Witten Pond a 15 acre estate in the Catskill Mountains, surrounded by a forest preserve and consisting of 3 separate renovated residences of a former family compound. On the south side of Witten Pond sits the historic Lily of the Valley and Witten Gatehouse. On the north side of the pond is the historic Witten Barn with separate Moonhaw Gallery and the Tiny House Sauna.
Witten Pond is at the end of Moon haw Road in West Shokan, a one-lane town road surrounded by 1000’s of acres of “Forever wild” Catskill State Forest Preserve and in an area monitored by NYC to protect the Ashokan Reservoir. Private and public hiking trails abound. The pond is spring fed and rainbow Trout are available for catch and release fishing as well as swimming at your own risk (no life guard)
The views from Witten Barn over-look Witten Pond to the south and Cornell & Wittenberg Mountains (among the highest in the Catskills)to the North. Witten Pond is in Moonhaw Valley, one of those rare but accessible Catskill Valleys where there is no ambient light from a village or town which astronomers know as “dark sky” where sky and stars can be viewed clearly without any ambient light.
Witten Barn, circa 1835 and totally renovated in 2000-2005, looks out on the other side of Witten Pond
From Lily of the Valley and into the sky and mountains to the north through forest cover
. Witten Barn has a spacious European -style living area on the first floor with a hand-built, stone, wood -burning radiant fireplace also in the European Alps style. This living area reflects both American artisanal and modern furnishings and Hudson Valley fine art as well as European flavor to many of it’s appointments.
The kitchen is wonderful for those that who the art of cooking and is beautifully equipped and spacious as is the dining area with seating for 8.
The spa bath and bedroom suite on the upper-level has a hand-crafted large bluestone soaking tub and steam bath and overlooks Witten Pond. The space is designed for comfort and luxury as well as entertainment and privacy, your choice. The 725sq ft. bedroom suite has Cathedral ceilings and this views from the views from this level are heavenly
Witten Barn is a property that is perfect for the couple or individual that wants luxury, design, peace and inspiration while being situated in a mountain paradise a relatively short drive from Woodstock and other mid- Hudson Valley places of interest
Of Interest & Special to Witten Pond
A. #303 “Tiny House/Sauna for Witten Barn
At Witten Pond next to 304 Witten Barn is 303 Tiny House/
Sauna. Originally created for the owner’s young nieces as
a play house, it was later converted to a one room Tiny
House, cabana, AND an original wood-fired, cedar-paneled
Scandanavian sauna for the private use of Witten Barn
It is stocked with firewood and, if it is winter and the pond
is frozen, there is an ax at the Witten Barn wood pile for
chopping a hole in the ice to cool your hot feet. Bring towels
from Witten Barn.
B. Complimentary Breakfast “Plus” at Joma Café, West
Shokan (Mary Hill, Proprietor)
Joma Café and General Store on Rte. 28A next to West
Shokan Post Office is an intimate small place for breakfatst,
lunch or dinner (closed Wed.). Music and dancing usually
twice a week (call to find out). Mary Hill a single mom
who recently moved from Trenton, NJ with her children is
owner/cook. The food is very nice, home style and often
organic. In less than a year Joma has a reputation in
the Mid-Hudson Valley as a fun place to be. Bring Your
Own alcoholic beverages. 845-251-1114 and email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention “Witten Pond” to Mary
and receive a courtesy breakfast for two. If you don’t want
to cook at Witten Pond or have a special occasion you can
likely work out a “meal plan” with Mary for you. Closed
C. World-Class Chef John Novi – At High Falls Canal
House or Witten Pond
Witten Pond introduces its guests to John Novi, founder
and chef of the world-class Depuy Canal House located in a
circa 1790 canal house furnished with antiques on Rte. 213
in High Falls. Rated Four Stars by critic Craig Claiborne of
the New York Times when it opened – open Friday dinner
through Sunday brunch (reservations 845-687-7700).
Mention “Witten Pond” and sit at chef table in the kitchen
Arrangements possible for John to bring or cook a meal at
Witten Pond for your special occasion. John is a founder
of Nouvelle American cuisine, has taught at the Culinary
Institute of America in Hyde Park, and is a co-founder of the
Rondout Valley locovore movement
D. “Witten Barn” Books Of Local Interest Next To
Fireplace (Others in Library Upstairs):
• “The Great Estates Region of the Hudson Valley” by
• “The Catskills, From Wilderness to Woodstock” by Alf
• “Walking Woodstock” by Michael Perkins and Will Nixon
• “Catskill Trails, A Ranger’s Guide to the High Peaks” by
• “Wood-Fired Cooking” by Mary Karlin
• Local Breads” by Local Bread Alone’s own Daniel Leader
• “The Hudson Valley, A Cultural Guide” by Alliance for the
• “Away for the Weekend” by Eleanor Berma
Witten Pond as a family compound is two contiguous properties on Moonhaw Road which a dead end, infrequently traveled Town road. . On the south side of Witten Pond are the historic Lily of the Valley and Witten Gatehouse. On the north side of the pond are the historic Witten Barn with separate Moonhaw Gallery and Tiny House Sauna.
The peace and quietude that is delivered by the surroundings and location has given me the peace and tranquility that my nature and spirit needs to thrive
The area is filled with so much culture. I'm an art collector and music lover and also let me mention fine dinning all available and every season brings it's own magic.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event||Minimum Stay|
Dec 8 2013 - Apr 21 2014
Apr 22 2014 - May 31 2014
Jun 2 2014 - Oct 31 2014
|Refundable damage deposit||$500.00|
|payment can be made via paypal or by check
50% at time of reservation
payment in full 30 days prior to arrival
|Notes||Cleaning Fee $125.00|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.