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Near Woodstock & H.I.T.S! Waterfall & Catskill Mountain Views!

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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1 - 2 nights


Palenville House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

Situated on the legendary Niobe Falls, The Waterfall House is a sunny and bright, charming Victorian house at the end of a quiet country road. Hiking is literally "out the door." Located in the tiny hamlet of Palenville, The Waterfall House was home to Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," and s centrally located between Woodstock, Saugerties, Catskill and Hunter.

Furnished with country antiques and original art, the Waterfall House has two bedrooms, two full spacious baths plus a den with twin bed "sleeper chairs." The full size sofa bed in the living room affords a glorious waterfall view. A separate dining room comfortably seats six.

The fully equipped cook’s kitchen features granite counters and coffee nook with delightful river views. French doors in the living room and den open to a romantic wrap-around porch right over the river with majestic mountain and waterfall views, the inspiration for the famed Hudson River School of Painters.

Iconic Woodstock, a 10 mile drive, is a haven for shops, galleries and restaurants. Nearby Hunter Mountain (10 miles) provides a wide range of winter and summer sports. Hunter is the first of the three major ski resorts, which also include Windham and Belleayre. The 'Catskill Mountain Foundation' offers classes in the arts and many craft and culinary events. Nature lovers will appreciate the access to hiking and fishing.

In summer and fall, browse the outdoor flea market. A wide variety of shops, galleries and first-rate restaurants are all within strolling distance. Enjoy a concert at the historic Maverick or live theater at the Woodstock Playhouse. The 'Woodstock Film Festival, held each autumn, is a movie lover's delight.

The charming Village of Saugerties, (“ of the ten coolest small towns in America...” Budget Traveler Magazine), an easy 8 mile drive, provides easy access to the Hudson River for boating and sailing and is home to H.I.T.S., a major equestrian center. Exciting new shops and restaurants and many festivals and events such as the Garlic Festival each September and the 'Jazz Festival' make Saugerties a destination in its own right. A colorful Farmer’s Market is open in season.

Evenings are perfect for strolling to the 'Fernwood Restaurant' for cocktails and dinner.

Keywords: Perennial gardens and swimming holes surround this charming Victorian house set on a quiet country lane.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Barbara Pokras and Robert Malkin
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Barbara Pokras and Robert Malkin

When "ThingBig!" creator Bob Malkin met Emmy-award winning film editor and novelist Barbara Pokras, neither dreamed they'd be the owners of The Waterfall House! Bob is a "Brooklyn boy," and Babs grew up in Connecticut but spent most of her life in Los Angeles.

Barbara Pokras and Robert Malkin purchased this house in 2006

Why Barbara Pokras and Robert Malkin chose Catskills

We simply couldn't say, "no," when we found the Waterfall House. The next question, what to do with it? We already had a house nearby with its own, smaller waterfall. Our solution? To create an extraordinary vacation rental home to share with the world. Our guests come from far and wide, and the response has been beyond our wildest dreams!

What makes this house unique

The Waterfall House is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of life. Relaxation is a given, as are hiking, swimming, skiing, fishing, shopping, gallery hopping and fine dining.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your lovely home.

The house is clean and comfortable and decorated so beautifully. There are so many great books to read and movies to watch. And then, of course, there is the main attraction, which is the falls. We had so much fun hopping from rock to rock, or just sitting and meditating. Our dog Conrad is a little timid around water, so we didn't know what kind of reaction he would have. But he loved it! By the last day, he was hopping on the rocks too. (Maybe next time, he'll dare to go into the river!)

We are already talking about renting again in May!

Thank you again and again!
Aug 2013
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based on 37 traveler reviews

Near Woodstock & H.I.T.S! Waterfall & Catskill Mountain Views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews
Dix Hills, New York

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Waterfall House is perfect - the waterfall is great, changes daily, and so relaxing to watch. All your needs are anticipated and addressed, the accomodations are top notch. Very comfortable. We had a great girls' getaway, enjoying good food, wine and conversation.Took a trip to Woodstock and enjoyed the shops and local flavor. Just a great house, great time.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
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Owner's Response: Winter time is perfect to rent the Waterfall House. The fireplace and the waterfall views and sounds make it perfect to warm the body and souls. Bob
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Our second stay at the magical Waterfall House

  • 5 of 5

We first stayed at the Waterfall House two years ago. We returned this fall 2016 and was not disappointed.. It was as wonderful as we remembered. The warm welcome (beautiful fall day, windows open, breeze blowing through the house and friendly greeting from Margie), the beautiful grounds and falls, the lovely fun house, the quiet, semi-private space all made the second visit to this charming place perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Wonderful house, grounds and water

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here in July 2016 and never saw fit to leave the premises. The house and porch are beautifully built and decorated, extremely comfortable and have spectacular views. The sound of the waterfalls below is a soothing constant in the background. The bedrooms are warm., the bathrooms clean, and the country kitchen large and homey. The cable TV and internet worked very well. Hanging out in the rocks below and swimming in the water hole was wonderful. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a great getaway from NYC...only a few hours drive. Palenville is centrally located, and within 30 minutes of so many places to explore...Hunter Mountain, Saugerties, Woodstock, Hudson, Rhinebeck...we loved Fernwood, the family-run restaurant, just steps from our front door. The owners were very attentive hosts and made our stay most comfortable. Kept our dogs on-leash, most of the time, and walked each individually after dark, given how dark it was and knowing that animals were lurking...didn't see them, but did smell skunk. If you do go, you'll probably say that the pictures don't do it justice...

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington DC metroplex

Lovely Property

  • 5 of 5

My wife recently completed a four week stay at this property and we genuinely enjoyed ourselves. The house is as described in the ad but the sound of the water cascading down the falls and adjacent to the porch are even better than advertised! Bob and Barbara are gracious hosts. They managed to make themselves available as we needed without hovering. We benefited from their suggestions about how to spend our time, answwering questions we had not thought about before arriving. We had a few suggestions such as sharpening the knives and they took care of them within a few hours. Remarkably helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Superb Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The home was meticulously kept, the decor is whimsical and fun. The setting was stunning with the waterfall as the star of the show. The owner's were avail for any questions we had. Local restraurants were very good. The hiking was exceptional. We really enjoyed the hippie-town of New Paltz as a base for our climbing adventures in the "Gunks". The home is very well stocked with a wide variety of music, books, movies and maps. We can't wait to return to this very special property.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Car: recommended

Nature is abundant, so bring your camera. Loads of nearby hiking trails. We provide maps. Our bikes are yours to use.


Rates & Availability

Palenville House Rental Rates

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Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50

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Palenville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 child bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) Loft area with sitting area and full, private bath., Double Beds (1) Downstairs bedroom, waterfall views, full bath., Twin or Single Beds (1) Our den has two 'sleeper chairs' that convert to twin beds. Ideal for children., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Full waterfall views from the queen-size sofa bed. A special mattress pad makes this as comfortable as a conventional mattress.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Original art and 'giant objects' from 'ThinkBig!' creator Bob Malkin.

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