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NEW LOWER PRICES! Charming, historic Woodstock Artist's Home, Dogs Welcome.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

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contains a private library with my many of personal books, and a writing desk where I wrote most of a novel (as-yet unpublished).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

Property Manager
Andy Mele or Rich Hoffman, property manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, I have a smattering of French and Italian.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Andy Mele or Rich Hoffman, property manager

I'm 68, 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 submit to my agent 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 Woodstock

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.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 14:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • 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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average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Charming, cozy, a family favorite

  • 5 of 5

Our annual Thanksgiving family reunion was the best ever thanks to Andy and his most wonderful Woodstock house!! We’ve done different homes each year but this year had even our most discriminating member declaring her love for this house! Everything was perfect. We marveled at the workmanship and style of the early 1900’s with barn-style doors, cabinetry and antiques. The grounds and exterior of the house made pics that could literally be framed for decorator art. We loved the sounds of howling winds outside while sitting by the beautiful fireplace. We even got the pics of our 4-legged babies for next year’s Christmas cards having the time of their lives.

We brought way too much stuff with us that we did not need because Andy has thought of everything. He even called us prior to the trip to see if we needed to know anything and he gave us a complete rundown of where we might want to shop. He is probably the greatest host anyone could have the good fortune to experience.

If you like stark marble, mirrored walls and foil wallpaper then this isn’t the place for you but for anyone who loves a bit of history and the charm of a rustic 1900’s turn of the century homestead, updated with modern conveniences and fluffy down comforters, they will adore the Woodstock house! We certainly do!! I hesitate to gush because we’d love to keep it all to ourselves but the truth is that we loved our trip and we are (all) already trying to find a good Spring date to return. And one year we would love to do Christmas there as well. It’s that special.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terri!!!!! How can I possibly thank you enough? It’s funny how this renting thing has evolved... it started as purely financial, but has become something much more. I am turning into a freakin’ host! I love talking with my guests, sharing secrets of the area, answering their questions. Every guest is unique, even special. So to hear your reaction to the house totally makes my day. My month! Year! Thank you for the review, of course, but also thank you for “getting it.” Happy holidays, and safe travels always.
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Amazing. We love this house more and more

  • 5 of 5

OMG!!! This is the second time we came to the house. We love this house more and more, we spen 6 day and six nights. We all came from Europe.Thank you Andy for your nice hospitality you are the best!!!! We definitivamente coming back again, so cozy, the fire place the good meals we did and that beautiful country kitchen we love it, we all have so much fun. We love this house is amazing walking in this nice property had so much fun.

The twins and friends from Europe

Maribel and Maripaz👍�👍� we went to spend our birthday 01/24/2018 yes!!!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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California, USA

great house

  • 5 of 5

Hey Andy

We had a great time in your place in woodstock

Everybody really enjoyed themselves and the snow made the house and woods even better.

Took the family up to Hunter for snow-tubing and cooked good meals & relaxed by the fire

Thanks again (second time we rented)

have a great year,


  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Setting for Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time in Woodstock and the house was a big reason. Felt right at home as soon as we entered the front door. While everyone had their own space the large living room with fireplace was the favorite spot to hang out. We played lots of games, made great food (kitchen was A+) and loved the stereo system for syncing music! It couldn't have been better scripted as we went to bed on Christmas eve with a few snowflakes and woke up to 5 inches on Christmas morning. Owner was the best host/answering many questions in a very timely manner. Weather got very cold so that limited our outdoors adventures (although our dogs didn't mind and it was so easy to let them out and have them have so much enclosed space to play) but we did manage to explore the area. Don't miss the drive up the mountain to see the Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Brunswick, New Jersey

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay with my daughters and their families. We had a mini Thanksgiving dinner. The grounds are beautiful. Close th the village of Woodstock where there are lots of fun shops.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family had a great experience. The house is so pretty and the inside is very cool with a lot of woodsy charm. The house feels very private without any direct view of neighbors and yet you are still so close to Woodstock. It's the best of both worlds. My family would love to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £90.59
Damage Deposit £377.45

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

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