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COTTAGE Near Woodstock NY:Nature-Rushing Waters-Mountains-Restful-Pets Welcome

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

NOTE: IF THIS HOME IS UNAVAILABLE, PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITIES FOR OUR OTHER WITTEN POND HOMES: WITTEN BARN #367478 AND WITTEN GATEHOUSE # 3777731

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.

ABOUT WITTEN POND

'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.

THE WITTENBERG STREAM: A SMALL BIT OF WITTEN POND HISTORY

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

ABOUT LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY

“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.

ALL WITHIN A 15 - 20 MINUTE DRIVE.

More Details

Property Manager
Eric
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

My boyfriend and I live in the NYC and enjoy a chance to get out of the density once in a while. We have taken to long weekends in the Catskills due to its proximity and the abundance of great walks, culture, food and people. We've stayed gorgeous homes in Kingston and in Woodstock but absolutely fell in love with Lily of the Valley in West Shokan. The pictures and description accurately represent the property but still do not do it justice. The house is set on Witten Pond which is a extra special feature. We loved exploring the immediate area around the house, admiring the attention to detail Charlotte and the owners have given the area. There are beautiful benches, Buddhas, sculptures, bird houses, and other accents around the property. The house is a labor of love I also can't do justice. Every feature, piece of furniture and decoration in the house was had chosen and intentionally placed. The house feels like a real home that must have taken many years to decorate so thoroughly, consistently and beautifully. I have never stayed in such a cozy and relaxing rental home ever. The kitchen is fully stocked. We prepared a homemade bolognese, popped the cork on the complimentary bottle of red wine (which was very good!) and sat by the fire marveling at what a find we had come upon. The bathroom and bathtub are lovely (I enjoyed the premium soaps and herbal tonics and took soak). Upstairs you are transported to a spacious hideaway with breathtaking views. The bedroom looks like the ideal place to write a novel -- it is warm, has gorgeous rugs and hand-picked furniture, a well curated library and beautiful artwork from stained glass windows to photography to sketches of birds. The skylights are incredible and elevate the room even more. The bed is large and comfortable with quality pillows. For a couple I cannot recommend this property enough.

If it is helpful, I'll share the activities we enjoyed. We skied Belleayre located 30 minutes away door to door. It's both smaller than Hunter Mountain and has great lower mountain trails which we both wanted (being the inexperienced skier and snowboarder that we are). We also went hiking on a little known trail accessible from Matyas Road just off of Route 28 about 1.5 miles south of Bellayre Mountain in Shandanken Reserve. It's about a 3-hour hike and totally worth it. We've vowed to come back and hike this trail again, dinner at Peekamoose (fine dining) and loved it.
Jan 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany and Newburgh
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Woodstock
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak Rhinecliff at Rhinebeck, NY
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 28 Boiceville
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
La Duchesse Anne, Mt. Tremper
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Belleayre
Car: necessary

SPECIAL EVENTS IN WOODSTOCK AND THE HUDSON VALLEY

Amenities

West Shokan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • See also Rental Agreement for more information.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Claw-foot tub has hand held shower; overlooks garden.
  • 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.'
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
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.

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average rating of 4.72 based on 26 reviews
5

Lovely getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teenagers + 1 cat) had a lovely stay at the Lily of the Valley cottage over Thanksgiving weekend. Eric was very responsive, kind and attentive to our needs. The location and surroundings were quiet and peaceful. We loved using the sauna, and we had a great time relaxing, watching movies, etc. The upstairs bedroom has a nice open floor space that ended up being ideal for throwing down a couple of mats (which we brought them from home) and getting in a little workout. The kitchen had everything we needed for the meals we cooked there. (FYI, We did not cook our Thanksgiving meal at the cottage. We ordered the food from a bistro listed in the information packet that we received when our booking was confirmed). We enjoyed what the cottage had to offer at this time of the year, but it would be interesting to go back in a slightly warmer time of year and make better use of the lovey outdoor spaces. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Was the perfect weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice at first glance, but not for more than a day

  • 2 of 5

Myself, my wife, our seven-month-old, and our black lab came to stay for a few days here. We ended up leaving early. When you first drive up, it's beautiful, no doubt about that. Then walking up to the cottage and seeing its old fashioned door latches and overall cottage layout were charming.

I am going to paste the list of comments, instead of writing a drawn out review. I feel a pro/con list is easier to understand. Just be warned, this place is borderline run down and the AC unit is worthless on a day over 75 degrees, there are no fans to be found anywhere for airflow, and the two ceiling fans upstairs are worthless. If you get skeeved out by the lack of cleanliness, don't rent this place. Seems like the owners have put their attention into the barn (also available to rent) and have left this place basically untouched. The whole property is up for sale (according to Zillow) so perhaps the owners have just given up trying to keep this place nice.

Pros

Beautiful scenery and setting

Pond well stocked with fish, and enjoyable to watch (catfish and carp)

Wrap around porch is great for watching rain storms

Gas grill IS on site, with two full propane tanks (tabletop unit)

Cons

Mouse droppings on counters and in closets

Furniture dirty, broken, and lumpy/hard/uncomfortable

Floors and rugs dirty and sticky (this bugged me out the most)

AC barely holds 80 degrees during the day upstairs

No screens on windows, only on two doors, so airflow is nonexistent

No screen or glass on front door so you have to keep the main door closed unless you want serious bugs inside

Shower not a shower, ok, but handle spins and hard to hold on to, short hose, useless for an adult, I don't believe this is disclosed in the listing

Stove disgusting with leftover food all around the burners

Refrigerator/freezer loud and not very cool, frozen items thawed in the freezer over the course of two days even on "colder" setting

Outlet covers falling off, exposing wires

Floor vents bent and dangerous, I cut my toe on the one by the table

No landscaping, overgrown everywhere, can't really see the pond from the porch due to overgrowth

Smells moldy/musty throughout (expected, I suppose)

Bathroom faucet leaking

Old/expired food left in cupboards

Bed uncomfortable and saggy

Apple TV inaccessible due to no remote

WiFi spotty at best

Dirty tub and shower curtains

Backyard light didn't work

Garbage left in outdoor fireplace

Dimmer switch bulbs flicker and hum in bathroom and bedroom

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were certainly shocked when we learned of this situation. Nevertheless we accept full responsibility. We believe their experience resulted from "a perfect storm" scenario of unfortunate events. We have taken steps to correct these issues and ensure this won't happen again. In as much as we value the high customer review rating established over the years, we value even more having our guests savor in a quality getaway at any of our homes. In an effort to make amends we have also reached out to them directly and offered a complimentary stay at any of our homes.
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4

Beautiful retreat

  • 4 of 5

The cottage and pond were beautiful. Had a very nice weekend unwinding. Very quiet and secluded, great for unplugging. One issue, which I'm not sure much can be done about is that it was very buggy. I'd recommend using lots of bug spray or go in fall/winter. Lots of ticks, so be mindful and vigilant for those.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful location and wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We could not have imagined a better place to spend a late summer getaway. The house, the pond, the location - absolute perfection. Mornings having coffee on the porch, looking out on the pond and the mountains. Evenings sitting around the fire. Sleeping soundly and watching light break over the mountains from the comfortable bed. It will reamin one of my favorite places. Perfect for the dog - kept him on leash around the property. He seemed to like the break as well (though he did stay on full alert for intruders and any unknown critters!!!) The fact that the interior is authentic and true to the early 20th century age of the house was a plus to us. Truly felt like a step back into an earlier, simpler time of Catskill hunting camps -- with great wifi! When we couldn't figure out the internet TV, Eric was quick to come help and resolve the issue. I have to add that soaking in the old-fashioned tub, looking out on the woods and pond was a therapeutic experience. So happy we found the place.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet and romantic mountain cottage with character

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our recent long weekend stay at Lily of the Valley. The cottage was charming, the grounds and the setting in the Catskills were just beautiful. One of the many highlights was the outdoor fireplace at the base of a steep mountain which is directly behind the house. We spent each night with a roaring fire while looking at the amazing number of stars. We would highly recommend this property for a quiet , relaxing and memorable romantic getaway!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $75
Damage Deposit $250

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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