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Enchanting secluded 1930's stone and shingle house in the Shawangunks

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom 1.5 bath getaway in the mountains

This delightful mountain hideaway, only 90 miles north and west of NYC, is a stone's throw from the historic community of Cragsmoor and its 4,880 acre nature preserve, Sam's Point, with its hiking trails and beautiful views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. It is also only a 5 minute drive down our mountain, Mt Meenagha, to Ellenville where you can find restaurants, live theatre, vegetable stands, shopping and other town amenities. You fall asleep to the sound of a mountain stream and awake to birdsong. You can roll out of bed and walk along the historic 'Carriage Walk' at the top of Mt Meenagha with its beautiful views of the Shawangunk Ridge.

The house, furnished with antiques, can sleep 5 and has 1.5 baths. Charmingly built into a slope, the house has three levels: a full bedroom with wainscotting on the top floor; living room, queen bedroom and twin sleeping alcove with full bath, (all with hardwood floors,) on the main level; and den with wood burning stove, dining room with many windows and a skylight, and a fully equipped kitchen, (all with Mexican tile floors,) on the lower level. There is an airy sunroom with skylights and bamboo floors right off the kitchen leading into the garden. The house has all cotton linens, quilts and down comforters in addition to the antiques and artwork.

There is an outdoor stone patio with Adirondack chairs, a deck with picnic table overlooking the stream next to a charcoal grill. While completely secluded on its own private road in the woods, the house sits on 2.5 acres with plenty of sun and an array of solar panels that feed into the electrical grid and supply the house with its electricity. Built in the 1930's, the house retains its unique charm and at the same time offers fully modern amenities, with a Bosch washer and dryer, modern kitchen appliances (with plenty of room and utensils to cook up gourmet meals,) electric heat, wireless internet and Direct TV.

A wide variety of activities are close at hand, from some of the best hang gliding, rock climbing and hiking you may find, to the beloved Cragsmoor Library and Old Stone Church, both hosting many community and cultural functions in Cragsmoor, a 5 minute drive through a mountain ravine on S. Gulley Road. In addition, Ellenville is proud to have the premiere Shadowland Theatre and right next door to it, the terrific Aroma Thyme Bistro serving up an array of fine foods and live music. 30 minutes from Minnewaska State Park with its trails and lake swimming, 45 minutes from New Paltz and Kingston with their many restaurants and shopping, there is so much to explore in the Shawangunks.

Come and get away from it all in this unique Hansel and Gretel house in the woods. Enjoy its serenity and breathtaking views as you walk its hiking trails. Cook up some special meals with the local produce and dine al fresco, or, just spend the day relaxing with a book. Come and share in the timeless magic of the mountains.

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Monique Fowler
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Monique Fowler

My husband grew up summering in the Catskills with his family so when we wanted a complete getaway from NYC where we lived and worked we came looking here. When we drove by the stunning Shawangunk Ridge and the luxurious natural beauty that surrounds you here we were hooked. Discovering the unique historic community of Cragsmoor with its rich artistic history right next door to this property was an unlooked for gift!

Monique Fowler purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Monique Fowler chose Hudson Valley

So close to New York and yet so far away in spirit, we fell in love with the Shawangunk Ridge. Each season brings its own unique beauty, from the enchantment of spring and its newly minted greens and many blooms, to the warmth of summer, (which where we are is very rarely too hot,) to the breathtaking richness of the autumn foliage and the deep stillness of a winter landscape, we are continually amazed by the everchanging views, moods and light of this mountain area.

What makes this cottage unique

This charming house is uniquely set on the side of the mountain with its own stone gardens and patio, mountain stream, outbuildings and new solar panels. It is completely private and quiet and in its own world. It has many different rooms and places to relax, peaceful and various at the same time. Everyday brings new delights, and often starts in the morning with a walk around the mountain 'Carriage Walk', a path left from the days when the old big hotels attracted New Yorkers, like ourselves, and they walked or rode in their carriages around the mountain. The day may close with a delicious dinner outdoors on the deck by candlelight!


Cragsmoor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 1 Full Bath with Shower Main Floor 1 Half Bath off Kitchen
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , sleeping alcove off living room
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Enchanting secluded 1930's stone and shingle house in the Shawangunks
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Wonderful storybook cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just ending a three day Two night stay at Moniques very pivate and quiet cottage in the woods. We could not have been happier with the stay. The place itself is cute, cozy and clean. It kept us toasty warm while the temps outside dipped to single digits. The grounds are beutiful and intriguing.. Lots of cool outbuildings (including an outhouse ! ) give a hint to what it was like to live here 80 years ago.. But all the internals are modern and functional. The kitchen is great and beds are comfy . We appreciated nice linens and towels and fresh carton of half and half for us in the fridge.

We Loved the wood stove and supply of seasoned firewood. The place came with a nice guide to the house and the area.. The restruant suggestions were good as were the hiking options. We suggest the carriage road walk from near the house. We also loved Sam's point. .

Monique was very easy to work with and accessible . We would highly recommned this place and hope to return !

Rent this place.. You too will love it !

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Year's Getaway

  • 4 of 5

Charming secluded cottage! My boyfriend and I had a lovely time over New Year's weekend. The property was just what we were looking for: Cozy, fairly secluded, easy to get to, well-maintained, romantic. We loved the wood-burning stove in the den! Monique was a great host. Very responsive and helpful!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Fall Mountain Getaway

  • 4 of 5

What a remarkable quaint getaway. Monique was helpful, available and quick to answer any questions. House had all conveniences available, comfy beds, clean, and delightful surroundings. Creek had no water due to drought, but we were able to explore it for rocks. Our only concern were the steps (we are seniors) - they were steep and narrow - and as in any multi level house, whatever you needed was either upstairs or downstairs and you were not - only reason for a 4 star rating. I would not hesitate to recommend this vacation getaway to my friends or family.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely home in the woods and on very private grounds.

  • 5 of 5

The home and grounds were just lovely. A country kitchen with all the amenities, lovely sunroom for reading, bird watching and falling asleep were much appreciated. A comfortable, small living room with wood stove and books was both quaint and functional. These rooms downstairs with views through plenty of windows made one feel as if outdoors and at one with the grounds. Plenty of wood for the fire was also great on cool nights and mornings. Beds were comfortable for us plus sized folks and the space around them more than sufficient. The plantings, garden area and trees - ah, the trees! - made the property both very private and secure. Though well off the beaten path and distant from other homes, it was only 10 or so minutes to little Ellenville with a couple of very nice restaurants and weekend music scene. Up the road in the other direction is Sam's Point in Minnewaska Park and the Shawangunk Ridge. Some easy trails up on the ridgeline were really beautiful and afforded long views of undeveloped forest and meadow below. If one wants a very private home and laid-back experience for what ails you, this rental is a great find and worth one's time and money. Steve C.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

To be honest, we have never rented a house before, so we cannot really compare it to anything else, but anyway, we really enjoyed our staying there.

We were surprised with how spacious yet cozy the house was. The kitchen was nice and functional, with a lot of utensils and huge windows and the back door facing a nice area with a table and chairs allowing to have meals outside.

The living room with its rocking chairs, books and board games is pretty welcoming; a lot of lamps in every room make it feel comfy and safe. The shed right next to the house has a lot of different stuff we used for our evening barbecuing, like firewood, a lantern etc.

The area is pretty secluded and quiet, though it took us 25 minutes to get to the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, a great place for hiking, picnicking or simply chilling, and about 10 minutes to the closest farmer's market.

The only drawback was the water in the shower which smelled pretty weird, but the advantages of the place definitely outweigh this little flaw,

so we would definitely recommend this place for spending quality time with your family/friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights in this charming cottage looking for some rest and relaxation. We couldn't have been happier with our choice of accommodations. Nestled in the mountains above Ellenville, NY, this property provided a much-needed respite from the noise in our lives. The grounds and surrounding gardens are lovely. We enjoyed morning coffee on the stone patio, afternoons in the sunroom and an evening sitting by a fire in the stone fire place sipping a cold drink. Though the house is compact, each room provides a different ambiance -- the ground floor includes the sunroom, the kitchen, a dining nook, as well as a cozy den under the stairs with a wood stove and stone wall. The blending of wood and stone throughout the ground floor is amazing. The main floor is bright and welcoming with a sitting room, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. The 3rd floor has an entry room and bedroom. We admittedly didn't spend any time on the top floor. The stairways between floors are narrow and a bit steep, and that may be a challenge for some folks. We are small people so headroom isn't an issue for us. While there are limited options for shopping and dining in Ellenville, the serenity and charm of the property was everything we hoped it would be. We highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Stewart/ Newburgh
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Middletown, NY
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Route 17
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Aroma Thyme Bistro
Car: necessary

Situated between the Catskill Mountains to the northwest, and the Hudson Valley to the east, hiking or driving the Shawangunks offers spectacular views of both. Engaging in any number of sporting activities during the day, like hiking or swimming in Minnewaska State Park with its many trails and lake or visiting the Mohonk Mountain House, or the adjacent nature preserves in Cragsmoor (Sam's Point or the Bear Hill Nature Preserve,) and then dining out at Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville followed by a show at Shadowland would make for a very full and satisfying day! There are many sporting activities, hang gliding and rock climbing, as well as activities for more leisurely days like visiting local farmers markets, antique stores, wineries and, in general, visiting the small towns and shops on the lovely winding roads.


Rates & Availability

Cragsmoor Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $85
Tax Rate 2.0%

Rates are for 2-3 people. It is $15.00/night extra for 4-5 people.

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