About this listing
* Lake-front 3-bedroom ranch house surrounded by 5.5 acres of serene forest on a private road in the woods
* Under 2 hours from NYC
* Huge covered porch overlooking the quiet, non-motor lake
* Warm, casually elegant decor
* Ideal getaway, pure peace
Tucked at the edge of a quiet private lake, immersed in a pine forest in the Catskill Mountains, our ranch house offers a true retreat into nature less than 100 miles (just under 2 hours) from NYC by car. 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 oven as well as a full-sized refrigerator and a table that seats 8.
Our bright, light-filled house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with lake views, one room with 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).
The 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 in 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 kayaks and a row boat. Fish for bass, relax on the water, or watch salamanders, geese and beavers. Our property comes equipped with a propane gas barbecue.
PROVIDED TO ALL GUESTS:
Bathrooms: Bath & Hand Towels, 1 Roll Toilet Paper each, Handsoap
Bedrooms: 1 set Bed Sheets, Blankets and Pillows
Kitchen: Dishes (plates, bowls, water & wine glasses)- Cookware (pots, pans, baking sheets)- Silverware- Cooking Utensils (spatulas, measuring tools)- Microwave- Toaster- Knives- Kettle, Coffee Drip Machine, Spices, Salt-Dishwasher, Dishwashing Powder
No need to bring water. The private underground well water is clean and chlorine-free.
Guests have access to the entire property. Fish on the lake. Lots of board games. Book and DVD library, TV and DVD player. Fully equipped kitchen. Propane outdoor grill. (Propane tank refill is the responsibility of guests. Local gas stations sell refills.)
No parties or events
Interaction with guests
We're not present during your stay but accessible by phone or email.
Pets welcome for an additional cleaning fee of $45.
Other things to note
The lake is not ideal for swimming. Its fairly shallow and weedy at the edge. A great swimming lake is a 5-minute drive down the road from the Forestburgh Playhouse. Follow that road down the hill and you can't miss the Mongaup Nature Reserve with its enormous lake.
Please note: The house is in the woods and so internet is very spotty. It's delivered via an ATT mobile hotspot and not reliable. We ask that you only use it for email access and messaging. Limited data. The ONLY cellphone service available at the house is ATT.
There are 5 houses on the private lake. Please respect the neighbors whom you cannot see from the house. No fireworks. No loud music.
This place is our sacred space in nature. We welcome guests who can share this sentiment and who want to be there to recharge, reconnect and simply relax.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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.