LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY: AN AUTUMNAL PRIVATE REALM, NATURE, WATERS, SERENITY

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A Paradise for Couples with Mountain Views, Rushing Waters and Wiitten Pond

'Witten Pond' is comprised of three homes on a 15-acre owner-estate, which is bordered by the 'forever wild' Catskill State Forest Preserve and NYC-protected Wittenberg Stream. The original home, circa 1910, recently-restored 'Lily of the Valley,' is furnished in art and antiques. The second is a more contemporary dwelling, 'Witten Gatehouse' with spa bathroom. The third is 'Witten Barn,' an architectural feat of old and new. 'Witten Pond' homes provide perfect private realms for a romantic, or private, getaway and small business retreat.

1) “Lily of the Valley' is a restored circa 1900 chestnut post and beam 'Swiss Cottage style' lodge. Huge Chelsea loft-style bedroom/library occupies the entire 2nd floor, which looks out on Witten Pond, Wittenberg Stream and high Catskill peaks. 1300 sq. ft. on two floors with porches on 3 sides. Light on 6 sides (4 walls and 2 roofs). The 1st floor has a master bath with clawfoot tub and hand-held European shower, living room with wood burning stream-stone fireplace, and country kitchen with bluestone counters. Covered porches are on three sides. Sitting area in back with wood burning Tuscan wood grill, teak sitting benches, gardens, and picnic table overlooking Witten Pond. Swimming (at guest risk) and fishing (catch-and-release) in Witten Pond, which is also owned by the owner. Wittenberg Stream, a classic trout stream, is just across the road. Lily amenities include Wifi internet, DVD/TV, CD/radio, massage table, and excellent cell service. House is furnished with antiques and Hudson Valley art.

Lily of the Valley, one of three houses part of the family-owned estate, Witten Pond, is surrounded by mountain peaks, rushing water, and stone walls. “Zen-like” describes the property to some as does 'attention to detail,' 'most relaxing rental home ever,' 'what a find,' 'a claw foot tub and wood burning fireplace,' 'incredible light,' 'well-curated library,' and a guest remarking “Is this the house that inspired Ralph Lauren?” A lovingly restored historic home furnished with antiques, fine art, and in contemplative comfort with the incredible cultural richness of the Hudson Valley at your fingertips. A romantic 'home of the heart.'

2) ' Witten Gatehouse' is a stone and wood 2-story cottage. There is light on 4 sides. 650 sq. ft. on two floors, the 2nd floor open and looking out on the 1st floor windows. The perfect rental with 'Lily of the Valley' to provide for two couples or a couple and family. Recently restored in contemporary style with with upstairs open loft bedroom and a bathroom spa.

The Gatehouse amenities include very good cellular and Wifi internet ... not always available in much of the Woodstock area, DVD/TV, showered bathroom. The 2nd story bedroom is reached by circular staircase, has a skylight looking out on Witten Pond and mountains, and opens to the living room below, filled with light and the sound of rushing water from Wittenberg Stream. Great northern light for a painter. Perfect for a writer. The 1st floor has the bathroom (shower), living room and kitchenette with local bluestone counters; wood burning Franklin fireplace; looks out on owner's gardens, Witten Pond, and mountain views. French front doors open to small stone sitting patio. Sitting bench for Gatehouse is at and directly on pond. An artist and writer's haven, wonderfully open with 2-story ceilings.

3) 'Witten Barn' is across Witten Pond from Lily and the Gatehouse. The Barn Residence is stunning, contemporary, streamlined and sleek in its architectural design, leaving the resident wanting for nothing. Witten Barn is filled with light on its three sides on both floors. An open kitchen without equal for any chef's delight overlooks a spacious living room with a Tuscan wood-fire fireplace. A hand-wrought verdigris spiral staircase leads to the 2nd floor master bedroom suite with an amazing sculptured bath.

You can locate our other two high quality Private Realm getaway homes on HomeAway:

The Barn at Witten Pond #3672478;

The Gatehouse at Witten Pond #3777731

The culture and lifestyles of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Hudson, and New Paltz are an easy drive away. Historic Woodstock, which has a year-round vibrant art and music community together with many restaurants, galleries and shops, is a 20 minute drive along scenic back roads.

• The Hudson Valley is a cornucopia of fresh vegetables, fruits, organic meats, bakeries, vineyards, orchards, and the Culinary Institute of America.

• The luxury Emerson Spa Resort is a 15 minute drive away (perfect for breakfast too)

• The ski resorts of Belleayre and Hunter are 30 minutes away.

• Historic Kingston, the first capitol of NY State, dates from the 1600’s and has a historic district and a vibrant harbor on the Hudson River.

• New Paltz with SUNY NewPaltz, the Dorsky Art Musem ,and Historic Huguenot Street, the oldest street in America with its 1600’s stone houses, and the world-class historic Mohonk Mountain House with golf, activities, and all amenities on a ridge overlooking New Paltz where world-class rock climbing also takes place.

• Across the Hudson River is Hyde Park with its Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR Home and Museum; Rhinebeck with its Beekman Arms, food and shopping; Bard College with its academic and musicale programs; Hudson with its antique shops and the Olana estate of painter Frederic Church; and Catskill with the historic home of Thomas Cole, founding artist of the Hudson River School.

Witten Pond is a one of-a-kind estate property in the high Catskills, and an easy drive to Woodstock and Phoenicia. Not far from the Zen Mountain Moneastery and a perfect couple or family retreat from City pressure. Nature, panoramic views, rushing water, hand-crafted buildings, and stone walls are the property’s signature.

History & More: Lily of the Valley, hand built circa 1900 as the private fishing lodge of Sheriff of Ulster County, Zadoc Boice, in classic “Swiss Cottage” style. It features stream-stone fireplace with wood-burning insert, chestnut posts and beams, rustic cherry-wood decorative elements, and light on 4 sides. It has been lovingly restored and refurbished by the owner and overlooks spring-fed Witten Pond, which flows into Wittenberg stream then down from Wittenberg mountain into the Ashokan Reservoir.

The 1st floor has much charm and has the feeling of a home at once informal yet lavished with care and comfort. The open 1st floor living/dining area has a separate kitchen with bluestone counters and new refrigerator/freezer and stove/oven. French doors and windows provide light on all 4 sides. An antique chestnut dining table overlooks Witten Pond through French Doors leading to the porch. Owner’s attention to detail is everywhere. The hand crafted cherry-wood banister going upstairs is something to behold. The wood flooring was cut from trees on the property as a wedding gift to the Owner from a neighbor. The bathroom’s claw foot tub also looks out on Witten Pond and mountains.

The 2nd floor Master bedroom/library is filled with light, having 4 skylights and 7 windows. There is a sofa in the library/sitting area, an elevated queen bed in the bedroom area, and picture-window views of Witten Pond and high Catskill peaks. The sitting/reading area has a sofa/bed, twig rocker, antique writing table, Danish wood stove, eclectic library, TV/DVD, radio/CD, Wifi internet, and excellent cell reception.

The sitting area at the rear looks over Witten Pond, sitting up against stone walls and looking up a mountain. For entertaining and relaxing it has picnic table, chairs, benches, and hand-built stone charcoal and wood fired Tuscan grill.

DETAILS

No smoking

Pets with written permission

Housekeeping service after visit is required

Comes with firewood, condiments and two mountain bikes

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Lee Anne Morgan (Property Manager)
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Guestbook comments from the manager

My boyfriend and I live in the NYC and enjoy a chance to get out of the density once in a while. We have taken to long weekends in the Catskills due to its proximity and the abundance of great walks, culture, food and people. We've stayed gorgeous homes in Kingston and in Woodstock but absolutely fell in love with Lily of the Valley in West Shokan. The pictures and description accurately represent the property but still do not do it justice. The house is set on Witten Pond which is a extra special feature. We loved exploring the immediate area around the house, admiring the attention to detail Charlotte and the owners have given the area. There are beautiful benches, Buddhas, sculptures, bird houses, and other accents around the property. The house is a labor of love I also can't do justice. Every feature, piece of furniture and decoration in the house was had chosen and intentionally placed. The house feels like a real home that must have taken many years to decorate so thoroughly, consistently and beautifully. I have never stayed in such a cozy and relaxing rental home ever. The kitchen is fully stocked. We prepared a homemade bolognese, popped the cork on the complimentary bottle of red wine (which was very good!) and sat by the fire marveling at what a find we had come upon. The bathroom and bathtub are lovely (I enjoyed the premium soaps and herbal tonics and took soak). Upstairs you are transported to a spacious hideaway with breathtaking views. The bedroom looks like the ideal place to write a novel -- it is warm, has gorgeous rugs and hand-picked furniture, a well curated library and beautiful artwork from stained glass windows to photography to sketches of birds. The skylights are incredible and elevate the room even more. The bed is large and comfortable with quality pillows. For a couple I cannot recommend this property enough.

If it is helpful, I'll share the activities we enjoyed. We skied Belleayre located 30 minutes away door to door. It's both smaller than Hunter Mountain and has great lower mountain trails which we both wanted (being the inexperienced skier and snowboarder that we are). We also went hiking on a little known trail accessible from Matyas Road just off of Route 28 about 1.5 miles south of Bellayre Mountain in Shandanken Reserve. It's about a 3-hour hike and totally worth it. We've vowed to come back and hike this trail again, dinner at Peekamoose (fine dining) and loved it.
Jan 2013
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Lily-of-the-Valley: An Autumnal Private Realm, Nature, Waters, Serenity
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Woodstock Catskills
5

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5
The pictures undervalue this property. It is twice as beautiful than portrayed and exceeded our expectations completely. I will say that this is the perfect place for a retreat into nature, filled with beauty and tranquility. Love, love, love it!!!!
  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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5

peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I spent a wonderful week at Lily of the Valley. It is perfect for a couple: cozy and comfortably rustic, private, very clean and well stocked with kitchen utensils, towels, etc. There are several nice places to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You can see the other two houses on the property, but it doesn't distract from the feeling of privacy.

There is a good grocery store, liquor store and bakery an easy 15 minute drive away.
  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Woodstock Catskills
5

Tranquillity, Charm, and Comfort

  • 5 of 5
What a find! the reviews were right on. The perfect place for a weekend escape that we wished we had booked for much longer. Nestled in the foothills on the edge on the Catskill Park lands a refuge where the history of souls seeking solitude is evident in the grounds, garden, waters, and living quarters.
We stayed in "the Lily" but toured the other buildings where we could have easily felt at home as well. My husband flyfished the catch and release pond with ease and luck while I watched and read. Super wireless internet extended from the house to the grounds and served up Netflix as a great source for evening flicks. There is no real reason to leave the grounds if you pack food to prepare meals. We explored Boiceville, Woodstock, and Phoenicia as it was Woodstock Anniversary weekend and we hadn't been up there since our youth in the seventies.
We had dinner one night at the "Peekamoose Restaurant" in Big Indian but we did not find it as impressive as the reviews touted. We did enjoy sandwiches prepared at "Bread Alone" bakery outlet in Boiceville, we actually stopped in there for take out on the ride home too. Besides great local fishing spots there are plenty of easy hiking trips. We learned of the "Peekamouse Blue Hole" very close to Witten Pond. It was a scenic ride, a short hike, and an amazing place. We saw why this site is rated one of the top five swimming holes in the USA.
It looked like a tropical pool. We did not swim as the air temp was 65 but there were some hikers and their pups swimming there.
The owner and caretaker of Witten Pond, Arthur, was in residence at the time and he was helpful, thoughtful and delighted that we appreciated his piece of paradise. The photographs of this place just begin to tell the story of peace at the end of Moonhaw Road.

The Coles, Freehold, NJ
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A review like this from the Coles chokes me up, as it reminds me once again of the many "kindred spirits" throughout the world. Morgan Anderson, property manager
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New York, New York
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Idyllic hideaway

  • 5 of 5
I'm always a little nervous arriving at a rental that I've found online and never seen but Lilly of the Valley was even better than the pictures. Nestled above the pond, far enough back from the road but within earshot of the brook, is a gorgeous little house fit for all seasons. I can imagine enjoying sitting by the fire as much as I did watching the fire flies from the porch.
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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+1 845-657-1854
Woodstock Catskills
New York, New York
5

Idyllic hideaway

  • 5 of 5
I'm always a little nervous arriving at a rental that I've found online and never seen but Lilly of the Valley was even better than the pictures. Nestled above the pond, far enough back from the road but within earshot of the brook, is a gorgeous little house fit for all seasons. I can imagine enjoying sitting by the fire as much as I did watching the fire flies from the porch.
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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+1 845-657-1854
Woodstock Catskills
5

Beautiful Getaway from the City

  • 5 of 5
We have rented many homes for short getaways in the Catskills over the last three years and Lily of the Valley is by far the best.

Among the many factors making Lily of the Valley so great are: its secluded and very quiet location in the heart of the Catskills but still within easy driving distance of NYC, the beautiful spring fed-fed Witten pond that is the centerpiece of the property, the claw foot bath tub that allows you to relax while enjoying the view of Witten pond, its Tuscan grill, and its light-filled second floor bedroom.

The property is very clean and well-maintained and its close to the two most important things you need in the Catskills: easy access to hiking trails and excellent farm stands. Arthur, the owner, takes great pride in his property, which is evident in every detail you encounter on your stay. We would certainly recommend this property to anyone else who is looking to have a unique and enjoyable getaway in the Catskills.
  • Submitted: May 30, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany and Newburgh
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak Rhinecliff at Rhinebeck, NY
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 28 Boiceville
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Snyder's, West Shokan
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Belleayre
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Woodstock
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Emerson Spa and Inn, Mt. Tremper
Car: necessary

The Hudson Valley is a cornucopia of fresh vegetables, fruits, organic meats, bakeries, vineyards, orchards, and the Culinary Institute of America.

• The luxury Emerson Spa Resort is a 15 minute drive away.

• The ski resorts of Belleayre and Hunter are 30 minutes away.

• Historic Kingston, the first capitol of NY State, dates from the 1600’s and has a historic district and a vibrant harbor on the Hudson River.

• New Paltz with SUNY NewPaltz, the Dorsky Art Museum, and Historic Huguenot Street, the oldest street in America with its 1600’s stone houses, and the world-class historic Mohonk Mountain House with golf, activities, and amenities on a ridge overlooking New Paltz where world-class rock climbing also takes place.

• Across the Hudson River is Hyde Park with its Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR Home and Museum; Rhinebeck with its Beekman Arms, food and shopping; Bard College with its academic and musicale programs; Hudson with its antique shops and the Olana estate of painter Frederic Church; and Catskill with the historic home of Thomas Cole, founding artist of the Hudson River School.

Witten Pond with “Lily of the Valley” is a one of-a-kind estate property in the high Catskills, a short drive from Woodstock and Phoenicia. Not far from the Zen Mountain Moneastery also, it is a Zen-like retreat from City pressure. Nature, panoramic views, rushing water, hand-crafted buildings, and stone walls are the property’s signature.

Lily was hand built circa 1900 as a private fishing lodge in classic “Swiss Cottage” style. It features stream-stone fireplace with wood-burning insert, chestnut post and beam construction, rustic cherry-wood decorative elements, and light on 4 sides. It has been lovingly restored and refurbished by the owner and overlooks spring-fed Witten Pond, which flows into Wittenberg stream and then down from Wittenberg mountain into the Ashokan Reservoir.

It is a very special place and a reality check with healing power of nature, plus the vitality of art, music, history, and the outdoors of Woodstock and the Hudson Valley. When the owner first settled here from NYC he had no idea country like this existed within a 2 hour drive from Manhattan. What he first saw reminded him so much of his Michigan roots and ancestral Scotland.

WITTEN POND:

Witten Pond is a family compound set on 15 acres at the end of a public Town road in a valley surrounded by thousands of acres of Catskill State Forest Preserve, which are 'forever wild.'

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer/Fall
Jun 3 2014 - Nov 28 2014
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,650
 
 
Winter
Dec 1 2014 - Jan 6 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
cleaning $125
Notes Majestic, Light filled, romantic, views, peaceful,nature, hiking, life

Witten Pond consists of 3 magnificent residences: Lily of the Valley, The Gate House, Witten Barn all available for rental
50% deposit at time of reservation
Payment in full 30days prior to reservation date
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Amenities

Amenities

Woodstock House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Lake View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Firewood
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , combination tub/shower , Tub has hand held shower and looks out on garden and pond
  • The bathroom’s claw foot tub directly looks out on Witten pond, Wittenberg stream, and Wittenberg Mountain through a bay window, which usually houses one of the owner's unique Buddha statues. The shower is a hand held, European style and the views, as already stated, are spectacular, but their is privacy due to the 'secret garden.'
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The Master bedroom/library is tranquil with skylights and light on 6 sides, also with Italian sofa bed in the library area and an elevated queen bed in the bedroom area of the open 2nd floor. There are picture-window views of Witten Pond and the high Catskill peaks. The sitting/reading area has the sofa bed, twig rocker, antique writing table, and eclectic library. Appointed with fine linens.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Barbecue
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Deck Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • waterfalls
  • festivals
  • forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • water tubing
Notes:
DESCRIPTION: “Lily of the Valley” is a Private Realm getaway in the magnificent Catskills, a perfect retreat from an active City life. Nature, panoramic views, rushing water, and mountains surround. A place for those who love nature, privacy, and serenity. Yet with easy access to Woodstock/Hudson Valley’s culture and adventure. A circa 1900 Catskills fishing lodge, it has been lovingly refurbished renovated and restored as a Couple’s Realm. “Lily” overlooks a half acre spring-fed rainbow trout pond, 8 feet deep, flowing into Wittenberg stream, which in turn flows into the Ashokan Reservoir. It is part of a 15-acre family estate.The home was hand built circa 1900 in a classic “Swiss cottage” style featuring a stream-stone fireplace, and signature chestnut post and beam, and cherry wood accents. Lily is furnished from local antique shops and art from the owner’s collection. As a friend has asked: “Is this the house that inspired Ralph Lauren?”
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