|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Come and sample the best of the Catskill Mountains with a London twist. Sarah and Sam have brought a hint of their hometown over the pond to this beautiful Victorian house 2.5 hours from New York City.
Arrive to bedrooms made up with Egyptian cotton linens from the White Company London, with towels to match (bath, hand and face towels provided for every guest). Enjoy bathrooms with complimentary, locally made soaps, shampoos and conditioners. When you’re hungry, hang out and cook in the large, well-equipped kitchen, complete with professional gas-fired stove.
The house is situated in the charming hamlet of Halcottsville, near Roxbury (an ideal base for weddings at the nearby Roxbury Barn and Stone Tavern). There is a large garden with a stream that kids love to play in and outdoor dining adjacent, creating a tranquil spot for a meal, perhaps from the bbq, or just relaxing with a cocktail.
There are lots of daytime activities to enjoy all year round (see the list below). In the evening, make use of the countless board games or settle down for a movie with the latest Samsung HD Smart TV and Blueray DVD player. The kitchen is equipped with a four-speaker sound system with iPod connection and wireless internet is provided.
When you arrive, you'll receive a welcome pack that includes locally-made bread, butter and milk as well as a new dish cloth, sponge and detergent for the dishwasher and washing machine. We also provide locally-made hand soap, body wash and bubble bath plus a bottle of shampoo and conditioner which you are welcome to take home with you at the end of your stay. PG Tips tea from England and enough coffee to get your trip started also await.
YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES
- The area is known for antique-hunting with charming stores in nearby Margarettville and Andes
- For an indoor workout or swim, why not pay a visit to the brand new nearby sports centre, complete with large indoor pool and modern gym
- Explore the local galleries and museums
- Dine out at one of the many restaurants in the region taking advantage of farm-fresh, local produce
- Kayak and canoe rentals are available a short stroll away on Lake Wawaka.
- Golf. There are three excellent golf courses within fifteen minutes drive
- Hiking. There are almost limitless trails to choose from out of the hundreds of miles of Catskill hiking trails
- Biking. The Catskills is a cyclist’s dream. There are endless miles of stunning country roads with you will feel safe with virtually no traffic. For off-road, try the nearby Catskill Scenic Trail or, for the more adventurous, Plattekill Mountain resort (bike rentals available)
- Fishing. The nearby Beverkill river is a legendary fly-fishing spot or you can just walk down to Lake Wawaka
- Swimming. Walk to the local swim hole or visit the beautiful outdoor pool in nearby Andes
- Take a ride on the scenic Delaware and Ulster vintage railroad
- Buy fresh, organic local produce from the nearby Pakatakan Farmer’s market and the local farm stands
- The London House is the perfect location for a ski break. Plattekill and Belleayre resorts are less than half an hour away and Windham and Hunter under an hour
- Enjoy a snow walk (snow shoes provided) by just stepping out of the front door and exploring the beautiful Lake Wawaka
Sarah and Sam both grew up in England but spend much of their time in the USA. Sarah studied French Literature at college and Sam Fine Art. Sam is a software entrepreneur and Sarah works in education. They currently live in London where they have two children at university and two in school.
Sarah Butterworth & Sam Phillips purchased this house in 2006
We discovered the Catskills together in 1990 when we escaped New York City for our first weekend away. We immediately fell in love with the vast expanses, dense trees, rolling mountains and covered bridges! The quiet village of Halcottsville, by beautiful Lake Wawaka and the farming history of Bragg Hollow came later. The simple white house, built with local materials and crafted with hand tools with its own stream at the bottom of the garden, has hosted large family dinners, garden parties for friends and neighbors and intimate candlelit suppers for two over the years. Sarah and Sam got engaged here and then got married outside in the expansive gardens of a friend’s nearby house.
Since we've been coming here, we've found it is the perfect getaway location either for an active break outdoors or for just getting away from it all to de-compress. Usually we do both with friends, family or sometimes just the two of us!
There are so many outdoor activities at all times of year. In the winter, there are two great ski resorts within fifteen minutes drive (Belleayre and Plattekill) plus there's cross country skiing and snow shoeing to be done too. In the summer, there's great hiking, cycling, mountain-biking, kayaking and swimming at the lovely outdoor pool in Andes. Local shops abound for browsing and there are auctions, flea-markets, yard sales and plenty of opportunities for antiquing or finding an unexpected treasure.
The local food scene is very active. There's the local farmers' market at the round barn on Saturdays (2 minutes drive away) in the summer with a copious supply of local organic produce. Peekamoose restaurant never disappoints and we've discovered lots of other great eateries too.
Often, though, we will simply relax and chat or read on the sun-drenched back deck or around the garden table on the stream-side patio.
We've had a great weekend at your house. The scenery is amazing, the kids loved playing in the stream behind the house and you have great neighbours
across the street.
We'll be back for sure!
We arrived on a Friday and stayed until Monday, the house was beautiful, comfortable and quite roomy. We enjoyed the hospitality and the small town. If the rain had not been quite so persistent it would have been a perfect weekend, but that is no one's fault. I highly recommend this house to anyone.
The house is really lovely - nicely restored and renovated, spacious, well-decorated, and comfortable. It is located right near a beautiful lake and creek, as well as the mountains, and there are walking trails, a swimming hole, and kayak/canoe rentals within walking distance. Easy drive to quaint towns like Margaretville, Phoenicia, and Andes. The instructions were clear and everything was exactly as stated. The hosts even left some local break, milk, and butter, which was delicious. Highly recommended!
We recently stayed (five adults, two children) at The London House for three nights while visiting the area to attend a wedding at The Roxbury Barn. The house was beautiful, with great aesthetics, sizable rooms, and country charm. The large dining/kitchen/living area was perfect for family dinners and causal hang outs. We spent most of our stay out doors in the large yard, where we had soccer matches, played yard games, or simply relaxed by the brook that traces the rear of the property. Quite idyllic!
The neighborhood was good for a walk or a run - there is a very accessible three-mile loop we completed several mornings - and the proximity of kayaks and bike rentals was nice as well. It's a 10 minute drive south to Margaretville for groceries, antiques, or a downtown stroll, and about 15 minutes north to Roxbury. On Saturday morning we visited the farmers market on route 30 which was wonderful! We didn't nearly have enough time to take in all the region has to offer.
There was a slight hiccup with gas service to the house during one day of our stay, however Carrie, the property manager, as well as Sam and Sarah responded without delay and took immediate action to rectify the miscommunication. Easy to contact and eager to assist, their attentiveness was a relief!
I would highly recommend the property as a tremendous place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the world. We can't wait to get back to The London House and explore the Catskills region at length!
My family and I spent a wonderful weekend at the London House. We arrived late on a Friday night to a warm, immaculately clean house. The house has many original features including a servant's staircase leading upstairs from the kitchen. The interior doors and main staircase are exquisite. The house is extremely well appointed with everything you could possibly need. The beds are comfortable with beautiful white linens. A welcome pack was provided with locally sourced bread, butter, milk and shampoo and conditioner. Our family spent quality time together and we especially enjoyed playing board games in the kitchen while listening to the owner's great selection of CDs. The swimming pool at Arkville was a perfect rainy day activity for our kids. The owners are extremely friendly and provided exceptional service. The fast wifi was a welcomed bonus. I highly recommend the property and the area.
We had a terrific time, and the house was just perfect. What's more, the village (hamlet?) of Halcottsville is a very sweet, picturesque spot, perfect for taking quiet strolls along the lake or Main Street. Couldn't have been happier.
A group of us stayed at London House over New Years, and it was a fantastic experience. The house is beautiful, it and the region is the sort of so exceedingly authentically quaint that you only read about in books.
As a professional live experience designer, my #1 most important positive recommendation is, this space is architecturally perfect for groups. It's connected enough that everyone can get together and be cozy in multiple configurations, but spaced out enough that privacy for many people at a time is never far away. There are two routes to every place, which is absolutely critical to preserving dynamism. You have a constant sense in the house that you're going about life, turning a corner, and finding a new group of people to optionally interact with-- the perfect balance of engagement without pressure. Sound carries enough that you don't feel isolated, but not so much that you'll actually get disturbed by other people talking. Spaces are big enough to fit groups, but asymmetric to offer variety, and not so big that everybody will just sit around and stare at each other without knowing what to do. (I literally do this for a living, and this house is in the top 90% percentile in these areas that have a huge impact on experience quality.)
Other useful notes:
The kitchen and living space was exceptional. We cooked nearly every day, and benefited heavily from the wealth of exceedingly high quality equipment that probably cost as much or more than our entire weeklong stay, some of it professional-grade.
The house TRULY IS hypoallergenic, which is very unexpected given the amount of mold and wear in the region. With multiple super-allergic-to-everything people, we were very concerned, but we didn’t react at all.
The owners were incredibly kind and considerate. They let us check out the house in advance. They got back to all of our questions within hours. They were very happy to accommodate our numerous special requests.
Unlike the other reviewers, we didn't touch the marmite :-) But, it and the thoroughly London theme inside were a really fun touch.
The one thing to know about the house, which is not obvious from the info, is that it is in a (tiny, one-road) town, not alone in the countryside.
In winter with the heat on, it can often be dry. We left a wet towel in our bedroom at night for humidity.
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2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
The following public holiday weekends will be charged at Summer Season rates and carry a three day minimum: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
A $500 security deposit is required and is refunded within five days of checking out, assuming no damages.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.