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Secluded Light Filled House, Gardens,River, 5 Min to Phoenicia

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


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Charming and magical, this property sits on three acres w/ groomed flower gardens, it abuts state forest, a stream runs around it and it sits above the Esopus creek. It is in Woodland valley one of the best spots in the catskills on a dead end rd so there is no thru traffic. It is so private yet only 3 min to the quaint hamlet of Phoenicia. We have a great swing and two out door fire places. Miles and miles of hiking right behind the house. Huge trees surround the property yet there is plenty of sun .The house has three bedrooms with queen size beds all with fabulous views and sounds from the stream. There is a single bed by the wood stove. The great room (living , dinning, kitchen) opens to a large deck with bird feeders that get many guests and has four skylights that bring in the sun and moon light. The kitchen is fully equipped: refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and all the dishes, pot and pans silver ware etc. Two beautiful bath rooms with views of the flower gardens.The tap water is spring fed and fantastic for drinking. Herdman rd is great for walking as are the old rail rd tracks along the river. Lots of art work and books.

Ralph (chip) Gallagher and Susan Brown Woods
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2018

About Ralph (chip) Gallagher and Susan Brown Woods

I grew up in Chappaqua NY as did my wife Susie. After college in Iowa I moved to Hawaii for many years before returning to NYC to be with Susie and son Ryder. Preferring the country over the city I looked in the catskills for a country home and Phoenicia was the town I chose but the property was what sold me, it is in a absolutely magical spot.I am a builder and Susie is an artist. We love having NYC close by .

Ralph (chip) Gallagher and Susan Brown Woods purchased this house in 2001

Why Ralph (chip) Gallagher and Susan Brown Woods chose Phoenicia

We bought this property for it's magical setting in the Catskill Mts. It is close to Woodstock and only 2-1/2 hrs to NYC . It is for ever changing through the seasons. The special thing about this property is the dead end rd, the stream, the state forest behind the land and the Esopus river across the road yet only 3 min to town. Skiing is close hiking every where and many talented artists in the area.

What makes this house unique

see above

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a pleasure meeting all of you such fun and sweetness. Look forward to hearing if you now have a butterfly or large moth at home. Please do come again and again! Chip and Susie
Sep 2015
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Phoenicia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Secluded Light Filled House, Gardens,River, 5 Min to Phoenicia
average rating of 4.733333 based on 16 reviews

Relaxing stay surrounded by nature

  • 5 of 5

The home is tastefully decorated and very comfortable. It’s conveniently located close to Phoenicia but away from the crowd (we visited during the Labor Day weekend). We were surrounded by nature with songs from birds and stream. The hosts are very friendly and accommodating. The stay was a blast. We hope to visit again in the near future.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rosa, Thank you for your thoughtful and kind response. Chipper told me that you got to know our resident chipmunk.! Please know that you are welcome here any time- you and your family left the house so clean and many thanks for the Prosecco!! All the best, susie
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Excellent stay in peaceful home

  • 5 of 5

This home is beautiful, light filled and peaceful. It has everything you need. The owners are so friendly and exceptionally accommodating. 4 adults, 2 kids and one pup stayed here and had plenty of space and a great time. You won’t be disappointed with this place!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Susie and Chip's beautiful well-appointed home. Even though the house is only a few minutes from Phoenicia, you really feel like it's away from it all. The location is excellent and near to all the great hikes in the area. Susie and Chip are great hosts- very welcoming and very knowledgable about the area. We truly enjoyed our time spent there and plan on going back in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ..Thank you Nicole! You two were absolutely wonderful guests and little Winnie too!
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience here was absolutely wonderful! There were 6 adults total, and the space was fine. Everything in the home is well thought out. Susie is an amazing artist and the home certainly reflects that. It is gorgeous, warm and inviting. The energy here is wonderful! The place is stocked with everything you would need. We were very comfy.

The property also has so much to offer. The treepee was fabulous and we did a few yoga sessions up among the trees. There is a swing and two places for bonfires. Chip was wonderful and set up an impressive bonfire for us one night. There was also a bbq which came in handy.

Chip and Susie are lovely people, helpful hosts, and tried to stay out of our hair, but we kept inviting them to hang and they put up with us :)

We also went on a hike directly from the backyard. Spent the day on trails and a bit of bushwhacking. What a glorious nature filled relaxing weekend. Look forward to coming back again and again.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our new happy place

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (kids ages 3 and 6) stayed for 2 nights in Chip and Susie's beautiful cottage in the woods. What a lovely, relaxing treat! They were such friendly and accommodating hosts, and were so incredibly kind to our children. For city dwellers like us, having a weekend to hike wade in the river, toast marshmallows over a bonfire, collect caterpillars, and swing on their tree swing was just something out of a dream. Being a rustic place, there was a small time period when the electricity went out, so Susie took it upon herself to bring over buckwheat and bananas to make a lovely pancake breakfast on the gas stove. We were even able to cut some rainbow chard and kale from their garden to use in our dinner one night! We found the home to be clean and comfortable, and the property gorgeously landscaped. Our kids can't stop talking about their perfect wilderness weekend, and we hope to be back again and again.....

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Chip and Susie provided a wonderful setting in a fantastic location. My wife and I celebrated her 30th birthday in style. We stayed in this beutiful, clean, and very artistic home for two nights. The home is located in a very convenient location, just 5 min to phoenicia, 20 min to hunter and belair mountains, and 25 min to the famous bearsville theater in Woodstock. There are 5 fantastic restaurants within 5 min and the best woodfired pizza in NY at Brio's. There is also a full grocery store in phoenicia. My wife and I are avid outdoor people and love to hike, fish, birdwatch and camp. Although we stayed in the winter months we were still able to injoy the magical views from the " Tree pee", and all of chips yard art. This home is attached to a large expanse of state land, and for the avid hiker one could set out and walk out the back door and climb to the summits of garfield, panther, giant ledge, and slide. The home has water access to some of the best trout fishing in NY on the Ausable river, and one of the best tubling adventures you can find for the kids. Below you will find a review that couldn't be farther from the truth, I wont comment on how negative these individuals are, but I will say that sometimes people have terrible experiences because there life is full of negativity; and clearly these people are just that. When you come to the mountains part of the allure is the wildlife, so if you see a harmless mouse, it's part of the experience. We didn't see any animals inside the house, but what we did see were many birds, eagles, and mammals, including a black squirrel. The mountains are full of animals and the fact that Chip dosen't use any poisons to kill these animals that already have a tough time surviving entices me to stay here even more. Chip is one of the nicest men I've ever meant and gave my wife and I all the privacy we wanted, there was absolutly no problem with him staying in the art studio behind the house. In fact he gave us a tour of the studio; which added to the experience. Chip and Susie share a passion for art and the projects they were working on were trully one of a kind and unlike anything I've ever seen. This home makes you feel like your part of the mountains, with all the natural light, surrounding woods, and very comfortable living quarters. The relaxation we felt was like no other, and we contribute this to the setting Chip and Susie provided. Thank you Chip, we will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were so great and engaged in the property, wish Susie was here for more of your stay.Please do come back we'd love to see you again summer time is fantastic bring your fishing poles!
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Car: recommended

Zip lines at Hunter Mt largest zip line in North America. 450 sq ft tree house on our property Walk right into state forest from your back yard. Three spots for bond fires plenty of wood to burn.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $60
Cleaning fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59

Chip and Susie are in the house next door and can help out with anything you might need

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.