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Perfect for the Holidays with your "Best Friend"!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom house; sleeps 4; 1 bathroom; dog friendly

Charming, custom-made 1600 sq ft contemporary home on quiet country road adjacent to hundreds of acres of Catskill State Park land. Nestled on 4 private acres with gardens and mountain views. Passive solar house with soaring Cathedral windows. Hiking trails and waterfalls abound in the hundreds of adjacent acres of state land. Bubbling creek just beyond the trees behind the house. Spacious outdoor deck with antique iron furniture; screened in porch with dining for 6; large country table seats 12 in dining room; wood stove; hardwood floors. . Weber grill, yard, large lawn and woods. Nicely furnished, high-speed internet, all appliances and amenities. There is also an upright piano. Perfect all year round: fall foliage, ski season and summer vacation. Convenient to three SKI resorts, Woodstock Film Festival and HITS. Close to all the major hiking areas: Overlook Mountain, Platte Clove wilderness, Kaaterskill Falls, etc.

SURROUNDED BY NATURE!: The house has large hand-made windows that allow a view of the natural surroundings from every room. We have seen deer, hawks, owls, eagles, rabbits, wild turkeys and more from our windows. Besides having extensive trails behind the house on state land, we are 10 minutes from world class hiking in the area. Overlook and Guardian mountains, Kaaterskill Falls, Platte Clove wilderness, Esopus tubing, Wilson State Park, etc.

DOG FRIENDLY!: The house and the town are dog friendly. Woodstock is the dog-friendliest town we have seen. Dogs are even allowed in the library! There are many trails in town that you can walk the dog off-leash: Comeau Property in the middle of woodstock, which has a long trail adjacent to the Sawkill Creek. There's also Big Deep and Little Deep which are 5 minutes from the house. Big Deep is a swimming hole in the middle of the woods. Little Deep is a trail also adjacent to the Sawkill Creek. There's a dam with a beautiful waterfall as well. This is also a good place to walk dogs off leash.

LOTS TO DO!: Besides hiking the glorious trails, there's biking terrific country roads. We also have lots of art galleries, music festivals and clubs, and great restaurants. For rock 'n roll fans there's the Bearsville Theater; for classical buffs there's Maverick Concerts; and there's other kind of music as well in the small clubs and bars. There's the Woodstock Film Festival, the Guitar Festival, Poetry Festival and more. There's the Walkway over the Hudson and tubing the Esopus. There's fishing and biking at the Ashokan reservoir. There's historic places to visit: Byrdcliffe, Woodstock Historical Society, Saugerties Lighthouse, Kingston Rondout.

In the winter, there is skiing at 3 ski resorts: Hunter, Wyndham and Belleayre. We are 40 minutes away from each of them.

More Details

Owner: Mindy Pickard
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2018

About Owner: Mindy Pickard

My name is Mindy Pickard. My husband Gregory and I have had a weekend house in the Hudson Valley since 1987. We love the area, especially Woodstock and Saugerties. Our son, Clayton, plays soccer with the local rec team so we've been able to get to know many of the lucky people that live upstate year round. We live in NYC during the week. I am an acupuncturist and my husband is a songwriter and contractor. We have 3 dogs: Rainbow, Connor and Athena. They love the area because they can go off-leash hiking every weekend!

Owner: Mindy Pickard purchased this house in 2008

Why Owner: Mindy Pickard chose Saugerties

We wanted to be close to Platte Clove Road for the wonderful hiking. Also, we fell in love with the house and the cute out-buildings on the property. I feel the most beautiful elements of the house are the soaring, artist-made windows. They are just spectacular. The original owner was a woodworking enthusiast and he made the window frames, the storm windows and the screens. I also love the beams in the living room and the stone wall behind the wood burning stove.

What makes this house unique

The house has tons of light due to the propensity of windows and is surrounded by beautiful trees and gardens. During the summer season the vegetable garden is like a "secret garden" with all the old roses cascading up and around the fence and gates. We are also adjacent to hundreds of acres of NY State land, so there is hiking, cross country skiing and even waterfalls! The house is very private, on 4 acres, but only 8 to 10 minutes to both Woodstock and Saugerties villages.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • river ...
  • rural ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom was recently renovated. It has a stained glass window, a marble sink and a big white tiled shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , antique iron bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , antique iron bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , cottage-seasonal
  • Master bedroom is upstairs; lots of light with artist made windows. Terrace adjoining bedroom. Second bedroom is on first floor, has hand-hewn beams and is close to bathroom. There is also a seasonal cottage that has a built in double bed, very charming.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Conservatory
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
The house has stairs so it is not wheelchair accessible. We are dog friendly, but there is an extra security deposit for dogs. No dogs that scratch or tear up furniture or wood. Also, we expect people to pick up after their dogs if the dogs go on the lawn or garden area. Woods are fine for the dogs to go in. Dogs must be leashed as there are neighborhood dogs. Children are welcome but the house is not baby friendly, as there isn't a high chair or baby bumpers on the tables. Toddlers and older children are fine.


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Perfect for the Holidays with your "Best Friend"!
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews
Saratoga springs NY 12020

Charming Coutry Style cabin. Pet friendly with a very relaxing environment

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time here and I have to say that we enjoyed our stay here even more this time. Our dog loved the back yard and mountain air. We had such a relaxing time in the private yard, that it was hard to go out to the other local attractions. Overall, the hosts have always been very warm and accommodating. We look forward to renting again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words! You and your family are the perfects guests. We hope you come back soon.
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Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this charming cabin in mid-February. It was a lovely place to relax and recharge, and I'm sure it would be even better in the summer. We enjoyed the well-stocked kitchen, the great wood-burning stove, and all the light-filled rooms. Getting to and from shops and attractions was easy, too.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words about our house! You were great guests! Come back again!
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I'd rather keep this place my little secret

  • 4 of 5

We had two wonderful weekends on this property. It feels like a home away from home and we are absolutely going to return. Mindy is lovely and so easy to work with. My dog had the time of his life swimming in the nearby watering hole and playing with some of the local dogs.

I almost didn't write this review because I don't want to share this little secret get away. I'll have to book early for next summer so that it doesn't get snatched up.

Thanks for everything Mindy

Robin Schlenger and David Sirois and Maru too!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words! We'll host you again soon, I hope. You were terrific guests!
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Brooklyn, NY

Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for a quiet Memorial Day Weekend with another couple and our little dog and absolutely loved it. The house is a perfect country house nestled in a lush and natural setting. The kitchen was well-equipped, the bathroom was spacious and clean and the bedrooms and bedding comfortable. The big deck and screened in porch were perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful country landscape. Mindy gave great hiking and swimming hole recommendations and was a wonderful host. Thanks so much for having us!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Laura, Thank you so much for the kind words! All of you and Marcel were terrific guests as well! Mindy Pickard
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing stay - Mindy was so helpful, reachable and the house was absolutely perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at our home in Woodstock!
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Saratoga springs NY 12020

Four Day Getaway with Family and Dog

  • 5 of 5

We were hoping for a four day retreat in the Catskills looking for a relaxing cabin to unwind. This property met all of our expectations. The theme is classic French country side and the complimentary bottle of wine left for us was a welcome surprise. The property was very well maintained and the owners were very responsive to any needs or concerns. The dog friendly atmosphere made our vacation complete. I would recommend this property to anyone looking looking for a rustic French countryside experience in the Catskills.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words! We are dog lovers and nature lovers and we hope our home reflects that! We aim for a simple aesthetic that reflects the beauty of our Woodstock area. Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Red Onion Restaurant
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Woodstock Golf Club
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Rhinecliff Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Thruway Exits 19 and 20
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Red Onion
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Hunter, Belleayre, Windham
Car: necessary

Our home is 8 minutes to the center of Woodstock and 12 minutes to Saugerties Village. 40 minutes to all 3 ski resorts: Belleayre, Windham and Hunter Mountain. Adjacent to Catskill State Park land, with terrific hiking trails and waterfalls on hundreds of acres in our 'backyard'. 2 hours to NYC.

Woodstock is best known as the 'best small town in America' and is the name chosen for the famous music festival in '69. There are lots of art galleries, music clubs, restaurants, the Woodstock Film Festival, world-class hiking, skiing and more.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £107.15
Pet Fee £35.72
Damage Insurance £56.43

Rates are subject to change prior to confirmed reservation. Holiday rates may be higher.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.