About this listing
Private 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bath and entrance. Close to Woodstock, H.I.T.S., Hunter on the stream near the swimming hole. We're in the nations first artist colony home of the Hudson School of Design, located in the sleepy hamlet of Palenville.
Lovely second floor apartment with a private entrance, in a beautiful 2-family home on Kaaterskill Creek is available year-round for long or short stays.
Romantic, private and quiet, this great getaway spot is less than two hours drive from the George Washington bridge. Whether you are skiing, seeking nature at it's best or just resting and rejuvenating, you'll enjoy the serenity of our idyllic location. Your own large well equipped eat-in kitchen is the perfect place for morning coffee or tea. (Supplied, of course, along with a variety of wholesome breakfast items including yummy locally baked goods and fresh fruit). This getaway also features two sunny, warm bedrooms where the stream sings you to sleep, a large bathroom with a deep tub for soaking along with wifi and a well stocked vacation library.
This amazing spot has it all:
We're conveniently located between Hunter Mountain and Windham for winter sports, (10 miles to Hunter), Woodstock / Saugerties (10 miles) for summertime activities.
Dine in Saugerties (8 miles) and try Miss Lucy's, The Red Onion, or 'Cue.
Stroll to nearby Fernwood Restaurant for a leisurely world cuisine lunch or dinner.
Enjoy Woodstock's newest and hotest, Shindig Restaurant, shopping, and fun. (10 miles)
Stroll to nearby Fernwood Restaurant for a leisurely world cuisine lunch or dinner. Enjoy home cooked meals with organic and local ingredients at The Circle W Bistro. Or check out the stellar selection of wines at Lower Clove Wines.
No Car Needed!
We're easy to get to via bus. (Drops you off in the center of the Hamlet.) Or take the Amtrak to Hudson and grab a cab across the Rip Van Winkle bridge. (One of the most beautiful trips you'll ever take.) All you'll need is within easy walking distance of the house.
Located in the sleepy hamlet of Palenville, the beauty of our area inspired much of the Hudson River School of Painting. Let it inspire your perfect vacation or sabbatical.
Private space, great big backyard with a grill and organic veggies. (Help yourself to tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peas, herbs, and more. Relax in the hammock
It's a Hamlet, sleepy, neighborly, tiny. Lots of great amenities, a world class down home bistro who creates the most amazing baked goodies, salads, creative soups and grilled treats, 2 awesome restaurants (One of which has creekside dining one has rocking seasonal music, an upscale wine store, library, post office, gas station. All this and an amazing view of the stars. The Milky-way is closer here, it's a wonder you'll want to catch.
Enjoy a concert at the historic Maverick or live theater at the Woodstock Playhouse. The Woodstock Film Festival, held each October, is a movie lovers delight and the Woodstock Writers Festival is an intellectual odyssey .
Summer is the time for H.I.T.S., a major equestrian event located in Saugerties, just minutes away. Saugerties also provides easy access to the Hudson River for boating and sailing. The village itself is home to renowned pubs, restaurants and a variety of shops, including unique antique stores where you'll hunt for potential treasures. Saugerties hosts many festivals and events like the Garlic Festival and the Jazz Festival. There are numerous Farmers Market is open all year round.
Hunter Mountain (12 minutes), provides a wide range of winter and summer activities. Hunter is and Windham are the major ski resorts (ours is a year-round vacation rental). The Catskill Mountain Foundation offers classes in the arts and many craft and culinary events, 23Arts, The Catskill Jazz Factory and The Kindred Spirits Jazz Thursdays are some of the culture available just minutes from the door. Got a sweet tooth? We're just 5 minutes from Twin Peaks Doughnuts where you'll find custom made to order doughnut sliders served along side of healthy local salads and eggs that you can eat while playing pool or perusing antiques (Pool table available at breakfast). Nature lovers will appreciate the access to hiking and fishing. Trout fishing is less than a block from the house and the Kaaterskill Clove trail heads are within 3 blocks.
We're a green Airbnb. All of our cleaning solutions exceed Green Seal standards, all paint is zero-VOC, we recycle, grow organically and HEPA vacuum meticulously. We are happy to stock anything special you may want.
Want to know more about the history or our area?
Catskill Stream is snuggled into an area so rich in history, where legend begat fact, that the neighborhood adds another layer of wonder to an already stunning setting.
It was this immediate area of Palenville that Washington Irving borrowed in 1819 for the setting for the epic slumber and awakening of "Rip Van Winkle," drawing the then-young country's attention to the area. A few years later, the first of the pioneering artists of what became known as the Hudson River School of painting were pulled here, too.
Thomas Cole, Kaaterskill
Thomas Cole, The Falls of the Kaaterskill, 1826
The young Thomas Cole first visited here in 1825, to sketch nearby Kaaterskill Falls and other spots. The paintings he made from those sketches moved many other artists to flock to the area to try to capture it's awe-inspiring beauty, not only on canvas but also in poetry and prose.
Their glorious works, widely reproduced in the major periodicals of the day, attracted so many visitors that they in turn spurred the popularity of grand mountaintop hotels, which became favored destinations for all the giants of the 19th and early 20th century.
The famed Catskill Mountain House, in 1823 the first resort in America, was as legendary in its time as any playground of the famous and powerful today. The Mountain House, and the others that followed, like the Hotel Kaaterskill and the Laurel House, attracted Twain, Sherman, Presidents Arthur and Grant, along with nobility and notables from all over the world.
This is the real Catskill Mountains, not the vacation areas in the foothills to the southeast that long ago misappropriated the name. The justly famed Kaaterskill Falls, the tallest in New York State, rendered and made famous by all the major Hudson River School artists, is no more than four miles up the road!
The Mountain House, Hotel Kaaterskill and the Laurel House, widely-famed landmarks in their day, are all gone now. The depression of the 1930's, fire, and the march of time eventually brought their reign to the end, and the once imposing structures demolished. But the scenery is now even more sublime since the area has reverted to its natural state, and manmade structures no longer interfere.
"Kindred Spirits" (Cole & Bryant) by Asher Durand
"Kindred Spirits" (Cole & Bryant) by Asher Durand
Asher Durand, who bought one of Thomas Cole's original three paintings of the region, painted this tribute to his friends William Cullen Bryant and Cole after the latter's passing. It shows his interpretation of a spot in the Kaaterskill Clove, borrowing various features from different locations. It is regarded as a defining work of the Hudson River School.
The Hudson River School Art Trail — Hike to the nearby sites made famous by the painters of the Hudson River School.
"Tracking the Artists' Journey on the Hudson" (NY Times, 11/13/05)
"Cedar Grove" — the Thomas Cole House in the nearby Town of Catskill, a national historic site.
"Olana" — The Frederick Church House, in Hudson, NY, hailed by many as the queen of the Hudson Valley estates
Thomas Cole, Dawn Of The Hudson River School
This page shows reproductions of Thomas Cole's historic first three paintings from this area in 1825, including one of Kaaterskill Falls.
National Gallery of Art, 2007 Exhibition on Asher Durand
"Kaaterskill Falls" - from Wikipedia
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Conn.
The Wadsworth Atheneum's renowned Hudson River School collection, the finest of its kind, contains over 65 Hudson River landscapes, including thirteen of Thomas Cole's. The paintings are currently traveling as an exhibit in Europe (9/08). Founder Daniel Wadsworth was one of Cole's most important patrons.
Book: "Kaaterskill - From the Catskill Mountain House to the Hudson River School"
Published by the Mountain Top Historical Society,
Black Dome Press, 1993
Waterfalls, hiking trails, swimming holes, backyard with a soothing hammock, organic garden and top end grill.
Interaction with Guests
Your choice! You have tons of privacy and if you would like to learn more about the area, get great suggestions about what's fun, delicious, quiet, awesome, family fun, adventurous, exciting, musical, dancing, what the locals do, and where to find whatever we're here! We're friendly, love to meet new people, and share the Catskills with you.
We are on the most beautiful stream in the Catskills. On the Kaaterskill Clove near the legendary Kaaterskill Falls. (Highest falls in New York). You'll recognize views from masters paintings and will love the local flavor.
We are 2 blocks from the bus stop that goes to New York City. It's also an amazing vacation on the way to vacation to take the Amtrak to Hudson New York and rent a car or take a cab here. (Highly recommend seeing the Hudson River this way!)
Other Things to Note
We are very family friendly and are happy to share what's happening locally.
Guest parking is around the back of the building. Please enjoy the barbecue grill and help yourself to herbs and vegetables from the organic garden. Plenty of room to store your skis and snow boards.
Please use the beach towels at the swimming holes and remember to bring comfortable and sturdy shoes for hiking!
Three friends and I stayed at Lea and Jeff's place, and we loved it! It was very homey and the kitchen was stocked with all the dishes we needed. It's conveniently located near multiple beautiful hikes; we drove to North South lake. The Circle W market is adorable and makes a mean breakfast sandwich.
We didn't get to meet Lea in person, but we met Jeff who was very nice and helpful. Both were communicative during our stay.
It's a great home base for exploring upstate NY.
Lea and Jeff were fantastic, the space is amazing. There is a creek nearby and it was great to leave the door open and hear the sound of the creek in the distance. We enjoyed watching the hummingbirds on the porch. highly recommended!
Lea and Jeff were wonderful hosts. They opened up their home and provided our group with wonderful recommendations. We were traveling as a group, with a small child and Lea made us feel at home and provided us with child friendly recommendations. Although the weather did not hold out for most of the weekend our group made the most of it. The location is conveniently located to the various hikes and to the neighboring Catskills towns.
My son and I had a fun and relaxing time at Lea and Jeff's place. The rooms are lovely and Palenville is friendly and picturesque.
The home is very clean and comfortable. Coffee, doughnuts, all the basic amenities. We spent a wonderful weekend.
The space was good for the fiur adults. The location was wonserfully central to the area of the Catskills we wanted to explore. I will definately stsy here again if in the area.
About the Host, Lea And Jeff
Love to hike, cycle, dance, dine, and swim. All great things to do in the Catskills. Jeff's lived here for 18 years and know all the best places to go, like secluded swimming holes with waterfalls, New World Home Cooking, and the Palenville - Platt Clove bicycle challenge. Lea loves to bake and share goodies with folks who come to stay. Jeff is famous in the North East for his soups and chili. We enjoy meeting new people and love to help folks discover the amazing Catskills.