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

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

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contains a private library with my many of personal books, and a writing desk where I wrote most of a novel (as-yet unpublished).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:
90%
Calendar last updated:
16 November, 2017

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.

Location

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Stewart Newburgh
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Landau Grill
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Beacon-Newburgh
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
Cucina
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Belleayre Mountain
Nearest Beach
110 Miles
Rockaway
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.

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Original clawfoot bathtub, treehouse views
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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NEW LOWER PRICES! Charming, historic Woodstock Artist's Home, Dogs Welcome.
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Mullica Hill, New Jersey
5

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

LOVE!

  • 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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Schellsburg, PA USA
5

An Arts & Crafts Gem

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our Brittany dog Cal spent three nights here and immediately fell in love with the home. You will note that the property gets nothing but 5-star reviews, and we enthusiastically concur. We had admired the Arts & Crafts style for years from afar. Here, we had a chance to experience it first hand, as if living in an Arts & Crafts museum. It was enthralling!

Reflecting the fact that Andy is a writer and an avid reader, wherever one chooses to read the lighting is good -- like the sharp knives mentioned by another reviewer, this is a rarity in vacation rentals. Still another rarity is the fully fenced yard, encircling more than an acre of grounds. Our Cal had endured being leashed every time he went outdoors during the first sixteen days of our trip, and then he was suddenly free to run wild, sniff every nook and cranny, and stalk chipmunks, to no avail of course. Finally, Andy cares deeply for his guests pleasure and comfort, as was clear in our brief conversations, through the detailed information he provides in the book about the house and on the VRBO site, and in offering the unusual and most convenient check-in and checkout times of 2 pm. We're already looking forward to our next visit!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your generous and thoughtful review. I am deeply moved by your response to the house, since I have always felt that it has a warm and welcoming character unlike any place I have ever lived. I look forward to working out your next visit, with two free days for shivering under the covers without complaint! I hope to meet you and your beast one day. Best wishes, and safe travels, Andy
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5

Storybook Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Oh do we hit the jackpot with this one. What a storybook getaway in Woodstock. Five minutes from town but it felt like we were in a secluded English country house. We just had our annual family reunion here with babies, kids, dogs and old folks - all felt comfortable, happy and cozy. We spent a lot of time outside amongst the big beautiful old trees on the great lawn playing frisbee, bbq'ing, all the good summer stuff. The kitchen isn't enormous, but it has better than average cooking supplies...and we enjoyed sharing big family meals in the dining room.

Andy was a very responsive and lovely host - good Woodstock vibes from beginning to end.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Cozy, Enjoyable Home

  • 5 of 5

Three couples and three babies staying in Woodstock for the weekend. We enjoyed the charm of this house and the fireplace made it nice and cozy! Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York, NY
5

Wonderful and Cozy Woodstock Home

  • 5 of 5

We rented this wonderful home over Thanksgiving and it was just perfect. It had everything we needed and was in a great location, right near the center of Woodstock, yet quiet and nestled in nature. It was clean and cozy and we will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Woodstock, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Holiday
20 Nov 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,125
for 4 nights
From
£259
£1,441
£4,721
 
 
Winter Specials
5 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£704
for 3 nights
From
£205
£1,170
£3,409
 
 
Peak Summer
4 May 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£843
for 3 nights
From
£251
£1,434
£4,644
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£783
for 3 nights
From
£231
£1,248
£3,872
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning charge £90.79
Refundable Damage Deposit £378.3
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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