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Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, russian

Experience The Zen House

44 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Catskills Chalet Rental Photos and Description

3 brm, 2 bth, 5 acres, sleeps and entertains up to 12 people

This upstate new york secluded house will awaken your senses. Enjoy your own private indoor HD movie theater with VIP leather recliner seats for twelve. This Chalet is Friends and Family friendly all year round! Enjoy the privacy of your own serene five acres, hot tub (call it hottub, jacuzzi, wirlpool, high temperature bubbly jet tub thingy - it's still awesome), billiards (a.k.a. pool) and a wood burning fireplace. There is an outdoor firepit as well.

When you plan your getaway from the city, ask yourself what are you looking for in the cabin you're going to rent? This mountain paradise is only two hours away from New York City. When you are here, enjoy high speed broadband internet access with 30 mbps (thirty megabits per second).

Call it what you want, Cottage Villa Lodge Estate Bungalow Chalet or simply the House - you will LOVE it! Reserve today!

** For additional photos and information, see our own website. Click on a link below that reads 'Go to My Website'

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More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gene (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, russian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Feb 3-6

Thanks so much for a great weekend at the most amazing house!! 10 of us from Connecticut had THE BEST time enjoying the rest and relaxation of being in the middle of nowhere and the fun of the awesome amenities!

What a great birthday celebration with friends, & an awesome Super Bowl

Go Giants!

Happy Birthday to my husband!

Thanks Rick!

Love Kim, Chris, Age, Steve, Paul, Cristina, Matt, Morgan, Dan & Jess
Mar 2012
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based on 44 traveler reviews

Experience The Zen House
average rating of 4.0454545 based on 46 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I rented this house for Memorial day weekend with 6 friends and we could not have had a better time! The house was amazing and did not disappoint. The pictures and description were completely accurate and the owner was extremely helpful, accomodating and could not have made the process any easier. The ammenities this property provided really made this an amazing experience--we thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub, sauna, cold plunge, pool table, ping pong table, BBQ and large screen TV. We would definitely rent this house again and were sad to have to leave.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A mistake.

  • 1 of 5

I want to begin this review by stating that I deeply regret engaging in a business transaction with Rick. (Previous name on this listing, now Gene, Homeaway says ownership has not changed.) The house was fine, some amenities were falsely advertised; we had to buy a coffee machine which was not there and leave with Rick the coal and meat we bought for the grill which was rusted through and unusable. To his credit, Rick was very responsive during our stay when several problems arose. He even promised to reimburse those small expenses we shouldn't have had to make. I am a laid back guy and our group fortunately made the best of it. I left him a fair three star review at the beginning of July stating pretty much that.

About a week after our stay I began to ask for the deposit back. (His own lease dictates that the renter will have it back in a week or a reason why not) Rick said he needed the weekend as the holiday was in the way. (referencing the 4th) I basically said sure no problem and he then ignored me for an entire month despite repeated attempts from me to contact him, eventually resulting in a formal complaint against him via Home Away. (Why this listing continues to be active baffles me. To Home Away’s credit they allowed me to retract my original review so that I would have an opportunity to write this one to reflect my whole experience with the “Zen House.”)

Rick then sent me a lengthy and personal email detailing his financial situation and asked for 2-3 months to repay me. Slowly if needed. I agreed to get the deposit back slowly if necessary but being how it's now April with exactly nothing re-payed, my patience with regards to this idea has ended. I understand completely what a review like this can do to a rental listing and I sincerely regret having to do so.

If you are considering the "Zen House" I urge you to reconsider. There are lots of people out there with great rentals. I've rented from a couple folks on different sites and it's always been smooth. Dealing with Rick and his "Zen" house is by far the worst business experience I've ever had. The vacation I had long been looking forward to with some of my closest friends has become a constant headache for me and a serious source of stress. Needless to say, Rick's headline to "Experience the Zen House" is cruelly ironic. It would be funny if my deposit hasn’t been stolen from me. As it stands for me now, this is not a business, this is a scam.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please note that this property has been under new ownership and management since January 2016 and all the previous issues listed in this review have been addressed. My sincere apologies for the stay being unpleasant. Since we've taken ownership, we have restructured and renovated this property to accommodate all guests and make sure they have a memorable stay. Thanks! Gene
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Great house in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

A group of 8 friends and I stayed the weekend here and wish it could've been a whole week. Everything was superb, from the location of the place to all the amenities. This is the first time I've seen a genuine bath house which gives you a real feel of an escape. The owner was incredibly nice and super responsive to every little question I had. I really loved the indoor cinema. That was a weekend to never forget!! Can't wait to be back

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I needed a break so we decided to book a little vacation last minute and chose this place. Firstly I'd like to say that if you're looking for seclusion and free space to do stuff, this is the place for it. We came here for three nights and had a really great time. It wasn't too cold so we sat around the fire pit playing guitar and having drinks. The sauna and cold plunge pool was so much fun, we put on our music in the bath house and had a blast!

The private cinema downstairs was really cool too. There was a whole assortment of some really good movies that we watched, the seats were reclining and super comfy. The place was really clean, the owner was really helpful with everything, he gave us directions to a near by lake which is walking distance and really beautiful.

There's a whole bunch of more really cool stuff in this house and the property is HUGE. Pictures don't do it justice! We're coming back soon and we're going to bring all of our friends. Thanks for letting us stay!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had so much fun!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Booked this place last minute this past week and it was incredible.

came up with 7 of my friends and we had such a good time. the seclusion and privacy rocked!

the sauna was really cool, it was my first time and i loved it. The property manager was really helpful and nice.

there's also a movie theater in the basement and it has so many of these recliner chairs we had a blast!!!! thanks for having us!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Came here with 8 of my friends for a birthday celebration and we were shocked at how pleasing our stay was. The house itself is totally isolated and gives you a ton of privacy. We didn't have to worry about being quiet or anything like that.

We loved the movie theater room, shot a few games of pool, played some ping pong, had a full surround sound and visual experience in the movie theater room which actually felt like a private screening at an AMC movie theater. The sound was immaculate and the screen is HUGE.

I cannot even begin with the bath house, that was an unforgettable experience. We went hiking and our legs were sore so we started up the bath house, it had such a genuine feel to it. After sitting in the sauna, we took a plunge in the pool and we all felt like we were on top of the world. The most relaxing part is stepping outside after the hot sauna.

The beds were really comfortable. There was also a large assortment of movies that we were able to choose from on top of the satellite TV.

The grill was really nice, easy to use. The overall experience we had here was awesome.

The house was really clean and well maintained, the owner was very responsive to the questions I had and helped us out with directions. We'll be coming back without a doubt!

Thanks for having us!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Robin Hood
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Middletown NY, Metro North
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rt. 17 at Exit 96
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Mongaup pond
Car: necessary

The property is located at the foothills of beautiful Catskills mountains in upstate New York, about two hours from New York city. Activities include anything you can imagine. We are only 7 miles from Roscoe, the Trout Fishing Capital of the World!

Golf: There is nothing like soaking in the outdoor hot tub after a day on the course. The sauna too, can relax every tired muscle in your body, making it an unforgettable golfing vacation!

Ski: There is nothing like soaking in the outdoor hot tub on a cold winter eveneing after a day on the slopes. The sauna too, can relax every tired muscle in your body, making it an unforgettable skiing vacation!


Rates & Availability

Livingston Manor Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day
May 26 2016 - May 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Independence Day
Jun 30 2016 - Jul 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 5.0%

Maximum capacity is 12, no exceptions. Must bring your own linens, towels, toiletries. Charcoal and firewood not included but are available for purchase in the area. No washer and dryer on premises. Garbage must be left inside the house upon departure. $500 fine for littering or disposing of garbage on roads.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Catskills Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Away From It All
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master bedroom shower and toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bdrm - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size pullout couch
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Please bring your own towels, linens and pillow cases, in addition to your personal toiletries, flip flops and so on. Please read instructions provided on our website carefully. Please read and follow all safety guidelines.

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