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This house is an artistic getaway. It's not technically built on trees, but it is a tree house in the way it is perched in the trees. There are hammock chairs hanging inside, outside and in the loft, so sitting back and hammocking becomes an activity in itself. The living room's wall of windows looks out expansively onto views of trees and mountains. The open floor plan and high vaulted wooden ceiling of the living room, dining area and kitchen create a further feeling of expansiveness as the space flows right out to the large, high deck that sits amongst and above the surrounding trees. People end up feeling connected to the mountains as they cook and spend time both inside and out. Everything in the house has been updated with design, furnishings and art that have warmth and character. The hickory wood floors were selected from sustainable Amish forests. The imported wood and steel stairs give modernity and warmth to the living room. The walls are painted with colors chosen to keep the experience of being in the house interesting and inspiring. I've hung unusual art by local and other artists in each room.
The House: This house is perfectly situated near Hunter Mountain, Phoenicia and Woodstock. This gives it easy access to many activities, yet it is in a peaceful wooded area. The living room's vaulted ceiling and wall of windows give hours of sitting pleasure by the fire. This is a place where you will feel happy spending time. It feels so warm and expansive with its views that often people say they don't want to leave. The bedrooms are cozy, quiet and artful, the kitchen and the bathrooms are modern and luxurious. The kitchen is a particularly satisfying place to cook and to spend time. It is modern with new stainless steel appliances and fully equipped with quality stainless steel cookware, lovely dishware and all needed cooking utensils, etc. Because the open floor plan opens the kitchen out to the dining area and living room, as you cook you can talk with your friends as they sit at the kitchen bar and look out the views of the mountains and the fireplace.
Activities: Have dinner and breakfast while looking out at the mountains from the large, high deck. Hike from the house up the mountains into the state park on trails with wonderful views that pass streams and waterfalls. Downhill ski minutes away at Hunter Mountain, Belleayre, or Windham Ski Resorts. Cross country ski on nearby trails or at one of the nearby cross country ski areas.
Ride horses through the mountains at a stable minutes away. Swim, wade, or tube in one of the nearby creeks. Eat at one of the adorable nearby restaurants. Take a long bath in the jacuzzi tub in the spa-like over-sized bathroom. Relax in front of a fire while looking out of the living room's glass wall at the surrounding mountains. Spend an afternoon at the nearby spa getting massages and other treatments. These are some of the things people do when they stay here.
The house is a two-level house. The upper level is the rental level, which is part of what makes this feel so much a tree house. The lower level is sometimes occupied by Callie, the property caretaker and a lovely and incredibly nice and helpful woman. She is hardly around and guests who do see her always say the nicest things. The two levels are completely separate so it doesn't feel like anyone else is around. Also, the house shows up as in Hunter in the Homeaway map, but in fact it is not in the center of Hunter, but 8 minutes away.
Sustainable House: This is also a green house. In renovating and running this house I have used as many environmentally sustainable products as possible. The hickory floors were collected from sustainably run private forests rather than farm grown or collected from public lands. All cleaning and other products used are environmentally sustainable products.
I'm a psychologist with have private practices in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I'm also a research scientist at NYU, where I did much of my training. I grew up in Denver, thus the love for mountains. I grew up hiking, skiing and tubing in rivers and loved it all, so I had to keep doing it when I moved to New York. I fell in love with the Catskills! Brooklyn is my sweet version of living in NYC and the balance with the Catskills is perfect for me. When I'm not up in the Catskills for the weekend I might be riding my bike around Brooklyn.
Todd purchased this chalet in 2001
I moved to NYC in 1993 and by 2001 was thinking that I still loved the city, so wanted to keep living in it, but also wanted to balance my time there with some time in nature. Since I grew up 15 minutes away from the mountains I wanted the mountains back in my life on a regular basis. I had been visiting a friend's place in the Catskills and found the mountains to be so sweet and charming. Different from the grand vistas of the Colorado mountains and just as beautiful in their own way. I loved the little towns in the Catskills - Hunter, Tannersville, Phoenicia, Woodstock, New Paltz - towns nestled in mountains are always special to me and I seem to find myself seeking them out wherever I travel in the world. Some of the ski areas, both downhill and cross country, reminded me of how ski areas in Colorado were when I was growing up - they have a rustic charm to them that feels in harmony with the mountains. I wanted to spend time swimming in creeks and hiking through the trees. And now I do!
As I was looking for a place in the Catskills I kept coming upon houses that either felt very interior, in which case I would imagine myself wanting to go out to a cafe just to get outside (wait, that sounds like what I like to do in the city, not the mountains!) or they felt like just any house that could be anywhere. This house was the only one I saw that felt open - like a treehouse with so much glass looking out onto the deck and mountains - and therefore felt related to the trees and mountains around it. It felt a bit magical to me. I bought the property and had a great time slowly changing it to make it especially inspiring to me.
The house was everything we needed with enough linens for all the beds (although we had to make the beds in the loft.) The upstairs could be dangerous for young children. Everything was clean, and no funky smells. The beds were a little hard, but the pillows were good. I still slept well.
TV internet worked well, but cell phone texting service isn't great. Phone calls seem to go through. Home away sends so many emails, so make sure to save the one with the code to get in the house! I would suggest talking to the owners a week prior to arrival if you loose it.
My kids and husband loves the hammocks, though there isn't much swing room clearance. Phoenicia was close and lovely.
kaataskills waterfall was very close and a great (rocky) hike and a pretty awesome waterfall from the very beginning, for my 7 & 9 year old. We managed well with my 3 year old too. She is pretty adventurous :).
Shower temperature in the master area is really sensitive and slow to react, so adjust tentatively. Tub controls are on the wall, not accessible from tub.
I would stay here again. The extra money was worth it for the place.
We had a lovely stay in Todd's home for Memorial Day Weekend. The home is exactly as advertised with an amazing large deck (where we spent the majority of our time) and relaxing swinging chairs. We never saw the caretaker so we assumed she was away. The house was easy to find and close to grocery shops to buy supplies.
Our two requirements where outdoor fire pit and outdoor grill and both of our expectations were met above and beyond!
Todd is also very communicative and helpful. Would definitely stay again!
This house was clean and cozy and slept 7 adults very comfortably! The property is quiet and relaxing with outside furniture and nice landscaping. My only concern is that we were under the impression that it was close to hunter mountain. It shows on the map it is in the town of Hunter; its actually about 9 miles away in a town called Lanesville. We also didn’t realize it was a duplex- which isn’t a problem and the women who lives downstairs is very sweet. Aside from the location being further than expected we had a wonderful weekend staying here and would certainly come back!
Todd's house was perfect for our family of four and even accommodated various guests coming and going. The location is great and centrally located to all the places you will want to go. It is quiet and private but close to a lot of desirable places. The master bath is huge and awesome(includes a washer and dryer) and the beds are comfy. The only thing missing was the snow!! Thanks for everything Todd!
Cozy cottage-like feel. "Loft" area is perfect for 3-4 kids although the stairs are a bit small for adults to comfortably climb. Kitchen is updated and modern. Decor is definitely unique and different. Great deck. Hiking trail within walking distance. We were 7 people (4 adults, 3 kids aged 10, 13, 17) and it was a big 'tight' lounging around in the living room. Main bedroom and bathroom are great. 2nd bedroom was a bit small, the bed was creaky and the pillows lumpy. The fireplace looked great but worked inconsistently occasionally leading to smoke filling the living area.
Overall, I would recommend the property for value for money and location (convenient to Hunter Mt, grocery stores, Tannersville 'downtown').
We stayed post XMAS 2015 for 4 nights.
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