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Sunny house on Lake Oscawana

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely year round house on the shores of Lake Oscawana in Putnam County, just 1h 15m from NYC, and very close to Fahnestock State Park for stunning hikes. The views and tranquility are wonderful, and the house is very cosy.

4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (with a claw foot tub!), sauna, 2 docks, lake front, 3 walls of windows, big deck, and use of paddleboard, kayak, canoe. It is a sunny delight, very quiet and beautiful.

Gaby Darbyshire
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Gaby Darbyshire

I'm a Brit who moved to the States in 1999 and never left, although I spend a fair amount of time in Europe still. I work in the media industry.

Gaby Darbyshire purchased this house in 2015

Why Gaby Darbyshire chose Putnam Valley

I've been coming to Lake Oscawana with friends for years, and was looking for a house up here for at least 5 years. They don't come up too often, so when I heard that Cayuga Road was for sale, I dropped everything and ran up to see it before it went on the market. I fell in love with it, and put in an offer immediately after seeing it.

The house has an incredibly good vibe, so says everyone who comes to stay. It is just a lovely, happy house. Apparently Babe Ruth used to get his hair cut in the front bedroom of the house, which in the 1920s was the barber's place.

What makes this house unique

The views are stunning (it looks across the water to a nature reserve). It's a lovely community, and Cold Spring, which is charming, is a mere 16 minutes away. Amazing hiking, access to the Hudson River, and fun on the lake: what's not to love. Oh, and the claw foot tub in the stone bathroom? That's my favourite room in the house! ;-)


Putnam Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis


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(3 traveler reviews)

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Sunny house on Lake Oscawana
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Tranquil experience

  • 5 of 5

Great house, unbeatable location. Living area had panoramic views of the lake which was beautiful throughout the day. Plenty of sleeping options and well equipped kitchen. Paddleboards and kayak were a great add -on. Will definately be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Tony! So glad you had a good trip. Thanks for all the tips and feedback. Best for the rest of the summer. Gaby
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Idyllic lake house

  • 5 of 5

What feels like idyllic quiet seclusion is in reality only 15 minutes from great towns like Peekskille or Cold Spring and a little further to Beacon. Metro North can take you from all of those places into the city in about an hour.

We enjoyed all of those options for a perfect vacation for 8. We stayed at Gaby's with 3 adults and 5 children, ranging in age from 15 to 4. There was no shortage of space and there was something for everyone from board games to paddle boards. A shorts paddle, cayak or walk brought us to a great swimming area with a floating dock and small playground. We enjoyed this area daily. It was never crowded and the people we did meet were always very friendly.

The house itself has some amazing features like a kitchen that opens completely onto the deck with views of the lake by opening one door and sliding accordion style the others. During the day we opened all the doors and windows and shut off the AC and lived very comfortably even during the hottest of days. It is an older house and as such the AC would have been somewhat challenges to run 24/7 with kids running in and out maybe leaving a door open etc. To that subject as with big older houses there are always going to be some issues like sticking doors or windows or other challenges that maintaining a house of this size and vintage might bring. Gaby is actively working on all the things she knows about was quick to get back with us regarding any issues - we really didn't have any issues though just some questions here and there.

So my only advice with having said all that is if you are looking for a new modern house with arctic blast AC this isn't it. This is somewhat rustic living. Do not however confuse rustic with old and shabby. It is neither of those. The house is very clean and comfortable. I would definitely recommend to someone looking in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ashley, for the kind review! I am so glad you guys had a great time. And yes, very good notes about the AC - definitely not an arctic blast sort of place, but the breeze is lovely. Best for the summer. Gaby
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Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely home with all the necessary essentials. It was very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Great property to hang out at and to entertain family and friends. The owner was very accessible, accommodating and easy to work with. Near Peekskill where our family resides and close to the Inn at Pound Ridge (a highly recommended restaurant) and Cold Spring for good food and fun shopping. We live on the west coast but would definitely go back again and again.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $250
Damage Insurance $99
Damage Deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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