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Lily-of-the-Valley over looking Witten Pond.


Last updated: 03/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Witten Pond-Historic-Restored Cottage-One-of-a-Kind-Modern Amenities


WE WELCOME PETS: Yes, we do welcome pets, but charge a fee of $65. There is additional housekeeping time required after each 'pet stay.' We hope you understand. Please be sure to check off that you have a pet under FEES AND TAXES when developing your quote so that we can facilitate a faster booking for you!

OUR RATES: Our standard nightly rate (minimum 3 nights) is $250. Please contact us directly for weekly and monthly rates.


'Witten Pond' is comprised of three homes on a 15-acre owner-estate, which is in the midst of the 'forever wild' Catskill State Forest Preserve in the NYC Ashokan Reservoir area and on the protected Wittenberg Stream. Our homes are best suited for one couple, or a couple with a small child and/or pet. All three of our homes have 1-bedroom and 1-bath. We do not suggest that multiple couples inquire for availability for just one home. We recommend if there is more than one couple wishing to vacation together that you consider both Lily-of-the-Valley and Witten Barn (#367478). A special package price will be offered.

The original home, circa 1910 recently restored 'Lily of the Valley,' is furnished in art and antiques. The second is a more contemporary historic home, 'Witten Gatehouse', with a spa bathroom. The third home, 'Witten Barn,' is an architectural integration of old and new including a major European-style kitchen, bathroom, and wood-fired radiant fireplace. 'Witten Pond' homes provide perfect Private Realms for a couple’s getaway.


A “must” when visiting Witten Pond is to take a short walk up Moonhaw Road to the bridge and dead end. Beginning at Witten Pond, Moonhaw Road is a single dirt lane unchanged in 100 years! Along the way, you walk in parallel with the Wittenberg Stream, which has stayed as pristine as in the days of the Hudson River School painters and naturalist John Burroughs. Wittenberg Stream's rushing waters, which you hear from all the homes at Witten Pond, flows down from Wittenberg Mountain en route to New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir. For those who fish and have a New York State License, the Wittenberg Stream has native brook trout. You can see Wittenberg Mountain's peak from Witten Pond, given it is the third highest vertical climb in the Catskills and a part of the Slide Mountain Wilderness Range.

Wittenberg Stream


“LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY' is a restored circa 1900 chestnut post and beam cottage- style home. A high loft-style bedroom/library occupies the entire 2nd floor, which looks out on Witten Pond, Wittenberg Stream and high Catskill peaks. 1300 sq. ft. on two floors with porches on 3 sides. Light abounds in the master bedroom.

The 1st floor has eclectic charm and warmth ... the feeling of a home at once informal yet lavished with care and comfort. Owner’s attention to detail is everywhere: the house is furnished with antiques and Hudson Valley art. The hand crafted cherry-wood banister going upstairs is something to behold. The wood flooring was cut from trees on the property as a wedding gift to the Owner from a neighbor. An antique chestnut dining table overlooks Witten Pond through French doors leading to the porch allowing a glow of light to filter in all day long.

The 1st floor houses the master bath with authentic clawfoot tub and hand-held European shower. There is a large bay window next to the tub that overlooks Witten Pond and a secret garden. There are skylights as well, so while you're soaking in the deep clawfoot tub, you can also light candles and stargaze. The open living room/kitchen has a wood burning stream-stone fireplace and country kitchen with bluestone counters. See Amenities for details, although almost everything you would want is provided. All the appliances are new.
The porch is covered on three sides, allowing for more relaxation and stargazing at night since there is no ambient light! The stars are bright and huge.

The Sitting area in the back of the house has a wood burning Tuscan wood grill, teak sitting benches, gardens, and picnic table overlooking Witten Pond. Supervised, it is a great area for a young child to play. Swimming (at guest risk) and fishing (catch-and-release) are available in Witten Pond. The Wittenberg Stream, a classic trout stream, is just across the road parallel to our property.

Lily amenities include Wifi internet, DVD/TV, CD/radio, massage table, and excellent cell service. Again, please see Amenities for more details.



Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1300 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Children Welcome:

    We welcome infants and younger children who are well-behaved and supervised by their parents. There is a sofa bed in the living room and we also use an air mattress for a child for they sometimes enjoy that. All bed linens are provided....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    A well-behaved dog, no more than 2 small ones, are welcome. Due to amount of time for housekeeping to clean the house after a pet stays, we add $50 per pet (this is discussable with owner) to our $85 housekeeping fee....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    We feel badly about this but Lily-of-the-Valley is high on a hill with many steps. We are looking into future modifications for 'accessibility' for the Barn and Gatehouse....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • The Master bedroom/library is on the open 2nd floor. It is tranquil with skylights and light on all sides, with an elevated queen bed in the bedroom area. There are picture-window views of Witten Pond and the high Catskill peaks. The sitting/reading has comfortable seating with an antique writing table, and eclectic library. Appointed with fine linens....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub

    Claw-foot tub has hand held shower; overlooks garden....moreless

  • The bathroom’s claw foot tub directly looks out on Witten Pond, Wittenberg Stream, and Wittenberg Mountain through a bay window, which usually houses one of the owner's unique Buddha statues. The shower is a hand held, European style and the views, as already stated, are spectacular, but their is privacy due to the 'secret garden.'...moreless

Other Amenities

  • DESCRIPTION: “Lily of the Valley” is a Private Realm vacation home in the magnificent Catskills, a perfect retreat from an active City life. Nature, panoramic views, rushing water, and mountains surround. A place for those who love nature, privacy, and serenity with easy access to Woodstock/Hudson Valley’s culture and adventure. A circa 1910 Catskills fishing lodge, it has been lovingly refurbished renovated and restored as a Couple’s Realm. “Lily” overlooks a half acre spring-fed rainbow trout pond, 8 feet deep, flowing into Wittenberg stream, which in turn flows into the Ashokan Reservoir. It is part of a 15-acre family estate.The home was hand built circa 1910 in a classic “Swiss cottage” style featuring a stream-stone fireplace, and signature chestnut post and beam, and cherry wood accents. Lily is furnished with eclectic antiques and art from the owner’s collection. ...moreless


  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player:

    Yes, with the TV....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Television:

    New thin screen TV with DVD player. There are some DVD's in the library. There is no off-air TV reception and no cable but solid Internet service...moreless

  • Toys:

    There is a box of 'safe' toys for your children in a toy box in the living room....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Witten Pond is the center piece of the property and Lily-of-the-Valley looks directly down upon it....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Witten Pond is the center piece of the property and Lily-of-the-Valley looks directly down upon it....moreless

  • Mountain:

    Witten Pond is at the end of Moonhaw Road. A one-lane town road surrounded by thousands of acres of “forever wild” Catskill State Forest Preserve. Including protected area(s) around the Ashokan Reservoir. Private and public hiking trails abound. Not far away: The culture and lifestyles of Woodstock, Phoenicia, and New Paltz are easy drives. Historic Woodstock, which has a year-round vibrant art and music community together with many restaurants, galleries and shops, is a 20 minute drive along scenic back roads....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The High Catskill Peaks, Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains, are viewed from Lily of the Valley. Witten Pond is bordered by Catskill Forest Preserve....moreless

  • Village:

    Ashokan, Woodstock, Phoenicia, Historic Kingston, Town of Olive...moreless

  • Water View:

    Wittenberg Stream is adjacent to the property and is most definitely heard from the home and seen when the foliage falls....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Witten Pond is the center piece of the property and Lily-of-the-Valley looks directly down upon it....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Artisan chestnut wood table sits 4 comfortably and 6 if necessary...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Yes. This is a newly installed unit that cools the whole house....moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:


  • Fireplace:

    Original wood burning streamstone fireplace with new Vermont Castings fireplace insert...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas-fired furnace and wood burning fireplace...moreless

  • Internet:

    This home has solid WIFI via Time Warner. There is no Ethernet port....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    This is an open living and dining area and one of the most historic and beautiful rooms of any of our homes. It is like walking into a Ralph Lauren ad....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Yes, you have your own parking spot along the RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD against the stone wall. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking on and off road...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell service is very strong. Our land line phone is not for use....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Lush towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A stacked washer/dryer are in the bathroom and enclosed in a closet....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Yes. We have WIFI via Time Warner....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    There is a wood stove insert in the fireplace with glass doors. It can heat the entire house if desired....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    Yes. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything is provided unless you have a special blender, or wok, or rice maker that you use....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We provide all that is needed in the kitchen. It is fully equipped....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Not additional; in the refrigertator...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Open country kitchen that looks out on adjoining living room and fireplace hearth....moreless

  • Microwave


  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles:

    2 bicycles provided for use at guest risk....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Sitting area at back of Lily with picnic table, outdoor grill, and seating....moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lots of tended natural gardens....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Wood burning Tuscan streamstone grill and small charcoal grill....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Lily has covered porches on 3 sides to be enjoyed in all weather....moreless

  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Yard

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Witten Pond is a spring-fed 1/2 acre deep pond with waterfall, a rarity in the Catskills for a private home. Swimming and fishing (catch and release) are allowed, but at visitor's risk....moreless

  • Sauna:

    Use of wood burning Finnish sauna at Witten Pond's 'Tiny House' is on the other side of the Pond. This can be used by special arrangement with owner. Please inquire when you make your reservation....moreless



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $75
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Taxes Not included


Our homes are filled with antiques, rustic luxury, and contemporary elegance, depending on the home you rent. They welcome couples with a pet(s) and/or small children. Our homes are not suitable for "groups" of couples seeking party weekends. Sorry.

Witten Pond consists of 3 magnificent residences: Lily-of-the-Valley, The Gatehouse, Witten Barn ... all available for rental.

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany and Newburgh
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Rhinecliff at Rhinebeck, NY
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 28 Boiceville
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Emerson Spa and Inn, Mt. Tremper
22 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Necessary



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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

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  • Lily-of-the-Valley over looking Witten Pond.

    Lily-of-the-Valley over looking Witten Pond.

  • Local stone hand-made hearth in living room.

    Local stone hand-made hearth in living room.

  • Master bedroom on 2nd floor.

    Master bedroom on 2nd floor.

  • 2nd Floor bedroom writing desk.

    2nd Floor bedroom writing desk.

  • The carved sign at Lily's entrance.

    The carved sign at Lily's entrance.

  • Classic claw-foot bathtub overlooking secret garden.

    Classic claw-foot bathtub overlooking secret garden.

  • Lily and Witten Pond in Winter by Guest.

    Lily and Witten Pond in Winter by Guest.

  • Tiny House Sauna over looking Witten Pond.

    Tiny House Sauna over looking Witten Pond.

  • Witten Pond dining area.

    Witten Pond dining area.

  • Winter view of Witten Pond.

    Winter view of Witten Pond.

  • Witten Pond in Autumn.

    Witten Pond in Autumn.

  • Wittenberg Stream in winter.

    Wittenberg Stream in winter.

  • Lily's Dining Area in open living room with hearth

    Lily's Dining Area in open living room with hearth

  • Lily in late autumn.

    Lily in late autumn.

  • Skylights on 2nd floor for stargazing.

    Skylights on 2nd floor for stargazing.

  • Backyard barbecue ... a Tuscan wood-fired grill.

    Backyard barbecue ... a Tuscan wood-fired grill.

  • Pedestal sink and stained glass window.

    Pedestal sink and stained glass window.

  • Open kitchen to dining, living area and fireplace.

    Open kitchen to dining, living area and fireplace.

  • Lily in Thanksgiving Snow Storm by Guest

    Lily in Thanksgiving Snow Storm by Guest

  • Living room and hearth.

    Living room and hearth.

  • Lily in winter during full moon magic.

    Lily in winter during full moon magic.

  • Witten Pond in summer.

    Witten Pond in summer.

  • Wittenberg Stream parallels our property.

    Wittenberg Stream parallels our property.

  • Winter at Witten Pond.

    Winter at Witten Pond.

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