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Andy Breen

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Woodstock Treehouse Near Catskills, Saugerties, Hits, Secluded Yet Close To All

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Kingston Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Four Bedrooms, Two Full Baths, Geothermal, Solar, 7' Cedar Hot Tub, Ultra Modern

As you drive back into the woods and first come across this beautiful home prepare to be awe-struck. I don't think you'll ever find another one quite like it. This is a virtually new home with all the bells and whistles. Winner of the 2009 American Institute of Architects design award, the house is very unique, very modern and very green. Known as a tree house, it has floor-to-ceiling glass and is 30' off the ground so you're in the tree canopy. This home is Net Zero and was built with very sustainable systems and practices that include Solar PV panels and geothermal heat pumps for heating via radiant polished concrete floors.

The house sits on a secluded 7+ acre lot with multiple streams. Luxury finishes including walk in glass shower with glass tiles and a 7' outdoor wood-fired cedar hot tub (only available May-Sept). Wide open floor plan that includes a chefs kitchen to drool over with an induction cook top and stainless steel appliances. Over 1,000 sq ft of decks surround the home. There's even a screened in solarium for out door dining. The house has 4 well appointed bedrooms and can sleep 6-8 comfortably. Physically located inside of the town of Woodstock on a road with hundreds of acres of state land nearby, including some serious mountain biking trails. We're right on the line with Saugerties and Kingston. In a few minutes you can be in eclectic little towns like Woodstock or Saugerties. So much fun to walk around there and window shop. You'll find so many fine restaurants and you just might see somebody quite famous. Skiing at Windham, Hunter or Bellayre is only 30 minutes away. This is a unique home combining the best aspects of modern amenities and country living.

Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andy Breen (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Andy Breen

Our house is a weekend family home we use as a get away from NYC. We built it so that one could experience the open spaces and appreciate our natural surroundings. This modern home won the 2010 AIA award for design. This tree top canopy home will make you feel like you just stepped into an issue of Dwell or Metropolis magazine!

Andy Breen purchased this chateau / country house in 2009

Why Andy Breen chose Hudson Valley

We found ourselves regularly coming to the Woodstock area in all 4 seasons. This area is full of natural, arts and cultural benefits and has such a great balance of sophistication without pretense. From the Woodstock art, movie and music festivals to the wonders of skiing or hiking in the Catskill Mountains to the HITS shows in Saugerties to the many NYC quality restaurants there is simply not another place like this.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We built this house with a passion to realize our vision of an escape in a beautiful wooded setting while being responsible and respectful to the impact that new construction has on the environment. We used sustainable materials and systems that include solar, geo-thermal, triple pane glass and recycled timbers. We wanted light and great views so we built a huge wall of windows in the main room 30 feet up into the tree canopy. We love to cook and entertain and you'll find the kitchen to be top end and very convenient. The open plan main room allows us to be with our family and friends as we prepare those great meals. Extensive out door areas as well allow you to be one with nature at all hours of the day. We even screened in an outside eating/solarium area. We're located on 7 plus acres and your neighbors will be the wild life all around you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A true dream house to visit in the woods. Andy is a perfect host and everything we needed was at our finger tips. We'll be back for sure very soon!
Feb 2014
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Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)
Woodstock Treehouse Near Catskills, Saugerties, Hits, Secluded Yet Close To All
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 12 reviews
5

Wonderful house, wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the treehouse. The architecture is a wonder and makes you feel part of the woods. Andy was in contact leading up to and during our stay and very helpful. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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lovely tree house but owner is not meant to rent

  • 2 of 5

The house has great architectural interest and the view from the living room feels like you are in a tree house which is all quite lovely. However, I had a a few issues with the property that would cause me not to return. I have probably rented 50 properties around the world and this is the first time I have encountered such problems. First, the fact that the owner emails you as soon as you arrive because there are cameras is creepy to me. Some may find that level of service helpful, but I did not. Second, there are notes everywhere on what not to do, use or touch. It was stifling hot when we arrived but there were notes everywhere not to touch the thermostat because of geothermal heating (a system I had in my own house and so I understand, but it's not ok at that rate to put your preferred system ahead of guests' comfort). I was assured it was just because the house was closed up. The next day with every window opened, it was 81 degrees in the house. It was very uncomfortable and I was forbidden from turning on A/C. Third, there was not a single shelf or place to hang up any clothes in the master bedroom. The owner's stuff is stacked to the hills in the closet. They could put in a shelf in the master, but instead we had to live out of our suitcase for 4 days. The real icing on the cake was that my husband and daughter took me out to a Mother's Day brunch while our baby slept at the house with the nanny on Sunday, our departure day. While we had packed all of our bags by the door so the cleaners could come in and get the house ready, the owner sent me several emails and then charged me $100 for leaving 2 hours late. Happy Mother's Day.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'd like to address the items you raised as there are a couple of things that are misrepresented. First, most of our guests appreciate that we have a detailed guest book and notes for how to use items in our house. This is our house as well and not just a rental so we do need to put notes on private things so people know what they can use. To say there are notes all over the house is a bit of an exaggeration. We discussed the cameras extensively including their use before your stay. I even offered to cancel your reservation on short notice at no cost if you were not comfortable. You decided to keep it knowing we had cameras and they were used only to verify your arrival. Its a bit unfair to now negatively review us for that. None of our hundreds of guests have ever had such a reaction nor problem with them. You did stay at the house during a very unusual hot spell that was in the mid to upper 90s in early May. It usually doesn't even reach that during the summer. However, even though we clearly said not to manipulate the thermostats yourself (both in email and on the thermostats) and to contact us, you did it anyway potentially causing damage to our system. Knowledge of a geothermal system does not make you knowledgable of our control system as every one is different. When we discussed this I asked you if you wanted the AC on and you never responded so I didn't turn it on. In regard to checkout, we clearly conveyed our checkout times to you and you never requested a later checkout nor made us aware of your plans for Mothers Day. Our cleaner arrived at the normal checkout time and was prevented from cleaning the house. This caused a problem for her Mother's Day plans as well as ours as I was trying to track you down to find out what was going on so you were not the only one affected. Simply asking if you could stay longer would have made the situation easier. I had to charge as I get charged when the cleaners have to change their schedule unexpectedly. Thanks for the feedback on the closet. We probably could leave more room but there is ample space for hanging clothes with extra hangars and drawers in there as well.
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5

beautiful, beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely incredible property, you'll never get over the drive up to the house, seeing the large glass living space jutting out of the hill. Would love to stay again. Amazingly peaceful and very comfortable. Andrew was also, incredibly helpful and very responsive.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Louis, we're so glad you and your guests enjoyed your stay and happy to help. We hope to see you again. -Andy
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5

Great stay and place for cooking and entertaining

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place. Really great space and if you are into cooking and entertaining, it is all right there for you. We were having a small birthday gathering and the main room is really conducive to cooking, hanging out and being together in an awesome house. The rooms are comfortable and it feels spacious even when you have kids running around. It was really lovely to be inside in this warm place looking out into the trees covered with snow.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great house and area

  • 5 of 5

This is a GREAT house. Seriously. It is just amazing from the moment you walk in. The 4 of us (two couples) just loved it. You walk in, get into the main room, and you are in the trees - literally. What’s great though is not just the view, but the way the house was planned - super-simple, but super-comfortable. It looks really design-y, but it’s not ‘cold’ - you can tell that it was planned to be lived in, not just looked at. The upstairs room is particularly amazing to sleep in (although the master bedroom is also fabulous!) We all really loved it, and the really good thing is that you feel like you are away from it all, but you’ve got so much around there to do, even in winter.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great weekend in "the treehouse". I can say that the name really fits! You are way up in the trees with huge windows in the middle of the forest. The house is like new with no wear and tear and all modern amenities. It was close to skiing which we took advantage of at Bellayre one day and Hunter the next. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Newburgh
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Woodstock
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Woodstock
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Rhinebeck
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
NYS Thruway (Rt 87)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Woodstock
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Hunter Mtn or Bellayre Mtn
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Kingston
Car: necessary

We're located a few minutes from everything. You can get off at Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway (Kingston). We're only about 5 miles from the exit but it'll feel like a world away. From here one can easily explore Woodstock, Saugerties, Rhinebeck, Hudson, Kingston and all the mighty Catskill Mountains have to offer. You'll find endless trails to hike or mountain bike. We're very close to world class parks like Minnewaska and Mohonk. During the summer and fall we're very close to HITS events as well. The fall colors here will blow your mind as will the views from our trail peaks.

No pets and no smoking inside or out of the house.

There are security cameras in the house. They are used to confirm your arrival but are not used during your stay except in case of emergency.

See our full house rules at http://goo.gl/srBZc7

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Rates & Availability

Kingston Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 5 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
$600
$3,600
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
$650
 
 
Columbus Day
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
$650
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
$650
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$550
$3,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,250
Cleaning fee $250

Rates listed above per season. Linens and Towels provided.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Kingston Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Two full baths and both are beautifully finished. One has a glass walk-in shower and other has a full sized tub. Both have glass tile throughout and modern fixtures.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , on main floor
    Upstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Configured as king or 2 twins; also has sleep sofa
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Configured as two twins but also can be queen
    2nd Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Kids bedroom on main floor with trundle twin beds
  • Four bedrooms, two set up as kings, two with trundle beds. King bed upstairs can be used as two singles. There's a sleeper couch up there as well. House sleeps 8-9 people.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes:
You can look near and far but you won't find another home quite like this one. The owner/builder had quite a vision here. When you come up the long drive and first spot this beauty you'll want to get inside and check it out before you even unpack. This is a four season get away that you'll keep coming back to. Please see our full house rules here: http://goo.gl/srBZc7

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