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Handcrafted Elegance Close to PHOENICIA Bookings of 7 nights will be discounted

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Hand Crafted Elegance

This custom designed home is nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens in a very private setting, and often on the local garden tour. It was designed and built by the owners with comfort and quality at every turn. Reclaimed wood was used to add a personal touch. The house features a unique altar railing from a 19th century local stone church. Much of the reclaimed wood, from vintage buildings, adds to the charming ambiance of this romantic home.

Located 2 1/2 hours from N.Y.C. and 7 minutes from Phoenicia with it's lovely Main Street, restaurants and shops. It is no surprise that the Phoenicia area has become the fastest growing hot spot for weekend and vacation getaways from N.Y.C.

Numerous magazines have written articles and the phrase "The New Hamptons"

has become common.

Tropical deck

Enjoy outdoor dining on a tropical deck overlooking the koi pond and Japanese rock garden. Relax or do yoga with the peaceful, tranquil sound of the waterfall, or visit the stream at the bottom of the driveway. Sit back on the deck in the warm sun on Adirondack chairs or under the roof at the mosaic table made from a wine barrel with it's lazy susan center. A beautiful spot for morning coffee. Or just relax and swing in the hammock.

Living space

The living room (20x30) has a large, soft, comfy sofa. Reclaimed diamond paned windows frame a gorgeous window seat with pillows. Hardwood maple flooring is throughout the home.


The spacious bright kitchen is fully equipped with dual fuel 1500 btu gas burners and an electric convection oven. Full size refrigerator, dish washer, toaster oven, microwave, Kitchen Aid mixer, coffee pot, veggie juicer, blender, food processor,

etc. Two skylights brighten the work area.

Dishes, cookware, utensils, baking supplies all intended for serious cooks. It has a marble work counter and includes a large butcher block centrally located for convenience, there is plenty of counter space. Our dream kitchen!

A true pleasure to create wonderful meals while enjoying the view over the gardens and the new, spectacular stone pizza oven.

Hummingbirds feed at the window 3 feet from the dining area table. Colorful birds feast at other windows.

Bedrooms. (Linens included)

There are 3 newly renovated bedrooms upstairs with views overlooking the gardens and mountains. Two master bedrooms, one with a pillow-top king mattress, the second has a new pillow-top queen mattress. The latter has a very large picture window. When the leaves fall you can see water glistening in the stream with the mountain tops above. The third bedroom has a twin.


There is one bathroom with plenty of hot water and great pressure!

Soap and towels included!

Fast Wi fi and a land line phone are available, as well as cable TV.

The playhouse is adorable, it has a play stove, loft and 2 flip chairs.

Feel free to gently harvest the organic veggie and herb garden.

Sit around the campfire on those cool mountain evenings.

Our well water is fabulous and without sulfur. Family and friends from the city always take some home!



Basketball court

Golf driving net

2 bicycles (1 men's and 1 women's)

Fire pit

Pizza oven

Tranquil waterfall at koi pond (view from deck)

Organic garden

Nature abounds!

More Details

Laura Passantino
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2017


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Stewart airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Belleayre Beach.
Car: necessary

Scenic train rides

Tubing the Esopus

Secret swimming holes (inquire)

Many hiking trails

Zen Mountain Monastery

Belleayre Beach

Art galleries



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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Plenty of hot water and great preasure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Almost new pillow top king mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , New pillow top queen mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Playhouse with play stove, pillowed loft and 2 flip chairs. Basketball court. Golf driving net! Privacy, tranquility and nature!


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(13 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Truly a Special Place

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Laura and Vinny's magical home. The house was very clean, the kitchen had every pot and utensil that we needed (and we cooked a lot), and the yard was pure delight for our kids. Laura and Vinny were so kind and communicative. We will definitely go back again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautifully designed, cozy, clean, well kept home with every need anticipated and prepared for. Fresh flowers and sprigs of greenery in most every room from the immaculate garden. I expected Better Homes & Gardens to be arriving with their camera crew any moment! Quiet, great place to relax with family. My adult children enjoyed the basketball court & golf net and we all enjoyed the wildlife (lots of birds & chipmunks). Nice kitchen to cook in. Spices I forgot at grocery, here for us to use. Laura checked on us a couple times to make sure all was going well and it's apparent she pours much love and good energy into her home and desires wonderful stays for her guests.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can I say? It is a total joy to be able to share our home with such amazing families. It was a delight communicating from beginning to end with Nancy. She had utmost respect and appreciation for our home and property. Thank you for leaving everything so immaculate. We would highly recommend you to future home owners. Perfect house guests in every way. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and sincerely hope you return, we would welcome you with open arms.
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Week in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Laura and Vinnie's home was everything we hoped it would be. Their beautiful home was a lovely place for our family to spend days relaxing and playing. Laura and Vinnie were both very helpful and were quick to help out with any questions we had a long the way. Laura went out of her way to help us arrange local activities for our kids that made the stay extra special and Vinnie made sure the pizza oven and fire pit were prepped and ready to light up as soon as we arrived. The gardens around the house are well loved and spacious which made picnics in the grass, shooting hoops on the court or swinging in the hammock daily staples for the whole visit. Loved it start to finish.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What wonderful guests! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. We would highly recommend you to future home owners. We are so very happy that you enjoyed yourselves so much in our home and the facilities outdoors. We are grateful that you appreciate how much love we put into everything. We do work constantly to find ways to improve. Thank you for respecting and leaving it so clean. It was a joy to return and see the lovely fairy house your children created at the base of a tree. Every time I see it I'm reminded of their happy faces and of your family. I hope it lasts and lasts. In the phone conversation after your stay I loved hearing "I miss it" when you spoke of the house. We really look forward to your return!
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this lovely home and it was just as splendid as the first time. Our girls were delighted to come back to the playhouse and drums. We all enjoyed the nature and towns immensely and relaxed around the house. Thank you Laura and Vinnie! We hope to be back again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Magda and Family, What a pleasure it was to welcome you and your family back. We are so happy that the girls had such a great time in the playhouse, it truly does create magical memories! Thank you for leaving the house as you found it and we look forward to welcoming your family again in the future. Laura andVinny
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Our family had a terrific time. Owners are super responsive and nice. Property was beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the property. Great setting for weekend trip to Catskills either in warm or cold weather. Property was beautiful and well kept. Surrounding nature was terrific for kids. Highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was heartwarming to hear how appreciative you were in our correspondences during your stay and especially your kind words in the guestbook. It was truly our pleasure to have you and your family. I was also happy to hear that the children loved skiing at Belleayre and that on your way home you went back for a half day before your trip home. Thank you for leaving the house in perfect condition. We look forward to your return one day in the warmer months so the children can observe even more nature and you will be able to enjoy the gardens and flowers.
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A special place

  • 5 of 5

This is my first time writing a review like this and I normally don't review, well, anything. But this place is a true gem. We have stayed in many houses in the Catskills over the years and this was by far our favorite. The house has plenty of privacy but is in close proximity to Phoenicia and other great spots. The owners have clearly put their heart and soul into the house, and it shows. From its lush herb and vegetable garden to the unique hand-built interior, this house is special and makes a nice getaway for a family or couple. My daughter absolutely adored the playhouse and we spent many memorable hours on the basketball court and outdoor patio. And the outdoor pizza oven! I could go on. But what makes the place truly unique is the owners. They are not simply giving you a place to stay for the night but allowing you into their home with open arms (and in our case, some delicious brownie pie and homemade granola!). Thank you guys for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I can't express enough what a pleasure it was to welcome you into our home. Especially the fact that you noticed and appreciated every bit of special detail about the house and property. It was a joy to see the excitement on your daughter's face upon her arrival. We are so thoroughly happy that you could relax and enjoy your time here. All communications with you were wonderful and we were both so grateful to meet you and your family. And a special thank you for leaving the house in clean, perfect condition. We truly, truly hope to welcome you again, with open arms!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Shandaken, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £92.6
Damage Insurance £43.71
Damage Deposit £333.36

Please contact owner for stays over 7 days and rates. Thank you.

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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