About the property
- Cottage1700 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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 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 4and 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, a deck with picnic table and 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 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 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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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 Cragsmoor
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 patio, mountain stream ( in spring) outbuildings and 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 in town or outdoors by candlelight!
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A Great Place To Experience The Catskills
Being on a mountain in a house built on the slope near a brook nestled among nature is just a great way to experience the Catskills. Our family completely enjoyed ourselves staying at this beautiful, unique home. Yes the floors are a little uneven, the stairs kind of steep and the furniture a little worn, but within hours, we settled in and the place felt like an old friend. Don’t hesitate, stay here, you’ll love it, I know we did. We’ve rented many homes in the Catskills over the years, this is one of our favorites.
We lasted six hours
We had an unfortunate stay at this property. Whilst it was secluded and enchanting in some ways, there were several unfortunate elements that made us leave after only one night (we were meant to stay for two). The heating was incredibly challenging to manage, making it freezing in one room and boiling in another. There was mouse poo all over the kitchen, which made cooking hard to enjoy. And most of all, the furniture was uncomfortable and really old. Nothing felt clean, including the sheets and towels. My hope is that the property managers learn from this experience and improve the place.
Picture perfect cottage in the woods!
Stayed 3 nights in this quirky and quiet cottage for New Years weekend. It was more than enough room for 2 adults and a dog. The kitchen is well-provisioned, the bed comfortable and the wood stove kept us toasty in near-zero temperatures. Less than a 3 hour drive from Long Island yet far enough away to escape the holiday hustle. We did eat in town one night and tried a local brewery, both 10-15 minutes away. Perfect location and exactly what we were looking for. Thank you so much.
Charming house in a very nice private area
We stayed at this house over Thanksgiving and loved it! It is loaded with charm. It's in a great spot if you love the the outdoors and privacy, which we do. But the town of Ellenville is about 5 minutes driving so if you wanted to go out to dinner or get some baked goods at Cohen's Bakery (a nice bakery), it's not far away. We arrived the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The house was clean and ready for us. It is 3 floors and from the front door you enter into the bedroom area. On the bottom floor is the kitchen, a dining nook and a living room/den. There's a tv with Direct TV, and a DVD player. And there's Wifi and everything worked fine. The third floor, which we did not use, is a another bedroom. I want to point out tho, for people who aren't good with steps, that this might not be the place for you as, like I said, it is 3 floors and there are steps to maneuver. But for us it wasn't a problem. The house is in the woods, which we loved. We had our 2 dogs with us and we love to be able to open a door and let them out and not worry about a road with lots of cars. So they were able to run around and we didn't have to worry about them. We went to Sam's Point for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner hike Thursday morning. Got back to the house late afternoon and made dinner. We loved the kitchen and it had everything we needed to make our meals. We did not go out for any meals while there, so we can't vouch for any of the restaurants. But we did stop at Cohen's Bakery on Friday afternoon after hiking again. Friday, we hiked right from the house up to Sam's Point area again. We saw Lake Maratanza, did the Ice Cave trail and went to Indian Rock. It was a beautiful day and a great hike. We would definitely come back to this house. We found it very, very charming and cozy.
It is the place to stay if you want to get away from everything... The setting is serene, from the stream that runs next to the property to the sun porch that overlooks the picturesque property. This property is perfect in every way!
Not Quite as Pictured
I adore the concept of this place - retro, 1930's, antique furnishings and art. However, we found a number of areas needing maintenance and sprucing up, and that the pictures online may be from a previous year. It seems the musty odor downstairs that was noted in some other reviews is more pronounced when the weather is damp and cool, which was the case the first few days of our stay; we found it dissipated considerably when the weather was warmer.
The queen bed in the master bedroom is extremely comfortable, and the sunroom is a wonderful little retreat. A sense of adventure about the nooks and crannies, the floors which are a little uneven, the stairs - and the unexpected! - is helpful, but we apparently didn't have it in sufficient measure during our stay. We are glad that our older friends were unable to visit; they would have found negotiating the stairs between the kitchen and the main floor, and the unevenness of some floors, difficult.
The drive up to the house was beautiful, and got better each day as the leaves turned color. The first morning, I thought I saw a bobcat, but it was a neighbor's enormous yellow housecat heading home after prowling. We saw deer, numerous chipmunks, squirrels and even a little eastern milk snake (harmless!), and heard (but never saw) the turkeys. The stream is seasonal, so we missed it, but the hydrangea was blooming like crazy.
We must say that when we expressed our concerns to Monique, she was very responsive, and promised to make sure things are checked and repaired. It might not have quite lived up to our expectations, but is likely a wonderful adventure for someone a bit younger than we are. And I had wanted so much to give a 5-star rating. I was really torn between 3 stars (the maintenance concerns) and 4 stars (Monique's quick and professional response to our concerns); however, her excellent customer service is tremendously appreciated.
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
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are for 2-3 people. It is $15.00/night extra for 4-5 people.