Situated in the Shawangunk Mountain community of Cragsmoor, "Blithwood" is the perfect setting for a country vacation; reading, walking, hiking sightseeing, hang gliding, exploring, bird watching. The house is a 1920 wood frame shingle with 2 1/2 baths, one bath with shower and one with a claw foot tub, a half bath downstairs. There is a wood burning fireplace. Fully furnished. Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
Four Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath, Sleeps Six, Two Porches On First Floor, Sleeping Porch
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 15, 2018
About Bob Shulman
Retired from the film business, long time New York City resident, hiker, volunteer fireman.
Bob Shulman purchased this House in 2003
Why Bob Shulman chose Cragsmoor
Cragsmoor offers isolation and solitude, yet a strong community. You can choose either or both. And great natural beauty. And constantly changing weather.
Check-in: 2:30 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Nice home, no heat, extremely cold
That house was cute and cozy a beautiful setting in the country, the owners are extremely nice, however there is no heat in the house and we were freezing the whole time, 3 little space heaters just wasn’t enough, if you have them in your bedroom, then when you go to the bathroom it was 32 degrees and freezing, in the morning you go downstairs there is no heat, kitchen is freezing. I would highly suggest central heat and air, no vacation is fun when you are freezing to death. Also I would suggest you get a keurig coffee pot , the old ones where you have to brew are way out of date and the filter holder was filthy, I had to scrape crud out with a knife just to make sure we didn’t get sick from drinking coffee out of it. Don’t get me wrong I loved the location and the scenery and the house is great, but it is certainly time for some updates to the house, especially central heat and air. I would recommend renting it if you could make those changes. Thanks for being such a great person to rent from, and making all transactions extremely easy, we felt very welcome there,
I'm sorry you were so uncomfortable in the house. I had showed you the two thermostats that controlled the baseboard heat on the first floor. It didn't look like the extra blankets in the bedroom had been used. The coffee maker and other small appliances were clean when you arrived.
Nice country living!
Very comfortable stay. Plenty of room. Nice setting. We enjoyed our stay!
Quiet, Quaint, Peaceful!
We loved the charm of this historic site... It's in a great location and close to everything we wanted, but remote enough for a very peaceful stay. We deeply enjoyed our time at Bob's home and plan to return next summer!
Loved it! Peaceful, comfortable, restful. Would definitely recommend it!
We just love this place! It's so comfortable, peaceful, and beautiful. The front porch was our favorite place to hang out and drink coffee in the mornings. Every day we saw deer, squirrels,and a variety of birds. It's a convenient location for hiking, sightseeing. We all had such a great time that we didn't want to go home. The Shulman's are super friendly and accommodating. We would definitely recommend this property and would stay there again.
We love this house
This house is a wonderful place to stay. The bedrooms are upstairs, but there are good railings to hold on to. No AC but when you open all the windows the airflow is wonderful. There are baseboard heaters downstairs and on a cool summer evening you can have a fire in the fireplace.
The kitchen is fully stocked.
We loved eating out on the covered porch.
We would definitely recommended staying there. Sleeps 6 easily.
A pleasure to have you.
Really enjoyed our stay!
Very clean! Rustic with basic appliances. We had 3 couples so one couple had to split up in the 2 single bedrooms, which were cute little rooms. The other 2 rooms had double beds which were comfortable. No heat upstairs, but wasn't a problem as we like it cool when sleeping anyway. There were space heaters available and extra blankets in the bathroom closet. We loved having a fire in the fireplace every evening in the cozy living area and sunroom. Very quiet area with deer and rabbits coming through almost every day. The floors and doors do creak a lot so it's hard to be quiet when moving about but it is an old house that is on the historical register so is to be expected. Lighting is mostly with lamps but adequate. We felt like we had stepped back in time and we all loved it! Such a peaceful place to come "home" to each evening after a full day of activity. We made breakfast and supper most days but there are plenty of options for eating out too but is at least a 15-20 min drive. Bob was very easy to work with and available for any questions or concerns even brought us extra firewood on our last night.
Cragsmoor, an Historic District in the National Register Of Historic Places, is located atop the Shawangunk Mountains, about 90 miles north of New York City. To the west, the Rondout Valley and the Catskill Mountains offer spectacular views and sunsets. Originally, Cragsmoor was a community of hunters and trappers, then timber harvesters, and farmers, settled in the 1700's. Access was available only by wagon. As time went on various businesses and trades flourished. In the late 1800's National Academy artist E.L. Henry and others discovered the beautiful mountain and its panoramas. Summer homes were built and an artist and intellectual colony flourished, aided by the talents of the original families. Painters such as Helen Turner, Edward Gay, Carroll Brown and George Inness Jr. joined Mr. Henry and made Cragsmoor their summer home. The owner of Blithwood resides next door in the home built by Charles C. Curran,N.A. The explorer Frederick Dellanbaugh also made his home here, designing many of the community's structures. To this day, the community is still home to descendants of the original families, as well as many artists and variously talented residents. Its library is host to various functions, to which all are invited, and is the owner of the Bear Hill Nature Preserve, which is open to residents and guests. Bear Hill was a particular favorite of Charles Curran as a setting for his paintings. Cragsmoor is also home to Sams Point Preserve, now part of the Minnewaska State Park system, with its unparalleled cliffs, ravines, carriage roads and hiking trails, covering some 20,000 acres. Birds such as warblers, hawks, falcons, vultures, ravens and others inhabit the cliffs, forests and dwarf pines of this magnificent preserve. Various mammals, reptiles, and amphibians also make their homes here. The plant life is often unique, with some species of great rarity. The Cragsmoor Free Library, designed by Frederick Dellanbaugh, is also available to guests. This unique structure exemplifies Cragsmoor charm, with its chestnut pillars, balcony, stone fireplace, and examples of Cragsmoor's arts and crafts from residents old and new. The community also boasts the Cragsmoor Historical Society, the Chapel of the Holy Name (Episcopal, but open to all denominations) or, more familiarly, the Stone Church. The nearby Bashakill Wetland has over 200 species of birds including nesting eagles, and offers opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.