods and fresh fruit). This getaway also features two sunny, warm bedrooms where the stream sings you to sleep, a large bathroom with a deep tub for soaking along with wifi and a well stocked vacation library.
This amazing spot has it all:
We're conveniently located between Woodstock / Saugerties (10 miles) and Hunter Mountain (10 miles), right on Kaaterskill Creek.
Enjoy H.I.T.S. Horse Shows in the Sun (8minutes)
Explore Kaaterskill Falls (5 minutes)
Hike the long Path through Kaaterskill Clove (2 minutes walk to the trail head)
Stroll to nearby Michael's or the Fernwood Restaurant for a leisurely world cuisine lunch or dinner. Enjoy home cooked meals with organic and local ingredients at The Circle W Bistro. Or check out the stellar selection of wines at Lower Clove Wines,
Dine in Saugerties (8 miles) and try New World Home Cooking, The Red Onion
Visit Catskill's Storey Farms and Vinnie's farm stand for fresh local foods. (2 miles)
Enjoy Woodstock's shopping, restaurants and fun
No Car Needed!
We're easy to get to via bus. (Drops you off in the center of the Hamlet.) Or take the Amtrak to Hudson and grab a cab across the Rip Van Winkle bridge. (One of the most beautiful trips you'll ever take.) All you'll need is within easy walking distance of the house.
Located in the sleepy hamlet of Palenville, the beauty of our area inspired much of the Hudson River School of Painting.
Let it inspire your perfect vacation or sabbatical.
Your own private space suits 4 people wonderfully. Enjoy the large private backyard, organic veggie and herb garden, patio with outdoor seating and a grill. Rest or read in the shade of a maple in our swinging hammock
We can be flexible. While you have your own space and we completely respect your privacy. We are always welcome conversation and are more than happy to help you guide you to the best the Catskills have to offer.
We're a sleepy hamlet. Well known as America's First Artist Colony. Birthplace of the Hudson River School of Art.
Yes! The Trailways bus drops you off at the Circle W just 2 minutes from the house. We're happy to help you with luggage etc.
We also love to take the Amtrak. It's like a vacation at the beginning of the vacation. Take the train to Hudson and cab across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. This is the most scenic route and inspiration for many fine photographers.
We're a green vacation rental. All of our cleaning solutions exceed Green Seal standards, all paint is zero-VOC, we recycle, grow organically and HEPA vacuum meticulously. We are happy to stock anything special you may want.
Want to know more about the history or our area?
Catskill Stream is snuggled into an area so rich in history, where legend begat fact, that the neighborhood adds another layer of wonder to an already stunning setting.
It was this immediate area of Palenville that Washington Irving borrowed in 1819 for the setting for the epic slumber and awakening of "Rip Van Winkle," drawing the then-young country's attention to the area. A few years later, the first of the pioneering artists of what became known as the Hudson River School of painting were pulled here, too.
Thomas Cole, Kaaterskill
Thomas Cole, The Falls of the Kaaterskill, 1826
The young Thomas Cole first visited here in 1825, to sketch nearby Kaaterskill Falls and other spots. The paintings he made from those sketches moved many other artists to flock to the area to try to capture it's awe-inspiring beauty, not only on canvas but also in poetry and prose.
Their glorious works, widely reproduced in the major periodicals of the day, attracted so many visitors that they in turn spurred the popularity of grand mountaintop hotels, which became favored destinations for all the giants of the 19th and early 20th century.
The famed Catskill Mountain House, in 1823 the first resort in America, was as legendary in its time as any playground of the famous and powerful today. The Mountain House, and the others that followed, like the Hotel Kaaterskill and the Laurel House, attracted Twain, Sherman, Presidents Arthur and Grant, along with nobility and notables from all over the world.
This is the real Catskill Mountains, not the vacation areas in the foothills to the southeast that long ago misappropriated the name. The justly famed Kaaterskill Falls, the tallest in New York State, rendered and made famous by all the major Hudson River School artists, is no more than four miles up the road!
The Mountain House, Hotel Kaaterskill and the Laurel House, widely-famed landmarks in their day, are all gone now. The depression of the 1930's, fire, and the march of time eventually brought their reign to the end, and the once imposing structures demolished. But the scenery is now even more sublime since the area has reverted to its natural state, and manmade structures no longer interfere.
"Kindred Spirits" (Cole & Bryant) by Asher Durand
"Kindred Spirits" (Cole & Bryant) by Asher Durand
Asher Durand, who bought one of Thomas Cole's original three paintings of the region, painted this tribute to his friends William Cullen Bryant and Cole after the latter's passing. It shows his interpretation of a spot in the Kaaterskill Clove, borrowing various features from different locations. It is regarded as a defining work of the Hudson River School.
The Hudson River School Art Trail — Hike to the nearby sites made famous by the painters of the Hudson River School.
"Tracking the Artists' Journey on the Hudson" (NY Times, 11/13/05)
"Cedar Grove" — the Thomas Cole House in the nearby Town of Catskill, a national historic site.
"Olana" — The Frederick Church House, in Hudson, NY, hailed by many as the queen of the Hudson Valley estates
Thomas Cole, Dawn Of The Hudson River School
This page shows reproductions of Thomas Cole's historic first three paintings from this area in 1825, including one of Kaaterskill Falls.
National Gallery of Art, 2007 Exhibition on Asher Durand
"Kaaterskill Falls" - from Wikipedia
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Conn.
The Wadsworth Atheneum's renowned Hudson River School collection, the finest of its kind, contains over 65 Hudson River landscapes, including thirteen of Thomas Cole's. The paintings are currently traveling as an exhibit in Europe (9/08). Founder Daniel Wadsworth was one of Cole's most important patrons.
Book: "Kaaterskill - From the Catskill Mountain House to the Hudson River School"
Published by the Mountain Top Historical Society,
Black Dome Press, 1993
Jeff and Lea Boyer
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About Jeff and Lea Boyer
We've lived in the Catskills for almost 20 years and love the natural beauty of this region. He owns a family entertainment production company she is a Sustainability Coordinator. We enjoy the adventure of traveling and meeting new people. We love to swim, hike,cook, and ride our bikes, Kaaterskill Clove and Platt Clove being some of our favorite rides. We step out the front door and am 2 minutes from these scenic mountain roads. Lea bakes award winning goodies like cakes and pies and muffins. (she loves to share them with our guests!)
Jeff and Lea Boyer purchased this House in 2009
Why Jeff and Lea Boyer chose Palenville
In all the years we've lived in the Catskills we've never seen anywhere as breathtakingly beautiful as Palenville. We walk out of our door and can swim in the stream, 4 blocks down a country lane is a trail head that leads up an incredible mountain. A few weeks ago we hiked up and were looking down on clouds and across to the Hudson and it was magnificent. The beauty is why we love Palenville.
What makes this House unique
This home is so convenient! Walk to all you need! It's easy to get to Woodstock, Hunter, Saugerties, Catskill, Hudson. We love to listen to the sound of the stream at night. The gardens are beautiful. It's great to grill and relax in the hammock in the back yard.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lea and Jeff (and their son, Will) are wonderful hosts. They make sure you have everything you need and far and beyond! The location is fabulous for close by swimming holes, easy trips up the mountain, and an easy and beautiful drive to Woodstock. It is also close to the upcoming Saugerties Village and the Hudson river. Hudson itself and the Olana estate is so easy to get to and well worth seeing.
The apartment is great, with two nice and light-filled bedrooms, and a spacious kitchen and eating area - a definite plus for longer stays as mine was.
The bed is the best. I want one just like that! And going to sleep to the gurgling stream is peaceful and adds to a good nights sleep.
The neighborhood is quiet with lovely evening walks to be had. Hawks and kingfishers abound as well as nesting storks close by. I have had a wonderful summer here and look forward to returning. Thanks Lea, Jeff, and Will for everything. You have been so very kind to me and I am most grateful.
Very clean in an excellent area.
We enjoyed our quiet stay. This is a very old historic area and the upstairs unit is very clean,a little crooked but that is to be expected in a house in this era. The only downside was the lack of good internet and TV would not work.
So glad you enjoyed your stay. We're glad you love the historic nature of the place and the area. The house has a historic tale. It was one of three original staff quarters for the Catskill Mountain House. The owner of the Mountain House came upon hard times and this home and two others were manuvered through the Kaaterskill Clove and placed on the edge of the stream. They were then sold for a handsome profit.
Over the years each home had rooms added that gave the them distinct and separate character. This home's latest addition included the upper kitchen which was once a bedroom. Legend has it that two young lovers resided in the two farthest homes. (This one and the farthest south house.) Their bedrooms were upstairs and positioned so they could just barely see each other at night. They allegedly blew kisses and tried to communicate over the distance.
So sorry to learn about the TV and internet. Would have loved to have fixed these for you. If you choose to stay with us again we will send our tech expert to insure your satisfied with the technology.
Clean and cozy spot with excellent access to parks and town
We stayed for father's Day weekend and had a great time. Kaaterskill creek and falls are within a short walk. Hunter mountain and the park are a short drive as is the dining of Saugerties, Woodstock and Catskill. This 2nd floor apartment has all the kitchen and bathing necessities and is furnished comfortably. A great value. Lea, Jeff and their son Will were very accommodating.
Great place, friendly and helpful hosts
Accommodations were cute as can be and it was lovely to have coffee, fruit there on arrival and pastries next day! Right across from a lovely little stream with a swimming hole right there. Kids enjoyed jumping off a little ledge into the water, which was, let's say, refreshing! It was early June., with water coming down from the mountains.
We'll be back!
Great Space, Great People
Had a wonderful weekend staying at this property. The space was exactly as advertised and the owners could not have been nicer. Lea and Jeff were also very helpful with information about how to enjoy the experience.
Nice place in a nice location
Apartment was in a really nice spot. No more than 15-20 mins to either north/south lake (hiking, swimming, boating, fishing) or Woodstock. Kaaterskill falls also right up the street. Apartment was clean and comfortable and Lea was very accommodating......Plenty of tips on where to go. We spent most of our time on the lake or in the local swimming holes. Overall, we had a great time.
We are on the most beautiful stream in the Catskills. On the Kaaterskill Clove near the legendary Kaaterskill Falls. (Highest falls in New York). You'll recognize views from masters paintings and will love the local flavor. It's a Hamlet, sleepy, neighborly, tiny. Lots of great amenities, a world class down home bistro who creates the most amazing baked goodies, salads, creative soups and grilled treats, 2 awesome restaurants (One of which has creekside dining one has rocking seasonal music, an upscale wine store, library, post office, gas station. All this and an amazing view of the stars. The Milky-way is closer here, it's a wonder you'll want to catch. Enjoy a concert at the historic Maverick or live theater at the Woodstock Playhouse. The Woodstock Film Festival, held each October, is a movie lovers delight and the Woodstock Writers Festival is an intellectual odyssey . Summer is the time for H.I.T.S., a major equestrian event located in Saugerties, just minutes away. Saugerties also provides easy access to the Hudson River for boating and sailing. The village itself is home to renowned pubs, restaurants and a variety of shops, including unique antique stores where you'll hunt for potential treasures. Saugerties hosts many festivals and events like the Garlic Festival and the Jazz Festival. There are numerous Farmers Market is open all year round. Hunter Mountain (12 minutes), provides a wide range of winter and summer activities. Hunter is and Windham are the major ski resorts (ours is a year-round vacation rental). The Catskill Mountain Foundation offers classes in the arts and many craft and culinary events, 23Arts, The Catskill Jazz Factory and The Kindred Spirits Jazz Thursdays are some of the culture available just minutes from the door. Got a sweet tooth? We're just 5 minutes from Twin Peaks Doughnuts where you'll find custom made to order doughnut sliders served along side of healthy local salads and eggs that you can eat while playing pool or perusing antiques (Pool table available at breakfast). Nature lovers will appreciate the access to hiking and fishing. Trout fishing is less than a block from the house and the Kaaterskill Clove trail heads are within 3 blocks. We are 2 blocks from the bus stop that goes to New York City. It's also an amazing vacation on the way to vacation to take the Amtrak to Hudson New York and rent a car or take a cab here. (Highly recommend seeing the Hudson River this way!) We're a green vacation rental. All of our cleaning solutions exceed Green Seal standards, all paint is zero-VOC, we recycle, grow organically and HEPA vacuum meticulously. We are happy to stock anything special you may want. Want to know more about the history or our area? Catskill Stream is snuggled into an area so rich in history, where legend begat fact, that the neighborhood adds another layer of wonder to an already stunning setting. It was this immediate area of Palenville that Washington Irving borrowed in 1819 for the setting for the epic slumber and awakening of "Rip Van Winkle," drawing the then-young country's attention to the area. A few years later, the first of the pioneering artists of what became known as the Hudson River School of painting were pulled here, too. Thomas Cole, Kaaterskill Thomas Cole, The Falls of the Kaaterskill, 1826 The young Thomas Cole first visited here in 1825, to sketch nearby Kaaterskill Falls and other spots. The paintings he made from those sketches moved many other artists to flock to the area to try to capture it's awe-inspiring beauty, not only on canvas but also in poetry and prose. Their glorious works, widely reproduced in the major periodicals of the day, attracted so many visitors that they in turn spurred the popularity of grand mountaintop hotels, which became favored destinations for all the giants of the 19th and early 20th century. The famed Catskill Mountain House, in 1823 the first resort in America, was as legendary in its time as any playground of the famous and powerful today. The Mountain House, and the others that followed, like the Hotel Kaaterskill and the Laurel House, attracted Twain, Sherman, Presidents Arthur and Grant, along with nobility and notables from all over the world. Bird watching, world class cycling, nature photography of the Hudson River School type, scrambling Kaaterskill Falls, mytocology, farm markets, live music, hay rides, corn maze, apple picking, berry picking, pick your own pumpkins, Wineries, music festivals like Mountain Jam, Horse Shows In The Sun, H.I.T.S., HITS, Woodstock, Art Galleries in Catskill, Upscale restaurants in Saugeties, and so much more.
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