About the property
- House3500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Perfect All Season Location!! Swim, Boat, Fish, Ski or Just Relax!!
Just under a 2 hour drive from New York City, close to Pennsylvania, New Jersey with Bethel Woods (home of the original Woodstock festival) just ten miles from the house. We are close to the Forestburgh Playhouse and local arts venues, Minisink Battlefield, Barryville & scenic protected Delaware River.
Explore Route 97 which runs along the Delaware River.
Many chic inns and restaurants are to be found in a string of villages such as Narrowsburg and Callicoon.
Sullivan County is a great area for fly-fishing. Local guide services at (845)-665-9521 - not necessarily a recommendation but hear they are a good resource.
Another resource is Lander's River Trips (800)252-3925.
This luxury, roomy lakefront retreat is a custom contemporary, energy conserving, 3 storey cedar post and beam which is bright and light filled, and is situated on two park like acres, with own private dock/beachfront on sandy bottomed lake (great for swimming, boating and or fishing.)
House has multiple indoor/outdoor seating areas, a solar room, fireplace with wood burning stove insert along with electrical baseboard heating, Dish TV with all channels, wifi, state of the art security system, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, fire extinguisher, first aid kit plus fully equipped, up to date kitchen with stainless steel appliances, ice maker, water filter, range top with grill, wall oven, microwave, toaster, coffee makers, and washer/dryer/ironing facilities in separate laundry area on ground floor.
As we are energy conserving (passive solar heat) the house is cooled with a heat return system that draws out summer heat through spaces between walls, along with huge ceiling and individual fans. There is also excellent cross ventilation with cooling breezes off the lake.
The kitchen has a breakfast bar that flows into large dining area with table that expands to seat ten (plus a high chair), then flows into living area with cathedral ceiling, wood beams, skylights, wood burning stove plus a spectacular lake view through the entire lakeside's glass wall.
There is a separate den with seating and a solar room that has a nice table to enjoy breakfast while watching the butterflies flit past the windows, while enjoying the cross breezes coming through the door to the (lakeside deck.)
The fully finished semi basement has comfortable seating area/large play areas and 60' screen for playing videos, dvds or gaming systems.
There is a large outdoor table on side porch which seats eight, a lakeside table with market umbrella that seats four (we sit here for breakfast while watching the hummingbirds at the feeder.) There is an additional bistro table that seats two plus two cozy, armchairs with drinks table. Under a shade tree down by the dock there is a large table that seats four - plus additional captains chairs and bench seating.
Master Bedroom 1 (queen bed) overlooks lake
Bedroom 2 (full bed) overlooks woods with filtered view of the lake.
Bedroom 3 (king bed in fully finished and modern, windowed semi-basement)
Extra sleeping for 1 - 2 (air bed in den which is adjacent to beautiful solar room that overlooks the woods) plus an additional full sized sofa bed in semi basement living area sleeps an additional 1 - 2.
Top floor bathroom has jacuzzi tub with separate shower, cathedral ceiling and skylights.
Ground floor bathroom has a full shower.
In addition to being on a lakefront there is easy access to other lakes, streams, hiking, fishing, river rafting, zip lining, tubing, canoeing, horseback riding, antiquing, Monticello Racetrack/Racino, local arts scene, skiing at Big Bear, and in the colder weather, skating and ice fishing off private dock plus snowboarding and tobogganing on gently sloping area on huge private lawn.
Outdoor space - has multiple seating areas perfect for reading, eating, entertaining, meditating or practicing yoga. The huge lawn is peaceful with ample room for games while others in your party may find a nice quiet space to just enjoy nature.
There is a private dock and beach on our sandy bottomed, natural, spring fed, motor boat lake which is ideal for fishing, swimming and boating - one can obtain a short term fishing license and supplies at The Barryville Sportsman in Barryville, NY.
There is a barbeque grill on the side porch and the firepit is great for roasting marshmallows -
Depending upon the season you may enjoy outdoor dining; private dock and beach from which you can walk into the natural, spring fed motor boat lake - take out the canoe or paddle boat, swim, fish from the dock (there is also lots of shallow water should children be in your party.)
We love the opportunity to relax, enjoy nature watching from hummingbirds to bald sit quietly and do absolutely nothing - we rarely leave the house when staying ourselves - there is no need - I always comment to my husband that it feels as if we have our own private resort.....
Sandy Beach Tavern (1 mile from house) has full bar, snack bar, pool table, game room and private beach for swimming (closed in the winter.)
Eldred is the closest village (3 miles away) with stores, a supermarket, coffee shop, diner and outdoor pizza restaurant.
Barryville right on the Delaware River is 6 miles away with restaurants (try the Carriage House), antique stores and the opportunity to rent canoes or kayaks,
White Lake is 8 miles away and also boasts restaurants, boat rental and antique stores.
Cocheton is worth checking out, in particular the amazing Hennings restaurant.
Bethel Woods home of the famed 1969 Woodstock festival is just 10 miles away.
Public transit is not really available - this area needs a car although one may bus to Monticello (good for bigger stores such as Walmart of Shoprite) or take a train to Port Jervis and then take a cab ride.
3 night minimum (1 night off season)
There is a $175 cleaning/laundry fee per stay and stays of more than one week require an additional prorated cleaning fee.
There is an optional fee if you wish us to supply wood for the Firepit or Wood stove.
Internet wifi is available and free of additional charge - but as it is a rural setting - sometimes spotty and while it is the fastest speed available for our area - not the same as an urban or suburban internet speed. If internet is going to be crucial to your stay it is advised that you also bring your own mobile hotspot as back up.
If you intend to throw a party during your stay (guests in excess of 20% of your reserved guest list would constitute a party) you would need pre authorization. There would be an additional fee (to be negotiated) as this larger group involves extra liability, wear and tear, as well as higher cleaning fees and usage of basic house items such as paper goods and utilities.
Guests may check in after 4:00 p.m. on day of arrival and must check out by 11:00 a.m. on day of departure.
If there are no back to back reservations it may be possible to request an earlier check in or later check out. Please be aware that an additional fee may be required depending upon season and or weekend.
We are also available for special events and longer rentals (1 - 12 months.) Please inquire!
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- English, Spanish, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Caroline McGrath
English born and educated - - travelled in Europe and the United States - now married to a U.S. Citizen and living in the U.S. Work in an administrative capacity in New York City.
Caroline McGrath purchased this House in 2012
Why Caroline McGrath chose Eldred
My husband and I have always owned a weekend home and found ourselves looking to purchase anew - wanted lakefront - particularly on a sandy bottomed lake where one can walk straight off the property and into the water. Within two minutes of entering this house my husband and I looked at each other - and knew this was the one - such an idyllic setting.
What makes this House unique
The perfect setting - on two wooded acres - close to skiing, only steps to private beach and dock where one may enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Sit on the deck - watch bald eagles fly overhead - humming birds at the of outdoor space for eating, socializing, you name it.....
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We booked this place for New Year's at the last minute. Owners are extremely accommodating and professional. The property is well kept and clean. If you are looking for a vaccation rental then this is a must. The property beautifully situated on lake with amazing views. Will definitely return!!
A perfect getaway for lakeside tranquility and serene idleness! We loved it!
Fantastic House - Beautiful Location
My wife and I and another couple rented this house for 3 nights. The location is very private - situated on a tranquil lake. It was extremely peaceful - hardly any boat traffic. We enjoyed watching the sunset sitting on the private dock drinking some wine. The house is unique - very spacious with many interesting rooms. The decor is very classic, eclectic and tasteful. The house is kept immaculate and is stocked with all the necessities of a lived-in home. The bedrooms are very comfortable and the showers have plenty of hot water and strong water pressure. The house boasts one of the biggest collections of VHS tapes I have ever seen - so you'll be entertained even on a rainy day. There is a fire pit on the lake-side lawn which we utilized on one of the chillier nights. There's a paddle boat and canoe near the dock (which we didn't use because we were happy just sitting on the dock.) There's a large porch overlooking the lake with a humming-bird feeder nearby which allows you to see these fascinating creatures up-close. We barbecued on the brand new gas-grill and dined on the deck enjoying the beautiful view and sounds of nature. It is apparent (from the state of the house and my conversations with her) that the owner (Caroline) is proud of her home and is concerned that her guests are thoroughly satisfied. She gave us very detailed instructions regarding the house and gave us a run-down of all the local eateries and places of interest. She was always available (via phone/email/text) and responded quickly to our queries. All-in-all, we had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. I highly recommend that you consider staying at this remarkable home. We will surely be returning.
So pleased that Edward and his group enjoyed such a pleasant stay and found the house entirely to their liking!
Look forward to hosting them again!!
In LOVE with the Lake Life
We were absolutely in love as soon as we pulled in to the the drive way. We ran over to the back to take a look at the view of the lake and were super excited to jump right into the lake. We were a group of 8 with a toddler. The house felt like a resort. There was enough space for all of us to hang out in the living area for all of us when we wanted to be indoors but also enough areas for small groups to hang out throughout the house.
We used all the amenities. We were able to grill one night as a group and make s'mores in the fire pit at night. We loved using the canoe and paddle boat during the day to explore the lake.
Caroline was amazing and very helpful at helping us with anything and everything we needed. From helping us find things to do in the area to responding to questions/answers she was always very responsive. We hope to return to this Lakefront house very soon!
So pleased that Deepti and her group enjoyed such a wonderful visit!!
Look forward to hosting again very soon!
Beautiful home on the lake and a wonderful host.
Friends retreat with three couples and a three month old. The deck on the lake was perfect for having tranquil mornings drinking coffee, and hanging out all day. Fire pit was great for evening socializing and looking up at the stars. There is no seating around fire pit so bring camping chairs. Easy access to swim or just sit on the pier with your feet in. Lake is clean, warm and sandy with no rocks or shells to walk on. Paddle boat is great for kids.
Beautiful, , charming house with everything you might need. Caroline was extremely helpful and a pleasure to rent from. She went out of her way to accomadate our needs. Highly recommend. Thank you Caroline!
It was such a pleasure to host Victoria and her group; am so glad they really enjoyed their stay!
While there are no chairs set up around the firepit it is perfectly okay for guests to bring the chairs up from the dock should they prefer.
Excellent location on pristine Highland Lake
Property was good. The lake front great some things in house and around could use extra TLC. No air condition but fans are in rooms I did bring my own small fan and glad I did because upstairs bedrooms are quit hot . Those rooms could use a ceiling fan which I know from experience help keep you cool while sleeping .Something's need improvement like landscape the yard so better view of lake from deck area to eat . Overgrown bushes block the view. Also blue stone path is not secured in the ground. My daughter has disabilities with minor walking disabilities that requires assistance when walking on them. Also showers are not st all accessible to small for a shower chair. My daughter could not get a shower there . Kitchen Could benefit by having a few more spices, even just pepper only had salt? Also I was told the Jennair range is very hot this is very true. Everything could burn and fast. I used oil also tried butter all burn immediately for trying to cook breakfast. I suggest a basic electric griddle to plug in use for pancakes eggs bacon etc. Easy clean up& less likely burn food.
I would however rent again with adult friends mostly because of the location view town lake access that was all a 10!!
Am glad that Michele and her group rated the house a 10 and would stay again, even though she cited a few minor issues to be improved upon.
We are energy conscious and state very clearly in our description that there is no a/c. The house is a custom contemporary with passive solar features. There are huge ceiling fans in the cathedral ceilinged living area. There is also a heat return system that draws heat up through the walls. There is also a wall fan in the front bedroom that works in sync to cool the upstairs bedroom level.
We are on the lake and have lots of windows to open for cross ventilation. It is just a case of carefully reading the house instructions on how to use these features or reaching out to me for additional help.
I am always accessible and ask guests to not hesitate to text or call for the slightest little issue.
I do wish Michele had reached out more frequently with questions. In particular for the location of spices. In the cabinet that houses a large container of sea salt, are rows of shelves for spices, complete with black pepper, mixed pepper corns, cayenne pepper, basil, rosemary, dill, garlic, etc., etc. Not a lot granted - but definitely there.
However, this house rental does not include food so there is a minimum in the kitchen to use in an emergency. I ask that guests bring their own supply of food but there is always paper towel, dish liquid and dish cubes.
There has been a lot of rain this spring and the rhododendron bushes have sprouted quickly. My gardner has been very backed up with lawn cutting due to all the rain and hasn't yet had chance to prune - I however, find it creates a nice seclusion and oasis for the humming birds.
The stone path is an attractive feature - however it is not necessary to walk on same. There is plenty of flat grass to utilize to travel from circular driveway to front steps of house. One can also use the steps on the other side of the house - to the huge wrap around deck.
Regarding the showers, there is definitely room for a standard shower chair in the downstairs walk in shower. I wish Michele, prior to booking had asked for the dimensions of the shower stall to be sure the chair she was bringing could be accommodated.
It does seem however, that these minor issues notwithstanding Michele and her group enjoyed the home enough to consider staying at some point in the future.
The town of Highland, is one of the most scenic, quaint towns in the Delaware River Valley. There is an abundance of beautiful, pristine lakes, rivers and streams. There are lush and scenic landscapes along with nationally recognized outdoor recreational activities. It is a resort area with opportunities to camp, fish, canoe, raft, water ski, boat, sail and swim. The state lands and private reserves offer excellent small and large game hunting. There are also some excellent restaurants in the area. We are ten miles or so from Bethel Woods home of the original Woodstock Festival and five miles to the Delaware River for kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, ziplining and fishing and 25 miles to Ski Slopes. The two most significant historical attractions in the area are the Roebling Aqueduct and the Minisink Battleground. The Roebling Aqueduct is the oldest suspension bridge in American completed by John Roebling as a barge aqueduct for the D & H canal in 1847. During the summer months the National Park Service provides tours. The Minisink Battleground is the site of the only military conflict in the Delaware River Valley during the Revolutionary War.
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Guests may check in after 4:00 p.m. on day of arrival and must check out by 11:00 a.m. on day of departure. If there are no back to back reservations it may be possible to request an earlier check in or later check out. Please be aware that an additional fee may be required depending upon season.