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COTTAGE Near Woodstock NY:Nature-Rushing Waters-Mountains-Restful-Pets Welcome

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Witten Pond-Historic-Restored Cottage-One-of-a-Kind-Modern Amenities


WE WELCOME PETS: Yes, we do welcome pets, but charge a fee of $65. There is additional housekeeping time required after each 'pet stay.' We hope you understand. Please be sure to check off that you have a pet under FEES AND TAXES when developing your quote so that we can facilitate a faster booking for you!

OUR RATES: Our standard nightly rate (minimum 3 nights) is $250. Please contact us directly for weekly and monthly rates.


'Witten Pond' is comprised of three homes on a 15-acre owner-estate, which is in the midst of the 'forever wild' Catskill State Forest Preserve in the NYC Ashokan Reservoir area and on the protected Wittenberg Stream. Our homes are best suited for one couple, or a couple with a small child and/or pet. All three of our homes have 1-bedroom and 1-bath. We do not suggest that multiple couples inquire for availability for just one home. We recommend if there is more than one couple wishing to vacation together that you consider both Lily-of-the-Valley and Witten Barn (#367478). A special package price will be offered.

The original home, circa 1910 recently restored 'Lily of the Valley,' is furnished in art and antiques. The second is a more contemporary historic home, 'Witten Gatehouse', with a spa bathroom. The third home, 'Witten Barn,' is an architectural integration of old and new including a major European-style kitchen, bathroom, and wood-fired radiant fireplace. 'Witten Pond' homes provide perfect Private Realms for a couple’s getaway.


A “must” when visiting Witten Pond is to take a short walk up Moonhaw Road to the bridge and dead end. Beginning at Witten Pond, Moonhaw Road is a single dirt lane unchanged in 100 years! Along the way, you walk in parallel with the Wittenberg Stream, which has stayed as pristine as in the days of the Hudson River School painters and naturalist John Burroughs. Wittenberg Stream's rushing waters, which you hear from all the homes at Witten Pond, flows down from Wittenberg Mountain en route to New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir. For those who fish and have a New York State License, the Wittenberg Stream has native brook trout. You can see Wittenberg Mountain's peak from Witten Pond, given it is the third highest vertical climb in the Catskills and a part of the Slide Mountain Wilderness Range.

Wittenberg Stream


“LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY' is a restored circa 1900 chestnut post and beam cottage- style home. A high loft-style bedroom/library occupies the entire 2nd floor, which looks out on Witten Pond, Wittenberg Stream and high Catskill peaks. 1300 sq. ft. on two floors with porches on 3 sides. Light abounds in the master bedroom.

The 1st floor has eclectic charm and warmth ... the feeling of a home at once informal yet lavished with care and comfort. Owner’s attention to detail is everywhere: the house is furnished with antiques and Hudson Valley art. The hand crafted cherry-wood banister going upstairs is something to behold. The wood flooring was cut from trees on the property as a wedding gift to the Owner from a neighbor. An antique chestnut dining table overlooks Witten Pond through French doors leading to the porch allowing a glow of light to filter in all day long.

The 1st floor houses the master bath with authentic clawfoot tub and hand-held European shower. There is a large bay window next to the tub that overlooks Witten Pond and a secret garden. There are skylights as well, so while you're soaking in the deep clawfoot tub, you can also light candles and stargaze. The open living room/kitchen has a wood burning stream-stone fireplace and country kitchen with bluestone counters. See Amenities for details, although almost everything you would want is provided. All the appliances are new.

The porch is covered on three sides, allowing for more relaxation and stargazing at night since there is no ambient light! The stars are bright and huge.

The Sitting area in the back of the house has a wood burning Tuscan wood grill, teak sitting benches, gardens, and picnic table overlooking Witten Pond. Supervised, it is a great area for a young child to play. Swimming (at guest risk) and fishing (catch-and-release) are available in Witten Pond. The Wittenberg Stream, a classic trout stream, is just across the road parallel to our property.

Lily amenities include Wifi internet, DVD/TV, CD/radio, massage table, and excellent cell service. Again, please see Amenities for more details.


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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Eric (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

My boyfriend and I live in the NYC and enjoy a chance to get out of the density once in a while. We have taken to long weekends in the Catskills due to its proximity and the abundance of great walks, culture, food and people. We've stayed gorgeous homes in Kingston and in Woodstock but absolutely fell in love with Lily of the Valley in West Shokan. The pictures and description accurately represent the property but still do not do it justice. The house is set on Witten Pond which is a extra special feature. We loved exploring the immediate area around the house, admiring the attention to detail Charlotte and the owners have given the area. There are beautiful benches, Buddhas, sculptures, bird houses, and other accents around the property. The house is a labor of love I also can't do justice. Every feature, piece of furniture and decoration in the house was had chosen and intentionally placed. The house feels like a real home that must have taken many years to decorate so thoroughly, consistently and beautifully. I have never stayed in such a cozy and relaxing rental home ever. The kitchen is fully stocked. We prepared a homemade bolognese, popped the cork on the complimentary bottle of red wine (which was very good!) and sat by the fire marveling at what a find we had come upon. The bathroom and bathtub are lovely (I enjoyed the premium soaps and herbal tonics and took soak). Upstairs you are transported to a spacious hideaway with breathtaking views. The bedroom looks like the ideal place to write a novel -- it is warm, has gorgeous rugs and hand-picked furniture, a well curated library and beautiful artwork from stained glass windows to photography to sketches of birds. The skylights are incredible and elevate the room even more. The bed is large and comfortable with quality pillows. For a couple I cannot recommend this property enough.

If it is helpful, I'll share the activities we enjoyed. We skied Belleayre located 30 minutes away door to door. It's both smaller than Hunter Mountain and has great lower mountain trails which we both wanted (being the inexperienced skier and snowboarder that we are). We also went hiking on a little known trail accessible from Matyas Road just off of Route 28 about 1.5 miles south of Bellayre Mountain in Shandanken Reserve. It's about a 3-hour hike and totally worth it. We've vowed to come back and hike this trail again, dinner at Peekamoose (fine dining) and loved it.
Jan 2013
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COTTAGE Near Woodstock NY:Nature-Rushing Waters-Mountains-Restful-Pets Welcome
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 20 reviews

Stress Free Stay in a 5 star residence

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on a Friday night to a torrential downpour which put a little damper to the start of our weekend. That little damper disappeared the moment we walked through the door to the Barn. With slippers laid out for you at the foot of the stairs, and lights on so you can see, our little damper turned to a feeling of complete relaxation. After unpacking, we decided to utilize the incredible bathtub Spa. It was just beautiful- natural stone with a steam component was perfect for a rain filled, windy evening. Being 6'3" and 235 i was worried i wouldn't have any room in the tub to unwind. Not to worry- i could have swam laps! It was perfect!

The upstairs bedroom was so spacious and designed to perfection- the bed was extremely comfortable and the reclining leather chairs in front of the fireplace were the perfect touch to sit back and relax, read, and think about nothing.

The kitchen and Living room had everything we could have wanted- top notch appliances for cooking... we love to cook and a huge Fireplace with a brick oven above it. We didn't get a chance to use it this time- but next time we will!

If you are looking for a place to get away in beautiful surroundings and really decompress from the world for a few days- there is no better place to do it than "the barn!"

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fabulous review from wonderful guests! We value each guest and are so thrilled when they take the time to review their stay at Witten Pond. These guests stayed at Witten Barn although the headline may say "cottage.' I want to be clear about this for we do have a Cottage home, Lily of the Valley, as well. Thank you to our guests once again!
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying at Lily of the Valley! The place is gorgeous and impeccably maintained. I would absolutely recommend this home to any couple looking to get away and relax for a long weekend.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bronx, New York

Recharging the soul in Wet Shokan

  • 4 of 5

Julianne and I searched for a home to rent in the Catskills with the idea that our dog could have a pond to swim in. We did not find anything suitable on AIRbnb and turned to HomeAway. We are happy we did. Even though our dog did not swim in the pond (we could not find a graduated beachhead entry point for him - he is an old pooch) we were delighted by the romantic and bucolic setting of the Lily in the Valley. The entire Witten Pond compound is an oasis in the woods. Set between two mountains, we savored our evenings on the porch, watching the stars on the darkest nights and later in the week, basking in the silver glow of the Harvest Moon. The 2nd floor bedroom was a special treat. With its loft-like ceilings, extra large skylights and windows, we fell asleep to the soothing sounds of the forest. Unlike many houses for rent on these rental sites, this home has character and old charm. It is furnished with an eye for detail. The old-school claw foot tub in the bathroom served as a perfect bath at the of the day. Be warned there is no stand-up shower. I was worried about this before arriving, but the accommodations of the bathroom quickly erased any misgivings. Taking a bath with moonlight lighting the room is a treat I do not get at home.

The couch downstairs opens up into sleeper bed if you have more than two people staying. For a couple this home is just about perfect. Julianne and I will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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newton, nj

Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Lily of the Valley for a 3-night 4-day stay with our two dogs. It was absolutely perfect! Everything we were looking for. The property was very quiet and relaxing. Tons of trails to take the dogs, a stream right across from the house that the dogs adored! The pond was great for fishing. It was the most welcoming stay we've ever had anywhere. They really take the time to put a personal touch on the rental. We were surprised with the arrival basket containing a bottle of wine (which was delicious!), a bottle of sparkling water, and our own to go water bottle that my boyfriend uses every day! Our dogs are named Chewbacca (Chewy) and Obi (Obi Wan) and the property manage Eric was awesome enough to bring us three glasses of his own personal Star Wars collection to use during our stay! We didn't even have to leave the house much! We will definitely be coming back and bringing our families for the other two houses on the property!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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London UK

a jewel of a holiday rental

  • 4 of 5

Lily of the Valley cottage was so charming, so restful, that we could all have stayed for another week very happily. Simply sitting on the porch, reading and surveying the magnificent view and landscaping was enough to make us happy. The house needs a little bit of freshening up but it is a true country cottage. Beautiful setting, a lovely sound of the fountain and lake and running stream below, and a handy barbecue make this a wonderful holiday spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We dropped the ball and have hired a professional window cleaning service to do the windows monthly for this historic turn-of-the-century Lily-of-the-Valley vacation home that sits on our 15-acre sanctuary, Witten Pond. We appreciate out guests flattering words as well as her "caring" comment for improvement.
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Magical, Enchanting and Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for our 40th together. The listing understated the beauty and magic of the property. Meticulously maintained inside and out with wonderful landscaping everywhere one looks. The whole management team was most attentive and made our stay special from behind the scenes. So just the perfect retreat for a couple, embraced by the magic of the property. I have and will recommend this property to others with pleasure. Everything was more than perfect. Attractions all around, but it is hard to leave the magic of Witten Pond and a joy to return. Unqualified Five Stars--K&K

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany and Newburgh
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak Rhinecliff at Rhinebeck, NY
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 28 Boiceville
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Emerson Spa and Inn, Mt. Tremper
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Car: necessary


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May 27 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Housekeeping Fee $125
Pet Fee $75

Our homes are filled with antiques, rustic luxury, and contemporary elegance, depending on the home you rent. They welcome couples with a pet(s) and/or small children. Our homes are not suitable for "groups" of couples seeking party weekends. Sorry.

Witten Pond consists of 3 magnificent residences: Lily-of-the-Valley, The Gatehouse, Witten Barn ... all available for rental.

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Catskills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
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  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
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  • Stove ...
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Claw-foot tub has hand held shower; overlooks garden.
  • The bathroom’s claw foot tub directly looks out on Witten Pond, Wittenberg Stream, and Wittenberg Mountain through a bay window, which usually houses one of the owner's unique Buddha statues. The shower is a hand held, European style and the views, as already stated, are spectacular, but their is privacy due to the 'secret garden.'
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The Master bedroom/library is on the open 2nd floor. It is tranquil with skylights and light on all sides, with an elevated queen bed in the bedroom area. There are picture-window views of Witten Pond and the high Catskill peaks. The sitting/reading has comfortable seating with an antique writing table, and eclectic library. Appointed with fine linens.
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • water tubing
DESCRIPTION: “Lily of the Valley” is a Private Realm vacation home in the magnificent Catskills, a perfect retreat from an active City life. Nature, panoramic views, rushing water, and mountains surround. A place for those who love nature, privacy, and serenity with easy access to Woodstock/Hudson Valley’s culture and adventure. A circa 1910 Catskills fishing lodge, it has been lovingly refurbished renovated and restored as a Couple’s Realm. “Lily” overlooks a half acre spring-fed rainbow trout pond, 8 feet deep, flowing into Wittenberg stream, which in turn flows into the Ashokan Reservoir. It is part of a 15-acre family estate.The home was hand built circa 1910 in a classic “Swiss cottage” style featuring a stream-stone fireplace, and signature chestnut post and beam, and cherry wood accents. Lily is furnished with eclectic antiques and art from the owner’s collection.

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