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High Falls 1840 Greek Revival on 10 Acres

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic Country Home, 3 Bedrooms/2 bath, sleeps 6




This is a wonderful 3 BDR country house set on 10 acres near the historic villages of High Falls and Stone Ridge. I feel in love with it over 20 years ago, seeing it each day, as I lived just up the road. When it became available it was a project I jumped on, stripping it back to it's original 1840's moldings, wood floor and fireplaces. Although the house is not fancy, formal, or ornate, it has the solid, tangible charm of a comfortable country house you can really live in. The light is great in every room, and the layout inviting.

It is just minutes down the same scenic country road from the famous Mohonk Mountain House, a national historic landmark hotel and spa. Trailheads into the 8,000 acre Mohonk Preserve, New York's largest nonprofit nature preserve, are minutes from the door. Minnewaska State Park with 21,000 acres of protected wilderness, carriage roads, trails, lakes, and waterfalls, is a short drive away. Just cut through 'The Clove', an old Dutch name for the stunning valley now mostly owned by the Nature Conservancy and the Mohonk Preserve and you will have access to yet more trailheads! The house is an easy 90 minute drive from NYC to New Paltz, then through 'The Gunks', a world class rock climbing and hiking area. This is the cream of the Hudson Valley at its very best! Come soak up some of the Hudson Valley's rich history, explore local wineries, shop at family farm stands, poke around in antique shops, or sample the local fare in restaurants and watering holes in one of the surrounding towns.

This historic 1840s house, after an extensive recent renovation, has become a comfortable year-round vacation home, full of historic charm and character. It has three spacious bedrooms with 2 king beds and one queen, all with memory foam mattress toppers, and white linens. The master bedroom has its own private, tiled bath and deep soaking tub. The second shared bath also has a deep soaking tub. All the bedrooms have central air-conditioning. The kitchen is outfitted with what most cooks might need. If its not there we will try to get it for you! The rustic wooden farm table in the dining room is a fabulous gathering spot for a memorable meal. A collection of comfortable upholstered lounge chairs and sofas in the living room are centered around a wood burning fireplace and ringed by the original, beautiful old lead glass windows that invite looking out over the lawns and meadow.

Other amenities include outdoor seating and dining options on the two porches. The front porch has a large Moroccan mosaic table and chairs just off the kitchen for outdoor meals as well as a stainless steel Weber gas grill. The back porch with rocking chairs and a wicker couch overlooks the meadow towards the Rondout Creek and Catskill Mountains. There is WIFI thoughout and a flat-screen Sony TV with Apple TV, NetFlix, and basic cable. Check-out the large game cupboard with something entertaining for all ages.The basement has a fully equipped laundry room with washer, dryer, ironing board and table for folding.

Check-in is after 4 pm and check-out is by 11 am unless otherwise arranged with the owner.

There is also a one bedroom, 1000 square foot Carriage House with kitchen on site, which can be seen and reserved by visiting listing #929151 on HomeAway and #381193 on VRBO. It has its own separate driveway entrance but is on the same 10 acres down hill from the house. It can be rented in tandem with the house or on its own.

More Details

Sterrett Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Sterrett Smith

We were lucky to be able to purchase this house from a family that had owned it for over 50 years. I am first of all a painter but have found myself over the years building or renovating, something I truly enjoy. My husband is a writer and also is director of a graduate program in NYC.

Sterrett Smith purchased this house in 2011

Why Sterrett Smith chose Hudson Valley

We made the critical decision years ago to move to the Hudson Valley in order to have the space we needed for our large library and painting studio as well as land for a vegetable garden and fruit trees. High Falls is an easy drive from NYC which was a necessity for us. The area is home to many artists who have an active relationship with the city. It is also the source of water for NYC and therefore much of the land is protected or is part of the geologically unique 25,000 acres in the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park.


High Falls House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The Carriage House also has a full bath and is located on the property. It is available through listing #929151.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • All beds have memory foam toppers. Two futons are available at an extra charge of $30 each
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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High Falls 1840 Greek Revival on 10 Acres
average rating of 4.9452057 based on 73 reviews

Beautiful house close to New Paltz

  • 5 of 5

The house was so beautiful and all of the rooms were large, including all 3 bedrooms and the bathrooms. Plenty of room for 6 people to feel comfortable and have privacy. Lovely to sit on the back porch both in the morning and evening. Sterrett was timely in her responses and made the arrangements easy. Not far from New Paltz with lots of restaurants, stores, etc. Also, not far from several other Hudson River sites.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for the 6 of us

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place and great host. Perfect for the 6 of us. Very good proximity to Mohonk, Minnewaska, and cultural sites like Storm King. The house is just 15-20 minutes from New Paltz, and a stone's throw to High Falls. Wood stock is just a short drive away. The house is not fancy but well appointed with period pieces. Upstairs is air conditioned. Large back porch is wonderful to watch the sun set. The kitchen is adequate and the living room and dining room are both spacious and inviting. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed every moment of our stay in this wonderful home. The furnishings are elegant and homey at the same time. We loved the large dining table to share family meals, and the handy bench and hooks in the hallway for all our shoes and hiking equipment. We enjoyed relaxing cocktail hours on the back porch, croquet in the yard, and morning coffee gazing at the beautiful flower garden.

Our granddaughter loved the child sized chairs and cabinet of toys and books. Shades and curtains were appreciated in the bedroom for nap time.

We had crazy weather during our stay and were happy to utilize the wood burning fireplace on one night, and the air conditioning later when the temperature hit 95!

We parked three cars with no problems.

The location was central to many activities, hiking, touring apple farms, the FDR library, the CIA, and lots of wineries, brew pubs and restaurants in the area.

We spent a great week here and would love to return if our travels bring us back to the Hudson Valley. Thank you Sterrett!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully restored home

  • 5 of 5

For an older home this is beautifully restored and decorated. We showed up with two young kids in the winter and the place was warm and comfortable and well stocked with kids toys, games and sleds to use on the big property.

I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Christmas in High Falls

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home!!! Our stay from start to finish was absolutely perfect! We arrived on Christmas Eve to a home warm and inviting with a tree and all the trimmings. The home is beautifully renovated and worked well for our family. We also used the private chef, Jeannette, whose meals were delicious and just made everything all the more perfect! The beds were so comfortable I slept 10 hours the first night...which never happens!! Sterrett was warm and gave us all the information we needed to get around town. A must stay in this lovely home! Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, perfect house

  • 5 of 5

We decided to take a couples trip upstate from NYC for a weekend of outdoor adventure. Upon arrival at the house Friday evening, we started a fire in the wood-burning fireplace and enjoyed some wine over the many board games in the house. We hiked at Mohonk the following day and looked forward to getting back to the house with groceries and cooked up a big dinner, again with a great fire in the fireplace, and relaxed in the living room/played more games. The house easily accommodated our group and was perfect for our weekend getaway. Very clean and beautifully kept. Towels, sheets, pillows, etc were impeccably chosen and great quality which is always nice to have when away from home. Would definitely rent again for our next trip!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park with their over 25,000 acres of geologically unique land are within minutes from the property. The 'Gunks', one of the most important rock climbing sites in North America, is on the Shawangunk Ridge, just up the road a few miles. This rural area is known for its historic villages with their vintage shops, antique stores, restaurants and farm stands. All this is just 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and NYC.

Other Activities: rock climbing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $40 per person per night
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $1,500

All holidays are charged at the weekend rate and some holidays have minimum stay requirements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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