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Stately Civil War House near Kaaterskill Falls

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Arlington is nestled at the base of The Kaaterskill Wild Forest

Welcome to the Arlington, a historic house rental in Palenville, New York. Originally built during the Civil War as a summer retreat, this 4-bedroom self-catering property offers the quiet, space, and charms of the country. Located in the first art colony of America on the banks of the Kaaterskill Creek, the Arlington is a hassle-free homebase for exploring the region or hitting the local hiking trails to The Kaaterskill Falls, North and South Lake.

The Arlington is located on Main Street in Palenville, New York. This recently renovated Civil War Inn has a weeping willow in the front yard and a 10-foot deep wrap around porch with large dining table and chairs. The expansive great room (30×30) includes a kitchen with full-size fridge, four-burner stove, microwave, and overhead ceiling fans. The bright, sunny living room (27×20) has wide planked wood floors, period brass fans, and a decorative fireplace.

Across the street from the Arlington is Circle W Market, a general store focused on local and organic foods that dates back to 1908. Palenville is also home to the Rip Van Winkle Country Club and a family-owned restaurant called the Fernwood.

The peaceful town of Palenville, New York was founded as the first Art Colony in America by Asher B. Durand. The historic Otis Railway, a funicular that carried people up to the Catskill Mountain House, is nearby. Kaaterskill Creek—an inspiration for many famous painters and paintings—runs through the backyard of the property. In season, a refreshing afternoon can be spent swimming in the cool, clean water of the stream.

More Details

Brian Goss
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Brian Goss

I grew up at The Arlington, and have spent many years restoring it. I split my time between Palenville and Manhattan.

Brian Goss purchased this house in 1970

Why Brian Goss chose Palenville

The house is so big, 3000 square feet, that you can get lost in it. Large groups of people can find their own private quiet space, while coming together in the spacious kitchen/great room or living room with both featuring 11 foot ceilings.

What makes this house unique

Centrally located for day trips to all the surrounding towns. Go antiquing in Hudson. Shopping, dining and gallery hopping in Woodstock. Hits Equestrian Events in Saugerties. Ski Hunter or Windham Mountains. Hike from the house to The Kaaterskill Falls, and North and South Lakes.


Palenville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Also includes two large sinks.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom towels supplied, along with soap and shampoo.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • All Bedrooms are on the second floor, along with two large bathrooms. All linens are provided, with extra blankets and sheets in the closets.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Stately Civil War House near Kaaterskill Falls
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Exactly what we we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

Our group stayed here over NYE weekend and it couldnt have been a better experience. It was exactly what we were looking for for our weekend at the mountain. Brians home is so charming and the perfect cozy getaway for a snowy winter weekend. Thank you Brian for everything!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Brian and his family were wonderful! The house was beautiful and everything was there that we needed. Located off a main road and good stores/shops were within walking distance. Conveniently located for great attractions and activities. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location Suited Our Family Perfectly

  • 4 of 5

The Arlington, with its Civil War-era quirks served as a great location for our family gathering. Brian and his family could not have been more helpful. Our only regret was not having more time to explore the area as we were focused on time together and having meals at the house. Being unplugged from TV was great and having an amazing vinyl collection as our audio soundtrack was an unexpected bonus.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, spacious vacation home

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the Arlington with our group of 4 adults, 4 kids, and 2 dogs. The house was convenient to Hunter Mountain, Saugerties, and Kaaterskill Falls, surrounded by nature yet not too remote, located on a well-trafficked road near a small store, gas station, farmstand, and restaurants. Brian was a wonderful host, leaving us a bowl of locally-grown fresh fruit, taking us to meet the staff of the Fernwood Restaurant so that we could use the swimming hole there, and offering lots of great information of the area. It was clear that Brian has put a lot of time and care into restoring the house, and it was clean, comfortable, and filled with character, not to mention spacious enough for our large group. We greatly enjoyed our visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Vacation Home in Palenville NY

  • 4 of 5

Thank you, Brian for a great vacation home. The facilities were clean, roomy and comfortable. The location was right near North Lake/South Lake, a great place for boating, trails, and picnicking. We also were privileged to a private swimming hole in the area. if we had any questions, Brian was there to help us out.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An unforgettable vacation !!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house was more beautifui and more spectacular than words or picturs can ever describer. Yes, the house was more than clean and was mantained. The owner and his mother were extemely kind and made us feel at home. I have already started recommending this beautiful, historical home as a perfect location to my friends and family. Everyone was more than friendly, the retaraunts were phenominal and the zoo, waterhole, and horse back riding ect. was so fun. Good bbq-ing, and best of all what my family and i enjoyd the most was the quality time and family dinners!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Annie, I loved spending time with your family, everyone was so nice. Brian
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Fernwood
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Rip Van Winkle Country Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Hudson, NY
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
NYS Thruway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Fernwood
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Hunter Mountain Skiing
Car: necessary

House is located at the base of the Kaaterskill Wild Forest, on the banks of The Kaaterskill Creek. Hike to The Kaaterskill Falls, North and South lake from the house!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $50

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.