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Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

HUGE HOME! 24 Acres! Private Lake, Fish, Swim, Boat, Barbecue, Spa, OK-PETS


Look for the videos here in the AMENITIES SECTION.


AN AMERICAN DREAM TIME CAPSULE! Step into this amazing home and experience not only the beauty of original architecture designed by a woman architect who became an architect before it was fashionable to be one! Filled with memorabilia of the perfect AMERICAN DREAM FAMILY, this home is NOT just an empty rental facility, but you feel like you are a guest in someone's home, and their photos, their books, art-work, and collections of a lifetime are there to share with you during your visit!


If you want an empty building with just the basics and plenty of room to spread out your own stuff, then please check out our beautiful architectural delight - home number 3871453 also on this website!

However, if you want a family experience, an experience of history, magic, memories and creativity; to be surrounded by 6000 books in my Dad's extensive literary library, including his own 22 original novels and books of poetry, my Mom's mini sculptures scattered around the home, my paintings and artwork in every room and CDs of my original music, then this house may be for you!

If you want to experience being a guest in the home of a truly remarkable family (mine), wherein two creative and ambitious individuals (Mom and Dad) came to this country with NOTHING, not a penny, having come from starvation, world war II total devastation and the massacre of generations of family... to come to America and build this Amazing Dream Estate, it is truly wonderful to see and experience the drive, the creativity and the inspiration of two broken hearts, yet driven to get the most out of life, to squeeze out every single drop of possibility out of living... and they did it!

This house still has some of our belongings in it. Our other house is doo-dad free and is now a photos-by-Iris (me) canvas gallery of nature photos I have taken while walking my dog.

But this house... this house is not only a building that is pretty and perched on a hill overlooking a lake that my mother dug up and filled up by herself... This house was a dream seeded in the mind of a 13 year old war orphan that was working in the copper mines in Sibera so many moons ago! My Mom built this lake by digging and stopping up a stream for a three years till it filled up. My Dad, named it Lake Illyria, from a very special place in one of Shakespeare's magical comedies where very special things happen.

Maybe while staying in the house you will pull a version of TWELFTH NIGHT and read about what my Daddy might have been dreaming of when he Christened this beautiful place to float on after this magical dreamy spot out of literature that he so loved. (My Dad was a Shakespearian and Conradian Scholar...)

Maybe we can remember his remarkable 91 years of life by reading this dreamy comedy while gazing at the lake and wondering about the name... hmmmm... Lake Illyria!

Maybe during your stay, you will be floating on the lake on a Kayak gazing at the stars or at a blue sunny sky with an array of crazy clouds drifting... and wondering about your own magical journey of living?

Our fabulous 6000 square foot architectural gem and one-of-a-kind unique and glorious private estate on 24 acres of wooded land neighbor to thousands of acres of state park natural preserves forest land just under the cliff of the famous mountain climbing hot-spot of the shawangunk mountains... Neighboring 21,160 acres State Park Minewaska and bordering 17,000 acres of Mohonk Preserves woodlands and 6400 acres of Mohonk's Nature Sanctuary, this fabulous estate is just minutes away (a bicycle ride!) from the some of he most beautiful parkland in the entire country.

Not only that, but we are minutes from the climbing cliffs and the peaks overlooking the entire beautiful wooded parkland that we are surrounded by!

There simply are no views to match the ever changing sunsets over the cliff, dinners on the terrace-porch overlooking the lake, night-caps on the romeo-juliette terrace off the master bedroom suite, master jacuzzi tub and sauna in the master bathroom and also an outdoor jacuzzi by the pool, also overlooking the mountain.

The lake is fully stocked with fish (large mouth bass) so you could easily pull a huge fish out of the lake and throw it on the barbecue, if you have the heart to do such a thing. I could never do it, but my tornado Mom sure could. Even now, to this day, she goes skinny dipping in the lake, runs to the hot tub soaks in therapeutic bubbles, and then she takes out a fishing rod (she might be dressed by then... but not always...) and casts her line into the lake, catches her dinner, drags it up to the kitchen, throws it into a skillet and sprinkles her secret spices and there you go. You could do that too, if you are so inclined... or maybe skip the skinny dipping because if you rent a 7 bedroom house, you are likely to have brought too many friends or family for such a thing...

So, there is swimming in the lake and a row-boat, and a dock and a neighborhood dude who brings kayaks and bycicles up to the house (for a small fee...) and he also guides nature snow shoe hikes in the winter, cross country skiing, and he is also a hiking guide and more... how cool is this?!?!?!?

We are neighboring both Lake Mohonk and lake Minnewaska. Our estate is smack in the middle of every type of outdoor sport and entertainment possible in this area. From horseback riding, to sail boating, to mountain climbing, art-fairs and music festivals in Woodstock only a few miles away, and so much more.

There are also horseback riding farms in the neighborhood starting as close as 1.6 miles from our home.

4.1 miles from the center of New Paltz with mini malls, shopping centers, small adorable artsy shops, the local college, movies, unique restaurants, the water-street market with cafes and antique shops... and everything else you could possibly need, this majestic and ultra private estate is also only 75 miles to midtown Manhattan and an easy skip hop and jump from north jersey as well.

This house is 100% smoke free and has always been so - good for those who enjoy really clean and fresh air. You who smoke... huff and puff... well, there is a spot for you too, about 50 feet away from the house...

This home is open, beautiful, light, bright and airy. Hand build stone fireplaces in the master bedroom, dining room and in both living rooms spice up evenings by the fireplaces. You know, my Mom and Dad dragged each and every stone that you see in those stone fireplaces from around the land to be able to build these magnificent hand-made stone fireplaces and main wall that you see the entire home gloriously hanging from. So when you sit by the fireplace deep in the winter and gaze into the flames... allow your eyes to wander and remember the footsteps and lugging of each and every stone by my Mom and Dad... what on earth got into them, who knows... why were they driven to build this beautiful stone wall in the middle of their home? Who puts THREE FIREPLACES in their home jutting out from this magnificent effort that they made personally by lugging all these stones into a pile for the mason to put together. Well, I certainly could never tell you what possessed them, but they did it and all the stones, each and everyone of them, was dragged onto our land by an ancestor, maybe an Indian, maybe a settler??? Well, when you come to visit our home... stare at this wall and know... that two young people in love, who had no one but one another, somehow decided to build this wall and these fireplaces that now stand on this mountain top overlooking this magical Lake Illyria, under the peaks of Mohonk and Minnewaska, just for YOU to now enjoy.

I don't think they knew this at the time they were dragging those stones around, maybe they thought it would be just for them... but my Mom knows it now... and my Dad... from where ever he floats... maybe his spirit still visits his library... maybe he knows it too... well... I know that I put this advertisement out to share this amazing beautiful stone wall with 3 glorious fireplaces, perched on our mountain, overlooking the lake that Mom built and Daddy named, and that all of us decorated and that I now bring to YOU to share the magic of our family, our love for creativity, our love for art, literature, music and nature, we now are sharing with YOU.

And I look back now at my Dad and his dreams, and my Mom who never thought her home would be enjoyed by so many... and I am happy to know... that they continue on, each and every day when people like you come and relax, have dinner overlooking the lake by the fireplace while listening to our choir of crickets... and I know... their dreams and efforts live on way beyond their own private lives. They live on through you and your enjoyment of the dreams that they brought to fruition!

Me and Mom welcome you to come and visit our truly unique and one-of-a-kind unique and unusual spots. I promise you, there is no other "house" like it anywhere! Our vacation rental is an EXPERIENCE.

Besides the basic swimming pool, hot tub, lake.., it can, if you let it, become a very interesting excursion into becoming a personal and private guest of our very special and one-of-a-kind family.


I look forward to inviting you to be a part of our extended guest-renter-family!



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Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Esther

I am the daughter of the architect that designed and built the home. She is now 92 and the house is too big and too much for her alone. I live and work in NJ so we look to share the wonder and specialness of the home Mom designed for her and our family to live in the most delux and special of conditions with a ton of ammenities, but most of all, a quiet haven away from hustle and bustle. A place to heal, be quiet, relax and be with nature. Swim in the lake or pool. Relaxing picnics on the dock or deck and completely unwind from stress.

Please be aware that we still use the house from time to time for ourselves when not rented to vacationers so many of our own personal items are still in the home, including 6000 books in the two libraries, some clothing, all sorts of kitchen items; some you will use, some you might not use, art work, decorations and supplies. If you want a totally empty rental, please check out our other home around the corner - home number 3871453 also live on this website that is a 6 bedroom home and has no personal items in it whatsoever.

When you stay at our home, you feel like you are a friend staying over. You will feel connected to our family history and legacy of music, art, literature and architecture. We welcome you into our history!

ALSO please know that I am always available during rental periods by phone and email and both my house keeper and handyman are less than 15 minutes away if you can't find something or don't know how to work an appliance!

Why Esther chose New Paltz

HOT TUB OPEN 24/7 ALL YEAR!!! The house is light and bright and secluded. Great for a honeymooning couple, great for a family that wants to rowboat, fish, swim and spa without crowds and other people around. The windows have see-through panels instead of traditional curtains so that it blocks the glare of the sunlight while still allowing you to not feel boxed in. What does that mean? It means that you always can see the fantastic views! Our home is LIGHT! BRIGHT ! AIRY! and there are views from every window in every room!

Great for mountain climbers who want to be close to the cliff, or cross country skiiers or those who love to hike through the woods since our land borders Mohonk Trust and is only 5 minutes from Miniwaska Park as well.

What makes this estate unique

HOT TUB OPEN 24/7 ALL YEAR!!! LAKE, HOT TUB for 6, POOL, SAUNA, JACUZZI inside for 4, GORGEOUS HOME, VIEWS everywhere, fireplaces, library, deck overlooking the pool and lake and cliffs, incredible sunsets, just minutes away from thousands and thousands of acres of state park. Secluded on 24 acres of wooded estate. With all the amenities of your home, you aren't just stuck in a small hotel room, you have bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen and so much more. And... it's personal. You are together with us and our history, our family history being one of the unique things that many renters have enjoyed, looking at our pictures, our original artwork, my Dad's books, my Mom's sculptures, my paintings and antique 24-track-recording tapes and so much more!

JOIN OUR FAMILY ON YOUR NEXT RETREAT, even though we might not be there, our feel, our vibration, our things, you can become a part of our family, even if just for a weekend or 7-10-day holiday.

In addition, one of the great things about our land is that we sit on water springs (that is how we got our fantastic lake!) and one of the wonderful health benefits of having your own natural well and spring water is the natural minerals that come with it. One of our minerals is Sulfur. Sulfur has been used medicinally since ancient times, and it is contained in every cell in your body. It is a component of three different amino acids (the building blocks that make up protein). Approximately 0.25 percent of your total body weight is sulfur. It is most concentrated in keratin, which gives you strong hair, nails, and skin. It is known as "nature's beauty mineral" because your body needs it to manufacture collagen, which keeps your skin elastic and looking young. Just a few days at our LAKE HOUSE and soaking in our spa and swimming in our natural spring lake could have wonderful health benefits for your body and well being!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Your'e the Best! Thanks for being so flexible and helpful!

Thank you very much! We had a great weekend!
Oct 2015
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New Paltz Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub , Sauna, shower, jacuzzi tub for two, wrap around views!
    Master Bathroom Toilet Room separate from Tub/Shower/Sauna - toilet , bidet , There is a separate toilet room adjacent to master bathroom
    Top Floor Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , bathtub, sink and shower in between the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms
    Main Floor Full Bathroom - toilet , shower , First level of home has another full bathroom with shower
    Ground Floor Full Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Ground Floor Bathroom features tub, shower, toilet, sink
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - CABANA - toilet , shower , Our home has FIVE bathrooms. Entry from outdoors!
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Cathedral ceilings, views, fireplace, sauna, jacuzzi +bthrm
    Bedroom - Mom's Architectural Study - 1 queen , Queen Sized Memory Foam Bed and Desk for computer work
    Full Size Bedroom Iris' Room - 1 queen , Beautiful Bedroom with views of lake and cathedral ceiling
    Bedroom - Ground Floor overlooking lawn and lake - 1 queen , 1 Queen Sized Memory Foam Bed
    Full Size Bedroom - Guest Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sized Memory Foam Bed, small desk, beautiful views
    Bedroom Ground Floor overlooking lawn - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Twin Bed - Regular Bed & 1 Queen Memory Foam Bed
    Bedroom - Library w/Desk & Computer - 1 queen , Queen Sized Memory Foam Bed views of the lake
    Bedroom 8 - 4 sleep sofa /futon , Ground floor 2nd Living Room has 4 sofa futon full size beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Our home is just under the shawangunk mountains the cliff that we see from our home is famous for mountain climbers and many come from around the world to climb that cliff. There are tons of walking trails at Mohonk, horsebackriding, apple picking, and other nature activities in the area all within minutes from our home. The home is only 4.3 miles from New Paltz town with stores, restaurants, movies, theatre, the college, a library, historic buildings with tours, and many local activities, dance classes, and local vendors providing massage, yoga and more...


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Simply Beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

Iris your home was perfect for our large family. Everyone was comfortable and the scenery is breathtaking. Thank you for being so attentive to all of our needs during our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gina! Thanks for being so sweet and so careful with out home! Welcome back anytime! Happy Trails. Iris.
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Thanksgiving with Mabourakh, Clark and Hodges families

  • 4 of 5

The house is full of character, it has an eclectic, comfortable and very spacious feel to it. There is ample space, many areas to sit, read, look at the most magnificent sunsets on the lake. We had 15 for Thanksgiving dinner, plenty of room. Having two kitchens was key for all the cooking we did, well stocked. Iris was attentive to our needs. We had some issues with the internet and oven, both of which Iris is addressing now. Also, the well water taste and odor isn't for everyone, so we recommend bringing extra drinking water.

We took advantage of thee area hikes, there are many places to explore. The City of New Paltz has good restaurants and well stocked grocery stores.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Ruth, Thanks so much for your detailed feedback! I'm so glad that you and your family had a wonderful ThanksGiving at our home. Thanks so much for your compliments on the character of our home and the amazing views and sunsets; My Mom, when she built the house, she built it exactly in the spot where you could see the maximum beauty of the sun setting over the mountain top. Thanks SOOO much for letting me know about the Internet, our prior Internet system was over-riding our new system (WHO KNEW!?!?) and Cable Co. fixed that up in a second! Thanks SOOO much for letting me know about that! We don't automatically turn on our water filter because water is healthier straight from the well and full of health benefits which are lost once we turn on the filter. More than half of our guests want the natural benefits which they cannot get in city water. I will make sure to add that to our welcome packet to let future renters know they can have the health benefits of mineral water or a filter that steals all the minerals out if they are not used to well water. It only takes a minute for our handyman to come up and turn on the filter at any time and we can get that done before renters arrive. I also need to remember to remind renters if they are doing a lot of cooking to run the AUTO CLEAN cycle with the oven, that fixed everything right away. I will add that to my home owners instructions for future renters, such an important detail! We are ALWAYS available during a rental to stop in and correct anything that might not be working perfectly. I am looking forward to your happy return! And... again, Thank you so much for your most helpful feedback that helps me deliver a better rental experience for the next renters! Regards, Iris
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Beautiful Weekend Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the large home with plenty of space outside for pool, lake and hot tub fun! The house has a lot of unique charm! Our large group enjoyed the stay and had lots of space to relax!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Liz! Thanks so much for your happy times report! Looking forward to seeing you back again next year! Thanks for taking great care of our home and being awesome renters! Happy Trails! Iris.
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Amazing House Marvelous Views

  • 5 of 5

Great spot to relax in nature and be secluded for a while.

The house is very spacious with amazing views of the lake and the cliffs nearby. We spent a lovely morning in the jacuzzi and watched the amazing cliffs revealing from under the fog. Every corner of every room in this house is full of character and filled with artwork by the owner. Pictures don't do justice to this gorgeous property.

House was very clean. Iris was super kind in responding to our requests and questions throughout the whole process.

Overall experience 10 stars! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a few days in paradise. No complaints. House was immaculate.

Met the cleaning and handyman crew upon arrival - they were all working very hard. I think I counted 8 people cleaning and walking around. I can see my cleaning fee was legitimate and well worth it because the place is very well taken care of. That was my first impression upon arrival, and the second impression was walking through the front door and seeing all glass and wrap around views of the lake and cliffs, a total Wowee! Those were the words of everyone of us when we walked into the house. "WOW"

Views of the lake from the house and deck spectacular. With binoculars we could also see the mountain climbers on the cliffs from the lake, very cool.

We came with six families, six couples and 16 kids. Plenty of room for all of us with space to spare. Great that the kids had their own living room / play room and entire floor to themselves, gave us some quality time on our own to enjoy.

Great lay out for families with kids and the playground / private park, a bit of a walk from the house, but once we got there, kids had fun. The kids spent hours swimming back and forth racing from one side of the lake to the other and that kept them occupied quite a bit. They also discovered a stream running through the property that we had no idea was here and they were catching salamanders and that was something they will most likely be talking about for a few years. We had originally planned to go hiking at Mohonk and antiquing up at Woodstock, but once we got to the house, no one wanted to leave.

Cellular phone service a bit spotty but we were able to find a few spots where our cell phones worked. Androids automatically connected with wifi, i-phones took a bit longer to figure it out, but it all worked out in the end. Handyman was there to help us out with that.

We texted Iris a few times during our stay to ask her where to find things, and her responses were immediate. She was very attentive but not intrusive.

Great time. Beautiful place. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jim! I'm so glad you had a great time! Thanks SOOO much for sharing your photos with me! Fantastic! See you again soon! Iris
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Newbourgh New York
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
One is 1 mile down the road. Others 4 miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Pougkeepsie NY
Nearest Motorway
0.03 Miles
About 1200 feet through the woods is Route 299 W
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Brau House, tons more in New Paltz 4.3 miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Minewaska & Mohonk loads of cross country trails
Car: necessary

Mountain Climbers Heaven!

Secluded Location!





Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $60
Clean up after departure $360
Hot Tub Clean/Heat/Maint $299
Heat-Maintain-Taxes-Admn $300
Refundable Security Dep $2,500

This is our private home and all the items inside are very dear to us. We are happy to share our things with renters with the understanding that they will care for our house and our furniture, artwork and other personal items that are still in the home, as if they are our guardians and also leave them all there intact as they found them.

With that agreement we open the doors to our home.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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