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Waterfront pet friendly cottage getaway#chezrivegauche

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,041 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A cozy pet friendly cottage set on a very private portion of the Esopus creek





a vacation.”a perfect family getaway”

We found our calling for a getaway purely by accident wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with our dogs. A few clicks on the website that Craig Newmark founded, we found us a nice cottage on the Esopus creek where we spent the day catching up on conversations and swimming with the dogs in between our wine therapy. At one point, we looked at each other and our happy pooches and said to each other “We should do this every weekend".

And so we did….and found “Chez Rive Gauche" a simple, warm and very inviting waterfront getaway a short 90 minute drive from NYC.

So if you dream about escaping from a busy work week to relax by the water; canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, watching breathtaking sunsets and beautiful starry nights, Chez Rive Gauche is the perfect getaway for you.

“Chez", as we lovingly call it, sits on the beautiful Esopus creek and is fully furnished with global and vintage finds. This charming cottage has two bedrooms, a spacious living room and a well equipped kitchen combined with a dining room. Each of the bedrooms are outfitted with queen beds complete with organic sheets and down comforters. The mudroom leads you to the spacious outdoor deck with a dining area to enjoy views of the creek and the farm across while the sounds of the occasional train reminds you of the french countryside . Its complete with another welcoming deck right on the water plus a private dock and canoe for your exclusive enjoyment. The property is fenced in so your four legged companion will be safe but getting them away from the fun in the water is a totally different matter.

While you may not want to leave the cottage and the never ending fun “creek" side, there are a number of historic towns like Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties and Rhinebeck within 10 miles to enjoy festivals, flea markets, restaurants, farmers markets, shopping and antiquing.

If winter sports are your thrill of choice, Hunter Mountain and Wyndham are a short drive away. Depending on the season, this 5 miles stretch of the creek freezes solid, providing an excellent opportunity to ice fish and skate if you are up for an adventure.

All of these aspects are what makes Chez Rive Gauche so unique so what are you waiting for. ….please check our website and email us for information, availability or simply to say hi.

Important considerations before making a reservation:

Our goal is to give you an unforgettable experience, we really want you to enjoy your stay as much as we have had living here.

The cottage faces the creek. The creek is deep and its something to keep in mind, when you venture into the water.

We live in the country and you might encounter an occasional spider, files, and other creatures to varying degrees. We do not use poison on the main level as we have pets

We are dog owners and the cottage is pet friendly. If you are allergic to pets, please take this into consideration. As much as we try to get every bit of fur out, there might be some fur that skipped our broom.

The cottage is fenced on three sides (fourth being the water) there might be a gap where the fence and water meet, so if you have very curious pets, its something to consider especially if the pet is left unattended.

The cottage has a septic, so please do not flush anything other than body waste and minimal tissue. I also provide organic/biodegradable shampoo, conditioner and body wash

Our cottage has town water which is safe to drink

Noises - Living on the water brings about its own set of noises. Besides the ducks quacking, the fish jumping, you will also hear the train. Towards the front of the cottage runs a goods train track. The train passes by on occasion and there is no fixed schedule. Kids love the train and some adults say it reminds them of their childhood or a french countryside. Whatever the case maybe, goods traveling by train is good for the economy and the environment. If you think the train will disturb you during your stay, our cottage might not be the right fit for you.

We also do not have a dishwasher or laundry facilities. ( a Laundromat is a five min drive away) If you are staying for more than a week, fresh linens and towels will be provided.

TV has only Netflix ( no cable tv )

Once you book you will receive a simple contract/ agreement. The booking will be considered complete once I receive the signed agreement back with the names of all guests.

The cottage is within a 20 min drive to downtown Saugerties, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Woodstock.

Guest have free range to every aspect of the house on the first level. (no access to the basement which houses the heating units etc)

Any and all goodies stocked in the cottage are there for your enjoyment.

Here is a more comprehensive list of amenities and features that will be available to you:

Indoor Tub with shower

Indoor Toilet

Organic Shampoo/Conditioner



2 queen beds (one in each bedroom)

Sofa bed (in living room)

Television with Netflix

2 rocking chairs

dining table with 6 chairs

outdoor table with 6 chairs (top deck)

2 deck chairs (lower deck)


Linen/room spray made with essential oils.

Coffee maker

Pet bed, sheet and towels

Clean organic linens

fire pit


2 person kayak

Life vest

fishing poles

Board games and playing cards.

Guest interaction can be tailored to your needs. Our goal is to make your stay memorable so you can always contact us via phone or email.Because we do not live in Saugerties full time, a local neighbor can help you if you have any problems that need tending to. Prior to your arrival i will email you to inform you how you can gain access to the cottage. Even though we are not always in the neighborhood, we can always be reached. Feel free to text/call/email me at any time during your stay should the unlikely event that a problem arises. We will immediately contact the proper authority to have the problem remedied.

The Neighborhood

The cottage is located on a dead end street but we do have neighbours. We love being on the water. When we are not on the water we explore all the antique shops, farmers markets, flea markets, hiking and sometimes boating in the Hudson River. The cottage is close (20-30 min drive) to downtown Saugerties, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Woodstock and Kingston which are filled with activities and restaurants. The cottage is a 5 min drive to the grocery store, beer and wine stores.

Getting Around

We have a train that goes by, but it's a goods train.

However one can take a bus from nyc, or the train/Amtrak from Grand Central/ NY Penn. The train stop will be Rhinecliff or Poughkeepsie. But you will need a taxi or car to get to the cottage from the train station.

Once you book you will receive a simple contract/ agreement. The booking will be considered complete once I receive the signed agreement back with the names of all guests.

Dates are not held until reservation is confirmed along with a signed and initialed Rental Agreement and Pet Addendum (if applicable) is received.

More Details

Letitia fernandes
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2018

About Letitia fernandes

I am a nurse, who loves animals, traveling, vintage items, ethnographic arts and crafts and food. We love dogs and have fostered many pups before they found their forever homes. We now have three dogs of our own. We love traveling and have done the four day Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, climbed to the Cotopaxi volcano and travelled in the Amazon in Ecuador, participated in the carnival in Brazil, seen the Mona Lisa at the the Louvre , experienced the London eye, visited the wet markets in Hong Kong and in 2015 we visited the Thar desert and cruised the backwaters in Kerala. No fancy hotels for us as we prefer hostels and yes VRBO.

Letitia fernandes purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Letitia fernandes chose Saugerties

After a busy work week in the city, we always want to get a way for the weekend, so my husband and I bought a home in Saugerties. The cottage is located 1 hr 45 mins from NYC in quaint Saugerties. The cottage is simple, warm and welcoming, sits on a dead end road, where the sound of the wind, occasional fish jumping or the chugging train just as easily transports you to a french countryside.

What makes this cottage unique

We are on the water, what more can I say. We are also not more than 20-30 mins drive away from Rhinebeck, Woodstock, Kingston and downtown Saugerties.

We are committed to an inclusive and diverse environment. So please know you will be welcome at our home no matter your breed, creed, religion, race, color, weight, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, sexual identity or orientation. 


Saugerties Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1041 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • we do have a septic system. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that feminine products have been flushed and clog the septic system, you could be charged damages from the security deposit. We also recommend biodegradable products, if you don’t have it, some will be provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Daydream bedroom - 1 queen , queen size bed, with organic sheets and down comforter.
    sneha bedroom - 1 queen , organic sheets and down comforter on a plush queen mattress.
  • Each bedroom has a queen size bed with down comforter and organic sheets, adorned with global and vintage finds.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
The cottage is by the water, and while you can hear the train from anywhere we are close to the water and also close to the train tracks (front of the house) Moving freight by rail is a carbon saver and reduces highway congestion. The train does pass by, so if that is a disturbance or a deal breaker, Chez Rive Gauche might not be the right fit for you.


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Waterfront pet friendly cottage getaway#chezrivegauche
average rating of 4.857143 based on 42 reviews
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Amazing location-river fun!

  • 5 of 5

Letitia's house is terrific! Check in and out was a breeze with really fast communication for any question that came up. House and property were very clean and well stocked. Big TV for watching movies on a rainy night. Great location close to the highway and Saugerties center. Train went by but did not bother us or our city dogs. Central air is awesome.

Dogs were so happy which made us so happy. Nice neighbors too!

First thing my husband texted me on Monday back to work day is have I made reservations to go back again ;^)

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I absolutely LOVED Chez Rive. Letitia was so accommodating and quick to respond to any questions. The outdoor space was beautiful and the views of the water brought such a peaceful atmosphere. The bedrooms were clean and spacious, and the bathroom and kitchen were up-to-date. I can't imagine a more wonderful place to stay in Saugerties. Thank you to Letitia and Sanjay!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This was exactly what we needed. We fished and relaxed on the deck with some cocktails. It rained all day Saturday but we made the most of it. We will definitely book another stay at Chez Rive Gauche again!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Great little house by the river!

  • 5 of 5

Letitia's house was perfect for a weekend stay with my partner and another couple and their dog! It was too cold to try to canoe, but seems great in the summer! We did get to enjoy many a dock-tail though and watch the sun set. Would definitely return. Also, Letitia is very communicative and helpful!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Charming house, very dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

The house is comfy, quiet and charming. The yard is big and everything was well-maintained and easy. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy winter getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Very pretty home, beautiful decor. It was lovely to be warm in the home and watch the snow fall. A lot of windows and sunlight. Kitchen is well-equipped with pots/pans/spices etc. The beds were comfortable. The home is very uncluttered which makes it feel nice and spacious. Letitia was very easy to get in touch with and responded promptly to any queries; and she's very helpful with suggestions around the area. Would definitely want to come back over the summer to enjoy the creek!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Car: necessary

The location of the cottage is on the creek, and the front of the house, across the street is a train track. A goods train passes by on occassion and so far has not been a disturbance to either us or our guests. But it is something to consider if you are a light sleeper

Some say the sound of the train is calming, some might not like it, but if you are a light sleeper, or don't like any kind of noise, ChezRiveGauche might not be the place for you.

We are also 20-30 mins drive away from Kingston, Rhinebeck , Downtown Saugerties and Woodstock. There are great restaurants, hikes, history, flea markets, farmers markets that is if you ever want to leave the cottage.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $90
Refundable damage deposit $500

Dates are not held until reservation is confirmed along with a signed and initialed Rental Agreement and Pet Addendum (if applicable) is received.
Once you book you will receive a simple contract/ agreement. The booking will be considered complete once I receive the signed agreement back with the names of all guests.

All persons listed will be bound by the terms of this agreement. Only persons listed on this agreement may occupy the property at any time. The maximum number of guests using the rental premises shall not exceed the total number stated in the cottage rental agreement. If extra guests do come, the fee will be taken out of the security deposit.
The following are the approx contents of the contract. Please read the rules and be positive that it works for your group! The refund policy is strict.

A few days before check in, I send you a welcome email or txt with cottage access.

Maximum of 6 guests - no day visitors. If there are extra guests not initially agreed upon the fee will be deducted from the damage deposit.

Please respect check-out time and follow the check-out procedure.

A damage deposit for $500.00 is also required with the final balance. If no claims are made then the damage deposit will be returned immediately after inspection of the property by THE OWNER but within 30 days after THE RENTER's departure from the property.

There is a one time non refundable cleaning fee of $90 - but you are still expected to leave the house as you found it and follow the departure rules left at the house. If the cleaning fee doesn't cover the time needed to put the house back in the condition in which you found it - you will be charged extra which will be taken out of your security deposit.

Smoking is not permitted inside the Cottage. Pets are permitted only with prior approval and the PET ADDENDUM is completed.

The cost of any damage beyond normal wear and tear, caused by THE RENTER and guests of THE RENTER will be deducted from the damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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