About This Listing
Oakhill Lodge is a charming, rustic MidCentury home in Columbia County situated on 22 acres of pristine private property with an in-ground swimming pool. Complete privacy awaits -- there's no neighbor in sight -- with sweeping meadow views leading to the Berkshire Mountains.
A 2hr drive from NYC up the lovely Taconic Parkway (or 2.5 hrs from Boston), the house features a cathedral ceiling in the living & dining area plus a full kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 1 half bath, and wireless internet access. It is equidistant from Hudson NY and Great Barrington MA; both are home to great restaurants, boutiques, cafes and antiquing (plus a thriving music scene in Hudson, described in detail in Rolling Stone Magazine).
On the main floor you'll find the living and dining area, full kitchen, half bath, and a separate library with a queen bed. Wood stoves in both the living room and the area between the dining & kitchen areas. Upstairs is the master suite (king-size bed) and full bath; tucked off the bedroom, and only accessible through it, is a separate nook with an office space and a twin bed (this is a balcony area, so it may not be good for little people to sleep in). On the lower level (which is only accessible through the library sleeping area on the main floor) is a fourth sleeping area with a queen-size bed and another full bathroom plus laundry room. Both the main and lower levels lead to the great outdoors, and there are two separate decked areas off the main floor -- the back deck off the living room has spectacular views of the property and the Berkshires, and the side deck off the kitchen leads to an outdoor dining area with barbecue and the steps down to the pool area. Wildlife is everywhere--birds, turkeys, deer, possum, and the sounds of owls and coyotes under the incredible stars at night.
This is a fabulous year-round retreat. In the immediate vicinity are Copake Lake (waterskiing, etc) as well as plenty of marked hiking trails and Bash Bish Falls. Excellent birdwatching, not just in the area but also at the house. Good fishing nearby, too; particularly trout & bass. It's a great area for foodies, as well; there are plenty of excellent farm-to-table restaurants, as well as the opportunity to buy fresh produce & meat (in particular from Pigasso Farms, close by) to host your own dinner party making use of our funky 70's-style kitchen with a fantastic new chef's stove -- seat your friends around the big table!
Also close by are the Catamount and Butternut Ski Resorts. Take in a concert at Tanglewood or Bard Summerscape. If you enjoy dance, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is about an hour's drive. You can also check out Walking The Dog Theater. Close by, too, are the wonderful Norman Rockwell Museum and also numerous Gilded Age mansions which are open to the public. It’s near all activities (hiking, skiing, tennis, golf, lake swimming, antiques shopping), cultural destinations (restaurants, theaters, educational events), and noteworthy towns (Hudson, Great Barrington, Hillsdale, Millerton, Pine Plains, Berkshires).
Other Things to Note
In my view, this is unbeatable value. Where else can you rent a 3 bedroom house with 22 acres and a pool for under $500.00 per night?
You'll receive a "House Manual" upon reservation confirmation. If you have any specific questions before booking, just ask!
This house does accommodate 6 comfortably but please note that this is the maximum amount of guests allowed to stay -- you're of course welcome to have additional friends over for dinner, etc, but this is NOT the venue to host a big party!
Mark was very informative, kind and quick to respond to every question we had. And the house was easy to access and leave.
The house is a perfect getaway from the manhattan and easy to get to by train or car (we did both). The view from the house is amazing and the house itself is very cozy and great for as many as 3 couples. I would certainly come back again.
Great house on a beautiful, secluded property. Mark was a great host and very easy to communicate with. Would highly recommend for a relaxing weekend get away!
Mark was a very attentive and gracious host. All our questions and concerns were addressed promptly. We were fortunate to stay during Thanksgiving weekend when the area was blanketed in snow…the lodge and property views were stunning. The house is stocked with everything you may need and the house manual Mark provides answers any questions you may have during your stay.
Mark's house in Copake was beyond beautiful!! - it fully allowed my friends and I to take in the stunning autumn foliage of upstate New York during our friends' wedding weekend. The house rules were very thorough and clear and the house was just as we had expected. Mark was very accessible and kind and quick to respond. Would definitely love to rent this property again in the warmer months to make use of the pool!! Thank you Mark!
Oakhill Lodge is a beautiful house with gorgeous views of the Taconic range. We watched the shadows of the clouds play across the forested mountains from the porch off the great room. The house is well appointed and nicely decorated in a simple and tasteful way. It's in a lovely area, close to Hudson and its cultural and culinary delights in one direction and some great parks and hikes in the other. Mark, the owner, is friendly, easy going, and responds instantly. We had a great time and highly recommend it.
We just returned from a wonderful relaxing three-night stay at Oak Hill Lodge with our children and one other family (total of three kids under three). We were in the area for a wedding at Herondale Farm in Ancramdale and found Oak Hill to be the perfect home base for us. It was heavenly exploring the grounds and with our little ones and sitting out on the deck enjoying the stars after they’d gone to bed.
The decor at Oak Hill Lodge is cozy and lovely - rustic in style but generous in size and a perfect complement to the setting. Appliances and other details have been updated, but always with respect to the original design and decor. The patterned, original wallpaper and stained-glass light fixtures in the main floor half-bath were my favorite!
We took heavy advantage of the grill and kitchen and found just about everything we needed to cook. I loved that the kitchen had an upgraded range, sink, and dishwasher, but everything else looked original to the house. Chipmunks and birds would come often come visit the deck, and we often spotted deer and badgers around the property. The grounds were great to explore on foot - we loved taking the children through the field via the mown path, and of course running around on the huge mown lawn.
We slept our two sons in the basement. When we first arrived, it was a bit musty smelling, so we lit a fire in the fireplace, let it burn out, and ran the de-humidifier, and by the time bedtime rolled around it was cozy and the musty smell was gone. My husband and I stayed in the bedroom on the main floor and slept like rocks in the bed. The bed linens were very nice.
My sons had a wonderful time playing with the small box of toys that we found in the main floor closet. The ball, fire truck and doll house set were perfect for keeping them entertained while we cooked.
Mark is a great host. He’s super friendly and responsive, and provided us with a house manual both via email and printed out when we arrived. The manual was so thorough that we only needed to contact him once, which was to ask him where to find a broom.
I would love to return here with my family again. Fall is really an incredible time to be in the area: the trees were just starting to turn and the days were warm and nights cool. If you are a city or Brooklyn dweller and haven’t yet explored this area of our state, I highly recommend it. The fresh air, produce, and bucolic scenery cannot be beat.
Thanks Mark for a wonderful, restorative weekend.