HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Handcrafted Elegance Close to PHOENICIA

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 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


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2100 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 ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Handcrafted Elegance Close to PHOENICIA
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Awesome New Years

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fabulous time in the Catskills. Laura and Vinny were amazing hosts and made sure we felt like we were at home. The scenery was so so beautiful. The house itself was extremely cozy but so spacious at the same time. We stayed with another couple and never felt cramped. It was several degrees below freezing the entire time, but we were so toasty and comfortable regardless! Plus, the property itself was so private and intimate, you really feel like you're deep in nature - even though there are tons of restaurants and activities just a few minutes away. The entire trip went off without a hitch and we are so looking forward to seeing the place in the spring or summer too! Can't recommend it enough.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Lovely house far away from it all!!!

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed at this lovely home near the Woodstock area and absolutely loved it. The house and its surroundings were most definitely a work of love. The gardens and deck provided a peaceful atmosphere and thank goodness for great weather to be able to enjoy it from morning to evening. The sounds of the water made it very peaceful and in addition to the lovely flowers and garden made it a joy to behold. We spent most of the weekend outside playing games and talking it was nice not to have cell phones attached and to enjoy each others company. The rest of the house was very laid back and allowed for a relaxing space I would recommend this hose if you are hoping to get away from it all and find your zen!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so very happy that you enjoyed your stay and found it so relaxing and comfortable. I am also very grateful that you appreciate all of the work and love that went into building our home. It was a pleasure communicating with you from the start. Thank you for leaving the house so immaculate. We sincerely hope you return one day, we'd love to have you!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience in Catskills NY in this beautiful house. The house has personal touches from Laura which make it feel like home. The outside and inside of the house are so quite with wind chimes and water falls - that we felt reguivinated after staying here for 4 days. The birds come over at every window of the house. My daughter had an amazing time in the Doll House. Last but not the least, the owner Laura was so kind - she followed up with us helping us all the time... she had a welcome chocolate pudding prepared for us and she was kind enough to share the receipt with me. We would certainly love to stay in this house again when we visit Catskills NY.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What wonderful house guest! I am so happy that you found your stay so relaxing and rejuvenating. This is what I aim for. And to say in our phone conversation that I was and inspiration to you because of my home and landscaping design was the ultimate complement. Thank you for leaving everything so immaculate. Also glad you enjoyed your brownie pie. I hope you make it back one day.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the compliment in your email. To hear that you've stayed in many houses in the Catskills over the years and our home was by far the best was truly wonderful to hear.. Thank you for leaving everything so immaculate. You were perfect house guests and we would welcome you back with open arms.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 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: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 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.
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

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: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 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!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Laura Passantino
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 February, 2018


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



Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £89.05
Damage Insurance £42.03
Damage Deposit £320.58

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar holiday rentals