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PRIVATE Hudson Valley/Catskills Lakeside 3-Br. near Hunter Windham HITS Woodsto

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Gorgeous, private, wireless 3 BR lakeside, mountains; 3 Bathrm, sleeps 6-

On very quiet, private, dead-end road - totally private (but with cell reception, land line, wireless & cable) landscaped home, surrounded by woods and large frontage on a lovely small (no motorboats allowed) swimming (spring fed) lake. From your large deck you see nothing but water, trees, mountains, and sky. Cathedral ceiling LR; Master bedroom with king bed and double glass doors to deck with pristine mountain/lake views; lake and mountain views also from living room, sun room and dining room/kitchen; large deck & screen porch for outdoor dining. 2nd BR with queen bed and antique furnishings; 3rd BR [the Shakespeare room] with trundle (two singles) and more antiques. 3 full baths (one with separate tub/shower; one with combined tub/shower, and one downstairs with luxury seated shower). Fully stocked kitchen with food processor, blender, rice cooker, crock pot, coffee grinder and machine, microwave, toaster oven, toaster, and plenty of pots, pans, dishes, wine glasses, etc. (See below for more on kitchen). Dining room (if you put leaves in table, seats 10 and 12 can squash in) and screen porch with table. Bose music & lots of CDs from classical to jazz to pop to country to folk, upstairs. Downstairs in family room you'll find a 36' flatscreen T.V./cable/computer/printer/streaming Netflix via Roku you can watch while working out on the elliptical machine or using the 3, 5 or 10 lb free weights. Downstairs in the family room there's a couch that can be slept on in a pinch, but I've set 6 as the maximum number because that's the number of true beds. The whole house is wireless. Lots of games, puzzles, DVDs and videotapes (yup, our machine handles both and there's even an all-region DVD play for Scandinavian Noir and other Euro-DVDs.). Garage for 2 cars (although ask, because one slot might be taken) and circular driveway with plenty of parking room. Perfect swimming, spring fed and clean, shared only with beaver, heron, ducks, turtles and a very few residents. Glorious relatively level biking in the area (we're on a plateau) in many directions. There are 2 borrow-able adult bikes -- but helmets MUST be worn; there's an electric tire pump available in garage. Canoe/paddles/life jackets for your use; charcoal grill; large deck (see photos!) 20-25 minutes to ski Hunter; a bit further to Windham, free cross-X 15 min. up the mountain in North/South Lake State Park and a groomed area in Tannersville just beyond. Great antique-hunting nearby and across the river; local auctions in many directions. Near HITS horse show (15 min.) Lovely hikes and nearby gorgeous waterfalls; great hiking trails with incredible views; sno-tubing at Hunter in winter and zip line in summer; river tubing 35 min. away . Woodstock 20-25 min. away. Great restaurants in Palenville, Saugerties, Woodstock, and up-mountain. Concerts and live music everywhere from Bard across the river, to Woodstock to Tannersville; off-beat films, local theater abound.

Sightseeing: Olana and the Thomas Cole house of Hudson School painting fame are nearby, as is Opus 41, an amazing sculpted quarry.; in summer there are several open studio art shows and multiple gallery open houses. Bard's famous Gehry Fisher Center is across the river South of Olana.

Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with teas, coffee, cereal spices, oils (flavored and not), vinegar and staples for your use; an 'honor bar' (a few dollars on your honor in the basket for drinks, so you don't have to drag alcohol along for a short trip); luxury appointments; wood stove (with optional screen for fireplace feel). Luxury shower features jets at your back as you sit on tile bench; plenty of soaps, oils, and bubble bath for your enjoyment. And a few terry robes washed and available for your use, along with sheets, towels, beach towels, spare toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

Individual A/C in each BR and giant unit fully cools LR/DR/Kitchen area; oil (and wood stove) heat; heated garage; washer/drier.

Well-kept and well insulated on 5.44 clear and wooded acres with 2 stone patios overlooking the lake. Stunning views of lake, mountains, trees and wildlife. Swimming from stone jetty in summer; snowshoes available for winter walking; bring your cross-X skis (one size 6 pr. available). Hiking walking poles to borrow, and lots of hikes, and hiking and nature books. There's also a spotting telescope for closer looks at nature.

CAUTIONS: House NOT allergy-free; has had cats and dogs indoors. Lake is not safe for ice skating in winter (spring fed from underneath). House is not baby or young-child proof (there's a stairway to the family room without a gate; deck rails are close together but the stairs to the garden have no gate; there are outlets everywhere and the wood stove is not fenced off.) It's fine if you are able to watch them (or for non-mobile babies), but you'll need to pay attention. And all younger kids need supervision if swimming or canoeing.

More Details

Carlin Meyer
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

About Carlin Meyer

I'm a NYC teacher. This is my second home, and not simply a rental property, so there's every amenity, it is well cared for, boasts wonderful art (local and international) and I only want to rent to folks who will care for it as I do. I love wildlife, hiking, swimming the length of the pond/lake and back among the turtles (spring-fed, clean, cool and totally lovely), canoeing, cross-X and downhill skiing, biking, and music/theater/shopping - the house is perfect for all of these. I share my two bikes (please, only with experienced bikers and you MUST wear the helmets provided) and have an electric air pump for the tires. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood, totally private, on a private road; ATVs and motorboats not permitted. It's an ideal launch-pad for hiking, skiing, sight-seeing, concert and theater-going, and heading out for a gourmet meal, but I prefer staying to watch the sun go down over the lake, with a glass of wine in hand and something delicious on the stove. Streaming Netflix is available for after the sun goes down, and I have a great collection of CDs ranging from classical and folk to African and Cuban to (mostly feminist) country music. Please note that if you have cat allergies, this house is not for you! For youth and the young at heart there are puzzles and games galore, and literally hundreds of books (I'm willing to loan them if you haven't finished reading them, but please leave a note and send them back eventually or at least ask me via email if I want them back.)

Carlin Meyer purchased this house in 2004

Why Carlin Meyer chose Palenville

I bought this place after renting in the area for years. I wanted a place with lots of light, nearby swimming, views, privacy, quiet, nice and caring neighbors, and that didn't require a lot of care. I bought it from the builder, and have loved every minute of owning it. It boasts a 100 year old stone wall; goslings and baby ducks every May; beautiful blue heron, occasional foxes, beaver, muskrat, bear, and loads of birds. Please don't inquire if you are a large group or looking for a party space.

What makes this house unique

The spring-fed lake is fabulous for swimming; the setting gorgeous and quiet and the stars amazing; proximity to great hiking and HITS horseshow and Hunter and Windham skiing and great restaurants. I share my hiking poles, my 2 bicycles, snowshoes, and canoe. The kitchen is stocked with flavored oils, teas, cocoa, spices and other basics so you don't have to leave to shop. I even provide an 'honor bar' (with a suggested $3/drink price) -- so you needn't bring alcohol or mixers. Beds are firm; woodstove has firescreen for beauty; art, books, games and music. There's a special luxury shower off the family room. The screen porch and deck are lovely and the mosquitoes most years are relatively few. Spring and summer flowers abound; winter the snow floats down and makes for great snowshoeing or cross-X skiing on the property and road (tho the cross-X skiing is better up the mountain at the free state park at North-South Lake.) Catskill (under 15 minutes away) has a great pilates studio as well as a gym (they are nearest); all of the towns have great art and art classes in summer if not year round. What's not to like?


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Palenville in Greene County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Tiled shower rm w/ bench; triple side jets, top sprinkler
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Washer/drier (off queen BR and kitchen); back-up toiletries
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Master & trundle share - separate shower/tub; oils & bubbles
  • Master bath windowed, separate tub and shower; light and art. Family room shower (use after swim; accessible via garage) large, lots of aroma gels, oils, creams; overhead and side jets with separate hose style showerhead and tile bench.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , trundle
  • 3 private bedrooms; 2 share a full bathroom with separate shower and tub; third (queen) has own bath with washer/drier in it. Family room downstairs has a sofa that could serve as a bed but is NOT a sleep sofa (if you are a previous renter - sorry; queen pull-out is gone) and full bathroom with luxury shower (no tub).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Great restaurants abound, although staying home and cooking, and enjoying the sunset, quiet and privacy with music and a glass of wine (and even a good book) is my preference. Trail maps, trail guides, lots of nature books; puzzles, games; videos, cable with roku for netflix downloads when it rains - Hunter ski lifts for views in summer - swimming -- wildlife -- house is big enough for a family, but probably better for 'older' family because neither childproof nor great for beginner swimmers unless supervised from jetty (edges of pond mucky so entry from jetty or neighbor's dock).


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PRIVATE Hudson Valley/Catskills Lakeside 3-Br. near Hunter Windham HITS Woodsto
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Lovely Private Lake House!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has used VRBO for years - and you just never know; as such, we have learned to check the reviews first. So, if you are considering this home - it is a 100% YES!

It is in the Catskills, off the beaten path...with lake and mountain views. Great flow in the home - with everything you will need; and it was VERY clean! Our hostess - the home's owner - was kind, gracious and prompt - extremely easy to work with. Thanks!

The highlight for me was the lake. Essentially, our own private oasis. We got great weather and spent every day in the water. It's really nice - and I even caught (and released) a couple of fish.

If you want to getaway and relax - with plenty to do nearby (Woodstock, Hunter, good grocery stores and restaurants, etc.) do not hesitate. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house with everything you need for a relaxing stay.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed a mini-getaway for the New Year's Eve weekend at this beautiful house. It is very comfortable, immaculately clean and well stocked with everything we needed for cooking our own meals (which we did most of the time -- though we had a fantastic lunch at Gracie's Luncheonette in Leeds one day). It was extremely cold during our stay, but the house is well-insulated and we kept a fire going in the wood stove with the ample supplied firewood. Carlin was a very helpful host who responded to emails immediately and provided lots of useful tips. We will love to come back in the summer when we can be outdoors more and go swimming in the pond.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in a beautiful home!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We don't usually splurge on our weekend getaways but we did for my 34th birthday and it was totally worth it!!!!!! The house is beautiful!!!!! Just wonderful! The pictures say it all, except its better in person! The house is clean and decorated beautifully! With plenty of room and natural lighting! The pond is clean and peaceful! Neighbors were nice and far enough for privacy. It's 30 minutes distance to all local towns such as Woodstock and Rhineback. We definitely want to return maybe in the summer to enjoy the pond more! Thank you Ms. Carlin for sharing your home with us and trusting us!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at this beautiful home. The house is fully stocked with everything you might need - even oil-dipped kindling for easy lighting of the wood stove. Peaceful location yet within easy driving distance of all the local sites Hunter, Windham, Woodstock etc... Carlin is responsive and easy to work with. Hope to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elegant, tranquil retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a lovely, secluded location. The loudest sounds were the toads at night. The house was both extremely comfortable and attractively furnished, with a full range of amenities. Carlin, the owner, had provided for needs we hadn't even anticipated. The swimming was just delightful. The surrounding areas provided opportunities for many activities, or you could simply read, relax and look at the scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed the summer week we spent there.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dream House

  • 5 of 5

This house is breathtaking. So beautiful by the spectacular lake, and so comfortable, full of those little details that together create luxury. Once we arrived, we didn't want to leave. We enjoyed it so much!

Although we've never met the owner and communicated by email, we felt the warm and caring hospitality everywhere.

We had a wonderful time.

Thank you Carlin!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Albany, New York
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Saugerties, Red Hook, Palenville (and in house)
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Rip Van Winkle public course
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Hudson NY or Rhinecliff NY
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
NY State Thruway (87)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Palenville, Saugerties, Catskill (several)
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Hunter Mountain, Windsor
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
North/South lake beach
Car: necessary

Close to Hunter Mountain and Windham for skiing/eating/shopping (summer hiking); Woodstock for shopping/eating; North/South Mountain state park and lakes for swimming, boating, cross-X skiing, hiking; great restaurants, shops, crafts, art tours, Saugerties, Kingston. Great music abounds in all directions; live theater; movies. House on swimming lake with no motorboats allowed; quiet, private and peaceful.


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £152.96
Pet Fee £76.48
Refundable Damage Deposit £382.4

Checkout is 10:00 AM (but contact me about extending; will happily do so if don't have cleaners coming to clear out for another renter.) Check-in is 4:00, but again, can make it earlier if no one is checking out on the date of arrival. cleaners have finished.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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