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Cozy, quiet, stream-side 1850s farmhouse with meadow, garden and mountain views

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 7 (in beds)

Near H.I.T.S., Woodstock, the Hudson River, Big Pink, local festivals, including the Woodstock Film Festival, and Garlic Festival, and lots of opportunities for hiking, skiing, and stream-swimming. Our pet friendly* farmhouse has many original details including wide plank oaks floors in a sun-filled country kitchen. Guests can sit on the porch and overlook the property's meadow and gardens while the kids catch frogs and fireflys. The property sits on a quiet country road and has an open grassy area for play as well as meadow, marsh and wooded terrain. Huge catalpa trees provide nature's perfect jungle gym and also a branch for a tree swing. Kids can invent games in the playhouse.

The FARMHOUSE: After looking at over 75 properties we fell in love with this farmhouse and after many obstacles were able to call it our home. Fixing it up has been our labor of love for over 20 years. So many of the original details remain and we have furnished it with a mix of primitives and contemporary pieces. We are a family of artists and have decorated the house with our artwork and our favorite flea market finds. The kitchen is bright with original wide pine floors and well equipped with the cookware you might need to make a big pot of soup with the garden's harvest. There are four bedrooms upstairs (with a pack and play available) as well one of the two bathrooms.

The GROUNDS: We hardly ever leave our property once we settle in. There is always something blooming in the yard or garden. Our daughter loves to play restaurant in the playhouse my husband built, or swing on the tree swing out by the barn. Playing in the stream-catching frogs and fireflies are favorite activities. There is open space to play as well as a wooded area, meadow and gardens--all easily seen from the porch where you can relax with your coffee or favorite cocktail.

Throw some seed on the feeder and wait for the neighborhood birds to gather--including a few variety of woodpeckers and finches. Be sure to keep on eye out for the turkeys passing through the yard!

Winter usually brings snow enough to sled on a tiny hill next to the house. Making a bonfire and watching sparks fly up into the clear, crisp, star-filled sky has been a New Years tradition for our extended family for many years.

The AREA: It's the Catskills! It's Woodstock! You probably know all about the area. Even still there are always new places to discover--the falls- the quaint park on the Hudson-the swimming hole with the rope swing. The area boasts 4-star restaurants, and fabulous theater as well as folk, rock, and chamber music. You can launch your kayaks and paddle out to the Saugerties lighthouse for a swim and picnic or spend the day watching equestrian competitions at H.I.T.S. Woodstock has a rich musical history --Big Pink is a stones throw away-- and though Levon Helm of the Band recently passed away his daughter still hosts the MIdnight Ramble. Check out the Woodstock Film Festival, one of many festivals in the area. Everything you might want to do is close by, yet you dont need to leave the peaceful stream-side property to feel renewed.

Saugerties was also named one of the 'COOLEST' small towns in America

* I mention the pets and cats so if you are allergic you can gauge the potential for a reaction. I can clean to address those concerns but you will need to make an assessment depending on your sensitivity.

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Saugerties House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 6:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Used diapers must be taken with you as the bears are very fond of them and will destroy the trash can to access them.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw foot tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom master - 1 king , floor room for sleeping bag
    Bedroom guest front - 1 queen
    Bedroom guest back - 1 double , pack-n-play in here
    Bedroom twin - 1 twin/ single
  • Makeshift beds can be made on the floor for the young kids-- 8 adults max but we often have more when the little ones are here. Sometimes exceptions are made to the 8 person max. but here may be an additional charge of $10 per extra adult per extra night.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
-Only obstacle to elderly/infirm is the fact that there are steps to the house and steps to bedrooms. The porches are great places for elderly to sit and watch the fun. -smoking outside only -a fire pit out by the garden for campfires and scary stories -playhouse for kids and lots of toys -kiddie pool and sprinkler -vegetable garden --yours to pick we have a big cast iron sink--but no dishwasher NOTE- we often allow pets and have a cat that travels with us on occasion--something to consider if you have allergies Note also--as everyone seems to have cell phones we have discontinued our phone service.


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Cozy, quiet, stream-side 1850s farmhouse with meadow, garden and mountain views
average rating of 4.965517 based on 33 reviews
New York City

Cozy (and warm!) Farmhouse perfect for a winter escape

  • 5 of 5

We spent New Years with friends (and our 2 small kids) at this lovely house and it was just what we were looking for. Cozy and comfortable, we had everything we needed to cook big group dinners, sit around and play games by the fireplace, play guitars (there was even one at the house) and have a singalong.

Some things houses don't always do well but this one does---the heat was very responsive and we were always cozy and warm; the sounds of the adults having fun downstairs were largely muffled for the kids sleeping upstairs (we brought a noise machine so that definitely helped but the sound proofing was good); the fireplace works really well and it was never smoky when a fire was lit.

The grounds, covered in snow, were also beautiful and there are some interesting things to explore including a very old car (1920s era? we were imagining it was a rum running Prohibition-era car).

The owner, Mari, is super responsive and very nice. We'll be back! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU, Salwa! So nice to hear your kind comments, with thoughts about things I never even consider, ie: soundproofing and a smokey fireplace. :--) I love your imagined use of the old car. The actual use is slightly less exciting but interesting none-the-less. We understand that it was used as a taxi in NYC before the couple settled upstate to raise chickens. You are right about the year; its a 1927 Dodge. Thank you for visiting the Catskills! You were a fabulous guest; I hope you will return soon! ---m
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 adults and 3 children enjoyed the weekend in the Catskills. What a great house and property! The kids loved exploring the grounds. The house is filled with interesting books, paintings, and antiques. Mari was an excellent host. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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sweet rustic place in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this rustic farmhouse--enjoyed walking the grounds and spent a lot of time hanging in the kitchen, drinking coffee and talking with friends. If you like a glass of wine, bring your own wine glasses--we couldn't find any--but otherwise it was a sweet, sweet dream.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for mentioning the wine glasses. we try to keep them but they are so fragile and break in the cast iron sink. You mentioned little jelly glasses and I'll try that--thanks! we have resorted to using our juice glasses but would love to return to a more elegant option. I'm glad you enjoyed the house and grounds and were able to do what we love to do as well, relax, drink coffee, (or wine!) and chat with friends. I hope you will visit again!
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Great house and great yard that is perfect for little kids

  • 5 of 5

The house and property was perfect. The house was full of cool antiques, the rooms were perfect, kitchen was great, but the yard is what really makes this house stand out! We went with 2 families that included two 4 year old boys, and had plenty of room so we weren't tripping over each other. A nice feature is that there was always somewhere to go if you wanted a little privacy, be it the screen porch, wrap around porch, fire pit, or any of the hammocks in the yard.

The yard was great! We caught frogs in the stream, jumped on the trampoline, and the boys spent a lot of time in the playhouse. The first night we enjoyed the fire pit, but got too caught up with the Woodstock nightlife and little boys sleep schedules to do it again, unfortunately, because we had a great time talking while the kids made s'mores.

I've never been to the area, but can't wait to go back, and I think Mari's house had a huge impact as to how much fun we all had!

We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am SOOO glad you and your family and friends enjoyed the the house, the yard, and the area! There is a legend that once you visit the Catskills you are destined to return. sounds like you will bear that out! I hope your return visit will bring you back to our house! thank you for your nice words! --Mari
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Saugerties Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a great secluded getaway location. The farmhouse is very cozy with all the amenities

we needed for a great family extended weekend. We visited Saugerties and Woodstock, but

you can have a wonderful time just enjoying the property. We enjoyed having several deer walk

within 30 yards of the front porch several times. Thank you Mari for sharing this lovely home with our family.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

A perfect retreat.

  • 5 of 5

My family of four were fortunate to enjoy a long weekend at Mari's beautiful house. The house is delightful with a tasteful mix of old and new, the grounds are perfect for hanging out and dining, and it is ideally located between Saugerties and Woodstock. Mari is also extremely responsive and helpful. We cannot wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mari Renwick
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Mari Renwick

We are family of artists who divide our time between the Catskills and Brooklyn NY. I am a painter and have been working primarily with encaustic paint of late. I love having extended periods of time to create out in our barn/studio. Living in an old farmhouse means continuous efforts to thwart entropy but when we aren't maintaining the house and property we are exploring the area, or working in the garden. My husband, Kevin, loves to work with wood and built a playhouse for our daughter who is now a bit too old to "play" but still likes to be "upstate" and loves the area for its proximity to quirky shops in both Woodstock and Saugerties.

Mari Renwick purchased this house in 1992

Why Mari Renwick chose Saugerties

My husband and I used to make frequent trips to the Catskill area for plein air painting and decided we wanted to find a place for ourselves. We initially only wanted a little bungalow that would allow us a place to stay after a day of painting. We soon realized we wanted it to be big enough for family to visit and we needed a fireplace to sit next to as we watched the falling snow. We looked for over a year and visited over 100 houses. When we found this 1850s house, and its' outbuildings filled with vestiges of farm-life, we were immediately committed to making it ours. The two little streams and open meadow, as well as wooded areas surrounding the house were features that combined to make it the perfect location for us. We are on a quiet country road and often never leave the property but are less than 10 minutes from Woodstock when we want to connect with the "outside world". (about 10 minutes to downtown Saugerties)

What makes this house unique

One of my favorite things about this house is the porch. Grape vines frame the view and birds dart to the feeder while I sit and look out over the gardens, the stream, and the meadow, with my morning coffee or evening Cabernet. The sunny country kitchen still has its old charm and the old wood-to-gas stove a reminder of a different time. As is the outhouse (both unused!--not to worry!)

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazingly wonderful time at the upstate house. We all agreed that it was a total score + so perfect for a relaxing weeking upstate. I hope to be able to make use of it again. I brought along my 2 yr old daughter, + she just loved the outdoor play house!
Nov 2012
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Kaaterskill Falls
"A favorite spot of the Hudson river School painters. gorgeous drive (but scary) up the seas..."
The Red Onion
"mmmmm gets a big crowd so make a reservation"
Trail Head Platt Clove
"gorgeous mountain stream hike"
New World Home Cooking
"often spicy but yummy food in a zesty atmosphere. very close to our house."
Other Waterfall Swimmming Hole
"there are a few hidden places (ask me) but one place we love is the Saugerties Lighthouse. ..."
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Albany/ Newburgh
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
West Saugerties
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-87 NYState Thruway
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Saugerties -Esopus River
Car: necessary

Our 1850's farmhouse sits on a quiet country road where 2 small streams connect. The porch overlooks the yard with lilacs, forsythia and peonies. A short walk across the stream brings you to the vegetable garden with tomatoes and herbs ready to be picked. Out by the barn a tree swing and hammock with a mountain view beckon. Though the house is in a remote location we are just minutes to the center of famed Woodstock--known for its 'hippie' vibe, music and art scene--join the weekly drum circle. In the other direction is downtown Saugerties where you will find an historic river town-its many antique shops a testament to it's rich history. The beauty of this area is well documented by the Hudson River School painters--Kaaterskill Falls and Thomas Cole's house Olana are nearby. Fishing and tubing in the Esopus, hiking and skiing, boating and swimming at sandy riveredge beaches or local swimming holes as well as golf, and tennis are all close by. Garlic festival-horse shows--here!

Other Activities: art classes


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $250

Weekends are typically from Fri. eve through Sun. eve. A week usually includes one weekend. Arrival and departure dates are often flexible and costs vary according to the specifics of the reservation though the rates listed here are a good guideline. All rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. More info about the house and area will be sent once payment is received. Long holiday weekends like Memorial Day and Easter require a 3 day rental. Many things are flexible so please inquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.