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Handcrafted Elegance

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Barbecue


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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Handcrafted Elegance
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

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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Special Mountain holiday

  • 5 of 5

Laura was very professional, helpful and generous from our first contact to the end.

There are interesting objects, nice art and a terrific kitchen inside while the outside was filled with plants, flowers, gardens, special sitting areas, nature, bird feeders and even a basketball area!!

We can only imagine how beautiful this home and area will be in the fall foliage season.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy that you were able to spend tranquil, quality time with your daughter and son who live in N.Y.C. Also thrilled that you enjoyed the house and gardens so much, and love the fact that you explored the surrounding area. Thank you very much for leaving the house so clean. Most of all it was such a pleasure to meet you both and your children! Truly hope that you do return one day as you mentioned!
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  • 5 of 5

We spent ten wonderful days this summer at this house and enjoyed every moment. The house is very well equipped, and particularly the kitchen, which was a real pleasure to cook in. The gardens and woods around the house are just lovely. Best of all were Laura and Vinny, who welcomed us warmly and responded rapidly to our questions before and during our stay. We will most certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your family especially your father-in-law, Joel. So happy he was comfortable. It was such a pleasure to welcome you into our home. Your girls are lovely! And we thank you so much for leaving the house in such excellent condition! We truly hope that you will be able to visit again in the future!
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Perfect forest retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This is a special home that the owners have built over many decades. The house is beautiful and very comfortable. The property is magical and perfect for a peaceful retreat to the forest. The landscaping is very beautiful.

The owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome with special touches like brownie pies and homemade granola.

We loved our weekend here and would definitely come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure meeting you and your family. We would be honored to have you return for the foliage in the fall as you mentioned. So happy you loved the house and appreciated its detail. Especially happy to hear how you looked forward to waking up in the morning to watch the nature show from the windows. Thank you for respecting our home and for leaving it in immaculate condition. You are always welcome.
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perfect escape

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay at Laura and Vinny's house for Memorial Day weekend. It was everything we expected and more. Charming, cozy with all the necessary amenities.

The kitchen had absolutely everything we needed. We all loved exploring the surrounding greenery, flowers, playhouse and basketball court and got to know a lot of birds and frogs. Laura was very responsive and made sure we were comfortable and aware of all the nearby attractions.

We look forward to returning soon!

Thank you!

Magda K. and family

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had such a great time here at Handcrafted Elegance! We also thank you for leaving the house in excellent condition! What a pleasure to have you and your family, we would welcome your return with open arms! Sincerely, Laura and Vinny
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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

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

Refundable Damage Deposit £347.86
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Cleaning Fee £96.63
Tax Rate 8.0%

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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