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The house sits on top of the Shawangunk Ridge, in the Hamlet of Cragsmoor, looking toward Minnewaska State Park and the Catskill Mountains. It is a 2 story house with the living/dining areas, a sunroom, a bedroom and bath and the kitchen (with washer and dryer) on the 1st floor and one large bedroom with it's own bathroom on the second floor. In addition there is a futon and plenty of room for it on either floor. The house has central heat and a wood stove on the first floor.
Cragsmoor has been home to artists since the late 19th century including, George Inness, Jr, E.L. Henry (who's house is next door) Helen Turner and Charles Curran. Many of its houses and the 100 year old Cragsmoor Library and the Stone Church were designed by Frederick Dellenbaugh, who charted the West with John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt.
Bear Hill, a ten minute walk from the house, and Sam's Point, a 30 minute walk, feature breathtaking views in opposite directions, some of the best rock climbing in the eastern U.S. and many hikes of different levels of difficulty, to waterfalls, natural ice caves, spring fed pools. Both are covered with the famous Shawangunk blueberry bushes, free for the picking.
There are spas, golf courses, antique stores, artists studios nearby. There is hang gliding in warm weather and cross country skiing in cold weather.
There is beauty of every kind, man made and God made. The top of Sam's Point is the only place in the world where Dwarf Pitch Pine trees grow, creating on erie landscape of black pine trucks interspersed with white Birches and endless blueberry bushes. And it smells so good!
I live in Los Angeles and work in television. I try to get back to Cragsmoor as often as I can, but that is not very often, unfortunately.
Ann Kindberg purchased this house in 2008
My father and my Grandfather grew up in Cragsmoor. I spent summers in Cragsmoor with my brothers and it is one of our favorite places in the world. A copy of a painting of my father at age 9, by Helen Turner, hangs over the fireplace. It is called 'Mountain Boy.' A copy of a painting by E.L. Henry (who lived nest door) hangs in the 100 year old Cragsmoor Free Library. It is called 'Country School' and features my Grandfather, standing at the front of the class at age 6. I bought my house after my father told me to call Sally Matz (President of the Historical Society) and ask her to recommend a house to buy. Sally grew up down the hill on Schuyler Road from where my father grew up and her grandfather was the great illustrator, Arthur I. Keller. That's why!
There is no pressure. Your stay can be thrilling and challenging if that's what you want (rock climbing, hang gliding) or serene and beautiful (walks and books and food) or both.
My family (parent, husband, and two year old) enjoyed staying in this house so much. The view in the morning was amazing...and it was the perfect little quiet escape we needed. The bedrooms (especially the big one, upstairs) were so cozy and comfortable...and the kitchen was well equipped with everything you could need. This is definitely a quaint little escape from the hustle and bustle. So nice to have a working wood burning stove, and the BBQ outside (if only it had been a little warmer).
Comfortable and charming this little mountain hideaway was an easy drive to local wineries, and to quaint little towns such as New Paltz. A little trouble with internet was solved by using the library down the road, with access available 24/7. This is in itself historical and worth viewing. Spectacular view from balcony especially with fall colors at sunrise. Perfect to paint, which I did!
We loved the location of this home. Everything was as described or shown in the pictures. Ann is easy to communicate with, answers questions right a way via email. The reason for not giving five stars is because the water pressure is not good. It was impossible to take a shower in the upstairs bathroom. I realize we should have called the caretaker or Ann about that, but never did because we were so busy and just delt with it 😊The down stairs shower was doable. All in all we would recommend it or stay there again as we love the location. If you like old houses you will love it! We enjoyed much hiking in the Minnewaska State Preserve
We loved staying at Ann's house! The house was very spacious, organized, thoroughly equipped and beautifully decorated. We enjoyed eating our meals in the dining table and outside in the backyard. Our time in the backyard was quite lovely. We saw a deer, several fawns, bunnies, and at night we saw and heard frogs. It was a fantastic experience for my 6yo son, boyfriend and I. We spend our time in the backyard grilling, having our meals, having smores, gazing at the sky and mountains. We also found some relief from the cooler temperatures up in the mountains as we are from New York City where it was hot and humid. Our son enjoyed playing soccer in the backyard, rolling on the grass, drawing and coloring.
We visited different places near the house (which was about 20-30 minute drive from the house) in Minnewaska State Park where we went hiking in the ice caves (breathtaking and awesome experience!), Sam's Point, Bear Hill, and went swimming in Minnewaska Lake-- we highly recommend these places.
Everyone was very happy with this rental! We have all agreed that we would love to go back as soon as possible!
Cragsmoor has served as a cool mountain escape from city life since the middle of the 19th century. It was and is an artists' colony and many of its homes were designed and built by Frederick Dellenbaugh, a self taught architect and explorer with John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt. Cragsmoor is situated on the top of the Shawangunk Ridge at the Southern end of the Catskill Mountains. The views are spectacular and Rock outcroppings on the east and the west side of Cragsmoor provide hiking and rock climbing opportunities and in July and August, abundant blueberries, free for the picking. The 'Borsht Belt' resorts were actually located in the Shawangunk Mountains, and The Nevele, a sister resort of Grossinger's, is planning to reopen, with a casino.
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