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Enchanting secluded 1930's stone and shingle house in the Shawangunks

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom 1.5 bath getaway in the mountains

This delightful mountain hideaway, only 90 miles north and west of NYC, is a stone's throw from the historic community of Cragsmoor and its 4,880 acre nature preserve, Sam's Point, with its hiking trails and beautiful views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. It is also only a 5 minute drive down our mountain, Mt Meenagha, to Ellenville where you can find restaurants, live theatre, vegetable stands, shopping and other town amenities. You fall asleep to the sound of a mountain stream and awake to birdsong. You can roll out of bed and walk along the historic 'Carriage Walk' at the top of Mt Meenagha with its beautiful views of the Shawangunk Ridge.

The house, furnished with antiques, can sleep 5 and has 1.5 baths. Charmingly built into a slope, the house has three levels: a full bedroom with wainscotting on the top floor; living room, queen bedroom and twin sleeping alcove with full bath, (all with hardwood floors,) on the main level; and den with wood burning stove, dining room with many windows and a skylight, and a fully equipped kitchen, (all with Mexican tile floors,) on the lower level. There is an airy sunroom with skylights and bamboo floors right off the kitchen leading into the garden. The house has all cotton linens, quilts and down comforters in addition to the antiques and artwork.

There is an outdoor stone patio with Adirondack chairs, a deck with picnic table overlooking the stream next to a charcoal grill. While completely secluded on its own private road in the woods, the house sits on 2.5 acres with plenty of sun and an array of solar panels that feed into the electrical grid and supply the house with its electricity. Built in the 1930's, the house retains its unique charm and at the same time offers fully modern amenities, with a Bosch washer and dryer, modern kitchen appliances (with plenty of room and utensils to cook up gourmet meals,) electric heat, wireless internet and Direct TV.

A wide variety of activities are close at hand, from some of the best hang gliding, rock climbing and hiking you may find, to the beloved Cragsmoor Library and Old Stone Church, both hosting many community and cultural functions in Cragsmoor, a 5 minute drive through a mountain ravine on S. Gulley Road. In addition, Ellenville is proud to have the premiere Shadowland Theatre and right next door to it, the terrific Aroma Thyme Bistro serving up an array of fine foods and live music. 30 minutes from Minnewaska State Park with its trails and lake swimming, 45 minutes from New Paltz and Kingston with their many restaurants and shopping, there is so much to explore in the Shawangunks.

Come and get away from it all in this unique Hansel and Gretel house in the woods. Enjoy its serenity and breathtaking views as you walk its hiking trails. Cook up some special meals with the local produce and dine al fresco, or, just spend the day relaxing with a book. Come and share in the timeless magic of the mountains.

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Monique Fowler
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2017

About Monique Fowler

My husband grew up summering in the Catskills with his family so when we wanted a complete getaway from NYC where we lived and worked we came looking here. When we drove by the stunning Shawangunk Ridge and the luxurious natural beauty that surrounds you here we were hooked. Discovering the unique historic community of Cragsmoor with its rich artistic history right next door to this property was an unlooked for gift!

Monique Fowler purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Monique Fowler chose Catskills

So close to New York and yet so far away in spirit, we fell in love with the Shawangunk Ridge. Each season brings its own unique beauty, from the enchantment of spring and its newly minted greens and many blooms, to the warmth of summer, (which where we are is very rarely too hot,) to the breathtaking richness of the autumn foliage and the deep stillness of a winter landscape, we are continually amazed by the everchanging views, moods and light of this mountain area.

What makes this cottage unique

This charming house is uniquely set on the side of the mountain with its own stone gardens and patio, mountain stream, outbuildings and new solar panels. It is completely private and quiet and in its own world. It has many different rooms and places to relax, peaceful and various at the same time. Everyday brings new delights, and often starts in the morning with a walk around the mountain 'Carriage Walk', a path left from the days when the old big hotels attracted New Yorkers, like ourselves, and they walked or rode in their carriages around the mountain. The day may close with a delicious dinner outdoors on the deck by candlelight!


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Stewart/ Newburgh
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Middletown, NY
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Route 17
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Aroma Thyme Bistro
Car: necessary

Situated between the Catskill Mountains to the northwest, and the Hudson Valley to the east, hiking or driving the Shawangunks offers spectacular views of both. Engaging in any number of sporting activities during the day, like hiking or swimming in Minnewaska State Park with its many trails and lake or visiting the Mohonk Mountain House, or the adjacent nature preserves in Cragsmoor (Sam's Point or the Bear Hill Nature Preserve,) and then dining out at Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville followed by a show at Shadowland would make for a very full and satisfying day! There are many sporting activities, hang gliding and rock climbing, as well as activities for more leisurely days like visiting local farmers markets, antique stores, wineries and, in general, visiting the small towns and shops on the lovely winding roads.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ellenville in Wawarsing

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 1 Full Bath with Shower Main Floor 1 Half Bath off Kitchen
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , sleeping alcove off living room
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Enchanting secluded 1930's stone and shingle house in the Shawangunks
average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews
Schellsburg, PA USA

A Delightful Home, Lovingly Cared For

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our Brittany dog spent three nights in Monique Fowler's endlessly captivating home. During fifty-three years of marriage, we have stayed in well over one hundred vacation rentals in North America, Europe, and Japan, and without hesitation we would rate this lovely cottage in the top five -- considering all as basically tied for number one. With woods all around, and a lazy creek running through, my sympathies if you cannot relax here. Indoors, it is clear that Monique spends a lot of time here and has furnished and decorated the home in ways that please her, but would also be pleasing to others. Also, whereas many vacation rentals substitute cheap silverware and dishes and towels for the good stuff, which is locked up in a closet, Monique generously shares it with her guests. And, so rare in vacation rentals: Her knives are sharp! Rent this place, you'll adore it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seeing is Believing

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is secluded but not quite like what we saw on line. The grounds were very unkempt, with weeds between the rocks on the steps, patio and entrance. The brook more than likely is running in the spring. It was completely dry. Inside, the lower rooms are partially underground. The den is more a cave. The den, pantry, kitchen/dining area smells of a musty, damp cellar. The smell is in the wood of the cabinets. The water has a bit of sulfur smell. These smells may not be bothersome to some, but it was to us. We found a dehumidifier to run, since two fans were nonfunctional. It helped somewhat. We hung out mostly in the brighter sunroom, where we observed a family of four turkeys visit around supper time every night.

The shower was nice and we slept well.

Some kitchen items needed cleaning, including the refrigerator.

The best part of the cottage was the peacefulness and the location. We visited various small towns and hiking trails within a short drive.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidewaway Lost and found in the Hills

  • 4 of 5

Exquisitely private place with no soul around, lost in a forest, watered through by a small creek, and yet, with modern conveniences and many tributes to comfort and internal design.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming. Quiet. Relaxing. Cozy.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the house and walking in the woods. It was just as advertised.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful storybook cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just ending a three day Two night stay at Moniques very pivate and quiet cottage in the woods. We could not have been happier with the stay. The place itself is cute, cozy and clean. It kept us toasty warm while the temps outside dipped to single digits. The grounds are beutiful and intriguing.. Lots of cool outbuildings (including an outhouse ! ) give a hint to what it was like to live here 80 years ago.. But all the internals are modern and functional. The kitchen is great and beds are comfy . We appreciated nice linens and towels and fresh carton of half and half for us in the fridge.

We Loved the wood stove and supply of seasoned firewood. The place came with a nice guide to the house and the area.. The restruant suggestions were good as were the hiking options. We suggest the carriage road walk from near the house. We also loved Sam's point. .

Monique was very easy to work with and accessible . We would highly recommned this place and hope to return !

Rent this place.. You too will love it !

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Year's Getaway

  • 4 of 5

Charming secluded cottage! My boyfriend and I had a lovely time over New Year's weekend. The property was just what we were looking for: Cozy, fairly secluded, easy to get to, well-maintained, romantic. We loved the wood-burning stove in the den! Monique was a great host. Very responsive and helpful!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ellenville, New York

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £189.55
Cleaning £64.45
Tax Rate 2.0%

Rates are for 2-3 people. It is $15.00/night extra for 4-5 people.

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