About this listing
Flatrock House is located in The Catskill Mountains. Approximately 2.5 hour drive from New York City. Spend your time relaxing in our creative home on 8.5 acres of forever green forest. Our property runs along the Esopus Creek in the hamlet of Shandaken, NY.
Flatrock House is located in The Catskill Mountains. Approximately 2.5 hour drive from New York City. Spend your time relaxing in our creative home on 8.5 acres of forever green forest.
Our property runs along the Esopus Creek in the hamlet of Shandaken, NY. 7 minute drive from the town of Phoenicia.
Originally built in 1951, our 3200 square ft house was a local bar, a disco and a casino during the 60s and 70s.
In 2015, three friends from Brooklyn purchased the property and turned it into a retro modern rustic paradise. We would love to share our home with you!
• QUICK DESCRIPTION
The house includes access to a large creek with its own private pebble beach, suitable for swimming, kayaking, tubing and fishing (Local fishing license needed). The home is surrounded by a large yard and woods, easily accessible from a local country road. Inside you will find a wood burning stove, 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, Jacuzzi tub, Wi-Fi & a huge game room with a ping pong table, TV, DVD player and Apple TV. Outdoors areas include a large dining space, fire pit with wooden benches, gas grill, basketball hoop, picnic table, a deck with table & benches, terrace and more.
• BEDROOMS & GROUPS
Our 4 bedrooms will fit a total of 8 people.
If you have an extra 1-2 people in your group - we offer a queen size airmatress for a total of 10 people. Let us know if you have questions about this before booking.
2 full bathrooms, one on each floor, Jacuzzi tub and a spa shower.
FROM THE HOUSE...
• 10 minute (walk) to the Flatrock Swimming Hole
• 8 minutes (drive) from Phoenicia
• 10 minutes (drive) from Belleayre Mountain
• 25 minutes to Hunter Mountain
• 35 minutes to Windham Mountain & Platekill
• More restaurant and bar options in other small towns in the area.
• Dozens of antique shops, hikes, trails, fishing and swimming.
• Other places - Woodstock, Woodland Valley, Margaretville, Roxbury, Andes, Kaaterskill Falls, Ashokan Reservoir, & Tremper Kill Reservoir, Rhinebeck, West Kill.
Most recently Flatrock has been featured in New York Magazine, as well as the following travel blogs - And North (Top 5 Winter Vacations Upstate), Inside Elsewhere, This Is The Place I Was Telling You About & Samantha Wills.
• Lockbox key access to the house.
• Free Parking for multiple cars
• Flat screen TV with a DVD/Blue Ray player and Apple TV (Netflix/HBOGO/NBC Live Extra and more. You might need to log in with your own subscription for some of these.)
• Board Games (chess, checkers, puzzles, uno, cards against humanity...)
• Private Creek Access & 4 lounge chairs
• 2 acres private yard & 6.5 acres of forest across the road from the house
• Wood Burning Stove Inside (firewood provided, please bring kindling)
• Outdoor Gas Grill (during summer)
• Outdoor Fire Pit
• Outdoor Picnic Table with Benches
• Hammock (during summer)
• Ping Pong Table
• Large Deck (1st floor) and a Terrace (2nd floor)
• Basketball Hoop (during summer)
• Swimming Hole (10 minute walk from the house)
• Jacuzzi tub
• Full Chef Kitchen with pots, pans, coffee maker (drip), food processor, toaster, baking and other cooking tools, mixer, french press, and more
Interaction with guests
Happy to give recommendations and tips. Please ask us anything. Fastest contact is by email. A caretaker is nearby, but off the property, for emergency needs only.
Shandaken is just outside of Phoenicia, in the central Catskills, two hours from the George Washington Bridge, with a scenic drive out Route 28 off of the Kingston exit on the NYS Thruway. Our home is off a small country road and is not in walking distance of groceries or restaurants. We highly recommend traveling by car! It is the best way to explore the surrounding area. There is ample parking on the gravel driveway in front of the house if your group is arriving in a few cars.
The Trailways bus leaves several times a day from NYC and will drop you off about half a mile walking distance from the house in Shandaken. More busses are available to Phoenicia, and then you could take a taxi. We can provide a list of local taxis if needed. There's also a local public bus that goes from town to town if you choose to go carless. Route 28 is busy but has a wide shoulder and cyclists often ride it.
Other things to note
Please carefully read our rules listed on the Airbnb Description as well as our PDF guide, which we email you after a booking. There is a ton of useful information in it. Please remember that since the house is surrounded by trees and other vegetation, in rare instances you might encounter wildlife or mice. This is something you will find in any property in the region. Also if you are allergic to poison ivy be mindful when you explore as some might grow in random areas (which is completely in Mother Nature's control and not ours.)
Rules are what help us keep the place nice for guests like you. Due to the large size of the house and the care it needs, our booking policy is strict. Please take a minute to read through our house rules. Most guests never have any issues if they simply follow what we ask. Thank you
1. CHECK IN /CHECK OUT
Unless both sides agree on different terms, check in is at 3pm and check out by 11am.
The base price per night is calculated for 6 people. This is to keep the price low enough for smaller groups. Each additional guest after 6 people is charged $35per night. If you have more then 8 people, please discuss this with us before booking, as special accommodations will be needed.
We love dogs! We have 2 ourselves! But dogs must be pre-approved before they are allowed in the house. A $50 dollar pet fee per dog is applied to the final booking. Bringing a dog without prior approval results in the loss of your Security Deposit. Pets are not allowed on our furniture and please keep them off the carpet on the second floor.
• Please pick up after your pet.
• Charge for not picking up pet refuse is $50.
Multiple spots are available on the gravel in front of the house. No parking on the grass.
We have 2 outside bins – recycling and a Bear Proof Garbage bin. Please put all of your perishable garbage in the Bear Proof container and make sure lid is securely shut! Monday is the only pickup day so all garbage needs to be in the bins by Sunday night.
• A charge could be added to your deposit if you forget to take the garbage on check out or do not secure the lid.
6. WOOD BURNING STOVE
Please remember to open and close the flue before and after using the wood stove. Please dispose of the ash when you are done and ash is no longer hot – there is a bucket behind the stove, fill it in, and take it outside, behind the small shed with firewood, you will see the ash pile. Thank you
Please let the dishwasher running on your way out.
Main house key is kept inside the lockbox on the deck at all times. There are several sets of keys in the kitchen. Lost keys are $25 per set.
9. Gas BBQ
Detailed instructions are in the PDF which will be emailed. The basics are – grill is locked in the barn, roll it in front of the barn, use, brush and clean well, lock back immediately after use. Never leave food unattended. This is to keep wildlife out including black bears.
• Leaving the grill dirty will result in $100 charge on your deposit.
10. PROPERTY DAMAGES
When you arrive, take a look around and report to us any visible damages that you see. Our management crew would have already reported anything they might have noticed from the prior guests. If you don't report anything, you assume responsibility for anything broken, that we don't know about and we might find after your stay. This will result in using your security deposit to cover whatever the damage might be.
No smoking of any kind inside the house. Feel free to smoke outside but properly dispose of your cigarette butts and be mindful you are surrounded by woods and leaves.
Please keep ski equipment in the designated area under the shed, containing the firewood. Front door and laundry room have rubber shoe mats for your boots. Please don't walk around with dirty shoes. Any damages will be charged onto your security deposit.
Never turn off thermostat completely when checking out. Always leave at 55 to prevent the pipes from freezing.
Note on the area:
If fishing in the creek you must obtain a license from the fish & game board. They are very strict and the fines are steep.
We are Jennie, Nik and Ben. Three friends from Brooklyn (with origins from Bulgaria, England and the US). We love the Catskills, outdoor activities and nature; and are passionate about design and local history. We are happy to share our carefully curated "Flatrock House" with you and answer any questions about the area and your visit!