House - Entire home/apt · Shady Mill Rd, Bearsville, NY 12409, United States

The Space

This Historic Gristmill of the late 1800’s is situated on two streams, the Cooper Lake stream and the Sawkill Stream in Woodstock hamlet of Shady, NY. It is only 2 hours from NYC and only 2.5 miles to the center of town of Woodstock. The Bear Café, Bearsville Theater and Cub Market are close by.

Parking is on-site.

The intimate converted mill, has been restored while keeping all the original wood inside. The added wooden cedar deck jets out hovering over the Sawkill and when you look down from the deck you see water rushing towards you. Every year the stream is stocked with trout so one can even fish for trout from the deck, some will be able to see the Blue Heron airborne making its way up the stream also looking for trout also.

Enter the Mill House directly from the deck. Inside the floor to ceiling windows facing the stream will seem as if you are still outside in the heart of nature, but experiencing the inside. How wonderful and effective it will all seem. The interior was saved by insulating the outside so you see the exposed beamed ceiling, and doors of the original gristmill. The ambiance is well worth it. A large, brown velvet down couch is a great place to relax on in front of the gas burning iron stove that sits on a unique tile hearth. The 1200 square foot chestnut flooring has a welcoming yellow-orange glow, the lighting is unique and bright, the unique furnishing comfortable. The open and intimate space is equipped with dock and Bluetooth stereo, DVD player, Wi-Wi and cable TV. The flow through space is open from the kitchen to living room. A see through open-stairway leads to the upstairs bedroom and private ½ bath.

The kitchen has flame cooking {there is a charcoal grill outside}. It is fully equipped with coffee maker, toaster oven, a blender and of course tableware and cooking utensils. The wood block kitchen counter is great to serve from, eat on or prepare food. There is also a table with four chairs in a great spot next to a large glass panel .There you can eat, talk or play games as you look up the stream. Back in the kitchen area behind green doors with see-through hearts is a large refrigerator and a stacked washer and dryer. There is also a long work table near kitchen.

A small hallway leads to the bedroom and full bath. This peaceful quite room has a queen sized bed and is tucked into a cozy intimate room with raised ceilings. This room is next to the full bathroom.

An all-white bright roomy bathroom is designed with a wall of glass facing the stream and glass door leading to the deck. Fitting an old mill, the antique bathroom fixtures are interesting and charming.

Up the stairs is the surprise attic bedroom. It is as different, cozy and restful a place you will ever be. Original old wood on the A shaped attic ceiling is like being in a faraway retreat in the middle of nowhere. The queen size bed is situated like an altar, right under a window at the far end of the room. With the window open you will hear the stream below. A few chairs are for quiet resting or reading. There is a closet in the small but sweet half-bath and there are always plenty of linens and towels. You will love it. A well known clothing designer once created a line of clothing for Target using this upstairs space as his workroom.

Guest Access

You be near the best restaurants in Ulster County. I will send you my web site with many things to do.

Interaction with Guests

I am near by and will meet you at the Mill House if you like.

The Neighborhood

The Mill House is awesome with nature all around.

Getting around

You will need a care, but the bus from NYC will pick you up and drop you off right in front of the Mill

Other Things to Note

Please call Me and I will give you all the info about the house.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $350
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The Mill House is a good idea. The visual/fantasy I had was that I would rent a great little house on a babbling brook and my wife and I and our young son would have this country vacation where we would relax and enjoy nature.
    The Mill House cannot even come close to this ideal and ultimately I ate the entire fee 5 day booking fee(there is a strict refund policy) and stayed elsewhere. Why? The main draw for me was the outdoor possibilities that this home presented. The porch is in disrepair the railings are loose, there are exposed nail heads, rotted sections of boards and there is a more than 10 foot drop to the water and rocks below. If I was without a child this might be ok/manageable but with a child it is absolutely not even worth the chance. The porch is not kid friendly. The house is right on the road and cars are going by at upwards of 45mph. Not kid friendly or relaxing.
    Inside the house everything is as it seems in the photos and ultimately in reasonable shape. I knew it wasn't going to be squeaky clean but the house smelled worse than the sailboat I used to live on. I mention that because the notion of bringing your loved one to a relaxing weekend is totally upended when you walk into strong overwhelming mildew, mold haze. If I was alone I could live with it but the idea of putting our son to bed and relaxing on the couch as we breathed deeply the scent of a closed up,undercared for, wet home just isn't what my idea of a romantic week in Woodstock looks like. Beyond that upon arrival the place needed cleaning with cobwebs in nearly every corner, cigarette butts in the planter on the porch, trash in the driveway, flowers in vase that were already dead with water that had not been changed for days. I don't mind cleaning as I go but to clean the moment I get there just isn't what I was hoping for. To me it just felt like the minimum was done to prepare the home.
    The host might be good at other aspects of his life but in his role as a host I found him to be totally unhelpful both in his preparation of the home and once he knew of my dissatisfaction. He did not return phone calls, did not offer to come over and help bring it up to standards, he did not reach out at all even while he kept my payment. He knew I was bringing my son and it is my feeling that a good host would say "hey man this might not be the house for you". Which other hosts have so kindly said. The vibe of the Airbnb community is familial, to me it felt that this host forgot entirely that he was hosting and just left us to twist in the wind. If I was staying there for free or at major deal I wouldn't ask for anything. At the end of the day this is now his business and I was paying over $200 per night. There was zero service. He just took the money and let me eat crow.

    I definitely DO NOT recommend the Mill House.

    August 2012
  • The Mill House is a charming, rustic space with a beautiful view on the side of the house that overlooks the water. The gas stove makes the inside cozy, and the back deck provided great outdoor space. The downstairs bathroom has a wall of windows that provides a beautiful view, which can be seen from the downstairs bedroom. The only drawbacks are that the house sits very close to the main road (there is some noise, but the road didn't seem to be too heavily trafficked during the night), and there aren't doors on the bedrooms (a curtain covers the door to the downstairs bedroom, and the upstairs loft bedroom is also open). Mike, the host, left some lights and the wood stove on for us to make the house inviting for our late evening arrival. We had a very nice stay!

    October 2013
  • My boyfriend and I were looking to get out of NYC for a weekend with another couple. This is one of the first places we saw on air bnb and knew it would be perfect. Michael was quick to respond and provided us with all the information we would need about the house and area. When we arrived and saw we were on a beautiful racing waterway, we knew this was for us. The house has a rustic charm that makes you feel like you’re home. We were pleased to see fresh flowers and coffee for them morning on the kitchen counter. The kitchen is in perfect working order and the sleeping accommodations were good. My boyfriend was able to fly fish right across the road from the house and we took daily excursions to explore the beautiful Catskills. I would definitely recommend the Mill House!

    August 2013
  • Another great stay at the mill house! Thanks again!

    March 2013
  • We've stayed in two of Michael's houses now. Both wonderful experiences! The Mill House is a rustic paradise full of great stories and the soothing sounds of the river rushing by. Michael is a great host! Super helpful and friendly! We can't wait to visit again soon! Thanks again!

    February 2013
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