Sheltered below a stand of spruce, lookout upon the pond and mountains--no buildings are visible, cathedral ceiling, dsl, Wifi, HD flat screen, surround sound, wood stove. Covered deck, charcoal grill, deck furniture, trails through tiered property of meadows & woods, fruit & nut trees & hundreds of plantings supporting abundant wildlife. Bench under trees by pond, 2 streams, adjoins thousands of acres of 20 mile long reservoir, on which I have a boat available for fishing, & as of May 2012 will be open for kayaking, canoeing, & removable keel sailboats—must register craft with DEP & have them cleaned & receive sticker. Hiking will also be expanded on reservoir property. Wonderful hiking throughout area & biking along quiet roads, lookout upon the mountains of the forever wild Catskill Park, yet only 12 minutes from the delightful village of Andes with shops, restaurants & galleries. Town pool + several lakes for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, Kayak & canoe on several NYC Reservoirs
Take great hikes starting at the front door or throughout the Catskill Park which offers trails of varying degrees of difficulty. The quiet winding road that runs below my properties is a favorite for bicyclists--it is 14 miles from my house to the end of the road in Downsville and you will only pass 7 homes along the way. Have a large group? Rent both of my homes (12 maximum)--see my other listing on this site 138165
My other house (a cabin) is the nearest dwelling--a hundred yards away up the hill and hidden behind the embankment of spruce trees. If the cabin is rented the rentees may ask you if they can use the pond or walk the property and down to the streams. That is entirely up you and do not feel pressured in anyway to grant that request if you feel uncomfortable. Use of my rowboat IS shared by both rentals. I keep the oars, life jackets and anchor in the shed behind the house but they may be at the cabin.
5 ski resorts in the area as well a snow tubing. Bring snowshoes & crampons for the Catskill trails. Several rivers offer good kayaking and canoeing, while the Beaverkill is a world class fly fishing stream. Or just curl up by the fire with a book and beverage of choice. In summer sit on the deck and watch fireflies dance under a star studded sky, I hope you find this a comfortable mountain retreat to recharge & reconnect.
You are only allowed to place Registered Rowboats on the reservoir & as of May 2012 you will be allowed kayaks, canoes, removable keel sailboats (all must be steam cleaned and registered at available locations. I have a registered row boat on the reservoir and it is available to rentees who have a NY State fishing license plus a Public Access Permit, obtained (free) from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. All NYCDEP regulations apply.
Swimming (my pond, 3 mountain lakes--2 of which have a sandy beach & lifeguard, village pool, hiking--all levels, birding, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, great fishing (streams/rivers/lakes/reservoir) biking, yoga, massage, restaurants, galleries, shops, antiquing, 3 auction houses, horseback riding, golf courses, rock climbing, caves, 5 ski resorts, snowshoeing--bring crampons for the high peaks during the winter months, bucolic dairy farms, petting zoo, Rail Ride, concerts, festivals, theatre several museums, a day trip to the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farmer’s Museum/Fenimore Cooper Museum, heading east to Woodstock, The Frederick Church museum and the Dia Center on the Hudson
Other Activities: 5 ski resorts, snow tubing, snow shoeing + crampons, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing
Golf: Two golf courses
Ski: 5 ski resorts, snow tubing, snow shoeing