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 with queen-sized beds. 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 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 equipped with paddle boat ( non-motorized lake), inflatable raft and four life jackets means fishing for bass, relaxing on the water, or watching salamanders, geese and beavers. No leeches in this lake! Our property comes equipped with a new stainless steel 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.
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 tie up row boat and flip over when you have finished using it.
Gaetano's delightful lake house really was the perfect Catskills getaway. Cosy yet warren-like, with lots of corners to explore, a fireplace to gather around and a beautiful lake to gaze out at. The snowy weather made the setting even more picturesque. I dare say we'll be back one day.
Gaetano is extremely responsive and helpful and was a good host. I am especially grateful to Airbnb owners like him who allow well-behaved dogs. My German Shepherd Elsa was in heaven given the paths and our regular walks through the woods and the water access. The house, which is really more like a cabin, is off a long dirt road and very secluded. This is a place for repose and quiet, and the rooms are cozy, colorful, and with lots of nooks and comfy chairs for reading. As another guest commented, the kitchen is a bit awkward. And the WiFi is spotty. It was chilly out as we were there the last weekend in October --and so I do think it is a place better enjoyed if you dine and hang out on the great outdoor patio. But the floor to ceiling windows helped to bring the outside in when we needed to warm up!
It is a very lovely cabin with a beautiful lake. The cabin was really cosy and nice. We enjoyed our time there and the area is quite beautiful.
We we three couples.
We had a lovely weekend at Gaetano's home! He is a great host - set expectations appropriately, provided directions and details regarding the house. Made us feel very welcome and responded to inquiries within minutes. We got in very late and he left the porch light on for us as well as offered us late check-out because we were arriving so late. The house is beautiful, tastefully furnished and the lake is lovely (though very shallow this time of the year). The area makes you feel like you are far away from civilization - just what we were looking for. The only regret we have is that we packed our weekend with activities so much we didn't get to spend more time in this lovely house, just to relax. Perhaps next time! Thank you, Gaetano!
Had a great time with family and friends at Gaetano's house. Communication was a breeze and the house itself is gorgeous - tastefully furnished and spacious but cozy at the same time. Loved the outdoor deck although it was cold and rainy for a good part of our stay so we couldn't use the grill. The deck is covered so rain wasn't an issue. The pond was relaxing and the small pier is nice. We didn't get to use the boats (rainy) but they seemed to be in good condition. We had a minor creepy moment when a neighbor pulled into the driveway behind us and started asking us questions. He seemed like a nice guy but taking to strangers in secluded wooded areas will always feel a little strange. I texted Gaetano once the guy left and he reassured us it was just his neighbor who is the de facto neighborhood watch up there. I appreciated the owner's concern and prompt reply to my texts regarding this. All in all, had a great stay and we hope to be back. Monticello is the nearest town and it's quite run down. Better to head to Milford, PA for some small town experiences.