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West Wing in High Falls on 30 Acres

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage



About the property

1 bedroom, 1 full bath, sleeps two

Ninety miles from the George Washington Bridge and NYC, and on a hill above the Rondout Creek in High Falls, is a one bedroom, 850 square foot apartment complete except for a kitchen, that overlooks the Mohonk Preserve and Mountain House on the Shawangunk Ridge. Although attached by a 20 foot hallway to the main house which is the owner's residence, this rental is otherwise completely private, with two entrances. There is no kitchen, but an an under-the-counter refrigerator and microwave are available for guests and the cupboard is simply stocked with a few utensils, and there is an electric coffee pot and tea kettle. Although the owners live on site, this rental space is totally reserved for guests of the West Wing only. The outdoor areas have beautiful views of the ridge, a walking path to a secluded spot on the creek, and 3 acres under cultivation for flowers, fruits, berries, vegetables and medicinal and culinary herbs. The property is located just a couple of miles from several trailheads into the Mohonk Preserve and is close to the famous Trapps rock climbing area and Minnewaska State Park. High Falls and Stone Ridge are just 4 miles from the door where you will find all the necessities including farmers' markets, the High Falls Food Co-op, a number of restaurants, a pharmacy, a liquor store with a great selection, a full grocery store, antiques, gifts, and gas stations. Everything you need for a great country experience!

Guests enter the West Wing through the double Eastlake stained glass doors into the private hallway lined with glass windows. This opens into an expansive room with 22 foot ceilings, a large Moroccan lantern over a huge Iranian carpet on polished concrete floors with radiant heat. One wall is lined with bookcases, another with a sideboard stocked with a teakettle, coffee machine, and an under-the-counter refrigerator. A flat screen TV is available along with HBO, network channels, Netflix and ITunes movie rental. A spiral staircase leads up to an open loft with a 14 foot long and 48' wide built in window seat/bed. Seating in the living area accommodates three in an upholstered club chair from the 1940's, a leather library chairs and more seating or lounging on the teak daybed. A ceiling fan and AC keep the West Wing comfortable in summer. The red bedroom is decked out with an antique queen-size bed, Moroccan curtains and an en suite bathroom with separate shower and bath tub. Parking is available outside the front entrance. The lawns, garden and small farm areas circle the house on all sides.

Need more space closeby? Check out our other listings on VRBO, #379093 and #381193.

More Details

Sterrett Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Sterrett Smith

I am a painter and my husband is a writer and runs a graduate program in NYC. We needed space to work and found this beautiful hilltop with creek access. We put up 2 barns from the early 1800s and started establishing gardens and an edible landscape. I also have two rentals just across the creek, VRBO #379093 and #381193. I love to build, save old structures and keep my hands dirty and busy when not in the studio. High Falls is a great location for an easy commute into the metropolitan area while being worlds away in a true Hudson Valley paradise.

Sterrett Smith purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Sterrett Smith chose Hudson Valley

This property is located in a geologically unique area adjacent to 25,000 acres of protected land that is home to the Mohonk Preserve, Mohonk Mountain House, Minnewaska State Park and many reservoirs within the watershed of NYC. The villages are historic, the food is fresh, and the countryside infectious. And it's an easy drive to so many great locations along the Hudson River, not to mention into NYC.


High Falls Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Teak sleigh bed in living area, 14 foot long window seat that is 4 foot in width in loft up spiral staircase
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

West Wing in High Falls on 30 Acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
Brooklyn, NY


  • 5 of 5

This home is impeccably decorated, warm, cozy and extremely clean. There are such wonderful surprises here like the huge cactus and plant in the living room. Also, the moroccan hanging lantern which beautifully lit up the ceiling with color, if on by itself. I enjoyed a few naps in the loft window "seat", and the mattress was luxurious! Being here was pure serenity. Sterrett was lovely and a pleasure to correspond with right from the beginning to a personal farewell! I will be back....

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place, magical setting, less than stellar mattress

  • 5 of 5

We were overwhelmed by the style and beauty of this rental, and even more so by the splendour of the setting, but not so much by the quality of the mattress we were sleeping on. I realize that's a very subjective aspect of the quality of one's stay but, there you have it.

Otherwise Sterrett is a very attentive host and you will not want for anything in terms of courtesy and thoughtfulness throughout your experience with her.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry you were not comfortable sleeping here! I am surprised since I have gotten so many comments about the mattress and its memory foam including here in these reviews! Quite a number of people have actually reached out to me to find a source. Guess it is hard to have a mattress that meets all needs!
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Charm, Convenience, & Comfort Combined

  • 5 of 5

Our 3-generation family group found the West Wing perfect; our young teens loved being in the romantic loft and grandma adored her beautiful bedroom and comfortable bed. We also loved the views of the garden and the beautiful grounds. We would gladly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York City

Second time and counting

  • 5 of 5

Every bit as lovely as my first visit. Dog happy and safe. I'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time here. The accommodations are beautiful and very private and Sterret, our host, was both friendly and appropriately respectful of our space. The surroundings are some tended gardens and then woods and all we could see acrross the valley was Mohonk House.

High Falls and environs offers many delicious restaurants and outdoor hikes, cute little towns and a great local flavor. We had a great time and West Wing was the perfect base.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

A Class Act

  • 5 of 5

The most delightful place! The furnishings and the art are a feast for the eyes, always something to discover and at the same time soothing and relaxing. Comfortable. Immaculate. Every need is anticipated, from the fine linens to the bath to the charming "kitchen." The grounds are beautiful with wonderful views. Morning coffee under the trees doesn't get any better. Sterrett is a lovely person and completely helpful. My pup had a ball! The best long weekend ever. And hiking 7 minutes away.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

High Falls Cottage Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Extra Person $30 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 2.0%

Holiday rental rates are $160.00 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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