Stay in a 2+ bedroom guesthouse of a 1930s bungalow colony just 90 miles from NYC, with 5.5 acres of hardwood forest and meadows - next to Minnewaska Park and near the Catskills.
We have purchased an old Catskill-style bungalow colony near the village of Kerhonkson in a semi-rural area of Ulster County, NY. It consists of a main guesthouse, and three bungalows, which are not for rent at this time. The newly refurbished back unit of the main guesthouse is now available.
Please keep in mind that this is a no-frills vacation rental. This is a rustic country home, an artist's studio, writer's retreat and hiker's haven. The colony is still a work in progress, and a labor of love. If you are looking for something sleek or sophisticated, this is probably not the place for you. There are A/C window units in the two bedrooms, but no central A/C. At night, the temps in the summer typically go down to the low 60s or even upper 50s.
The home is quite roomy, with windows everywhere that bring air, light and views of forest, meadow, the bungalows, and the pond. There is no TV reception, though we do have a TV and DVD player.
There is a large bedroom with local antiques with a view to the pond, a small bedroom with a full-size bed that is airy and bright with views to the bungalows, a decent sized open kitchen, a living room, and a front room that serves as a dining/sitting area but also has a full-size futon bed and can be closed off entirely as a bedroom. The place can sleep three couples easily, but can also be configured to sleep up to five or six individuals. though there is only one bathroom. We have also just added another room onto the house, which serves as a den/sitting room - it also has a built in single bed, and there is room for airbeds as well. Maximum is 6 guests.
We have 5.5 acres of land, plus a large lawn and fire-pit. There is also a Weber charcoal BBQ. Unfortunately the pond is not yet swim-able, though we are looking into renovating it. Our well water comes from off the mountainside, filtered through rock – it tested pure and it’s delicious.
We are located on the back slope of the Shawangunk Mountains, on the eastern edge of Roundout Valley, with the Catskills on the other side. We are about a mile from the Old Minnewaska Trail, which leads right into Minnewaska State Park and all the climbing, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, etc. you could want – no need to drive to the park with all the masses. We are about a 10-minute drive to Lake Minnewaska and about 20-25 minutes to Mohonk and New Paltz. There is a great swimming hole 3 miles away. The area looks like Vermont – verdant mountains and sustainable farms, plus wineries, antiques, galleries etc. It is a short drive to High Falls, Rosendale, Kingston and Woodstock. We are an easy 90 miles from NYC.
David and Carlos
Acesso de hóspedes
Guests have access to rear unit of main guesthouse, the lawn and firepit, plus 5.5 acres of land, all to themselves.
Interação com hóspedes
If we are not there to welcome you and give you keys, they will be in a lockbox by the door.
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Please don't let your dog wander alone outside at night - lots of wildlife up here! Also, July 4th weekend has a four night minimum stay and Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends have a three night minimum stay.
Pets welcomed! No more than 8 people on the property at a time, please. The outbuildings are not accessible. Please smoke outside only and make sure the fire-pit is extinguished after use.
Other than that, the only rule is to relax and enjoy nature
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David is an author and award-winning journalist, Carlos is an architect, artist and opera company director.