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Explorers' & Artists' Mountain Retreat for 120 Years!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom Sleeps 4 + a child (or 2)

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!

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Ann Kindberg
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 November, 2017

About Ann Kindberg

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

Why Ann Kindberg chose Cragsmoor

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!

What makes this house unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cragsmoor in Wawarsing

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , full size, thick, futon /entire upstairs
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Both have a bathroom attached. downstairs has a shower and upstairs a shower in the tub
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Explorers' & Artists' Mountain Retreat for 120 Years!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews
Elkins Park, PA

Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I'll be back. Wonderful cottage in a beautiful setting.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Meyersville, NJ


  • 5 of 5

My friend and I and my lab stayed at this mountain house for 2 nights and we really enjoyed it. The location is perfect to hike sams point in minnewaska and bear hill preserve. The house is old and charming. We loved having our coffee on the back porch in the mornings taking in the mountain view. Thanks Ann!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy! Peaceful! Well-Equipped! Anne, the owner, is an Excellent Communicator!!!

  • 5 of 5

Anne, I realize this online spot is to 'potential renters'. But I would rather use it as a message directed to you.

We found 'your home, away from home' especially unique! All 6 of us!

If I were to just include my favorite things that are not easily found in upstate rentals, then I wouldn't hesitate to speak of lying in bed looking out the bay window and seeing the stars and a large treetop silhouette against the night sky, every night! Even the silhouetted leaves on the treetop, fluffed like a bad hair day, and waved at us in the breeze. The bed was so comfortable, especially the pillows. To us, your home is cozy up nights, and lullaby sleep!

The wood stove - spread its warmth and aroma to the entire lower area. But let's say if you shut 2 small glass doors and a bedroom door- then an open area of 3 wall-less rooms emerge and become perfect for card games at the table, gabbing by the fire, private talks on the parlor couch, or sitting at the petite desk/chair combo. All of these happened..but so did watching a Gator football game in what I call-the glass room- do you suppose the squirrels watched as humans hooted and hollered and jumped up and down behind all that glass?

Your home has charm and personality nicks as it should! These things were fabulous! They caused my mind to wonder about all the stories this house could tell! These things are a real part of the reason we could 'relax'. So thank you for the extra creak in the floor by the living room, the sliding door that shuts with a crooked lil crack, the unnew, but ultra clean dish towels, the vases tiny and big for all the wild flowers edging the woods out back, clean plain couch covers that DO not have to be smoothed out or pulled back up Yay!, the ole mountain cottage kitchen with every type of utensil or pot pan you may need....the 'gotta-find-my-switch for the bathroom light, the uneven gorgeous walkway out front, the oodles of spices, different soaps, herb garden on the patio, a winding walk to a splendid view, and the painting above your mantle which not by coincidence is found in the quaint 1928, 2 story library, just a hop skip and jump away... Hmmmm

What it must have been like to grow up, here.


@>->> @->>- ROSES"!

Sincerely and thankfully,

Cynthia and Hubbie

and family

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and Peaceful with great views

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this cozy cottage. It was the perfect set up for two couples with a bedroom and bathroom on each level. The sunroom is where we spent all our time. We were only there for a few minutes when we saw a turkey strolling through the yard. Although we only cooked breakfast, the kitchen is very well stocked. There is very good hiking within a 5 minute drive. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Felt like we were home!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage. Plenty of room, yet cozy and homey. Kitchen was great with many extras too! Master bedroom with sitting areas and bay window to see the stars at night was a special treat. Thank you so much. We will be definitely come back again!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Cozy Home in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We actually stayed here during the Blizzard that hit in mid-March. Such a beautiful home. 4 of us stayed their comfortably, cooked meals and gathered around the fire in the living room with amazing views of trees and mountains out the back windows from the living room and the bedrooms. Look forward to staying here again.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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Car: necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cragsmoor, New York

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.64
Pet Fee £18.92
Cleaning Fee £45.4
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