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Enchanting Catskills Mountain Lake House

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This enchanting Catskill Mountain lake front house is a stones throw from the lake and is a 'home away from home'. Many windows and glass doors allow for an 'inside outside' experience with a comfortable deck overlooking the lake. Take a canoe ride or walk on the iced lake January through early March. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a 50 acre lake.

The house itself is on a small road; there is a neighboring house on one side separated by trees and foliage, with forest and lake on the other three sides. There are two bedrooms and one bath. A spiral staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom with a queensize bed, futon sleep sofa and balcony. One bedroom is downstairs with a queensize bed and you awaken looking at the lake. The living room has cathedral ceiling, glass exposures to the lakeside. There is a fully furnished kitchen. Wood-burning stove, in addition to the heating system, makes it very cozy on chilly days. There is original artwork, rugs, etc. which adds to the charm of our house. All cotton linens, with flannel for cooler weather and down comforters.

Many all season activities are close by, some within minutes, others within a 30 to 45 minute drive. For example, hanggliding, gliding, hiking, rockclimbing, The ski resorts of Hunter, Windham and Belleayre are about an hour north. A smaller ski resort, Holiday Mountain (in Monticello) is 35 to 40 minutes drive.

Come and rejuvenate in a 'retreat' from worldly cares! Roam the country-side or bring books and good food and observe the lake with all it's many moods. Just recline on a sofa and look out. Down the 'hill' (15 minutes) in the small village of Ellenville, you'll find grocery stores and good restaurants. There are also pizza, deli and diners available. We are also so fortunate to have a wonderful theatre, summer stock but with some activites most of the year !

Two hours from New York City. Forty-five minutes from Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock, Middletown, Monticello.

Keywords: Lakefront, house, rural lake community

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Ellenville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , this is the downstairs bedroom with bay window toward lake
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs bedroom with windows toward woods & lake
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queensize futon sofa; small children are easily accommodated in addition to the 4 adults !
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
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Enchanting Catskills Mountain Lake House
average rating of 4.921875 based on 75 reviews

The lake vacation I have dreamed about!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! Carrol was very warm and friendly. Somehow the peace and tranquility of this lake is hard to translate in the photos. There are no motorized vehicles and every now and then you would see a row boat or canoe gliding by, lily pads with spectacular flowers, a beaver that followed us around, comfortable chairs on the small dock, fireflies at night! We went swimming three times, two off of the dock and once at the beach you can kayak to. There are only a few houses round the lake. My daughter loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Peggy !
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New York, New York

House and owners the best!

  • 5 of 5

Carrol and John have been really nice hosters. The house is excellent. Clean, cozy, great location and amazing view. Thank you so mich for this wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you could come, Mariana. We'll be looking forward to your coming back up with your baby !!!
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Sweet quiet house with welcoming owners.

  • 5 of 5

Appreciated the clean and well appointed home with natural products. Lovely quiet stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lancaster Pa

Fantastic location for relaxing and renewing...

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect week! The open, airy, and well equipped cottage, excellent WiFi, large deck with beautiful views, and very quiet and peaceful. The cottage is well cared for and was pristine with an excellent supply of organic soaps, shampoos, cleansers and creams. We arrived late afternoon, walked into the cottage and looked around and felt "at home". It was bittersweet packing and readying to leave.

Thank you for making the cottage available. We had a wonderful time at the lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seymour, IN

Serenity at the Lake

  • 5 of 5

I can't speak highly enough of the owners. Met John shortly after arrival. He was super nice and telling us about the wildlife around lake. We had a very unexpected, family emergency less than 24 hours after arriving and had to immediately pack and make the 12 hour trip home. Carroll and John were so understanding and kind. Carroll even checked back the next day to make sure we arrived safely and that our family member was okay. I mention this because I really feel that the kindness of the owners is truly reflected in the care and serenity of their house by the lake. I hope to someday return: meet Carroll in person and enjoy the lakehouse. As a side note--on a country road less than 5 minutes from our arrival at their house--a young black bear walked across the road in front of us! Truly exciting!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent place! Very peaceful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation ever! Great mental clean up. Very peaceful place with a magnificent lake and a cozy house especially when you light the fireplace. I had a great time canoeing and swimming in the lake, lighting the firepit to melt some marshmallows and watching the the canadian goose land on the lake form the deck. Carroll received us so well, literally felt like a home away from home. In the house we found everything we needed from fresh mint for tea even to dog towels for our fury friend. We'll definitely be coming back for another vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carroll Chisholm
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Carroll Chisholm

New York City residents who found lakeside property to replenish on weekends during our lives there. And, now, we feel so fortunate to be here full-time and live next door to the rental property.

Carroll Chisholm purchased this house in 1988

Why Carroll Chisholm chose Ellenville

My husband and I are originally from the South and having grown up on water, we wanted a property with water !

What makes this house unique

It's such fun to watch for the various wildlife - ducks, canada geese, herons, turkeys, turtles, frogs, deer, fox, raccoons, skunks... Each season brings Bliss ! The Spring is a miracle of growth after the snows&ice of winter, summer is oh so wonderfully warm and sometimes even hot ! , the Fall is spectacular with all manner of color of leaves, etc. and the winter is 'Terrible Beauty' ... the snows and ice come and you watch it all happen and stoke the wood burning stove/ cook favorite foods and curl up being oh so cozy. But ... don't get me started about the year-round beauty !

Guestbook comments from the owner

House looks great. The new paint makes it sparkle. Thanks for all.
Nov 2009
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Stewart/Newburgh Airport,(NYCarea airports100mi)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Publick House, Ellenville, NY 12428
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
shawangunk country club, ellenville, ny 12428
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Middletown,NY or Kingston,NY
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
17 (NYSfreeway 40mi)
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
ellenville, ny 12428
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Holiday Mt, 15 miles, Hunter Mt, 1 hour
Car: necessary

Canoe and rowboat available for your enjoyment. Biking, skiing, fishing - all available only with your own equipment. Rental equipment is NOT available.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

*** From Sat, June 17, 2017 to Sat, Sept 16, 2017 a 7-night stay may be required with the changeover day being Saturday to Saturday. Prior to and after these dates, a monthly discount rate will be considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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