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Sorry but we are temporarily closed for renovation. We hope to reopen in May

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 180 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps maximum of 8 people.

We are sorry but we're temporarily closed so we can make some renovations. We hope to be open again in May 2018.

This enchanting Shawangunk Mountain house -- a ''home sweet home'' -- sits on a forested mountain top in the cliff-side bohemian community of Cragsmoor, NY. and a half mile walk to Sams Point Preserve, entrance to the south end of the Gunks.

Losee Cottage is a newly renovated two-story stone-and-cedar-shingle house. The 2300-square-foot home boasts 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths (one on each floor). The four bedrooms sleep 8: 1 queen master bedroom; 1 full bedroom; 2 twin bedrooms (2 twin beds per room). Wraparound windows bring the outside inside with a generous deck, 900 square foot living/dining room (extendable dining table seats up to 10 and includes 10 straightback chairs),with both radiant floor and baseboard heat, a glassed-in summer porch with dining table for 10 (not heated though guests are free to use the woodstove if they want) and front porch sitting area.

The galley kitchen is well-equipped and has an ample prep area. A gas grill and a charcoal grill are provided for cooking en plein air. With the large outdoor deck and summer dining porch, the house is a great place to entertain outside in warm weather. In the colder months, enjoy cooking and chatting while standing on a warm, radiant heated floor or entertain family in friends in the main dining/living room.

The house is a complete retreat for a romantic week of vacation and relaxation or get-togethers for friends and family. It's a 2-hour drive from New York City, 45 minutes from New Paltz, 50 minutes from West Point.

The Middletown, NY, train station (for NJ Transit) is 40 minutes away; scheduled bus service in Ellenville is 15 minutes away by taxi.

The house is just minutes from great hiking and the best hang-gliding on the east coast. Just a bit further are amazing rock-climbing, mountain-lake swimming, farmer's markets, summer theater, music festivals and golf.

We regret that the house is not equipped for wheelchair accessibility.

More Details

Meg Browne
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2018

About Meg Browne

We spent all our childhood summers in Cragsmoor and have fond memories of exploring the woods, climbing trees, finding red newts, and swimming in mountain water holes along the trails in the mountains. We also remember great, foggy, fall days when we’d play games, read and eat our mother’s fresh baked muffins with tea – or scare ourselves by watching Dark Shadows when our parents were out. As adults we enjoy cooking, entertaining and gardening in Cragsmoor and my sister was married in the Stone Church. Now her young daughter and friends are busy exploring the mountains.

Meg Browne purchased this house in 1999

Why Meg Browne chose Cragsmoor

Losee Cottage has always had a special attachment to us not only because our family has been vacationing on this lovely spot since the 1860's but because of the beautiful surroundings and the activities the great outdoors offers.

Losee cottage (pronounced Low -see with emphasis on low) was originally a kitchen attached to the house where our great grandparents and their 8 children summered. When the children grew up, 'Losee Cottage' was put on American Chestnut logs (still visible in the basement but not in the forest) and dragged down the field by horses (circa 1890-1900). It became our great uncle's home. He sold it during WWII and subsequent owners enlarged it.

We repurchased the house in 1999 and have restored and modernized it. We do not live in the house. We spend our free time in the “Stone House” which is next door to Losee Cottage.

We hope that if you do choose Losee Cottage as a vacation spot, that you will enjoy it and the surroundings as much as we have.

What makes this house unique

Less than a mile's walk to Sam's Point Preserve.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cragsmoor in Town of Wawarsing

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Second Floor
    Full 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , First Floor
  • Bathrooms heated by radiant floor system: Each bathroom has it's own thermostat.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Living Room - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Living Room has 2 sofa beds: 1 Queen & 1 Single.
  • Air conditioner (with remote) is provided for each of the 4 bedrooms. Summer nights are generally cool on the mountain but in recent summers there have been one to two weeks when temperatures reached into the 90's. Window shades for a better night's sleep - Each bedroom has at least 4 windows, each with blackout shades. All windows have screens to let in summer breezes. In cooler weather, storm window sashes and a well insulated home help keep out the cold. There are two separate heating zones for the 4 bedrooms. Bedrooms heated via hot water baseboard units. Bathroom and upstairs hall have a separate radiant floor heating zone. Living Room: We don't count sofa beds in our sleep count because the sofa beds while comfortable, are not private and make for a crowded stay. If you really do want to rent for 10 people, we charge $50 extra per person per night. Bedding and towels are provided. .
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
First floor heated via radiant floor system. Living room also has hot water baseboard heating system. 1.5 cords of seasoned firewood included in yearly rental. Parents with very young children will need to consider child proofing as the house is not child proofed.


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average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews

Peaceful and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed several times at Losee Cottage when we are in the area for retreats and programs at one of the local monasteries. The house is well maintained, the pictures are accurate, and Meg the owner is very helpful and accommodating. The setting in the woods is peaceful. Losee Cottage works well for a group of friends staying together.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Heaven in the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had an amazing time at Meg's house in Cragsmoor. Honestly, I don't even know where to start because we had such a wonderful month. Cragsmoor is a gem. A short walk away from the Sam's Point park, a beautiful hike with amazing views. And there are many great towns to explore within 30 minutes. The weather was perfect, a little cooler and less humid than the city, so it was a perfect break from the city life. And the house is beautifully laid out and peaceful. Meg was also a wonderful host and very quick and easy to communicate with, we're glad we got to hang out with her a little bit too! For anyone looking for a peaceful and inspiring getaway, this is your spot. We hope we'll get to stay again sometime soon!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Another Great Quilt Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of quilters who have been renting the Losee Lane Cottage 2-3 times a year since 2012. The house is equipped with everything we need and provides us with plenty of room for sewing machines, plus all the things that go along with our craft. The windows provide, not only great natural light, but great nature as well. This trip, we were fortunate to visit with Meg, the owner, and her Cousin. We have already booked our next retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Losee Cottage

  • 5 of 5

GREAT house-even better owners!!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Losee cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay, This is located in a perfect spot close to wallkill farm and just outside of Sam Point. The house is very spacious, we had 2 family's stay together and there was plenty of room. When we visit again we will be sure to see if this property is available.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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May 2015 Review of Rental 972240

  • 4 of 5

Our family vacation was very enjoyable. The house had plenty of space for all in our family and the price was reasonable. The description and pictures of the cottage were accurate. The cottage was located far enough from the city so that you would not believe you were in New York! The view was calm and peaceful. The trees were lovely and plentiful. We all would recommend staying at this cottage so that others can enjoy a home away from home!!!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Steward International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Aroma Thyme
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Honors Haven, Ellenville NY
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Middletown, New York (NJ Transit from NYC)
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
route 52
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Aroma Thyme
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Belleayre Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
16.8 Miles
Minniwaska State Park
Car: necessary

The Losee Cottage Experience

Take a hike or snow shoe (rentals available at park entrance) through Sam's Point preserve . Enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful and historic Cragsmoor hamlet, an artist colony that several Hudson River School painters called home and many artists, actors and musicians continue to call home and where temperatures are a good 5 -10 degrees cooler in summer than in the Valley.

The nearby village of Ellenville (7 mile drive) may still look shabby but it is dusting itself off especially in the culinary and theatre area: The selection of good restaurants and pastry shops continues to expand. That includes the 4.3 star, Zagat rated, Aroma Thyme (organic, sustainable, locally produced with a good selection of beers from the region), plus Mexian, Asian Fusion, Italian and a steak house.

Shadowland Theatre, has the foremost regional and professionally run theater in the area. Honor’s Haven offers a gym, spa and golf. Ellenville has a newly restored public pool (small fee.)

Sam's Point Nature Preserve, a half mile from the house, offers invigorating hikes and gorgeous views of Bear Mountain (60 miles away), the Hudson Valley, and the Catskill Mountains. The historic local Stone Church with its lovely views is the site of dozens of weddings and events year-around. The Cragsmoor Free Library contains Hudson River School paintings as well as paintings by more recent artists.

Other activities are within a 30 to 45 minute drive, including the traditional charm of Mohonk Mountain House and Resort, Minnewaska State Park (which connects by trains to Sams Point Preserve), and New Paltz, NY, a lively town with diverse dining, shopping and rock climbing as well as the National Landmark: Historic Huguenot Street.

Other activities closer-by include hang gliding, horseback riding, and hiking as well as wine tours and occasional musical performances at the Stone Church and in the restaurants of Ellenville.

Kid Friendly: Ambulating children have a great time on the property. Parents will need to consider 'child proofing' for very young children.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cragsmoor, New York

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Full Time Rental
1 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
180 night minimum stay
for 180 nights

Additional pricing information

Security Deposit £2,035.76
Refundable Damage Deposit £214.29
Tax Rate 2.0%

This is a fully equipped and furnished home available for year-round rental. We charge a base price, excluding electric, fuel, garbage, internet, phone and TV of $2100 (lawn care, snowplowing and one cord of wood are included.) We advertise at $2850 because that is what we expect you will end up paying after electric (averages $100/month), fuel (about 1000/gal per year - price has averaged between $2,000 and $3500/year over past 6 years and due largely to the cost of fuel. We do lock in a maximum price with the oil company each year to limit the impact of oil price surges. Fireplace insert is capable of heating first floor and could help reduce your heating costs), Spectrum TV (current price is $250/month including highest speed internet available, phone and all TV channels - we are open to suggestions excluding satellite dish install), and Garbage ($100 - $500/yr depending on whether you choose to take your trash to the Wawarsing Town Dump ...$50 permit plus $2/garbage bag...or use a local garbage pickup service.)

We require two month's rent upfront, half of which represents a security deposit; the other half is your first month's rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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