My home is my pride and joy and will be yours as well. This house sleeps 25 people comfortably with 9 bedrooms , 9 bathrooms and better yet seats 16 plus guest in our huge 1950's style diner kitchen. There are 4 separate and uniquely decorated living rooms to relax in so everyone has there separate space. There is also a huge game room that has an air hockey table, ping pong table and other games to entertain the kids. What makes the house different from other vacation rentals is all 9 bedrooms have full private bathrooms ! Just 7 miles ( 10 minutes ) from hunter mountain ski area, 25 minutes to windham ski area and 5 minutes from new york states #1 state park, North South Lake , for swimming and boating. New York States highest waterfall (280 ft) is just minutes away. Washer dryer, wifi and big screen satellite tv, fire pit, backyard sledding hill, outdoor patio area that seats 18 and numerous porches and decks that share a 70 mile view of the Hudson Valley ! The property was built in the 1890's and has gone through so many incarnations and was last run as the mountain bike inn . Absolutely the best place for your family reunion, bachelor-bachelorette parties, or the incredible couples getaway ! Needless to say there is some of the east coast best mountainbiking right out the door. If road riding is more your pleasure , you will enjoy uncongested country roads with miles of climbing and decending. The area sports some of the best hiking the catskills has to offer as well. For whatever reason you are visiting the area, my home will be a place you will want to come back to time and time again.
- House4000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
You Have To See It To Believe It ! Unlike Any Other !
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 17, 2018
About Ernie Reale
I grew up in the area and have always loved what it offered recreationally. Skiing and riding my bike as a kid was put on hold in the 80's and 90's as I indulged in the famous Hunter Mountain bar scene. I rediscovered the beauty of the surroundings in 1992 as the mountain bike scene came on. I have been riding the area for 22 plus years and ran the property as The Mountain Bike Inn for 8 years. Thirteen years of hard work has brought the property to what it is know. A very cool place with a unique décor and awaiting you to enjoy.
Ernie Reale purchased this House in 1999
Why Ernie Reale chose Haines Falls
This house has recently been decorated by professional Hollywood set designers, you simply will overjoyed with the ambiance. The 50's diner style kitchen allows all guest people to sit and eat together which few if any other properties can. Each bedroom has a full private bathroom which allows more privacy and convenience. Four full separate living rooms , one of which is a huge game room allow everyone to relax in different spaces and settings.
What makes this House unique
Built in the 1890's this is one of the few remaining local hotels of the grand hotel era.
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A large group of friends stayed at Ernie's place and had the best time. We never felt cramped in the house – there were beds and spaces to spend time for everyone. We especially loved the giant kitchen, which was great for making and sharing big meals. Plus the games (air hockey, ping pong, karaoke) provided hours of entertainment. Check in and check out was seamless and easy, and Ernie was a great host. We will definitely be back!
Thanks Alexa, come back anytime !
Warm, fun, spacious and clean!
Kind and flexible owner. Kids LOVED the house! Plenty of space for 16. Could have hosted an additional family. Awesome kitchen/dining area for hanging out.
Amazing Hunter Retreat
We had a large group of multiple families stay at Ernie's fabulous house. Plenty of space for everyone with multiple rooms and amenities to make the whole off skiing time even more enjoyable ~ loads of extra touches ~ ping pong, air hockey and even the karaoke machine which we swore we would not use but became the centerpiece for our evening entertainment. There are books, blankets and seating areas galore~ games for all ages and various curiosity pieces decorating the house which you find yourself wandering about just so you don't miss any of the details. While the house is large and historical we found it exceptionally clean, warm and cozy. Ernie is a wonderful host, readily responds to questions and is very conscientious~ we loved hearing about the story of the house through the 20th century and various owners and we could have asked him questions all night, but he is very respectful of your privacy. This is one of those finds on VRBO when you really do hope you can come back~ the setting facilitated the amazing time we all had.
Thank you so much for the great review ! Come back again some time !
Thanksgiving 2017 Family Time
Just stayed here for three nights to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend with family. There were eighteen of us all together. Ages ranged from 4 to 71. The house is very large....rooms for everyone to spread out in. The house is old and full of character. We were all impressed by the cleanliness and comfort. Ernie, the owner, lives on property and couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating. He answers all correspondence in a most timely manner. Most of the family took advantage of nearby hiking and waterfalls to visit. Would certainly return to stay here.
Lynne and Frank Hanrahan
Thank you Lynne. You and your family are always welcome back ! You are ideal tenants.
Great place, lots of fun, super friendly and accommodating on-site owner
This house has tons of character. It's huge, and there's a place for everyone to hang their hat. The decor is fun and interesting, if a little all over the place thematically. There's lots of conversation starters all across the house. If you're looking for a place to hang with friends, you'll have a lot of fun here. You won't impress everyone with super chic digs if you book this, but you can be sure that everyone will feel comfortable and relaxed. Ernie was a pleasure to deal with from booking until check out. I was somewhat concerned when we found out he was on site, however in the whole weekend, I don't think I saw him once unless we needed him for something, and then he was prompt and solved the issue immediately.
Great property and friendly owner
Loved the property and Ernie was very helpful
Hunter Mountain Ski area is just minutes away which has year round activities. During the spring ,summer and fall the area offers 2nd to none hiking and mountainbiking. WDST Woodstock Mountain jam, Windham Mountain bike World Cup, numerous Hunter Mountain Festivals . New York States highest waterfall (270 feet) is just a 3 minute drive from my home .
Rates & Availability
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Cancellation policy . Should you have to cancel your stay, if you cancel 30 days prior to your arrival, 25% of your initial deposit will be retained. If you have to cancel within 30 days of your arrival, 50% of your initial deposit will be retained.