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Summer Retreat in the Heart of the Catskills!

Margaretville, NY, USA
  • Farmhouse1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

3 bedroom farmhouse with large wrap-around porch on 2 acres in the woods!

Surrounded by 1000s of acres in the Catskill Park, near Belleayre and Plattekill Ski Center, hiking, hunting, fishing, shopping, eating! Belle Ayre House was once the post office, town hall and home to 4 generations of my family. Our home comfortably accommodates families, couples or anyone just looking to get away from it all. We even have a fireplace in dining room to make your stay super cozy!

Our home is an old farmhouse that has been renovated to include new features, such as stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, fireplace, walk-in shower, flat screen tvs, etc. The home still maintains the charm of years past, with antiques and heirlooms throughout the home.

The entire house is accessible to all guests, except for the basement and attic.

The Property Manager is available as needed by phone, email or in person.

Our home is located in a rural setting, surrounded by mountains and streams. It's the perfect place to get away from it all. Many hiking trails can be accessed within a 5 minute drive. Belleayre Ski Center is only 15 minutes away and there are restaurants, antique shops and farmers markets for your dining and shopping pleasure located in the towns of Margaretville, Andes and Pine Hill.

I love the long and winding road through the mountains, along the stream. It's quiet, peaceful, and perfect for relaxing. A hike to the Balsam Lake Fire Tower is a must! It's just right up the road and offers a 360 degree view of the mountains!

Public transit is very limited. NY Trailways bus comes to Margaretville, but you'll need a car to get to the house.

Enjoy your stay!


Wendy Buerge

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Purple bedroom
        1 double
      • Upstairs West Facing Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Upstairs East Facing Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, This bedroom has a high definition tv with dvd player in it.


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Upstairs bathroom
          toilet, shower, Beautiful walk in shower!
        • Downstairs bathroom
          toilet, tub, Clawfoot tub w/spray attachment. Perfect for bathing kids!

          Location Type

            • Mountain View
            • Rural


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Full size dryer.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                          Wifi throughout house!
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Fireplace
                          Beautiful gas fireplace in dining room.
                        • Living Room
                          Living room has a comfy sofa and chair with ottoman. Large flat screen high definition tv with DVD player (no cable). Lots of DVDs for your viewing pleasure!
                        • Parking
                          Parking in driveway
                        • Telephone
                          Local calls only
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          Full size washing machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Enough dishes, glasses and utensils to serve 8 or more.
                            • Dishwasher
                              Stainless steel Bosch dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Modern kitchen with gorgeous Corian counter tops & stainless steel appliances including farmhouse sink and dishwasher. Kitchen is open to dining room, perfect for groups!
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Basic spices and pantry items provided.
                            • Refrigerator
                              Full size refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              Gas stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Can seat up to 8 (upon request more chairs can be provided)
                                • Dining Room
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Books
                                      Old and new books for any age or interest.
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      Assorted board games for all ages
                                    • Stereo
                                      High quality stereo and speakers with ipod plug.
                                    • Television
                                      2 TVs with DVD players One TV (in living room) is large flat screen high definition tv with DVD player. No cable tv.
                                    • Toys
                                      There are a few toys for toddlers in the house.
                                    • Video Library
                                      Lots of DVDs for your viewing pleasure! Something for everyone.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          The large front porch is the perfect spot for enjoying you morning coffee or reading a book on a rainy afternoon.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Beautiful perennial gardens throughout the lawn. Plenty of places to relax on soft grass. Picnic table and bonfire pit.
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  Community indoor swimming pool in Arkville. Open year-round. http://catskillrecreationcenter.org/ In the summer the nearby town of Andes has a community pool open.


                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • churches
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • forests
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • museums
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • waterfalls

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • swimming

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  19 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Very beautiful and cozy home!!

                                                                  Alice N.

                                                                  We had a great time. The kids loved hanging out in the cute attic room. Very beautiful and cozy home. Would definitely come back again.

                                                                  Classic comfort and peace in the Catskills

                                                                  A very warm, cozy home that is both well furnished and accommodating to all types. We loved the dining room fireplace, the clean and updated kitchen, and the comfy bedrooms during our three night winter stay. Would definitely recommend to anyone wishing to stay somewhere far from the bustle of a main road and traffic noise, but still reasonably close to hiking trails, ski resorts, and key amenities.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for staying with us, we're so glad you enjoyed the house and area!

                                                                  Nicely Renovated Country Farmhouse.

                                                                  Joe A.

                                                                  Stayed for a week in November. Weather was cold and snowy but the house was warm and comfortable. Arrived to find a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and fresh coffee beans waiting for us on the stone counter top surrounding the new stainless steel gas range. Stainless steel refrigerator was clean and new. The kitchen was well equipped. We cooked a roast beef dinner and had all the utensils required. Washer dryer was great to dry our wet clothes. Beds we very comfortable. Bathrooms were clean with plenty of towels and wash cloths provided. We never ran out of hot water even with 5 people showering. We hiked in the Balsam Mountain Wild Forest on well marked hiking/cross country ski trails right down the road. The gas fireplace provided additional warmth, ambiance and dried our wet boots. This would be a great place for three couples to enjoy biking, hiking or skiing. You can count the number of cars that pass by the house each day on one hand. Saw deer and turkeys out the back windows of the house. Kim Rivera, property manager and Wendy were delightful and attentive. Both were always available by phone or text message to help with any questions. You won't be disappointed in this rental.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for such a thorough review, I'm sure it will be useful to other potential guests! We're so glad that you and your family enjoyed the house and the area. You'll have to come back in the summer to see the beautiful gardens, sleep with the windows open to the sound of crickets and and see more of the area. Happy Holidays!

                                                                  Cozy, Comfortable and Courteous

                                                                  Matthew H.

                                                                  House was very clean and offered everything one could need for a Catskills getaway. Owner and caretakers were very responsive and helpful. Absolutely no complaints :)

                                                                  Lovely ski weekend

                                                                  Karen T.

                                                                  Belle Ayre House is lovely. Just the right size for our family of 4, plus a grandmother. Tastefully decorated, and a great balance of farmhouse charm with modern amenities. The weekend was quite cold (-10 F), but the house was well insulated and always warm (we've rented some homes where you cannot escape the antique drafty windows).

                                                                  Our children were very happy in the room above the garage, enjoying the toys and games. The adults were content sitting by the fire or watching a movie.

                                                                  Wendy, the owner was responsive during the booking process. Not surprisingly, there was a frozen pipe during our stay, and the property managers addressed the situation the same day.

                                                                  We would definitely rent again.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for the great review! We aim to please!

                                                                  Cozy Catskills Gem!

                                                                  Ellen M.

                                                                  If you are craving a relaxing get away from crowds and the big city, this renovated farmhouse is perfect. It is secluded and picturesque and the home is decorated in a perfect balance of rustic with modern touches- great kitchen & the bathrooms are beautiful! There are great little historic touches throughout the house (photos, old books). The upstairs attic was a pleasant surprise- the photos don't capture what a cozy inviting room this is and the kids went crazy over their own "special room" with tons of toys to keep them busy. We came for a long ski weekend and the house is situated close to Belleayre (nearby Peekamoose restaurant is a must). No cell service or cable but wifi keeps you in the loop if you need to be. Wendy and her great property managers are ridiculously accommodating- your comfort during your stay is important to them and it really makes a difference in the overall feeling you get while staying at Belleayre house. I am hoping to visit during the warmer months !


                                                                  Margaretville, NY, USA

                                                                  Pakatakan Farmers' Market May-October, Belleayre Ski Center, Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride, boating, swimming, TONS of hiking trails within just a few miles of the house!!!

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