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Swimming Holes, Waterfalls & Catskill Mountain Views! Near Woodstock NY

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sitting room, sleeps 2-6

Situated on the legendary Niobe Falls, The Waterfall House is a charming Victorian house at the end of a quiet country lane. Private steps down to these “pride of the Catskills” natural waterfalls make this home unique. Unspoiled Palenville, home of Washington Irving's 'Rip Van Winkle,' is ideally located between Woodstock, Saugerties, Catskill and Hunter. Furnished with country antiques and original art, this vacation rental home has three bedrooms. The living room affords a glorious waterfall view framed by spectacular spring, summer and autumn foliage. The separate dining room seats six. French doors open to a romantic wraparound porch with majestic mountain, river and waterfall views! Enjoy breakfast on our romantic, wraparound porch, or lunch at the Circle W General Store. Stroll over to The Fernwood Restaurant for dinner or drinks. Do you love to kayak, guests at The Waterfall House enjoy the amenities at our Tiny House Resort. Kayaking in the Catskill Creek as well as use of our newly built in ground heated pool.

Especially for Nature Enthusiasts: Discover nearby hiking trails. We provide trail maps and hiking guides. Wildlife is abundant, so bring your camera.

We'll help you plan just the right outdoor adventure hike. In season, tour the neighborhood with bicycles we provide.

Convenient to H.I.T.S.: Our proximity to this major equestrian center makes this home ideal for those participating in, or simply attending the wealth of seasonal events. All holiday weekends we maintain a three night weekend.

Skiers, Take Note!: We are located a mere ten miles from Hunter Mountain!

More Details

Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2018

About Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras

'ThinkBig!' creator Bob Malkin and former Emmy award winning film editor, author and former professor Barbara Pokras met and married in 1992. After relocating to New York City in 1997, we discovered the Catskills and in a single weekend, bought our first house. We love the proximity to Manhattan, the beauty of the area and the access to nature. Bob loves to hike the mountain with our dog Lucy, and Barbara

spends time gardening, writing for the Woodstock Film Festival, and finding little 'treasures' for The Waterfall House.

Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras purchased this house in 2006

Why Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras chose Palenville

We never dreamed we'd be in the Vacation Rental business, but when we first saw The Waterfall House with its magnificent setting and old perennial gardens, we simply couldn't resist.

What makes this house unique

Fantastic waterfall and mountain views. Sleep to the sounds of falling water. Most guests tell us our photographs don't do justice to the spectacular setting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your lovely home.

The house is clean and comfortable and decorated so beautifully. There are so many great books to read and movies to watch. And then, of course, there is the main attraction, which is the falls. We had so much fun hopping from rock to rock, or just sitting and meditating. Our dog Conrad is a little timid around water, so we didn't know what kind of reaction he would have. But he loved it! By the last day, he was hopping on the rocks too. (Maybe next time, he'll dare to go into the river!)

We are already talking about renting again in May!

Thank you again and again!
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Palenville around the Greene County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 13:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • Water View ...
  • waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Each full bathroom adjoins a bedroom. Downstairs bathroom has access from other rooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Den has its own door
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa Bed in Living Room
  • Additional guests sleep comfortably on a queen size sofa bed with a custom mattress pad or enjoy the privacy of our cozy den with its two convertible twin beds, used singly or together.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Pamper yourselves with a home cooked dinner prepared and served by a local personal chef. We also are happy to refer you to a licensed masseuse or reflexologist for an in-house massage!


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Swimming Holes, Waterfalls & Catskill Mountain Views! Near Woodstock NY
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 43 reviews
Dix Hills, New York

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Waterfall House is perfect - the waterfall is great, changes daily, and so relaxing to watch. All your needs are anticipated and addressed, the accomodations are top notch. Very comfortable. We had a great girls' getaway, enjoying good food, wine and conversation.Took a trip to Woodstock and enjoyed the shops and local flavor. Just a great house, great time.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2010
  • Date of Stay: January 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Winter time is perfect to rent the Waterfall House. The fireplace and the waterfall views and sounds make it perfect to warm the body and souls. Bob
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The sounds of the falls

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful experience at this property. We were outside most of the time, and frankly couldn't get enough. Loved the continuous sound of the falls, and oddly enough, the inner silence that that brought.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Lovely house, great setting

  • 5 of 5

Airy, comfortable, well equiped, water at your doorstep, great for pups: what's not to love?

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Northport NY


  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home overlooking a waterfall

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Waterfall House. It's was lovely to sit and enjoy the view of the waterfall and the snow. The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The owners provided a wealth of information on things to do and see in the surrounding area and we enjoyed working our way through the list. There was a snow storm while we were there and the property manager checked in with us to make sure we were okay. We would love to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frankfort, Michigan

Birthday Splurge!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful autumn stay at the Waterfall House. Margie helped us find it in the dark and was attentive to our every need. The sound of the waterfall cascading can be heard from every room and is so calming. Loved sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and reading or just watching the falls. Our dogs were so happy running free in the fenced in yard! The beds were very comfortable and the décor charming. We enjoyed the Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair and also Hooley on the Hudson in Kingston. We made several trips to charming Tannersville and especially enjoyed the wonderful donuts at Twin Peaks (try the salted caramel). We had planned to do a lot more exploring, but it was just too hard to leave the Waterfall House!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Rip Van Winkle Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Hunter Mountain
Nearest Beach
Right outside your front door
Car: recommended

Ideally located in unspoiled Palenville, close to Woodstock (12 miles), Saugerties

(8 miles), Hunter (10 miles) and Catskill (10 miles). Our area hosts many music venues, live theatres and festivals such as the Jazz Festival, Garlic Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival each autumn. Antique and art lovers will find treasures galore. A variety of restaurants, farm stands and farmers' markets will satisfy any appetite. Horse lovers note - we are close to H.I.T.S. Fleas markets and tag sales are weekend treats. Ski Hunter Mountain for winter sports.

Other Activities: Spectacular hiking, trout fishing and swimming make The Waterfall House the perfect vacation rental choice.

Golf: We are barely five minutes away from the Rip Van Winkle Golf Club, Palenville's lovely 9 hole course. Travel just a bit further to the Catskill Golf Course (10 miles) for an 18 hole course, or Woodstock (12 miles) for its 9 hole course.

Ski: Hunter Mountain (10 miles) is a popular ski resort, or go to nearby Belleayre or Windham.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Palenville,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
4 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38.12
Cleaning £152.48
Refundable Damage Deposit £381.2
Property Damage Protection £44.98

Cleaning Fee $200/ Pet Fee $50/
Holidays at peak rate, four night minimum. Preference given to longer rentals.

50% Deposit Required at Time of Booking; Balance Due 30 days or more before arrival
Holidays at Peak Rates, 3-night minimum. Off peak, balance due 14 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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