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30's Cottage on 5.5 acres near Minnewaska Park - All Yours!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2+ Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

We have purchased an old Catskill-style bungalow colony near the village of Kerhonkson in a semi-rural area of Ulster County, NY. It consists of a main guesthouse, and three bungalows. We have decided to rent the newly refurbished back of the main guesthouse to vacationers. The front unit will be available later this summer and the other cottages are unoccupied.

Please keep in mind that this is a no-frills vacation rental -- a rustic country home, an artist's studio, writer's retreat and hiker's haven. The colony is still a work in progress, and a labor of love. If you are looking for something sleek or sophisticated, this is probably not the place for you. Still, the home is roomy, with windows everywhere that bring air, light and views of forest, meadow, the bungalows, and the pond. There is no TV reception, though we do have a TV and DVD player.

There is a large bedroom with local antiques with a view to the pond, and a smaller bedroom with a full-size bed that is airy and bright with views to the bungalows, AC window units in each bedroom. A decent sized open kitchen with vintage 1940s dining set, a living room and a front room that serves as a dining/sitting area but also has a full-size futon bed and can be closed off entirely as a bedroom. We have also added a den with a daybed where a child can sleep, or airbeds are also available. The place can sleep 7 people, though there is only one bathroom.

We have 5.5 acres of land, plus a large lawn and firepit/bbq. Our well water comes from off the mountainside, filtered through rock – it tested pure and it’s delicious.

We are located on the back slope of the Shawangunk Mountains, on the eastern edge of Roundout Valley, with the Catskills on the other side. We are a 12-minute walk to Old Minnewaska Trail, which leads right into Minnewaska State Park and all the climbing, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, etc. you could want – no need to get in the car and drive to the park with all the masses. We are less than a 10-minute drive to Lake Minnewaska and about 15-20 minutes to Mohonk and New Paltz. The area looks like Vermont – verdant mountains and sustainable farms, plus wineries, antiques, galleries etc. It is a short drive to High Falls, Rosendale, Kingston and Woodstock. We are an easy 90 miles from NYC.

David and Carlos

More Details

David Kirby
Member since: 2014
Speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About David Kirby

Carlos is an artist, architect and opera producer/singer and David is an author, journalist and media/writing coach

David Kirby purchased this house in 2014

Why David Kirby chose Hudson Valley

This property is unusual, rustic and historic - a real Bungalow Colony from days gone by


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kerhonkson in Wawarsing

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Check in is at 3PM and checkout at noon -- on some dates, that might be flexible


4.5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

30's Cottage on 5.5 acres near Minnewaska Park - All Yours!
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our brief stay at the cottage near Minnewaska! The house description was accurate; the house itself was clean and well-equipped with everything you might need for a getaway. We were provided with much more space and amenities (full kitchen!) at a similar price for what we would have paid at nearby B&Bs,--plus, dogs are welcome!--so this was definitely the right choice for us. Everyone in our party of four was really pleased with the place.

And David was very pleasant and easy to work with during the booking process--he provides a lot of information about the house and the area. We particularly enjoyed one restaurant he recommended (Graze) that's just down the road. Would definitely recommend this cottage to friends!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and Secluded Getaway

  • 4 of 5

My friends and I spent 4 days out in this great hideaway. The house is a real find for nature aficionados!!! Not only does it sit on a great piece of lush property, but the house is within minutes distance to stunning watering holes and gorgeous park land.

The house is nestled right in the valley between Minewaska State Park, the Mohonk Preserve, and the Shawangunk Mountains. It also isn't too far from Catskill Mountain trails, for those who might want to head out for a good hike.

My suggestion is to fill up the fridge, pack day trip snacks and hit up some of the most beautiful nature NY State has to offer. Once you get back, that full fridge should have some good foods to grill. Afterwards, I hope you brought marshmallows, because the seats out by the fire-pit will melt your cares away while you toast them to perfection.

My friends and I had a fantastic time! We had everything we needed and felt perfectly at home the entire trip.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Newburg NY
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Poughkeepsie, NY
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Right next to Minnewaska Park - hike in from our home - close to New Paltz, Mohonk, High Falls, Rosendale, Kingston, Woodstock and the Catskills


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Kerhonkson, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
28 Apr 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Memorial Day
2 Jun 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th
30 Jun 2017 - 3 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day Weekend
6 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £232.76
Cleaning fee £42.67
Tax Rate 2.0%

Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends have a three-night minimum and July 4th has a four day minimum at $165 per night - thanks

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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