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Woodstock Country House on 40 Acres, dogs OK. WINTER SKI SPECIAL JAN-APR!

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Woodstock

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

From January 7 through April 30, this stunning home is available by the month only, at $4,000 per month -- half the discounted summer rate! To access this special rate, just send an email inquiry, and we'll take it from there.

I welcome you to stay in my original creekstone Arts & Crafts country house, set on 40 acres of private woodlands, stream and wetlands in Woodstock, NY. It has been in my family for three generations, and is a haven for creating both fine art and narrative fiction writing. My great-uncle, Anton Otto Fischer, did most of his work in the studio 200 feet to the east (which will soon become available). Google him. He was famed as both a marine and landscape artist. There is a book of his life and work on the living room window ledge.

Any questions you may have will, hopefully, be answered by the Handbook that is on the dining room table or sideboard. It is a user's guide to the house and community.

In less than five minutes, you can be in the storied village of Woodstock, where I was born and raised. A diverse array of shops, restaurants and cultural institutions will greet the casual stroller, offering temptations galore. In 45 minutes, you can be in the heart of the Catskill Mountains for hiking, sightseeing or skiing. Belleayre Mountain, where I learned the skills of downhill racing, Hunter Mountain, a world-class ski resort, and Plattekill, the best-kept secret of the Catskills, are all less than an hour away.

My three-story Arts & Crafts home easily accommodates eight adults, making it an excellent value as well as a spectacular experience. It was designed and built by a woman, Elizabeth Ashley, in 1918 -- before women "got the vote!" From the moment you turn into the gravel driveway, the house and property envelop you with a feeling of welcome. I remember this unique trait from childhood, and I still hear it from people today.

Each of the four bedrooms has its own unique character. The entry door faces north, so I will identify them by the points of the compass.

Second floor west contains a private library with my many of personal books, and a writing desk where I wrote most of a novel (as-yet unpublished). This room also has a fireplace that is charming to look at, but is poorly designed and will fill the house with smoke. Queen bed, bureau, closet.

Second floor east has a private doorway out to a screened "sleeping porch," a pre-air-conditioning feature often found in Woodstock houses. The porch is furnished for casual gatherings at breakfast, lunch or cocktails, and offers a treehouse view of the yard, and the cavorting canines. Queen bed, bureau, closet.

The third floor master bedroom (west) has high, peaked ceilings, under the rafters, and treehouse dormers that gaze out to the north and south. Queen bed, bureau.

The third floor east is a smaller room with queen futon and writing desk. There is a printer that will interface with your computers.

Cotton bedding, down comforters and superior pillows gently soothe you to sleep after a long day of exploration, relaxation and fine dining.

The second floor bathroom is newly renovated with an Italian tile shower, European style, and pedestal sink.

The third floor bathroom has a clawfoot bathtub that is original to the house, and caters to those in need of a long, hot soak in the treetops.

The kitchen is newly renovated and updated, with all the modern acoutrements a chef could want, blending old-world with new. Marble tiles and white oak butcher block countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas range, and place settings for twelve. It is truly a chef's kitchen, and I have personally cooked many fine meals there, as have our guests for three years. The cabinets are original to the house.

The dining room has un-hewn chestnut beams hand-decorated decades ago by my great-aunt and my cousin. There is room at the table for eight, and the addition of a small folding table increases seating to ten. The table, sideboard and corner cupboard are all original Arts & Crafts pieces, and I believe some or all of them were locally built.

With a stone fireplace, ample seating for eight, a round oak Arts & Crafts table and natural chestnut log beams, the living room is a unique and extraordinary space that will both comfort and inspire you. Large windows overlook the yard on two sides, which is fenced-in to safely contain kids and dogs, and original cabinets contain games and toys. Firewood and kindling are provided, and fires are allowed.

The walls are decorated with original art and prints, many from local artists. A signed Jamie Wyeth print adorns the fireplace mantel. Lucinda Knauss, Calvin Grimm, Cornelia Schmitter and Lillian Lent are among those who live or lived in Woodstock. A couple of pieces by my great-uncle are featured, and the oil of a small boy, on the right as you enter the living room, is me!

Grill to your heart's content outside on gas or charcoal, and enjoy a delicious meal of steaks, burgers, chicken, fish or veggies at the massive bluestone slab table I moved in by myself. The outdoor fireplace is available for chilly nights, when you just don't want to go inside.

Play a round of cutthroat croquet, or swat a birdie across the badminton net, if you like, Those games, bocce and horseshoe are stored in the former chicken coop, the largest of the three outbuildings inside the yard.

For those who must stay in touch with the office or loved ones, high-speed internet wi-fi is available, and a printer can be found on the third floor. Make unlimited phone calls anywhere in the US or Canada on the landline. High-definition TV, with cable DVR and DVD player are in the living room.

And finally, as a longtime dog-person and the proud parent of an enormous rescue dog, a mix of American Bulldog and Black Lab, I welcome your well-behaved canine housemates to share the home with you. The yard around the house is fenced in, and provides ample room for your beasts to burn off excess energy or lounge about in the sunshine or snow.

I look forward to your stay very much... and I think you'll want to come back time and again!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Andy Mele or Rich Hoffman, property manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, I have a smattering of French and Italian.
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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About Andy Mele or Rich Hoffman, property manager

I'm 66, with a 2002 Master's degree in environmental science from Bard College. I have three children and four grandchildren. I am author of the nonfiction book, "Polluting for Pleasure," which forced the EPA to issue a marine engine pollution rule, and transformed the marine market, eliminating some 5-10 Exxon Valdez-sized oil spills into American waterways every year. I have drafts of two novels going through endless rewrites and polishings, one of which I hope to resume sending to literary agents shortly. I was Executive Director of Hudson River Slop Clearwater, started by Pete Seeger in 1966 and one of the original regional environmental groups in the U.S. There is a more-detailed bio, if you're interested, at andremele wordpress com / about

Andy Mele or Rich Hoffman, property manager purchased this house in 1996

Why Andy Mele or Rich Hoffman, property manager chose Catskills

I inherited it. I'm third generation. My great uncle, artist Anton Otto Fischer, and great-aunt, artist and women's suffrage activist Mary Ellen Sigsbee Fischer, bought this property in the 1930s.

What makes this house unique

This property and house have a remarkable ability to make you feel at home from the moment you turn up the driveway. There is something about it that I can't explain, but I have been getting that soothing, welcoming feel from the house since I was a little boy. Many of my previous guests, under my former wife's management, reported the same feeling.

It's a rustic house, with old-fashioned windows and creaky floors. There's no vinyl or aluminum to be found anywhere, and the old chestnut beams overhead are the natural tree trunks of old chestnuts. There are even two large living American Chestnut trees on the property, on the far side of the meadow to the right as you drive in. See if you can find them.

But under the surface, there beats a thoroughly up-to-date technological heart: central air, super-efficient non-polluting propane central heat, high speed cable internet and a complete, modern chef's kitchen.

The house and land have nurtured two artists, famous in their own right, and two writers, including my late cousin and myself. Most of my first novel, Silver Stars, was written at the little writer's table in the west bedroom on the second floor, which used to be my study.

Let my house nurture your artistic tendencies, too.


based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

Woodstock Country House on 40 Acres, dogs OK. WINTER SKI SPECIAL JAN-APR!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Nice old house. Great yard. Great owner.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house with our kids and another family and had a great time. The house is old (i.e. charming but with some low ceilings in places, maybe not the best layout), but clean and well stocked. We were very comfortable with 4 adults, 5 kids and a dog. The outdoors is beautiful with a large fenced in grassy area for the kids and dog to play, great stone patio with fire pit and grill. The owner is super friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family reunion with children

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family stayed here for a family reunion in late May. What a perfect retreat! The outdoor space in particular is great for family time together; with games like croquet & bocce in the storage building. We spent a lot of our time in the yard, used the firepit in the evenings and ate several meals on the patio outside. We have a two- and four- year old as well as a labradoodle, and loved the large fenced-in grassy area for all of them to run and play.

The kitchen is small but well-stocked with pots & pans, dishes, and utensils we needed for cooking most meals together at the house. We used all four bedrooms as well as the sleeping porch, and everyone slept comfortably. The third floor queen bedroom especially is huge and had room for our children's travel crib and pallet on the floor. The house is large and soundproof, so those who wanted to go to sleep early weren't bothered by those who stayed up late in the living room downstairs..

The house only has two bathrooms, and only one of them has a shower, so our 11 family members had to do a lot of taking turns for the bathrooms, but it worked out. We didn't have enough towels when we first got to the home, but Andy was very helpful and made sure extras were brought to us. He's a great and responsive host and was quick to answer questions we had, etc.

We especially loved our time exploring the area of Woodstock. The town center of Woodstock is very close, only about 2 miles away. We loved the coffee shop/bakery Bread Alone and went there far too often for our vacation diets. We enjoyed exploring the little shops and restaurants in the town and got lucky enough to be in town for the adorable library's used book sale. The hike up Overlook Mountain was worth the hype - gorgeous & dramatic view. We also googled and found two swimming holes within a few miles of the home. Both were along the creek and we spent fun afternoons throwing rocks and swimming - a great way to cool off when it got hot and muggy.

Overall, a picturesque and relaxing rustic retreat, and a home we'd love to visit again someday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wow! This was my first, middle and end reaction to this house.! I absolutely loved it inside and out! When you arrive you feel you have entered a fairytail. Every inch of the house is detailed with craftmanship from years past and it it filled with good feelings from the stunning paintings on the wall to the stenciled ceilings. The rooms are very cozy and the large window views overlook the woods, trees and gardens. My favorite spot was the claw foot rub after a day of hiking..Great fireplace and plenty of dishes and wine glasses for a meal at the old farmhouse table. The owner was a pleasure to deal with and answered every question I had in a timely manner. Don't miss this house . It is a delight!!!!! Diana

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway from the city!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4 days at Andy's home and it was the perfect getaway from the city. Property and house is exactly as described, beautiful grounds and secluded from all around you. Our dog loved the huge fenced in yard and had a great time running and playing! Close to Woodstock and all it has to offer. Andy was the perfect host and very responsive.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

I spent five days at Andy's family home, and felt completely welcome both indoors and out. The house was clean and comfortable, with so many special places and touches, they are too numerous to mention. Andy was responsive to our questions throughout, and helped us maximize our enjoyment of the region with his knowledge. I recommend this house to anyone visiting the Woodstock area, and the Catskill Mountains.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Stewart Newburgh
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Landau Grill
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Woodstock Country Club
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Rhinecliffe - Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
New York State Thruway (I-87)
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Belleayre Mountain
Nearest Beach
110 Miles
Car: necessary

Far too numerous to mention, especially if you expand the horizon to 20 miles. For example, Cole Palen's Olde Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a world-renowned fly-in destination for experimental and historic aircraft buffs. Horses In The Sun (HITS) has its northern facility in nearby Saugerties, a world-class equestrian destination. There is a drawer full of brochures in the house, and the Woodstock Times, which comes out every Thursday, is a gold mine of information.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Woodstock, Catskills

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
18 Nov 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Summer
26 May 2017 - 11 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Property Damage Protection £65
Cleaning charge £98
Tax Rate 2.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Woodstock in New York

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Original clawfoot bathtub, treehouse views
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing

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