|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Witten Pond is a 15-acre estate surrounded by a forest preserve, consisting of 3 separate renovated residences of a former family compound. Witten Barn is a stand-alone home looking out through large picture windows, fronting on Witten Pond. It has light on three sides and shares a common wall with Moonhaw Gallery to the east, which fronts on Moonhaw Road. Moonhaw Gallery is the owner's private art gallery and office (not open to the public). Witten Barn (red door entrance) and Moonhaw Gallery (green door entrance) each have separate front entrances, which assure privacy for those occupying Witten Barn. On the south side of Witten Pond sits the historic Lily-of-the-Valley and Witten Gatehouse.
Witten Pond is at the end of a one-lane Town road, infrequently travelled. It is surrounded by thousands of acres of the “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 overlook Witten Pond to the south and Cornell and 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” so sky and stars are viewed crystal clear.
Witten Barn, circa 1835, was totally renovated in 2000-2005.
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 American artisanal and modern furnishings, Hudson Valley fine art as well as a European flavor to many of its appointments.
The kitchen is wonderful for those who love the art of cooking and is beautifully equipped and spacious as is the dining area with seating for 8.
The master bedroom and spa suite on the 2nd floor has a hand-crafted large bluestone soaking tub and steam bath, which overlooks Witten Pond. The space is designed for comfort and luxury. The sumptuous 725sq ft. bedroom suite has cathedral ceilings and the views from this level are stunning.
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 that is a relatively short drive from Woodstock and other mid-Hudson Valley places of interest.
Witten Pond has two other high quality Private Realm getaway properties:
Lily of the Valley at Witten Pond HomeAway #3467416
The Gatehouse at Witten Pond HomeAway #3777731
The owners of Witten Pond also have high-quality Private Realm getaway properties at North Captiva Island, FL ('Dolphin House at Safety Harbor Club); the Swiss Italian Lake District (“Cimavilla circa 1335”); and SW Tuscany, Italy (“Tuscany-on-the-Sea”). Google “Private Realms” to see them all!
Of Interest and Special to Witten Pond ...
A. 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 breakfast,
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
email@example.com. 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
B. World-Class Chef John Novi – At High Falls Depuy Canal House
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 Roundout Valley locovore movement.
C. “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 Evers
• “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
After months of planning a winter wedding in Saratoga Springs, NY, and our honeymoon not until June, my wife Amanda and I decided we still needed a little "mini-moon" to finally get some much needed relaxation, peace and quite.
Let's start with the property before getting moving on to the Barn itself. When Amanda and I arrived, there was close to two feet of fresh snow on the ground, and the Barn could not have looked any more beautiful. Set before a beautiful mountain landscape, Witten Barn immediately impressed with the gorgeous property and vast, open land.
We pulled into a perfectly plowed driveway and made our way into the house with ease. What we found couldn't have been any more perfect for three nights of complete, isolated relaxation. The mudroom when you enter the house was perfect for keeping wet, snowy boots and jackets from dirtying the rest of the Barn. We then made our way up the impressive spiral staircase, and arrived on the first floor.
WOW! Immediately we were blown away by the beautiful views from the huge glass windows surrounding the entire room. There is a nice size fireplace with a built in pizza stove built into the chimney as well. Looking around, we were thrilled to find a huge dining table, a perfectly functional kitchen (we LOVE to cook) and wet bar with a large wine fridge. Everything was in spotless condition, and the pictures on the website don't even do justice to just how charming the barn truly is.
Making your way up to the bedroom, we were again blown away by the breath taking views from the beautiful large windows surrounding the room. The bed was unbelievably comfortable, and with the presence of a gas fireplace, we knew we had picked exactly the getaway we needed for nothing but a romantic, relaxing getaway. Then, we saw the bathroom. A massive stone tub/spa with a waterfall like shower fixture and steam feature is hands down the showstopper of the Barn. If you like soaking in a bath, this is not something to be missed. The only thing we found to be a little less traditional, was the absence of a door to the actual bathroom itself. However, it is designed well enough that the sink, mirror and shower almost feel like they are in a different room than the bathroom.
All in all, we couldn't have been any happier with Witten Barn. It is absolutely perfect for a romantic, relaxing getaway!
My husband and two dogs spent the last week of the year here. It was a great space. A lot of attention to detail. Bright and spacious yet easy to heat due to floors with radiant heat as well as a regular thermostat. There are also two working fire places that make things even more cozy. The space consists of two floors each of which is a very large area. The first floor is a living area with comfortable seating, a large table for big dinner parties and a state of the art kitchen fully stocked with cooking utensils pots/pans. The second floor is a bedroom suite tastefully decorated with a bathroom that features a stone tub/sauna. Tons of light on both floors!! The property is conveniently located to restaurants/shops/wine stores. It's secluded and spacious and our dogs loved it!!! I would highly recommend this space to anyone who is looking for a quiet, romantic getaway!
This was our second time at Witten Pond. Last time we stayed at the Lily of the Valley which is very country and cozy. We decided to try the Barn this time and although it was very different we weren't disappointed.
The Barn is spacious and light with big airy windows and amazing views of the pond and the fall foliage. The feel is very contemporary from the ultra modern kitchen to the spa bathroom. There's also a great fireplace.
We could easily have spent our whole time in the barn but we took advantage of some of the nearby restaurant recommendations and explored some of the local towns.
We will definitely be returning.
My husband, our frenchie Fenway and I just spent an amazing long weekend at The Barn. The space is warm, yet contemporary and extremely spacious. There is original art displayed throughout that makes the barn very special. If you like to cook this is the kitchen. The stove and range are unsurpassed and every amenity you need is there. There is even a stove above the fireplace that can be used to cook pizzas, etc. We didn't get to try that this time but we will when we return. There are also two grills outside - one gas and one coal. Living in NYC we miss having such luxuries so we spent the weekend cooking and grilling out and didn't visit any of the local restaurants.
Above all this is an oasis. The view of the pond from the couch is sublime and the grounds are very well manicured. The first day we sat on the couch and watched the fountain spin in the pond for a very long time, it was extremely relaxing. On the 2nd floor there is an amazing tub/steam/shower. No doubt about it, this is a spa experience. Robes are provided and there is even a heated rack to warm the towels in the winter.
But most importantly our puppy Fenway loved it. He got to chase chipmunks, a frog, butterflies and everything else on the grounds. We went for long walks and the area around Witten Pond is beautiful with a babbling brook and homes set back in the woods. The property was very easy to get to from the city and it was also a quick drive to Woodstock.
We can't wait to get back after such a perfect holiday.
The property was absolutely majestic and we had an amazing weekend. We loved the house so much we barely ventured into town! We were able to take advantage of the fireplace and tub spa indoors. We had an amazing weekend and look forward to renting the property again in the near future.
Witten Pond, a Private Realms getaway, is centrally located to many activities in and around our haven of peace, beauty, and quietude. So, you can take a quick drive into Woodstock for lots and lots of shopping, great food from Middle Eastern, to Chinese, Vegan, and great coffee as well as food at Oriole 9 ... and more. Phoenicia (about a mile from the Zen Mountain Monastery),you will find the BEST wood-fired pizza at Brio's and perhaps the greatest pancakes ever at Sweet Sue's. Drive a bit further south to Rhinebeck for antiques and shops (more food too) and Hudson for an array of shopping, antiquing, wine, restaurants and an incredible Tea and Chocolate shop, Verdigris. It's only 20 minutes to Belleayre's Ski Area in the winter; hiking in the summer. On the property itself, you can walk, hike, or just listen to the rushing waters of the Wittenberg Stream, adjacent to Witten Pond.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Cleaning Fee $125.00
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