On very quiet, private, dead-end road - totally private home, surrounded by woods and large frontage on a lovely small (no motorboats allowed) lake. From your deck you seek nothing but water, trees, mountains, and sky. (There are a few houses on 'your' side of the lake, but except in winter and at the far end, you don't see them.)
You are a short drive to HITS, Hunter, Windham, Woodstock, Catskill, Saugerties - skiing, zipline, country auctions, antiques, and a gorgeous waterfall with a hiking trail along it. Lots of great Catskill hiking, shopping, eating. Sightseeing (Olana and the Thomas Cole house of Hudson School painting fame are nearby, as is Opus 41, an amazing sculpted quarry http://www.opus40.org/; in summer there are several art shows; year round country auctions, and more.)
Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with teas, coffee, cereal spices, oils (flavored and not), vinegar and staples for your use; an 'honor bar' (a few dollars on your honor in the basket for drinks, so you don't have to drag alcohol along for a short trip); luxury appointments; wood stove (with optional screen for fireplace feel); cathedral ceiling LR; king master BR with pristine lake and mountain views; lake and mountain views also from living room, sun room and dining room/kitchen; large deck & screen porch for outdoor dining; queen BR; 2 single (trundle) BR; family room with FIRM pull-out queen couch-bed. 3 full bathrooms; 2 with bathtubs and one with luxury shower (jets at your back as you sit on tile bench); plenty of soaps, oils, and bubble bath for your enjoyment. And a few terry robes washed and available for your use, along with sheets, towels, beach towels, spare toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.
Cable, 36' flatscreen TV, DVD/VCR player; streaming Netflix via Roku, wireless internet throughout house; desktop computer & printer; individual A/C in each BR and giant unit fully cools LR/DR/Kitchen area; oil (and wood stove) heat; heated garage; washer/drier.
Games, puzzles, books galore. Well-kept and well insulated on 5.44 clear and wooded acres with 2 stone patios overlooking the lake. Stunning views of lake, mountains, trees and wildlife. Swimming from stone jetty in summer; a short drive to Hunter (with night snow tubing and zipline fun), Windham and Bellaire ski areas; snowshoes available for winter walking; bring your cross-X skis (or if women's shoe size 6-6 1/2, borrow mine) and ski free at nearby state park (groomed area also available in Tannersville). Hiking poles and lots of hikes and hiking books. Everything needed to cook in (spices, oils, 'honor bar' for drinks; lots of GREAT restaurants listed on fridge. Canoe, paddles, and adult life vests. (Bring your own for tykes.) Great nearby shopping and antiquing in Woodstock, Tannersville, Hunter, Saugerties and Catskill; short drive to 2 country auctions (Mooneys and Lincoln).
I'm a NYC teacher. This is my second home, and not simply a rental property, so there's every amenity, it is well cared for, boasts wonderful art (local and international) and I only want to rent to folks who will care for it as I do. I love wildlife, hiking, swimming the length of the pond/lake and back among the turtles (spring-fed, clean, cool and totally lovely), canoeing, cross-X and downhill skiing, biking, and music/theater/shopping - the house is perfect for all of these. I share my two bikes (please, only with experienced bikers and you MUST wear the helmets provided) and have an electric air pump for the tires. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood, totally private, on a private road; ATVs and motorboats not permitted. It's an ideal launch-pad for hiking, skiing, sight-seeing, concert and theater-going, and heading out for a gourmet meal, but I prefer staying to watch the sun go down over the lake, with a glass of wine in hand and something delicious on the stove. Streaming Netflix is available when the sun goes down, and I have a great collection of CDs ranging from classical and folk to African and Cuban to (mostly feminist) country music.
I bought this place after renting in the area for years. I wanted a place with lots of light, nearby swimming, views, privacy, quiet, nice and caring neighbors, and that didn't require a lot of care. I bought it from the builder, and have loved every minute of owning it. It boasts a 100 year old stone wall; goslings and baby ducks every May; beautiful blue heron, occasional foxes, beaver, muskrat, bear, and loads of birds. Please don't inquire if you are a large group or looking for a party space.
The spring-fed lake is fabulous for swimming; the setting gorgeous and quiet and the stars amazing; proximity to great hiking and HITS horseshow and Hunter and Windham skiing and great restaurants. I share my hiking poles, my 2 bicycles, snowshoes, and canoe. The kitchen is stocked with flavored oils, teas, cocoa, spices and other basics so you don't have to leave to shop. I even provide an 'honor bar' (with a suggested $3/drink price) -- so you needn't bring alcohol or mixers. Beds are firm; woodstove has firescreen for beauty; art, books, games and music. There's a special luxury shower off the family room. The screen porch and deck are lovely and the mosquitos most years are relatively few. Spring and summer flowers abound; winter the snow floats down and makes for great showshoeing on the property and road. What's not to like?