|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Browns Pond House has been our family retreat for the past forty years. Please join us in enjoying this wonderful home with your friends and family or for a romantic getaway. The property is perfectly situated to give you whatever you desire - it is secluded on a quiet country road but it is only 10 minutes outside of Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck offers restaurants, shopping, movies and historic sights. You can also have dinner at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park(reservations need to be made in advance)or cook a feast in our large kitchen.
Other day trips and attractions include Woodstock, DIA, Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Alpine & cross country skiing, the Omega Institute, Dinsmore Golf course is 10 minutes away, Bard College & the Frank Gehry designed Performing Arts center offering concerts all summer, horse back riding and pick your own seasonal berries at Greig farm. Parking for 5 cars, so come with friends, relax and enjoy !
Keywords: Cathedral ceiling living room, fireplace, huge eat in kitchen, outdoor dining gazebo, swimming, fishing, kayaking, private dock, swim platform
I stayed at Howard's home for New Years Eve weekend with my fiance and 8 other friends. Our initial impression of the home was that it was AWESOME - total 70's vibe and so fun. The perfect house for the 10 of us to ring in the New Year. Great bedroom spaces that are separated from the large kitchen and living space so it felt like we had so much room. Howard was also excellent. He met with us when we arrived to show us the house and left his cell number if we needed anything. He also left a bunch of fire wood that we used (all of it!) in the indoor fireplace and we had also brought an outdoor fireplace as well. The grounds were also amazing - a bunch of outdoor seating spaces and the lake/dock - we would love to come back in the summer to be able to use them! :)
We just spent four days here for thanksgiving with my family of 6. The house is beautiful, directly on the lake with a spectacular view and surroundings. I loved the big red kitchen for cooking our thanksgiving meal and the round table was perfect for eating it! Reading previous reviews, we were nervous but they could not be more wrong! The house was clean and in good condition, it's cozy, comfortable, and tasteful. We spent multiple evenings by the fire on the couch drinking wine and talking. We also slept great; The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. The house was built in the 70's, yes, so it is not a new house. We are still VERY confused by those nasty reviews, but if anyone is deciding whether to stay, we recommend it 100%! The owner was very friendly and helpful. He greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the property. The house was warm and ready for us. I feel that those reviews were written out of spite. Hope to get back up there soon!
Our yearly get together was truly marred by this unfortunate property. We so looked forward to enjoy spending time together cooking, socializing and just catching up. The advertised pictures alluded to a clean, comfortable, welcoming environment. In reality, it was just nasty. We left each day as early as we could, staying out longer than we originally planned, just to avoid returning to this house. When we tried to get in touch with the owner, he just wouldn't return any of our texts or phone calls. A true disappointment!!!!
The advertised photos of this property are beautiful! I so would have loved to have seen, experienced & enjoyed the house in that condition. Unfortunately, the pictures don't even come close to representing the actual interior that we encountered. Perhaps with a deep, deep, thorough cleaning, along with maintenance repairs, it might be restored to resemble the advertised photos.
I would only recommend this house if you wanted to reside outside 24/7 using paper plates, plastic utensils & Styrofoam cups. It's amazing, when the outside of the house is actually cleaner than the inside of the house.
My 1st regret is that I rented this property. My 2nd regret is that I didn't book thru VRBO, but w/the owner instead. My 3d regret that we were requested to pay in cash or check only. BIG MISTAKE!
I also regret not checking the interior of the house before paying the owner the balance. I would gladly have lost my deposit, as to having to stay in a house with dirt, grime, filth, roaches & a leaky roof.
It's also necessary to know how to get in touch with the owner once you've handed your money over to him. In my case, he NEVER, EVER responded once to letters, texts & numerous phone calls. He just couldn't be reached, not even by VRBO.
I've been renting VRBO properties for over 20 years, and not once have I experienced such a deplorable property.
We stayed 5 nights. We were impressed with the outdoor property and its scenic views. However, we were extremely disappointed with the condition of the interior of the home.
Pros - Beautiful location, quiet, lovely outdoor area by lake.
Cons - Every room needs a deep cleaning and repairs.
I have never had occasion to write a poor review, but in this case it's unavoidable. We were prepared for a "rustic" environment, and tried to overlook the outdated decor and disrepair of cabinets and furnishings. What we were not prepared for were the dirty conditions throughout the house, such as roaches, ceiling leaks, grease and dirt on kitchen appliances, dirt around sinks and bathtubs, mold so bad that one of us with allergies could not breath well, dirty rugs and floors. We were hopeful to be able to enjoy cooking during our stay, but we were so put off by the unclean condition of the kitchen and all the appliances, it left us no choice but to eat out every day, adding to the cost of our vacation (we reached for a cookbook only to find roaches scurrying out!). Photos online do not appropriately represent the condition of the interior of the home, including safety issues such as windows that do not lock, heaters plugged in over sinks and a dryer packed with lint.
Tried to contact owner several times (by letter, email, phone, text) after he cashed our checks, with NO success.
Bottom line - Check the date on reviews posted. Look over the house before making your final payment. This is not the place for anyone who likes a clean house, and it's especially NOT a place for children and pets.
Owner will email rental agreement with payment instructions once reservation is made.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.