|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
Unique 800 square foot master bedroom is a creative open floor plan. Wake up and look out wall glass sliders onto the side of the mountain with a small creek running down the mountain when it rains. Shower in a free standing shower enclosed by transparent panels of birch twigs. Or bath in a free standing tub as you look out to the wooded area and creek below.
Double sided fireplace as warmth to both the kitchen and the 'ballroom' the main waiting area of the original station. Walk out onto the brick patio and enjoy a meal outside with Tiki torches and barbecue under the starry skies. The upstairs has two areas. On the end of the house is the master bedroom suite and the other end has 3 bedrooms, where the train master originally lived with his family. One bedroom has a secret door entrance, as requested by our children when we renovated the station.
Walk to park with swimming pool, tennis court, playground, basketball court, soccer, baseball field and minature golf.
My husband and I grew up in the Boston area and moved to the city to attend Cooper Union. I also attended Pratt Institute.
We have had our small interior design contracting company for 30 years and have three adult children two of which are married.
My husband and I had wonderful family holidays here. We are now enjoying a change of season with our children older and looking to spend our vacations in other peoples unique homes.
Maureen Darmetko purchased this villa in 1986
When do you get to live in a creative, professionally designed space let alone a train station? You can stay in the comfort of this home which is entertaining in itself or venture out for a diverse selection of activities for all ages.
This home was an abandon concrete shell of history. It was our vision of it's potential that captivated us. There was the mission style parapet wall front facade, 8' thick concrete walls and the four archways openings to the waiting room that travelers would pass through as they bought their tickets and jumped aboard the next train. The train loaded with NYC passengers looking to relax in the cool upstate mountains in the summer or head to the city for the day.
If you are looking for a totally unique and charismatic experience, with every whistle, bell and detail so thoughtfully and elegantly put together - look no further. Owners Maureen and Joe have created a fantasy out of a honest to god train station. Great taste and not without a sense of humor and whimsy, the house was a true escape for my 6 friends over a snowy winter weekend. We cooked, made fires and s'mores with their s'more sticks and went hiking on the property, which actually has 3/4 mile abandoned train tunnel for exploring.
There's not much in terms of charming little towns within close proximity that we could find, but once we got to the house - which was 1.5 hours from the city without traffic, we never wanted to leave this house.
Rent this house for a great weekend getaway with friends!
Our family stayed in Maureen and Joe's lovely home. It easily accommodated our large group of 4 adults and 3 toddlers. The pictures do not do this home justice and we continued to be amazed by the attention to detail that went into the renovation. Yet the feeling of the home is welcoming and warm and we immediately felt 'at home'. We visited the area to do some apple picking with the kids and Maureen and Joe even provided us recommendations. The kids loved running in the expansive backyard and ringing the train bell. The older kids explored the old tunnel! We would definitely recommend the home and would go back.
We had a lovely time staying at the train station house. Maureen and Joe have designed the interior very uniquely and we had a lot of fun observing all of the fun objects and antique inspired artifacts. The most special part was waking up in the master bedroom on a plush comfy bed and looking out the windows to the lovely green trees and the garden below. Joe and Maureen were just wonderful to deal with and extremely helpful and precise when we had a few concerns regarding the kitchen workings. My kids loved ringing the train station bell every morning and gazing into the old tram light in the living room every night. Fun and interesting house for a group or large family!
The Highview Villa is immaculately decorated and very comfortable. A group of six of us stayed for a long weekend and we had a great time cooking, relaxing and enjoying a quiet break from the city. Maureen and Joe were gracious hosts and left us with many suggestions of what to do in the area as well as all of the fixings to make smores! It was also a special treat to see their photo album that documented the renovation process that turned a defunct train station into a spectacular home. We spent evenings admiring the detailed craftsmanship and beauty of the grand hall while enjoying the quiet, natural setting.
Some venue highlights:
- Enormous back yard with small trails into the woods
- Bonfire pit (with s’more roasting sticks!)
- Huge living room, perfect for playing Charades
- A chef’s kitchen with everything you might need to prepare a feast, including a dishwasher to help clean up!
We had absolutely no problems with our stay and would love to go back! Hopefully for longer next time!
We came to the Villa to enjoy a weekend celebration of our friends daughter's wedding. When we walked into the Highview Villa, learned of its history as a train station and saw the detailed restoration and renovation, we were enthralled. Not only is this home fun because of the details in decorating but it is comfortable and a home to remember.
The bride got dressed in the beautiful master bedroom which, as she said, gave her the special beginning to a glorious wedding. Our 10 day old granddaughter enjoy her first outing from Brooklyn.
The interior is wonderful and the grounds and outside patio were delightful on a lovely day. All the amenities one would want are available.
For the 6 of us who stayed for the long weekend and the bride who got ready for her wedding, we couldn't have asked for a finer spot to be!
My family recently stayed at the Highview Villa/ Train station for 5 days between Christmas and New Year's. We were seeking a peaceful rural setting, and a quality house with lots of space and a great kitchen, to enjoy some time out of NYC with visiting grandparents and two small kids (1.5 and 5). The house was exactly what we had been hoping it would be -- beautiful, unique, and comfortable, and the owners were friendly and helpful. We didn't do much exploring in the area, and owing to some wet weather we were actually indoors most of the time. The house was perfect for that. Exciting details for the kids included the two sided fireplace (we kept a fire going strong every day), the wildlife nearby, the train tunnel (and all aspects of the home's previous life as a train station), the small creek passing through the back yard, and the dining table with banquet style benches that obviated the need for a highchair. We all enjoyed the well appointed kitchen that could hold the whole group. We also used the outdoor grill most nights. As to nearby activities, again we didn't explore much, but it's a very sleepy little old town. Decent groceries are a 20 minute drive away (we came fully stocked), though closer you can find convenience type stores. We didn't explore any restaurants in neighboring towns, as we were happy to cook at the house. We did make a day trip to nearby New Paltz, and on the return drive stopped by the Mohonk Preserve for a 2 mile walk around a lake, which was perfect for all ages even with snow on the group. I would definitely recommend this home to families and groups. There are no amenities for small children (crib or highchair or gates on stairs) but we knew that ahead of time and planned accordingly. Lastly, I'll note that the owners live in the house when it's not rented, and this was actually a great thing -- it has all the comforts of a home, however it's not cluttered with personal effects and you don't feel as if you're intruding on someone's personal space. The owners did the reconstruction and interior design work on the house, which you'll spend a lot of time admiring. We will definitely go back. My only regret is that we didn't have any snow until we were packing to leave.
We are nestled in a wooded area on the side of a mountain. First and foremost you are residing in an historical train station professionally design and restored with over the top creativity. Enjoy this HGTV style home first hand, as in the show 'You LIve in a What?'.
There is the 25' high tunnel burrowed into the side of the mountain in front of our station . This, tunnel is about 1 mile long. This where the locomotives chugged through to reach the station. This feat of engineering allowed the first train passage through the steep grade of the mountains to allow passage to between NYC and Canada.
In the autumn you are immersed in color and the beauty of nature. There are local orchards for apple picking and warm cider donuts with apple cider. Stay home and enjoy the original train stations two sided wood fireplace as you relax in the ballroom or enjoy dinner in the kitchen. Walk over the Hudson on the foot bridge, hike the many mountains available or take one of the many rail/bike paths.
When snow blankets the station and 10-20' icicles form at the tunnels entrance you can grab your sled and head over the the park just down the road and sled down the parks hill. If you are a snowboarder or skier there is a variety of skiing resorts all within close proximity.
We are within a mile of the Basher Kill known for the it's thriving population of eagles and other wildlife.
There is hunting in a variety of forms throughout the fall, winter and various forms of fishing within close proximity as well.
The town park within a two minute walking distance has tennis courts, baseball field, pool, mini golf and basketball court. Also there are many planned kayaking courses in the rivers nearby.
Want to hit the New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, a Broadway show, or whatever peeks your interest? The depot is within 10 minutes of the Metro North train that can take you to Grand Central or within walking distance to a bus you could take into Port Authority in NYC.
Within ten minutes is bustling Middletown which has every retail store, variety of restaurants, cinemas and activities that you could want.
Like history? There are many Civil War reenactments at several sites complete with firing artillary throughout the year in local towns. Pack a picnic and watch the battle. West Point Military Academy is within 35 minutes with ongoing public events.
Don't miss the original Woodstock location of the 1969 outdoor concert which is now the Bethel Woods Center. Only 30 minutes away, you could have a tailgate picnic prior to the show. Followed by a tour of the museum that explains the events of the 60's and appeals to all ages. A live concert is heard as you watch the sun set.
The largest outlet center in the world, Woodbury Commons, is a 25 minutes drive.
A small historical airport is within 2 miles where you can take a two seater plan ride or glider up to view the incredible Hudson Valley.
Orange County Choppers has there facility 20 minutes away.
The Roosevelt mansions and many other wealthy families have homes along the Hudson you can tour.
These are just a few of the many delights to enjoy while you are here at the O&W train station.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Memorial Day Weekend
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$79|
When proceeding to pay preferred payment is e-check even though website incorrectly says preferred payment is charge card. If you are booking within 21 days of your stay full payment is required to hold the reservation.
Note all holiday weekends require a minimum of three nights to be booked. Holidays such as New Years, Christmas and Thanksgiving require a 4 night minimum reservation
The owner of the home cannot be held liable for any direct or indirect damages that may occur during your stay at the accommodation, including (but not limited to) injury to person or possessions, and loss due to fire, theft or criminal behaviour. Likewise, the owner is not responsible for potential delays, accidents, loss, and change of schedule. Renter may be held liable for damages that exceed the dollar amount of the insurance purchased. Renter is to provide names and ages of all guests on the property during the rental. The rental of the property is strictly limited to the use of these guests during the stay. No additional parties, individuals or groups allowed.
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