Halcottsville House Rental Photos and Description
4 Beautiful Bedrooms, 2 Lovely Bathrooms, Sleeps up to 8 Adults
Come and sample the best of the Catskill Mountains with a London twist. Sarah and Sam have brought a hint of their hometown over the pond to this beautiful Victorian house two and a half hours from New York City and two hours from New Jersey.
Arrive to bedrooms made up with Egyptian cotton linens from The White Company London, with towels to match (bath, hand and face towels provided for every guest). Enjoy bathrooms with locally-made soaps, shampoos and conditioners which we encourage you to take home at the end of your stay. When you’re hungry, hang out and cook in the large, well-equipped kitchen, complete with Dualit toaster and a professional gas stove. If you fancy a cuppa, try out the ‘Brit Speak’ mugs!
For skiing, Plattekill and Belleayre mountains are both less than fifteen minutes drive away and Plattekill offers world-class mountain-biking in the summer (our basement has plenty of storage for bikes and a bike workshop stand). Alternatively, try kayaking on the lake one minute’s walk down the road or on the stunning Pepacton reservoir ten minutes drive away (rentals available). Try one of the countless local hiking trails or, if you’re into fishing, experience the legendary trout fishing around Beaverkill, less than half an hour’s drive. For produce, sample the locally-made maple syrup and organic produce at the Round Barn farmers market every Saturday in the summer (two minutes drive away or a ten minute walk). And if all that sounds too strenuous, you can always just wander out onto the sun-drenched back deck with a book or sit in the shade with nothing more than the sound of the stream at the bottom of the garden to break the silence.
The big garden is perfect for dining out in the summer. There are tables and chairs to accommodate twelve guests on the patio by the stream. The large, flat lawn is ideal for the kids to play tag, frisbee or soccer and it’s easy to keep an eye on them from the comfort of the kitchen/sitting room. Andes, a twenty minute drive, has a wonderful outdoor swimming pool plus diving area that children adore.
There are great restaurants and bars nearby. Just ten minutes away, Public bar and restaurant serves tempting cocktails and Peekamoose restaurant is legendary with all Catskillites! Margarettville, Andes, Phoenicia and lots of other local towns are wonderful places for antiquing and artisanal products.
In the evening, make use of the array of board games or settle down with a book from the diverse collection or a movie on the latest Samsung HD Smart TV and Blueray DVD player. The kitchen is equipped with a four-speaker sound system with iPod connection and wireless internet is also provided.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
Sarah Butterworth & Sam Phillips
Sarah and Sam both grew up in England but spend much of their time in the USA. Sarah studied French Literature at college and Sam Fine Art. Sam is a software entrepreneur and Sarah works in education. They currently live in London where they have two children at university and two in school.
We discovered the Catskills together in 1990 when we escaped New York City for our first weekend away. We immediately fell in love with the vast expanses, dense trees, rolling mountains and covered bridges! The quiet village of Halcottsville, by beautiful Lake Wawaka and the farming history of Bragg Hollow came later. The simple white house, built with local materials and crafted with hand tools with its own stream at the bottom of the garden, has hosted large family dinners, garden parties for friends and neighbors and intimate candlelit suppers for two over the years. Sarah and Sam got engaged here and then got married outside in the expansive gardens of a friend’s nearby house.
Since we've been coming here, we've found it is the perfect getaway location either for an active break outdoors or for just getting away from it all to de-compress. Usually we do both with friends, family or sometimes just the two of us!
There are so many outdoor activities at all times of year. In the winter, there are two great ski resorts within fifteen minutes drive (Belleayre and Plattekill) plus there's cross country skiing and snow shoeing to be done too. In the summer, there's great hiking, cycling, mountain-biking, kayaking and swimming at the lovely outdoor pool in Andes. Local shops abound for browsing and there are auctions, flea-markets, yard sales and plenty of opportunities for antiquing or finding an unexpected treasure.
The local food scene is very active. There's the local farmers' market at the round barn on Saturdays (2 minutes drive away) in the summer with a copious supply of local organic produce. Peekamoose restaurant never disappoints and we've discovered lots of other great eateries too.
Often, though, we will simply relax and chat or read on the sun-drenched back deck or around the garden table on the stream-side patio.