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Renovated Historic Cragsmoor Mountaintop Home with Piano and Art Studio

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Country House, 3 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Cragsmoor, a tiny mountain-top hamlet on the Shawangunk Ridge 1800 feet up in the the Shawangugk Mountains is a magical place. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the hamlet is an oasis of calm and natural wonder less than two hours from New York City.

Many of the buildings in the district date to Cragsmoor’s founding as an art colony in the late 19th century, where Hudson River School Painters were inspired.

Our pristine home, The Crows Nest, is one of these original stone and cedar homes, restored with care not to lose the original “Cragsmoor feel”. The centerpieces of the house are the massive stone fireplace, the Orchard porch and stone patio which wrap around the house and the fully renovated kitchen with sliding glass doors which open to the apple trees outside. The Bear Hill cliffs and nature preserve are a 5 minute walk from the house.

Our 2300 square foot home sleeps 6. There is a master queen bedroom with views, a full guest room with views of the orchard and 2 twin beds in a room with views . The great room upstairs also has a pull out couch. One bathroom has a shower. Another bathroom is conveniently located downstairs off the kitchen.

The kitchen features Vermont slate floors, a Thermador double oven and cook top, a Rancillo espresso machine, a large kitchen table, dishwasher and full complement of All Clad cookware.

Breakfast lunch or dinner on the porch is hard to beat. Overlooking our tiered orchard of apple and cherry trees, it is the perfect place to swing on the hammock or enjoy pancakes full of blueberries picked on the Ridge the day before.

For music lovers we have a Baltimore Knabe grand piano situated by a picture window with a view of the meadow below. The large Tree Room upstairs has cathedral ceilings, a foosball table and windows on all sides that literally put you “in the woods” when you relax there.

Cragsmoor is a place of special natural beauty. It is home to pristine and protected hiking and cross-country ski trails, the premier hang-gliding launch on the East Coast, streams with waterfalls and quiet paths.

Cragsmoor is a 2-hour drive from New York City, and 40 minutes from New Paltz.

More Details

Property Manager
letizia gentile
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About letizia gentile

We raised our family at this house on weekends year-round. We drive up from NYC on the weekends to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. We have many many memories of times in Cragsmoor and look forward to many more.

letizia gentile purchased this chateau / country house in 1985

Why letizia gentile chose Cragsmoor

Create memories with family and friends.

We wanted a place to relax that was close to NYC and had a small community feel. Cragsmoor is a tiny hamlet of artists, musicians, nature lovers and outdoors types that provides a sense of community. Our house is a renovated original historic Dellenbaugh house. Beautiful wood floors and views from every room.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We have entertained many guests here over the years who have come to love our house and look forward to returning year after year. You can walk to the Bear Hill cliff area in 5 minutes. You can get on a bike or a pair of skis and leave the property for the day returning to cook a big meal and relax on the porch. The kitchen is great for cooking and the piano provides a nice touch for people who play.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Cragsmoor in Town of Wawarsing

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
Grand piano, art studio, espresso machine


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

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Renovated Historic Cragsmoor Mountaintop Home with Piano and Art Studio
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews
Long Beach, NY

Great House and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over Memorial Day weekend. Great house and great outdoor space, very close to nearby hiking. Sam's Point and Bear Hill Preserve are a short walk away. Everything in the house was in great shape, and Letizia was very helpful and accomodating. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Unique home- Perfect Lodging in Cragsmoor

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home set in nature, with mountain views, stunning vistas within a short walk from the house, and a preserve backing to the property. The home is spacious, with a gorgeous kitchen and dining room, with additional options to dine outside on the generous patio. The home is well stocked with abundant linens and pantry items, as well as cookware. Attention to detail is everywhere, as well as inspiring artwork and a studio and music area. We loved our stay here, highly recommend this place, and can't wait to come back again. One small note: guests may want to purchase bottled water to drink, as sometimes the running water can carry an odor of sulfur, natural to the area. But we made tea and coffee with it and showered with no problem. This home is a gem!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amy, for your lovely review. The house was renovated with love and care and it's always nice to hear others appreciate it. We have replaced the hot water heater, to eliminate the smell. Should be just fine, the next time you visit. No need for bottled water. Thank you for bringing it up to my attention. Enjoy ! Letizia
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Beautiful respite in the mountains

  • 4 of 5

We spent 2 months here while we were remodeling our home. The pictures on the website don’t do the house justice. It is absolutely beautiful, from the moment you walk in the door, you feel like your at home, your not a visitor. We spent many nights listening to music while cooking dinner in th gourmet kitchen, and dined in front of the fireplace. Leitza is a warm and gracious hostess, she met is with coffe and freshly baked cookies, and was very accommodating and accessible

We look forward to coming back.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic comfort near spectacular views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful old house during the weekend of a family wedding in the area. The house is exactly as described and the pictures are a good representation of what to expect.

Our group of six very much enjoyed using the kitchen for big breakfasts in the morning. The kitchen has everything you could want or need, with updated appliances and a huge table perfect for group meals! We also loved enjoying coffee on the porch, and the musicians in our group loved the baby grand piano!

Letizia is a wonderful host. She surprised us with fresh apples, flowers, and cookies when we got there! We had no issues at all during our stay. She was very quick to respond to texts in the days leading up to our visit.

The downside to this house, which is evident in their listing, is that there is only 1 shower, and one of the bedrooms is connected to the master bedroom through that bathroom. This was not a problem for our group, as we were family and didn't mind sharing space. But I would caution it for groups who are expecting a little more privacy. Also, it is an old house and although they have renovated important aspects and keep it beautiful and clean, the floors are very squeaky and sound tends to travel easily. In my opinion, the house still deserves 5 stars because part of the charm is the authenticity of the home.

The hike to Bear Hill was very easy, and the view was one of my favorite parts of our trip! We hope to stay again when we are in the area!


Updated kitchen

Huge porch

Comfortable beds & towels

Beautiful, quiet neighborhood


only one shower

sound travels easily

squeaky floors

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful comfortable good location

  • 5 of 5

Nicely redone homey place with beautiful grounds. Great to have a baby grand piano🤓

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our family had a great time~

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I rented Letizia's listing for a Labor Day weekend getaway with my side of the family.

Letizia was a great host and it was really easy getting in touch with her.

She provided us with quick responses which I appreciated.

Our family spent majority of our time in the main living area, kitchen/ dining area, and of course outside at the fire pit whenever weather allowed.

It rained almost all day on one of the days so we didn't get to spend too much time outdoors but we loved the quiet time to enjoy each other's company.

Before we finalized our booking, Letizia did let us know about the room arrangement. One of the rooms shares the bathroom (with a shower) with the master bedroom and the access into the smaller room is through the master. For us, it worked out ok since my sister and her husband had a 7 month old baby and the smaller bedroom became the baby's room for the trip. We ended up using the family/ TV room on the second floor as another bedroom.

The house had a lot of character but one thing to note is that the floors are a bit squeaky so if you're a light sleeper it's something to keep in mind.

Overall, our family very much enjoyed our time.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Sam's Point Preserves, Ice Caves in Cragsmoor NY is a quieter hiking alternative to Mohonk with magnificent views of the Shawangunk Mountains.

Wurtsboro Airport - Thrilling Sail Plane , Glider Rides seeing the Mamakating Valley, the Shawangunk Ridge, the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.

New Paltz . 35 minute drive

Hiking , birdwatching .


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