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A unique, rustic, hand built retreat on 40 secluded, wooded acres.

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Open, loft-like space with a full kitchen, a wood stove, and full bath.

Just 2 hours from the GWB, Woods Retreat is located in the heart of Ulster County, and the foothills of the Catskill mountains in the High Falls/Stone Ridge area. Close to New Paltz, Kingston, Woodstock, Mohonk Mountain, and the Ashokan reservoir, the Woods Retreat is right across the river from Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, and Poughkeepsie.

This unique house with beautiful views of the Catskills was built and designed as a peaceful get-away with modern comforts, using local wood & stone and an open floor plan. It's quiet and secluded while being a short distance [5 miles] from a major road. The area is known for its abundance of great restaurants, art galleries, antiquing, and hiking as well as rock climbing in the Shawangunks and many historic sites. The Belleayre and Hunter Mountain ski region is within an hour's drive.

Whether you're looking for a quiet, secluded weekend away, or a private & special base from which to venture forth, the Woods Retreat is an experience not to be missed!

Here's what some of our guests have written in our guest book:

Absolutely gorgeous... exactly what we were hoping for!... romantic, relaxing, secluded, private, charming, cozy, ....well done!

We had a truly memorable stay at this enchanted hideaway! Thank you for sharing this space with others — it's magical!

We had a wonderful time staying in this beautiful place! ... We found everything we were looking for and even more.

Thank you so much, you know how to do it right! This was perfect.

The Woods Retreat: Take a break from your hectic work-week and escape to New York's scenic Hudson Valley. At the Woods Retreat you'll find a secluded get-away, far from the hectic demands of your work day. Nestled at the top of a forested ridge you'll have views of the Catskill Mountains surrounding the Shokan reservoir to the north-west. You'll find a peaceful, quiet retreat with all of your needs within reach.

The Hudson Valley: Only 2 hours from Manhattan, nearby Stone Ridge & High Falls are popular weekend go-to places for many urban dwellers. There's an excellent selection of restaurants within a 6 mile radius, as well as sophisticated shops and lots of galleries and antique stores. Woodstock, Kingston, [one of the top ten best cities in the country to buy real estate, as reported on NBC's Today Show], are nearby. New Paltz is just over the ridge and Rhinebeck & Hyde Park are directly across the Hudson River. Ulster County has hiking, mountains, skiing, historical sights, rivers, lakes and streams, and more artists per capita than any other New York county.

More Details

Property Manager
Dan Kajeckas and Donna Calcavecchio
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Dan Kajeckas and Donna Calcavecchio

I am an artist and graphic designer who grew up in the nearby hamlet of High Falls. I am passionate about my work and I have a deep love of the property I own with my brother Dan. I studied art and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and as much as I loved living on the Upper West Side while I was in school, I came back upstate every weekend to work at John Novi's Depuy Canal House, staying at my Dad's newly constructed house in the woods. I had the best of both worlds!

Why Dan Kajeckas and Donna Calcavecchio chose Accord

My brother Dan and I inherited this property from our father, who designed and built this wonderfully unique retreat. His purpose was to create a secluded, environmentally responsible, sustainable house for his retirement years, (this was in the nineties). Sadly, he was unable to live here on a full time basis, but he enjoyed the blissful seclusion and warm ambiance of his creation for many family celebrations and holiday get togethers.

What makes this house unique

I have such a close bond to this house and property... once you get to the top of the hill, after traversing the somewhat steep and rather long driveway, you'll see for yourself how truly special it is. If you're looking for peace and quiet,... seclusion without being totally isolated, you will love spending a weekend, a week or even a month at this secluded get away. We do as much as we can to make you feel at home as soon as you walk through the door. The spice cabinet is fully stocked, pots and pans, knives,... you'll find a fully stocked kitchen, and our hope is to anticipate your every need. We even make sure there's cream for your morning coffee.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We were very pleased upon our arrival to find Donna waiting and the cabin in very good condition. I would say the pix don't do it justice. The cabin is surrounded by woods. The sounds of the woods at night make for a very relaxing sleep. All the appliances work very well. Soaps and shower things are exquisitely upscale. Highly recommended. The cabin is located in a nice farming area of Ulster county. You are within 30 minutes of some great hiking, pick-ur-own farms and vineyards in Gardiner.
Aug 2012
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Accord House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests must clean the gas grill after use. The kitchen must be left clean. Pots & dishes washed, counters and stove free of crumbs & grease.
  • Do not leave any food or garbage outside. Follow our recycling rules; rinse glass, plastic and aluminum containers before placing in bins.
  • Make sure you put pillows back inside and if you move outdoor furniture, please return it to its original placement.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is located off the upstairs sleeping loft. It has a cathedral ceiling, as well as huge south facing windows. There is a whirlpool bath and shower. The room is light and airy.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • loft - 1 queen , 2 child bed
    downstairs - 1 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon , sofa bed in open space living area can be set up if needed
  • The upstairs sleeping loft has huge south facing windows and a comfortable queen size bed. There are 2 single futons available that would be suitable for children. There is a full futon couch downstairs that can be opened to sleep 2 more people, or we can set up a queen size futon as well. The interior is very open and spacious.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our kitchen is fully equipped. We supply basic spices and make sure there is extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a selection of fresh roasted coffee beans from a local coffee roaster. There is a burr coffee grinder, plenty of utensils for cooking and grilling, [on the gas grill, or for roasting marshmallows over the outdoor fire bowl] wine glasses, pilsner glasses and dishes. We supply table clothes and napkins as well as sheets and towels. There are potted plants on the patio and we make sure that there are fresh cut flowers for the table. We supply firewood for the wood stove during the fall and winter months and for the fire bowl in the summer. With plenty of advance notice and for an additional fee, we can arrange for a private chef for an evening meal, or we can help you to plan a small dinner party, or family reunion.


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A unique, rustic, hand built retreat on 40 secluded, wooded acres.
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

This house was obviously built as a labor of love. It felt like a privilege to stay there. Beautiful and unique construction, very nicely done. The property itself is quiet and secluded, with great landscaping and some thoughtful additions like a screened-in gazebo.

The owners were responsive and had everything wonderfully set up for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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It was a great week. House and property are beautiful

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Readington, NJ

Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Return visit was wonderful, such a beautiful, relaxing time!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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  • 5 of 5

This is a unique and wonderful house. It has everything you need for a secluded trip to the woods - fully stocked kitchen, firewood stove, beautiful surroundings... I look forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
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Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing home and hospitality. Will definitely come back...

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Beautiful, relaxing retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, rustic and very uniquely but beautifully designed and decorated. We loved everything about it. We came for a few days to relax after our wedding in the area and it couldn't have been better for it. It's clear they take wonderful care of this home!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Nearest Airport
39.2 Miles
Stewart International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.8 Miles
The Country Inn
Nearest Golf
3.2 Miles
Rondout Country Club
Nearest Train
28.2 Miles
Metro North, Poughkeepsie
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rt 209 & Krumville Road/County Rt. 2
Nearest Restaurant
2.8 Miles
The Country Inn
Nearest Ski
52 Miles
Bellyeare Mountain
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Kingston Point, on the Hudson River
Car: necessary

Hudson Valley, Skiing, hiking, lakes, Hudson River, Mountains, shwangunk Ridge, Catskills, Mokonk Mountain, Mohonk Preserve, Wineries, Festivals, Ulster County, Stone Ridge, High Falls, New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz, Bard, Marist, Vassar, Maverick Concerts, Theater, Music, Antiques, Art Galleries

The Woods Retreat is a secluded haven, far away from the every day yet within reach of everything the Hudson Valley has to offer. If you are looking for an escape from the constant intrusions of your work day, if you would love to hear the sound of true silence, or just the wind whispering through the trees, then a weekend at the Woods Retreat is the very respite you are seeking. We now have internet and satellite TV if you need to stay connected and, while there is cell service most of our guests choose to turn their phones off and let the quiet wash over them!

Other Activities: hiking, kyaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $25
Property Damage Insurance $59

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.