Includes all comforts of modern living, this is the place to either get away from it all, or to celebrate an unforgettable get-together with friends and family.
Le Colibri offers a wide range of remarkable features, which combine to make this chalet a refined and sought-after get-away:
Le Colibri offers arguably the most spectacular views in the Catskills. The photos give you a sense, but to really appreciate their splendor you have to come and see for yourself - you are sitting on the top of the world.
The only other sign of civilization are some sparkling lights at night, on Overlook Mountain, across the valley. Nobody can see you, and you are surrounded by nature's splendor. Le Colibri is what you hope to find after a long hike - except here you arrive via a private, majestic drive-way.
We cherish Le Colibri paradox: Even though you are fully immersed in nature, you are only a three minute drive away from enchanting Woodstock. The village is welcoming and fun in it's decidedly alternative spirit. Good restaurants, cafes and boutiques abound, the pace is leisurely and the people of Woodstock are chatty. Enjoy a stroll down Tinker Street while listening to live music and relishing in the towns 'Sixties' spirit, all the while spotting the occasional celebrity - back in the day Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anderson would summer down the road from Le Colibri. Woodstock is the home of many artists and musicians and increasingly being discovered by the hip and trendy. So whether you just want to buy the paper in the morning, dip down to town for a lunch or dinner, or knock on Valerie's door to pick-up a home-baked strawberry-rhubarb pie, the village is right there for you, and who knows who you might bump into?
Le Colibri consists out of a three-story Main House and a separate, two story Spa House. The two are connected by a large deck featuring a generous pool (open from mid-May through Nov. 1st). The pool is heated, but the seasons dictate the pool temperature, so before July 1st and after September 15th only the hearty souls swim. The deck is made of high-end composite - so no splinters! - and features a large grill station. The grill is connected to the house gas, so no fiddling with gas bottles or worrying about running out of gas. The deck furniture includes two Mahogany pool lounges, a dining table with a large umbrella, an Adirondack seating group for four and a hammock.
The cathedral ceiling lobby of the Main House welcomes you with a comfortable bench: this is where you take off your ski-boots in the winter, and store your ski equipment in the adjacent, generously proportioned closet.
Off the lobby is the grand entertainment room, with a working fireplace, a brand new 60' Samsung HD TV, couches, an alcoved home office (home of our powerful wireless router), a wide-plank wooden floor, and a terrace to sit and enjoy the view.
Behind the entertainment room is the ground floor bedroom featuring French doors and a hand-made, solid cherry Le Grange bed. We recently added a Pocenalosa bathroom, turning the two into a lovely mini-suite.
A grand staircase leads up to the second floor, opening onto the living room with a another working fireplace, an ample leather couch and chairs, a music and library alcove and magnificent views.
The living room gives way to the generous kitchen with its modern appliances, including an invection stove-top, an oven and two refrigerators (main and beverages). The kitchen is fully equipped, and has ample cabinet space. It is framed by a counter island with high-chair seating for four, and a dining alcove with a beautiful, generous dinning table and views galore.
Also off the living room is a wooden terrace, the perfect place to sit in the morning with a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise over the Hudson Valley. On clear days you can see as far as the Berkshires - we are in the Catskills!
Behind the living room are two lovely bedrooms. One features a charming four-post Queen-size bed (shown in the photos) and looks out over the pool area. The bedroom next to it is the same size (also with a Queen size bed) and looks onto the garden and Boccie court. The modern, designed second bathroom (shown) is right across from the bedrooms.
A spiral staircase brings you up to the generously proportioned Master Bedroom under the roof. The MB features a new, natural-fiber King size mattress (all mattresses in the house are new and natural fiber), ample closet and storage space and a TV. En suite is the beautiful and bright Master Bathroom with a bubble-stream tub and a natural-light flooded shower.
Making your way back down and across the pool deck will take you to the Spa-House - and here you are in for a treat, the piece-de-resistence! The grand room on the upper level features the gym - never will you have exercised in a more beautiful setting. The front of the room is dominated by luxurious leather couches and walls of windows granting 180 degree views. Sink into these chairs with a good glass of wine and you know that this world is not such a bad place after all. In the summer you can open four large French doors and enjoy the breeze and the sound of silence - or listen to your favorite music on ample stereo system. The grand room of the Spa House has it's own magnificent terrace with a full range of the Catskill mountains views.
Downstairs from the grand room is the large, fully tiled garage. The original owner of the property, a modern gentleman, kept his 1976 Rolls Royce convertible here. You can still use it as a garage, especially in the winter. But chances are, you will have to much fun playing pool on the full-size, perfectly kept pool table to even notice that it is meant as a garage.
He also landscaped the property into the place of serene beauty that it is today. There is the vast open lawn with the beautiful birch trees, the tremendous oak trees standing sentinel, and of course the stroll down the property to our private pond.
The pond, on the lower part of the property, is almost tucked away, and very much it's own, unperturbed world. This is the magic garden where you expect a fairy to whisper sweet secrets into your ear. Take the kids for a row boat ride on the pond. Watch the leisurely gold fish. Have a pick-nick at the shaded table with your bare feet caressed by the deep, lush moss. Feel eternity and timelessness.
Back at the house beckons of course the Boccie court, and the beautiful garden. But maybe your favorite thing to do is to sit on the cushions by the outdoor fire pit, see the sparks fly into night and take in the glow of the mountains.
Skiing: Hunter and Belleayre 30-40 minutes drive.
Magnificent cross-country trails near by.
Please note that the drive-way is sloped. While we will have it plowed and sanded for you, please be prepared and bring snow chains for your tires.
Power: The area suffers from frequent power outages. Le Colibri has it's own, full-size power generator. It will jump start automatically within 15-30 seconds of a power outage. The generator is set back, by the road, so you won't hear it. Chances are, you will never notice that there is a power outage.
I'm originally from Germany, but I live in New York City since more than 20 years. I work in film finance, am happily married and have two wonderful children. This is our second home, which we have recently bought and are very excited about.
It's simply spectacular. You have to go for yourself to see.
Total privacy, fantastic views, fully embedded in gorgeous nature while close to charming Woodstock at the same time