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Romantic Retreat Overlooking Lake

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Athens House Rental Photos and Description

Surrounded by trees, lake and nature, all comforts and amenities are extended to visitors here. This is a private and safe setting. Heated and air-conditioned, there is a fireplace in the living room and bedroom. A large oval deck leads from the living room and looks out onto the water as does the bedroom's balcony. A row boat sits at the water's edge. This three level house has an all wood interior with wide pine plank floors throughout and vaulted ceilings. A sleeping loft acts as a second bedroom with window and skylight. The bathroom's sloped ceiling also includes a skylight over a claw-footed tub sunk in Mexican paving tiles. Original art and objects along with some turn of the century antiques add to the warmth and charm of this very original and unique home on the lake. Internet access and HD TV available. Beautiful in all seasons.

Through renting my house and having been introduced to the beauty of this lake and the many things it has to offer, there are now several additional property owners with homes of their own in Sleepy Hollow Lake.

While definitely away in the country, every convenience is nearby. It's a lovely, still fairly secret and uncomercial spot, nestled in the foothills of the Catskills.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 30, 2016
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Romantic Retreat Overlooking Lake
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews

Couldn't have been better!

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing stay at this serene, beautiful house. The photos just don't fully capture it... it is so much better in person! I found it to be open, airy, clean, extremely well-designed, and decorated with a sensitive, artistic touch. My husband, one-year old daughter, our black lab and I swam in the lake together every day of our stay, plus we had a lovely day of shopping in Hudson. Donna, the owner, was extremely responsive, kind and informative.

We fell in love with the place... hope to return very soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Romance and Relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

Donna's place is perfect for a romantic getaway! The sunken bathtub is incredible! The fireplace that can be seen and felt in the living room as well as the bedroom was wonderful! The views of the lake are beautiful from the cozy couch inside as well as the sweet deck. It was too windy to use the row boat but looking forward to another stay and perhaps a second chance at a row! Donna was very easy to communicate with and responded swiftly to my inquiries. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Great place with a wonderful lake! We just loved it! Thank you Donna!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for a Weekend Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I had a lovely weekend with our dog at Donna's house. The house was clean, bright and open, and was very charming - the pictures in the listing were very accurate about all this. I loved sitting out on the deck and watching the lake, especially at sunset. The house was stocked with all the basic necessities, and the A/C was very much appreciated. I found the bed quite comfortable, even though it was only a double. We used the charcoal grill every night, and the kitchen was also very functional. The path from the back of the house down to the water was a little overgrown, but that didn't bother us - my boyfriend still took out the rowboat for some fishing, and we preferred taking our dog a short ways down the street to the doggie beach anyways! Donna was very helpful with providing directions to the house and doggie beach, and some tips of local places to eat and get supplies. The community had other great features, and I wish we could have stayed longer to take advantage of them all! I think this is a great house for a couple or a family with kids. We would definitely come back here!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Lake House in Friendly Community

  • 5 of 5

This house itself really is perfect and sweet, a lovely place to get away from it all. The area is a beautiful lake community filled with extremely friendly people. Overall, the vacation was nearly perfect, so five stars from us! The only downsides were all things that were very personality-dependent and might not be downsides for anyone else.

Pros: Beautiful house with nice little touches of personality; nice deck to sit on and watch the sunset over the lake; a loft that my husband might still be reading in if I hadn't dragged him away bodily; beautiful lake with rowboat; friendly neighbors; community center with pool and small sandy area with a lifeguard; close to Hudson, a great town for window or actual shopping, and a vibrant hipster nightlife; nearly everything in the area is dog-friendly, including a dog park nearby and a "doggie beach" on the lake. The kitchen in the house comes fully stocked with condiments, spices, dishes, and many other kitchen tools you might need. Finally, the owner Donna was very responsive and helpful.

Cons: All the "beach" areas are really just dirt and grass at the edge of a lake. Still beautiful, just not very sandy. The lawn leading from the house to the lake on this property is very woodsy, which isn't bad, but there's no lawn really to sit on and look at the lake. Everyone on the lake seems to have motorboats and waterskis, which are not available to rent...just kind of made us wish we could have access to water sports. Finally, the bed in the bedroom is only a full, which is somewhat small for us, but is a twin-size futon and a pullout Queen couch in other rooms for other sleeping options.

Those were really the only cons! My husband, dog, and I had a relaxing weekend, with great outdoors activities for the times we were feeling restless. I highly recommend hiking in the nearby Catskill mountains (dogs allowed off leash) and going to Hudson for dinner/drinks at night. Oh, and a bubble bath in the tub :)

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sleepy Hollow Lake imports twenty five tons of sand each year for the people beach. Since this guest had her dog along she obviously went to the doggie beach which is sandless but nevertheless, provides some great fun for the dogs.
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Cozy cabin with amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

This house is an absolute gem -- cozy, comfortable, clean, and equipped with all the amenities you could need (including an *amazing* bathtub!). The deck is huge and overlooks the river to the west, so it's the perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset, and inside the cozy fireplace is perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and a movie. Donna was incredibly accommodating, helpful, and easy to get a hold of when we had questions. Would definitely recommend, and plan to re-book in the future! Thank you Donna!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
within minutes on the Hudson River
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Car: necessary

Minutes Away- hiking, horseback riding, beautiful river park for picnics, two riverfront restaurants with outside dining on the Hudson, drive-in and movie theaters, Hudson's many antique stores, historic houses (Thomas Cook House and Frederick Church's Olana offer tours daily)

Of special interest to children are the Howe Caverns - though these are more than minutes away. Albany, within 1/2 hour, offers theatre as does Stockbridge & Great Barrington; festivals abound throughout the summer - brochures in house.

30 minutes from 2 Major Ski Resort Areas, Hunter and Windham.

Other Activities: Basketball court, row-boating


Rates & Availability

Athens House Rental Rates

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Christmas Week
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

There is an extra charge of $50 a night per person if more than 3 adults. Christmas week including New Year's Eve - the
nightly rate is $300.

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Athens House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Claw footed tub sunk in Mexican paving tiles, w/skylight over tub. Shower over tub. Wood floor
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 double
    Sleeping loft - 9 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon
    Pullout - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living Room - Queen
  • 1 room with one full size bed, loft with one single futon, lr with one queen 1 loft sleeping area.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Air Conditioning. 1 full, 1 twin, 1 queen sleeper sofa. Pool (3 minutes away); boat; beach. Dish wall mounted HDTV included, Internet access,Wi-fi,DVD

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