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Romantic Retreat Overlooking Lake

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Surrounded by trees, lake and nature, all comforts and amenities are extended to visitors here. This is a private and safe setting. Heated and air-conditioned, there is a fireplace in the living room and bedroom. A large oval deck leads from the living room and looks out onto the water as does the bedroom's balcony. A row boat sits at the water's edge. This three level house has an all wood interior with wide pine plank floors throughout and vaulted ceilings. A sleeping loft acts as a second bedroom with window and skylight. The bathroom's sloped ceiling also includes a skylight over a claw-footed tub sunk in Mexican paving tiles. Original art and objects along with some turn of the century antiques add to the warmth and charm of this very original and unique home on the lake. Internet access and HD TV available. Beautiful in all seasons.

Through renting my house and having been introduced to the beauty of this lake and the many things it has to offer, there are now several additional property owners with homes of their own in Sleepy Hollow Lake.

While definitely away in the country, every convenience is nearby. It's a lovely, still fairly secret and uncomercial spot, nestled in the foothills of the Catskills.

More Details

Donna Monroe
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
30 July, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Athens in Greene County

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • lake
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Claw footed tub sunk in Mexican paving tiles, w/skylight over tub. Shower over tub. Wood floor
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Sleeping loft - 9 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Futon
    Pullout - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Living Room - Queen
  • 1 room with one full size bed, loft with one single futon, lr with one queen 1 loft sleeping area.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Air Conditioning. 1 full, 1 twin, 1 queen sleeper sofa. Pool (3 minutes away); boat; beach. Dish wall mounted HDTV included, Internet access,Wi-fi,DVD


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

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Romantic Retreat Overlooking Lake
average rating of 4.714286 based on 35 reviews

Perfect, just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over memorial weekend to get a break from the busy area we live in. The cabin was true to the pictures. I do not think any of the pictures capture the beauty well enough. To wake up to the view of the lake and the wilderness was nice. Lots of little wildlife like birds around. The cabin was a good size for the three of us. We loved the loft and high ceilings. We are also happy the cabin had a soft romantic look and feel with some antiques. It was simple and it was romantic. The location is great. There were tons of local stores to look for strange and vintage stuff about 20 minutes away. we liked the bar on the water near by. They have a live band playing most nights. Local beer is in town. We got to go hiking. I wish we were able to stay longer. Great hot water. Loved the sunken in tub and the Spanish tile around it. The bed is soft. The sliding glass doors are huge with screens to let air in and keep bugs out. We had a peaceful relaxing time. Just what we needed as a family. We are happy we found this place.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sofia, Your review..... A lovely present for my birthday. Do come back and savor the finer things and local little creatures. It was great having you.
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New York

Great place and superb host

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Donna's lodge with our 14 month old toddler and our dog. It was the perfect size for us, and we loved hanging out on the deck watching all the boats go by. It was also very close to the doggie beach and to the non-doggie beach (2 min drive away). Donna was also extremely responsive when we had a wifi issue that got quickly resolved. She also gave us lots of pointers on where to eat/shop, etc.

One note for anyone traveling with small children - the lodge has a few small sets of stairs (2 steps down) and has lots of beautiful trinkets that are not toddler friendly so we did have to be on guard so that our son wouldn't get hurt. Not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of, and I would highly recommend Donna's place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frederick Maryland

Very disappointed!

  • 1 of 5

We have stayed in many HomeAway properties in the USA and Europe and this has been our only bad experience. The cottage was not as advertised, pictures were taken many years ago and have not been updated. We are older and the sunken tub was not shown in the photos and very difficult to access. The place was shabby, dust and animal hair on living room floor. No place to put personal belongings, clothes, toiletries etc. We contacted the owner immediately and she offered no help. She offered $200 on a 6 day rental if we promised not to write a poor review!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the review I was threatened with by the Bastides the moment they arrived in my house - if I did not refund their money. The complaints were ridiculous and untrue. As birdwatchers the prediction of rain for the week ruined their plans, not my house. A new picture isn't necessary to show that the sunken tub in the bathroom is clearly defined and the grab bar is clearly visible. If this was a problem it should have been considered before booking. Mine is a pet-friendly vacation house on a lake - not the Hilton hotel. Except for the Pottery Barn sofa (not one yr. old) everything in the house is a turn of the century piece purchased in local shops in Hudson and the wonderful Coxsackie Antique Center. Unfortunate they could not be appreciated for what they represent. Possibly a few "animal hairs"from my dog were missed by me, but to be sure - not many. Wishing the Bastides better luck with their future bookings.
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An excellent short trip from NYC on a wonderful Lake.

  • 5 of 5

I will start by saying Donna was incredible at informing me of everything I needed to know as well as great spots to wine and dine in the surrounding areas. The cabin was beautiful, rustic and charming with the important modernization as well. Comfortable and quiet was the cabin throughout the day and night. We cooked dinner a few nights and spent another few nights exploring local restaurants in both Catskills and Hudson. It was the perfect distance from North New Jersey giving it the home away from home feel without having a difficult drive to and from. Thank you again Donna for the lovely and memorable experience both my fiancé and I had.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, I'm going to assume that she said "yes." Best wishes for a wonderful life going forward together.
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New York, New York

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Donna's home. The cabin sits right on Sleepy Hollow Lake with fantastic views from the large windows. Spending time outside on the porch watching the sunset is a real treat.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Donna's place. The energy felt great, and we felt right at home. Donna was always available to answer our questions. Thank you Donna

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
within minutes on the Hudson River
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Minutes Away- hiking, horseback riding, beautiful river park for picnics, two riverfront restaurants with outside dining on the Hudson, drive-in and movie theaters, Hudson's many antique stores, historic houses (Thomas Cook House and Frederick Church's Olana offer tours daily)

Of special interest to children are the Howe Caverns - though these are more than minutes away. Albany, within 1/2 hour, offers theatre as does Stockbridge & Great Barrington; festivals abound throughout the summer - brochures in house.

30 minutes from 2 Major Ski Resort Areas, Hunter and Windham.

Other Activities: Basketball court, row-boating


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Athens, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £39 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £39 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £58.27
Additional Guest Fee £38.84 per person per night
Damage Deposit £233.07

There is an extra charge of $50 a night per person if more than 3 adults. No refund unless reservation can be rebooked (excluding the service fee). Owner suggests guest purchase cancellation insurance thru Homeaway available at a nominal rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.