View of the house from the driveway with lake in the backgroundView from the living room to the porch to the lake

Entire home/apt

8 guests

3 bedrooms

4 beds

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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

The space

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.

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.

Guest access

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 smoking
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.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Keypad


Extra people: 25 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: 135
Security Deposit: 600
Weekly Discount: 30%
Weekend Price: 285 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

96 Reviews

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Reem User Profile
July 2017
The pictures do not do this beautiful home any justice! Its fully furnished with everything you need including Kayaks, boats, and fishing equipment to use in your PRIVATE LAKE in the backyard. I'm definitely renting again! Thank you for helping me make my family trip the most memorable one yet!!!

Tracy User Profile
July 2017
We spent a peaceful week at Anna's lovely cabin. The living space is comfortable and well-equipped, though we spent most of our time on the back deck looking over the lake. It was nice to be able to bring our dog - he loved chasing chipmunks around the yard. Two thumbs/paws up!

Sanjar User Profile
June 2017
Nice house in the woods. Beautiful view of the lake in the morning when you wake up in the main bedrooms.

Vitali User Profile
June 2017
Excellent place!!! 100% recommended

Eric User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful and amazing place! So beautiful and secluded and just awesome! We could never get on wifi while we were there due to some issues with the hotspot, but Anna was great and tried to make it work the whole time. Only one of us had cell service so be prepared to not talk to anyone, but that was also kind of the point of our trip. If you have an emergency there are panic buttons so don't worry about that, just be prepared to be off the grid. But truly an amazing time and we are so grateful for Anna and this beautiful home!
Anna User ProfileAnna is a superhost.
Response from Anna:
So sorry about the wifi Eric.
June 2017

Andrew User Profile
May 2017
Wonderful cabin; comfortable decorations and well-equipped kitchen. The water was calm and easy to paddle on and was mostly empty while we were there. Path down to the water was a little steep though, so be careful. Also, the grill was pretty gross, rusted and falling apart, but the gas-heated stove top made up for that shortcoming. All in all, would highly recommend for a weekend away.

Darya User Profile
May 2017
Great house! I booked this for a short getaway with some friends. Beautiful, cozy, wood cottage atmosphere but on a larger scale. Spacious and comfortable, with wonderful views of the lake from multiple rooms and an outdoor dining area! Super quiet and surrounded by gorgeous nature. Lovely place to recharge or reconnect. Short drive to the Delaware river if you're into canoeing or kayaking. Anna is the perfect host, very responsive and accommodating! Can't wait to come back!

New York, New York, United StatesJoined in August 2013
Anna User ProfileAnna is a superhost.

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.

Languages: English, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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