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Enchanting Secluded 1930's Stone and Shingle House in the Shawangunks

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Last updated: 03/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be at least 25 years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well-trained, house friendly pets are welcome with updated vaccinations and flea and tick protection....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 3-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet


  • 1 Full Bath with Shower Main Floor 1 Half Bath off Kitchen


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    There are two dining tables, one in the dining room and one in the sun room...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    The drive can easily accommodate 3 cars....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    Melitta cone filter 2 cup coffee maker ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Very equipped kitchen. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    House supplied with paper towels, tablecloths and cloth napkins, some spices, tea and coffee and other sundries....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a stone patio with table and 4 chairs....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Stone barbecue and charcoal grill...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning $85
  • Tax Rate 2%


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

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 03/19/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Stewart/ Newburgh
20 Miles
Nearest Train
Middletown, NY
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 17
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Cragsmoor, NY, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

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  • Sunroom off kitchen

    Sunroom off kitchen

  • Kitchen with Sunroom

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  • Den


  • Double bed

    Double bed

  • Shed


  • Mountain Stream

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  • Sunroom off kitchen

    Sunroom off kitchen

  • Picnic Table by Stream

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Saturday, March 25, 2017

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