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Diamond In The Rough

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1+ Bedroom House, Full Bath and Kitchen, Sleeps 4, Kids Welcome.

Beautiful 1+ bedroom house (solarium easily converts to bedroom) with full kitchen, spacious living room, and play/dining area on 2.5 acre private, wooded property with giant open lawn. A stones throw from civilization so you can get away from it all, or venture out right into it all from your super chill country home. This house has been in my family for 50 years. It's well-taken care of, nicely furnished, and located literally 300 feet off of any road. Giant bay windows abound looking out on nature and the night sky. The stone-faced wood-burning fireplace adds another dimension to chilly late-fall or winter nights. You'll think you're in the middle of nowhere unless you need something; and then you'll be right next to whatever you seek. We have an outdoor patio with a picnic table, plus another table and chairs out in the meadow. Our lawn is massive and perfect for outdoor fun including frisbee, catch, croquet, volleyball, strikes your fancy. Best of all, we're only an hour to an hour and 10 minutes from Manhattan. That's a real hour gee-if-only-traffic-didn't-exist timing. We're also close to Ronkonkoma train station so your non-driving friends can easily come out to join you for the weekend.

In addition to all those windows, we have air-conditioning and fans. The main bedroom is huge, as is the solarium (named that because of its 14 windows) which serves us as a second bedroom and is easily convertible. Perfect for a family or couples with or without visiting friends, though a solitary writer might also think he'd dropped into Heaven.

You can easily barbecue and eat out on the porch, or anywhere in the backyard. Take a look at a googlemaps picture and you'll see how the house is perfectly set back from the road.

Nearby Corey Beach is ideal for kids. Shallow bay water, a playground on the sand, and local fixture Flo's Luncheonette serving up yummy food. For the ocean beach experience, Smith Point on Fire Island is a 15 minute drive away. Otherwise, the Pines, Cherry Grove, Watch Hill and Davis Park ferries are 15 minute drives into town.

More Details

Natalie Picoe
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Natalie Picoe

We are a family of 4 and currently live in Hudson County in N.J. Before that my wife and I both lived in NYC for 20 years. This house has been our refuge and we love it. It's rustic and relaxing and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Natalie Picoe purchased this chateau / country house in 1950

Why Natalie Picoe chose Holtsville

My great-aunt and uncle bought the house before the Long Island Expressway even reached out this way. It's bucolic and quiet, but still close to tons of fun amenities. I fell in love with the house as a child because the property felt like Tom Sawyer could live there. Later, when I became a writer, it provided the perfect redoubt for concentrated work. Still later, when I began raising a family I found out just how many wonderful and fun things there were to do nearby. Our kids either play in the yard, or we take them to the beach, the pool, or the water park.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

In the 20 years since the house became mine, not once has a visitor come without saying some version of 'wow...I can't believe there's a house back here. I never knew.' It's really one of a kind. We rarely take vacations because weekends at the house, when it is not rented out, are like vacations in themselves.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Your great library, record collection, and general attentiveness were wonderful."
Aug 2014
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Holtsville Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Absolutely no smoking in the house or on the property. No illicit drug use in the house or on the property. Absolutely no firearms or weapons.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Solarium - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Additional sleep sofa in living room also sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our property is an old house in the woods. It's gorgeous but rustic. One of my favorite things to do is just sitting on the couch reading a book and looking at the trees in the back yard.


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Diamond In The Rough
average rating of 4.5625 based on 17 reviews

Peaceful setting on busy Long Island

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this unique old fashioned home in a beautiful wooded setting this past weekend when we went to Long Island to celebrate our granddaughter's birthday. It worked out wonderfully for an active two year old to have plenty of room in the two large rooms - living room and solarium - to run and play while the rain and wind came down outside. In better weather, the back yard, fully visible from the many large windows, would be great to run, play and relax in. The bedroom was large and comfortable. The old style kitchen and bathroom were small, but everything worked fine. Great record ( yes - vinyl records!) and book collections to enjoy and lots of toys for young ones. Thanks to Natalie, who responded quickly to any questions we had.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying at this house while we visit family in the area. The house is clean, comfortable and well stocked.

The owners are really easy to communicate with by text and they have never disturbed us during our stays. I’d give it 6 stars if I could. Thanks Natalie for your great house in Holtsville.

We will be back in the spring.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great get away, especially with kids

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! Tucked away and surrounded by trees, it was the perfect little get-away-from-it-all house. Everything was clean and the host was prompt to reply to our questions and needs. The yard is wonderful for kids to play and explore. Hope to get back there again soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

Rustic and super interesting house. Great location and very comfortable. Lovely yard and hammock

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private property away from the busy road with big yard ideal for my family

  • 5 of 5

This was a great property to use for my family with two toddlers. There was a big yard, kid toys in the yard and in the house, and they could be as loud as they wanted. The owners were very easy to work with. The house was very clean and has an old fashion rustic feel to it.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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  • 4 of 5

The location is excellent, 1 hour from Brooklyn and less than 45 minutes from wonderfull beaches! Long island is a hug rich region to explore!

The house is big an confortable as well.

I recomend to rent it anytime.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Davis Park Ferry Co., Inc.
"We are 10 minutes from the Davis Park Ferry to Fire Island. "
Sayville Ferry Services
"Close to the Sayville Ferries that take you to the Pines and Cherry Grove on Fire Island."
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Davis Park Ferry to Fire Island
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Holbrook Public Golf Course/Club
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Long Island Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Perabell Food Bar
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Corey Beach
Car: recommended

Our house and property are ensconsed in 2.5 acres of gorgeous woods but just down our driveway civilization awaits. Down the street is a beautiful public park, the Holtsville Ecology Center, featuring playgrounds for kids, a running/biking track, a very well-regarded petting zoo (rescue animals only), and an enormous public swimming pool as well as an 18' deep kiddie pool for the tiny ones. We are a 15 minute drive from Davis Park, Watch Hill, Cherry Grove and the Pines ferries to Fire Island. Ten minutes away from Patchogue, a truly resurgent town filled with great places to eat (trust us, we're picky), an arthouse movie theater, a theater and a library right downtown. Our house is located in a wooded area close to the Davis Park and Sayville Ferry stops. We are close to Bellport too. We love riding our bike down the dirt path to the ecology center and going swimming in the local pool. There's great bike riding in the area, and of course easily reachable and awesome bay and ocean beaches (Corey Beach for kids, Smith Point/Mastic Beach). There's a great public golf course just down the road in Holbrook, there's a nearby amusement park for kids (Boomers), and walking distance away the hamlet of Holtsville has a bagel shop, chinese food, a comic book store, and a pizzeria. Our property is large and open enough for volleyball, frisbee, or croquet. We love to just hop on our bikes and explore.

If shopping is your thing the Smithtown Mall is a 15 minute drive and has top line retail.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $99
Pet Fee $40
Damage Insurance $79

We will have give you details. We no longer allow pets.

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.

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