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Rustic Modern Retreat near HITS, Hunter Mountain, Woodstock

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

Rustic Modern 2 Story House Sleeps 6-10 In Style And Comfort

The Gem is a newly renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bath vacation rental. It is situated on 4 acres, which also contains my home (a separate building, built in the 1840's), a barn, pond, stream, marshland, and woods. There is also a brand new bluestone patio with charcoal grill, fire pit, and plenty of outdoor furniture. The house comfortably sleeps 6 people, but for special short term situations, it can accommodate up to 10 people. Please note that I do charge an extra $25 per person per night, for parties over 6.

Separate bedrooms can also be rented out to smaller parties for a lower rate. Please ask, as I am flexible.

Pets are considered on a case by case basis. Please don't hesitate to inquire.

The house is situated 10 minutes drive from the village of Saugerties and HITS, and 14 and 22 miles from Hunter and Windham Mountains, respectively.

It is a 20 minute drive from Woodstock, about 30 minutes to Kingston and a 2 hour drive from NYC.

Each of the 3 bedrooms has an en suite bath, king-sized bed, flat screen TV (basic cable + HBO), DVD player, high speed WiFi internet, and air conditioning (separate thermostats). There are views of the pond, woods and Catskill Mountains from each room, including the common areas. The downstairs features a large open plan kitchen/living/dining space. Additionally, there is a large capacity LG washer and dryer in the upstairs hallway for your convenience.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

About Thistle

My name is Thistle. I'm a freelance interior designer, landlady, and musician. I love nature, music, art, food, films, and peace. I like to travel and I like to nest. I live part time between Manhattan and Saugerties, having lived in Brooklyn for 11 years prior to purchasing this property. My own home is located adjacent to the guest house on the same property, however it is positioned in such a way that guests still enjoy their privacy.

My hosting style is relaxed and casual. I want you to have a calm and easy experience while you luxuriate in the spaces I have designed just for you.

Thistle purchased this house in 2013

Why Thistle chose Hudson Valley

Through some weekend exploration of the Hudson River Valley, I came across Woodstock and Saugerties and immediately fell in love with the area. It is truly a magical place, with so many things to do, so many unique characteristics to appreciate, and amazing people to enjoy. The property I bought is very unique, with hills, wetland, woods, old stone walls and a pond and stream. Although it is only four acres, there is much visual interest. It is quiet and peaceful, with views of the Catskills from each room in the house. A brand new fire pit and bluestone patio make the outdoor space especially great. Be sure to take notice of all the little waterfalls that line the country roads here...they are stunning.

What makes this house unique

The main house on the property was built in the 1840's by country folk who probably raised livestock and worked at one of the local quarries. The Gem was built in the 1990's using a kit barn, and was originally used as a textile arts studio. In the spring of 2014, I renovated the art studio, turning it into a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home to be used exclusively for vacation rentals. I employed eco-friendly construction materials and methods in the renovation of this building--ask me about them! I wanted the home to appeal to modern sensibilities--clean lines, minimalism, neutral color palettes, while using both natural and rustic themes. Not only has the house been renovated, but so have the grounds. There is a new bluestone patio with dining for 12, grill, bluestone walkways, fire pit and stepping stone path through the pond to an island. I am an interior designer by trade, and I serve both this area and NYC.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saugerties in Ulster County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathrooms 1 and 2 feature European curbless doorless shower stalls, modern floating vanities with cultured marble countertops and travertine wall tile.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom, king-sized bed, mountain views, wifi, basic cable tv + HBO, DVD player, closet, clothing storage furniture and a place to work on a laptop, as well as a separate daybed or futon sofa.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Rustic Modern Retreat near HITS, Hunter Mountain, Woodstock
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Pictures don't do the property justice. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed. All the conveniences we could ask for. The house was immaculate and felt brand new. Thistle is very accommodating and helpful. Would definitely stay again and recommend to others. Proximity to Woodstock and Saugerties is a huge bonus.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time my family has rented the house for a family ski weekend. The house is 35 minutes from Windham and 15 - 20 minutes from the restaurants in Saugerties and Woodstock. We really appreciate the en-suite bathrooms. And the improvements since our last visit were a nice surprise.

Thistle is a wonderful and responsive host.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Michael! It's so rewarding to be a part of your pleasant vacation experiences! Please come again anytime.
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Nice modern retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lovely modern house, decorated beautifully. Attentive host who was very easy to communicate. We had 3 couples and everyone had their own bathroom and private space when needed.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway home for multiple couples/grown children

  • 4 of 5

Everything about the home was perfect and comfortable except for the kitchen equipment. Just a few added larger cooking pans and oven pans would make a huge difference since the home is wonderful for 6 grown ups. The other area of concern is the cooktop as it needs thorough cleaning after every use (Good news is that it does clean up--Bad news is that no matter how careful one is, there is always residue on the cooktop after use). Other than this "complaint" I would give the home 5 stars as it was so well thought out in every other way and Thistle was completely responsive to any and every question. We would definitely recommend it and would stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad these guests enjoyed the home I created just for them!, although im a bit disconcerted that many guests don't realize how harmful it is to publicly complain about a subjective dislike of something so trivial. This is my first complaint about the cooktop. It's glass and it's a new technology that these guests are perhaps unused to. Glass cooktops are sleek and clean very easily. I wish they had called me and asked me about it during their stay.
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  • 5 of 5

Green, secluded but still easy access. So quiet & idyllic. The home is beautiful & comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and modern vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well kept property. Had everything we needed for a long weekend stay before we attended a wedding in the area. We stayed as a group of 6 adults and had more than enough space. The property was easy to find and conveniently located. Thistle was not around that weekend, but she was very easy to reach during our stay and was very accommodating. No delay at all in processing the return of the security deposit. The backyard was undergoing some improvements that look like they will be very nice once completed. Would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'd love to host you again...backyard will be amazing indeed!! Thanks again.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saugerties, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring Has Sprung
22 Mar 2017 - 14 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
15 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
1 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £1,192
Pet Fee £40
cleaning £79

PETS: No pets!!
DAMAGES TO PROPERTY: If you break or damage something, please report it to me immediately. Unfortunately, many vacationers do not notice that they have damaged some property. You are responsible for the replacement or repair cost of whatever is damaged.

Manager'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.
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Stewart International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.4 Miles
Bluestone Tavern
Nearest Ferry
51 Miles
Newburgh--NY Waterways Ferry
Nearest Golf
4.2 Miles
Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
16.5 Miles
Hudson Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
5.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.4 Miles
Bluestone Tavern
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Hunter Mountain
Nearest Beach
6.2 Miles
Bristol Beach State Park
Car: recommended

Saugerties is a Hudson River Valley town bordered by the Hudson River on the East and the Catskill Mountain Range on the West. There is much to do here, including hiking, historical sight seeing, antiquing, golfing, tennis, skiing, shopping, fine dining, as well as just relaxing. The area has a rich century-old tradition of providing temporary relief from city life for travelers from NYC.

The Village of Saugerties has often been described as quaint; it was the first town to appear on the National Historic Register in the early 1900's. There are many hip shops and restaurants (Lucky Chocolates, Miss Lucy's Kitchen, Black Eyed Suzie's and Love Bites are my favorite). Saugerties is home to the famed historical Saugerties Lighthouse, as well as Opus 40, a wonderful sculpture garden, and Catskill Animal Sanctuary. There is much to see and do here.


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