About this listing
Waterfront 3-bedroom 1940s ranch house on private road in the woods styled in warm, casually elegant decor. Under 2 hours from NYC. Read, eat, entertain or practice yoga on the huge covered porch overlooking the quiet lake. Pure peace. Pets welcome.
Just under 2 hours from NYC by car, our fully-modernized 1940 wooden ranch home sits on a quiet, private lake in the woods. Originally the Swedish Pavilion at the 1939 World Trade Fair held in New York, our home retains some nice touches such as the carved identifying stone slabs that were built into the living room's stone fireplace. There is a second fireplace in the kitchen that allows for warm atmospheric meals on chilly evenings. The kitchen is equipped with a 6-burner stainless steel stove and oven as well as a full-sized refrigerator and a table that seats 8.
Our bright, light-filled house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with lake views, plus a sleeping loft. Each room has queen-sized beds while the loft room also has a queen-size sleeper pull-out couch (making 4 queen-beds in total).
There is a sitting room off the open-plan kitchen that also has a lake view. The house has a washer/dryer and satellite internet service. Its very bright and cheery - with four skylights and two eco-friendly tube lights. French doors off the living room lead out to a large open air porch with a great view of the lake. You can have meals out here on the picnic table or practice yoga. Your own private dock on a non-motor (calm and quiet!) lake is equipped with 2 2-person inflatable rafts and four life jackets for fishing for bass, relaxing on the water, or watching salamanders, geese and beavers. Our property comes equipped with a stainless steel propane gas barbeque and also has a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and hotdogs.
The house is located 12 minutes from Monticello where there are 3 supermarkets, including one that specializes in organic produce. We are 20 minutes from Bethel Woods Performance Arts Center, and 5 minutes from the Forestburgh Playhouse. We are 30 minutes from rafting on the Delaware River and 30 minutes from Little Bear Ski Slopes.
A bus service runs from NYC to Monticello and a train service from NYC to the town of Port Jervis which is only 20 minutes away.
Please note: the house is in the woods and so internet is very spotty. It's delivered via satellite and not reliable.
Guests have access to all amenities. Fish on the lake. Lots of board games. Library. Fully equipped kitchen with 6-burner stove and double oven. Barbecue.
Interaction with Guests
We're not present during your stay but accessible by phone or email.
We love the immersion in nature, the thick forest and beautiful pines; The house's quiet nooks that allow for breathing room, even when the house is full of people. We often don't leave the porch over a weekend even though the area has cultural events, good hiking, eagle viewing and more!
There's a bus from Port Authority to Monticello. A taxi from there is 12 minutes to the house in Forestburgh.
Other Things to Note
We have one resident neighbor on the other side of the lake. We take care when driving on the private road as they live at the beginning of the road and have kids.
1. No food or garbage left outside the house. Outside garbage attracts bears.
2. Toilet paper only in the toilets as we have a septic tank. No chemicals or non-organic material of any kind.
3. Please keep all pets off the couches and chairs.
4. Please deflate and bring in rafts when you have finished using them.
Anna was a perfect host. We felt so welcome and had an amazing time at this beautiful house. The peace and quiet is everything here. It's truly the perfect place to unwind and relax. We would absolutely stay here again and recommend it very highly!
She did a terrific job of making us feel welcome, asked ahead of time about how many people we had coming and how many beds/towels to prepare. The cabin is larger than expectation!
The house was amazing - even better than the photos. Very serene and everything you need. Jealous this isn't my place :)
A beautiful escape! I stayed here with two other couples and all enjoyed the serene view of the pond. The house is a great size and kept up well. It is quite cozy. The host was kind and had answered all of my questions in a timely manner.
The only let downs were that we planned on grilling right away when we checked in and came to find out last minute that the gas for the grill was completely empty. We had to make an unexpected run to Home Depot and pay $30 just to grill. The following day we wanted to go out on the boat. We realized that the boat had not been kept up...the oars were not attached (the brackets broken) so there's only plastic oars to use that go with an inflatable raft. Luckily my husband is one who can fix anything but that led to another Home Depot run - he was able to get everything fixed and ready for easy rowing but we could have used that time and money elsewhere.
Note: If you are big cooks like we are, you will want to bring Tupperware, mixing bowls and such as the kitchen is stocked for regular use but not for enthusiasts. We brought our iron skillet but realized we needed so much more for baking and large dinners.
Overall, I highly recommend this house for your stay.
Thanks Miranda! I'm really sorry about the old metal boat and the propane. There is a new boat on order. The propane is a tough one as the tanks have no gauge so its hard to know when to refill and there sometimes guests back to back. I used to have 2 tanks out but that too didn't solve the issue. Any suggestions would be welcome.
The listing of this quaint ranch style home was accurate. It was set back off of a long dirt road, and extremely close to the Forestburgh Playhouse. This was perfect for us since this is the reason we were visiting Forestburgh. The house is spacious and for the three of us staying there, we had plenty of room. The views of the small pond are beautiful from two of the main bedrooms. We enjoyed leisurely meals in the kitchen since it was a bit cooler to sit out on the deck.
We really enjoyed our stay at Anna's lake house. It was one of the more unique places I've rented on airbnb. Despite the fact that it's really just two hours away from NYC, it felt much further. The lake access was fantastic, as was the privacy.
Anna was a good host, and always got back to me right away. The place was very clean, and had everything we needed.
It's true what everyone says about the satellite internet. It's not very reliable, but honestly, limited cell phone and internet adds to the charm.
Anna was a fantastic host and her home was beautiful. I filmed a small project on the porch outside and it is such a beautiful place. I would kill to live here!!!
Only issue was the lack of working wifi--it worked for maybe an hour in the 2 days we were there, and since we had no cell service it was impossible to get in touch with anyone!
Would love to come back when I'mnot working on a project!
About the Host, Anna
I can't live without old trees, airplane travel where passports are necessary, bare feet, the smell of the earth after a rain, Verdi operas, a porch overlooking water, honest-to-goodness friends, books, books, books!, yoga, the tropics, a comfortable yet stylish home, warm colors, a belly laugh now and then, my family...
I've lived in Jamaica, the UK, Japan, France, Spain and a few places in the U.S. All in all, I like casual yet elegant living, community, curious and caring people who are warm and open, independent-minded and considerate of others. Life can be stressful so I like my homes to be a refuge, a sanctuary, a place to unwind and recharge.
My life's motto is: Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.