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Serene & Stylish Retreat: Saugerties & Woodstock, Catskills

Bruce Stalnaker

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Bruce Stalnaker

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2015
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Serene & Stylish Retreat: Saugerties & Woodstock, Catskills

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


West Saugerties House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Wake up to birds singing and green all around you on a perfect country road located between Woodstock and Saugerties. Close to HITS! Gorgeous leafscape in the fall, dazzling white snow on pine trees in the winter. Property has hundreds of trees on 2+ acres, with landscaped garden, good-sized lawn, and rock outcroppings. Private but not isolated. Custom sunroom with AC and exercise equipment (stationary bike, yoga mat, medicine ball, weights). Bluestone patio with chaise lounges for lounging in nice weather, bluestone fireplace built from stones on the property for snuggling in winter and fall.

Comfortable furnishings, including many mid-century modern pieces.

3 bedrooms, including master bedroom suite with terrace. 1 ½ baths (upstairs is spa bath with Jacuzzi), custom terra-cotta tiled kitchen with dishwasher, toaster oven, microwave, washer/dryer. TV/DVD, high-speed Internet and Wi-fi. Woodstock Land Conservancy Nature Trail down the road, 'Big Pink' of Bob Dylan fame just a 5 minute walk away. House offers a very serene environment and beautiful views (seasonal mountain views from downstairs). It is perfect for relaxing, writing, meditating, regenerating, but is just a 10 minute drive from the shops and restaurants of both Woodstock and Saugerties.

All interior photography by Phil Mansfield Photography.

Also available for location shoots, has been featured in Esquire magazine.

Keywords: 3 Bedroom House on 2 Wooded Acres

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Bruce Stalnaker (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2015

About Bruce Stalnaker

I am a writer and professor in New York City. I love my home in the woods and would love to share it with others. It is the perfect blend of relaxation and stimulation - it is private but not isolated and close to two towns (Woodstock and Saugerties). It is great for solitude and writing but also a fun place for families - and a romantic retreat in all seasons.

Bruce Stalnaker purchased this house in 2005

Why Bruce Stalnaker chose West Saugerties

I love the rustic feel of this area, my property has 'outcroppings' that can be explored and hiked, and there is a wonderful hiking trail run by the Woodstock Land Conservancy just down the road. And yet there are also great restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, so you have nature and fun at the same time, and the choice of two different towns - Woodstock and Saugerties - equally close by.

What makes this house unique

My house has a wonderful serene energy, both inside and throughout the property. Whether you sit on the bluestone patio, or in front of the bluestone fireplace, or in bed drinking coffee or tea and looking at the trees, you feel a sense of calm. It is the perfect getaway.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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based on 8 traveler reviews

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Serene & Stylish Retreat: Saugerties & Woodstock, Catskills
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Great upstate getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this lovely getaway home several times and really enjoyed our stay. Great for all seasons with activities nearby and around including skiing, hiking, sight seeing, national parks, swimming, historic adventures and more. We have young children who love the books, toys and games provided, as well as playing in the yard. It's great for nature adventures and a calming environment makes it a gem.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I with our two adult sons and one girlfriend visited Serenity in the Woods for our second time. Although the weather was spotty at times we managed to get some serious hiking during the day and plenty of relaxing around the beautiful fireplace at night. The house has everything you could want or need, including a brand new water heater that never quits making hot water. The house is laid out nicely for 5-6 people with a big dining room for those eat at home days. Again, the kitchen is well equipped. There is a picturesque sun room to just sit and enjoy the natural setting of the house from the comfort of a couch. The owner has a local property manager who will gladly provide as much help as you may need, not that you'll need much, but it's nice that he is available.

The quaint town of Saugerties is ten minutes by car and has many interesting little shops but one place stands out for our family and that's Dutch's Ale House. Uncommonly good pub food and a great selection of beer - great after a hike.

Oh yea, the hike down the block, the Allen Sloan Gorge trail, is a great 1-1.5 hour hike that provides a lot of interesting geologic stops along the way.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

wonderful, cute house

  • 4 of 5

6 of us rented serenity for a weekend bachelorette party. we fell in love the moment we stepped foot into the house. there was a nice woodsy country aroma in the atmosphere. we absolutely loved the sun/exercise room. while at serenity, we took advantage of the nature trail close by (we walked there without even driving our car). house felt quiet and secluded but was a close drive into town. on our last morning, all of us wished we had more time to spend in the house. if we ever come back to saugerties, we'll definitely stay at serenity again.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Cape Cod, MA

Relaxing Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this beautiful house in the woods during our daughter's graduation from Bard College. The house is in a quiet, peaceful area, but is only a ten minute drive to the downtown area of Saugerties. There are nice shops, restaurants and "Beer Universe!" The weather didn't cooperate (cold and rainy at the end of May!), but we enjoyed a fire in the gorgeous fireplace and the views of the woods out the large windows. Plenty of room for everyone. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
United States

Wonderful, refreshing break from city life

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 3 year old daughter and I just returned from our stay. In short, we had an amazing time. The house was clean, well appointed and very comfortable. We felt relaxed immediately upon arriving. Although we only stayed for three nights and four days, we felt like we'd been gone for two weeks. Ruth, the owner, was extremely responsive - usually within 5 minutes! - throughout the process and offered great guidance on local, kid-friendly activities. There is an absolutely beautiful, easy hike only about a mile down the road and tons of family activities and restaurants in both Saugerties and Woodstock. I would absolutely recommend staying there. It's a perfect, relaxing break from NYC.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
New York, NY

The Perfect Escape from NYC

  • 5 of 5

I decided to treat my husband to a weekend at Serenity in the Woods for his birthday. I invited five of our closest friends to join us. I can't imagine a more relaxing, rejuvenating, and peaceful getaway from the pressures of life in NYC. During our visit, Saugerties was a winter wonderland with over two feet of snow outside. We brought snowshoes and planned to do a lot of outdoor activities, but ended up using the snow shoes only to bring more wood in from the endless supply in the woodshed outside. The house is beautiful, spacious, and comfortable. We did a lot of our own cooking and the kitchen had all the appliances and things we needed. We also appreciated the "extras" that made the house feel like a special getaway: the balcony off the second floor master bedroom with beautiful view, the luxurious shower/jacuzzi, the sun room with exercise bike and yoga mat. The wooded area around the house is so calming and inviting. We loved our short walk to Big Pink - it makes perfect sense that Bob Dylan would choose this neighborhood to write music. Ruth, the owner of the property, was a pleasure to work with. She was continually accessible and accommodating to our special requests. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway



Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

West Saugerties House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Security $350
Notes Three weeknights for $600

Security $350

Cleaning fee $120

Sheets and towels included

$ 250 per night for national holiday stays, 3 night minimum

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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West Saugerties House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1530 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Master has jacuzzi tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) Two are twin beds and two are trundle beds which come up to the same height as the twins.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • water tubing

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