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The Bearsville Retreat Chic Country Compound - Saline Pool, Hot Tub & Fireplace

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Lodge, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

The Bearsville Retreat is a charming compound comprised of two houses (guest house & main house) in the rolling green hills of Bearsville 2 miles from Woodstock Village Green. The Retreat has been featured in Brownstoner, Upstater and various other online and print publications. There is a brand new heated, saltwater, in-ground 40 x 20 foot pool open Memorial Day to mid September, with loungers, with a bluestone patio with a spot for alfresco dining, and brand new hot tub, open year round, serviced weekly, and for the cooler months a toasty fireplace and wood-stove as well as central heating. Both houses are renovated in a relaxed lodge style. The compound consists of a one bedroom, one bath, guest house ( if you have a small child the couch is also usable) And a two bedroom, one bath, Main house. Please Note the guest house only rents out with the main house in the summer months, so guests have the whole compound. Unless it is a last min booking. The property is fully fenced for dogs to run off leash.

The main house has two bedrooms 1 king, 1 queen, both sunny and comfortable with new skylights. The brand new kitchen is easy to use and the new bathroom is a relaxing treat at the end of a day hiking with a deep soaking tub. Woodsy open living room has a fireplace and plenty of seating. A DVD player, Wifi extends across the property, TV, Bluetooth Marshall amp. lots of little seating spots around the house for private-time inside and out. There is a sun room to relax in that leads out onto a sun-trap patio with a dining table and adirondack chairs on the front patio and more by the outdoor shower to watch the sun set . A favorite room is the dining room, like an old fashioned Captain's cabin wood-lined and super cozy for the best dinner parties, a room for passing the port and telling tall tales.

The Guest house has a sun filled, well appointed open living room with wall of windows. In the summer keep it wide open to live out doors with ceiling fan. And in the winter very cozy, central heating plus wood-stove (wood provided). Brand new kitchen, dishwasher and Microwave, all stocked with the basics. Spa-like bathroom with a lovely deep tub and a skylight, relax in while gazing at the stars. Sunny bedroom queen size bed. Spacious dining area seats 6. Flat screen TV & new DVD player & iPod dock. fan for bedroom. Mini Library filled with books DVDs and magazines. Brand-new washer & dryer. Hairdryer, Soaps, fresh new all cotton linens & towels provided in both houses. Go to our facebook page for last min deals on on the whole compound and 'like' us there for updates. Bearsville attracts award winning actors, writers and musicians and we have hosted our fair share, and would love to host you.

Cancellation Policy, If it is more than 60 days in advance we take a 50% deposit. Your second 50% is due 45 days before occupancy. Be aware that the dates will not be ‘booked’ until you pay for them and sign the contract, we do not hold the dates and so you know they may be booked by other guests who inquire about, and pay for the property in the interim, if you cancel 45 days before your rental you will get a full refund minus 5%. There are no refunds after 45 days unless we get a booking for that period, which is likely but not assured.

More Details

Sarah Hale
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Sarah Hale

A filmmaker and writer who has long loved the Woodstock area.

Sarah Hale purchased this lodge in 2011

Why Sarah Hale chose Bearsville

Charm Charm Charm, Built by the neighboring farmer's family in 1930 for an emigre family from Germany. It has a woodsy feel with charming little details. When we first saw it it was the setting that grabbed us, it's not grand but super relaxed and now a little lux with the new bathrooms and kitchens and the addition of the new hot tub and heated saline pool. The Hamlet of Bearsville reminds me of where I went to school in Somerset, England with green hills and dark starry nights.

You can come and rejuvenate yourself in the relaxing compound, set in landscaped grounds surrounded by flowering apple and magnolia trees.

What makes this lodge unique

You are in the country with all delicious benefits, from the farm next door where you can walk over in the morning and buy your happy eggs, to outdoorsy activities like: swimming holes, hiking, tubing & trout fishing, yet close to everything you would need to have a relaxing time, with art galleries, Zagat rated restaurants, a cute little village for a stroll and some shopping and the relaxed atmosphere of a cosmopolitan environment in this historic arts community walkable to cocktails at the commune saloon.


Bearsville Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • There is a courtesy pet fee for each well-behaved pet. Total pets allowed 3 dogs (cats considered).
  • The guests will receive a full house manual, local info list and check out list to help them out and make sure of their safety and comfort.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , in the main house
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the guest house
  • Both bathrooms are new - with deep soaking tubs and skylights. Plus an outdoor shower with hot and cold water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom main house - 1 king
    Guest bed room main house - 1 queen
    Bedroom Guest House - 1 queen , this is the bedroom in the guest house
  • They are all sunny and cozy with warm duvets and extra blankets provided if desired.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
3 bikes are for guests use


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The Bearsville Retreat Chic Country Compound - Saline Pool, Hot Tub & Fireplace
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and relaxing. Thank you Sarah!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having your group, you left the house in beautiful shape, we love Canadians! All the best, Sarah.
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Charming upstate house

  • 5 of 5

Great spot upstate in any season. Loved how well taken care of the house was and our host was fantastic. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New york City

Fabulous Escape

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I escaped from the city to The Bearsville Retreat for a weekend and could not have been happier with the home. Everything was pristine, but cosy enough to feel like home. We enjoyed the hot tub, the fireplace, the super comfy bed and the gorgeous view out the LR window. Super close to everything you need and just far enough away. Was so fun pretending we lived there for 2 days ;) Communication with Sarah was excellent and we will absolutely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Any time you guys !
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Lovely Well Appointed Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We recently had the pleasure of spending a wonderful weekend at the Bearsville Retreat! We truly enjoyed everything about this totally private and tranquil setting. Both homes are well appointed, and the saline pool, and hot tub were great! Our dog had the best time running freely as well just strolling the grounds sniffing everything she could. We sincerely recommend this rental home to everyone, and look forward to another visit to Bearsville soon!. Owner Sarah was great with every aspect of this rental! Thanks for a great place and owner!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were so appreciative - noticing all the little touches we love that - !
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I (and our dog) came to Bearsville from NYC for our 1 year wedding anniversary. It was AMAZING. Since we are from the city we treasure peace and quite and that is what this place provides. Not only that it provided plenty of running room for Wilson, our dog, to stretch his legs. He even made friends with the cows in the pasture next door! The town of Woodstock is beautiful as well with plenty of art shops and some very good restaurants. The music scene is awesome too! We are 100% coming back!!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yay Love that Wilson had fun ~ we know how important it is for our four legged family members to be able to run around and have as much fun as we do! See you soon.
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Brooklyn, NY

A Winter Wonderland- Perfect Valentines Day Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I spent valentines day weekend with another couple and both of our dogs. The fenced in yard allowed our pups to play and run like crazy! We drove to Bellayre to ski for a day, came back to the house and warmed up by the fire and in the hot tub outside! The fireplace is amazing! The house was beautiful and super clean when we arrived. The kitchen is fully stocked- there was even a garlic press! :) We felt so cozy and comfortable and we can't wait to go back in the summer! Sarah was available for us as well and very friendly! We have rented houses from Air BnB and VRBO before and sometimes we are disappointed when we arrive. We were, however, not only thrilled when we arrived to see the home and space, but honestly blown away from how perfect it was.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Stewart Newburgh or Albany
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Bear Cafe & Commune Saloon
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Amtrak at Rhinecliff
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
The Bear Cafe
Nearest Ski
21 Miles
Hunter or Belleayre or Windham
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: recommended

Perfect for all four seasons. Snowy & Cozy in winter, between 3 ski resorts In autumn stunning leaf color, fresh in spring when all the apple and magnolia blossoms appear and summer is stellar by the 40x 20 pool.

The tree-ringed houses are in the peaceful hamlet of Bearsville. It is perfectly private with out being isolated, spend all day and night in the restful grounds or go into town for dinner or drinks.

No car needed if you want to come up from the city you can bike or walk to dinner and to the village - and the bus drops you in Bearsville with a short walk to the Retreat.

Comfortable, modern furnishings, art throughout the interiors. The property is set back from the road down a long driveway, next to a old-world farm. Fully fenced private property with gate great for kids and pets. Well-behaved pets considered.

The Guest house has a sun filled, well appointed open living room with wall of windows. In the summer keep it wide open to live out doors and in the winter very cozy, central heating plus wood-stove (wood provided). Brand new kitchen, dishwasher and Microwave, all stocked with the basics. Spa-like bathroom with a lovely deep tub and a skylight, relax in while gazing at the stars. Sunny double bedroom. Spacious dining area seats 6. Flat screen TV & new DVD player & IPod dock. AC window unit. Mini Library filled with books and magazines. Brand-new washer & dryer. Hairdryer, Soaps, fresh new linens & towels provided..

Local swimming holes a short drive away, we will provide you a locations and activities info. Or just stay home and relax, 2 bikes available for use. Yoga mats and blocks etc. also available. Yoga and Pilates classes in town. Local spa less than a mile away. Woodstock art college offers arts and crafts classes. There are also local wineries and vintage shopping in Saugerties. Rock climbing nearby in Minewaska State Park. Omega Institute offers classes, two Buddhist monasteries are close by and offer day meditation visits. Zagat rated local restaurants in town: Cucina, Red Onion, Bear Café, Violettas, Oriole 9’. Also excellent vegan/veggie options,at Yum Yum or Garden Cafe, or stay home and dine alfresco on the patio under the stars. Barbecue. Walkable to local restaurants, the Bear Café, Little Bear and the local ‘Cub Market’. Great for the Woodstock Writers’ festival in April, or the Woodstock Film Festival in July and year round Bearsville Theater for musical events. Near 3 great skiing centers Hunter Mountain, Windham and Belleayre. 5 minutes away Kenneth Wilson Campground has hiking trails and lake offering canoe and kayak rentals. Also Horse lovers, please take note, convenient to the H.I.T.S for summer times equestrian event.The Hudson River (boating/kayaking/swimming/historic house tours) and The Culinary Institute of America, Bard College/The Fisher Center and many fine museums. Hiking, biking and swimming are just outside your door. Additional bike rentals available in the village. Also great hikes nearby up to the ruins of overlook Mountain house or down Mink Hollow. Or a great outing is to Opus 40 and the houses of the Hudson river - including FDR's mansion.

Travel: driving from nyc is approx 2 hours. The bus from New York or Albany will drop you in Bearsville, a 5 min walk to the property, or you can call Woodstock taxi service Easy access in winter. or by train to Rhinecliff and taxi (approx. 30 min).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50

Please feel free to email me to get a break down of the houses costs together or separately, the prices here are starting at $250pn for the guest house and starting at $350pn for the main house. Both houses together vary from $420pn to $550pn. Summer months mid June through Labor day are $3800 per week for the whole compound. Christmas and New Years are $550 per night.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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