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Rustic Modern Retreat near HITS, Hunter Mountain, Woodstock

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Rustic Modern 2 Story House Sleeps 6-10 In Style And Comfort

The Gem is a newly renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bath vacation rental. It is situated on 4 acres, which also contains my home (a separate building, built in the 1840's), a barn, pond, stream, marshland, and woods. There is also a brand new bluestone patio with charcoal grill, fire pit, and plenty of outdoor furniture. The house comfortably sleeps 6 people, but for special short term situations, it can accommodate up to 10 people. Please note that I do charge an extra $25 per person per night, for parties over 6.

Separate bedrooms can also be rented out to smaller parties for a lower rate. Please ask, as I am flexible.

Pets are considered on a case by case basis. Please don't hesitate to inquire.

The house is situated 10 minutes drive from the village of Saugerties and HITS, and 14 and 22 miles from Hunter and Windham Mountains, respectively.

It is a 20 minute drive from Woodstock, about 30 minutes to Kingston and a 2 hour drive from NYC.

Each of the 3 bedrooms has an en suite bath, king-sized bed, flat screen TV (basic cable + HBO), DVD player, high speed WiFi internet, and air conditioning (separate thermostats). There are views of the pond, woods and Catskill Mountains from each room, including the common areas. The downstairs features a large open plan kitchen/living/dining space. Additionally, there is a large capacity LG washer and dryer in the upstairs hallway for your convenience.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

About Thistle

My name is Thistle. I'm a freelance interior designer, landlady, and musician. I love nature, music, art, food, films, and peace. I like to travel and I like to nest. I live part time between Manhattan and Saugerties, having lived in Brooklyn for 11 years prior to purchasing this property. My own home is located adjacent to the guest house on the same property, however it is positioned in such a way that guests still enjoy their privacy.

My hosting style is relaxed and casual. I want you to have a calm and easy experience while you luxuriate in the spaces I have designed just for you.

Thistle purchased this house in 2013

Why Thistle chose Catskills

Through some weekend exploration of the Hudson River Valley, I came across Woodstock and Saugerties and immediately fell in love with the area. It is truly a magical place, with so many things to do, so many unique characteristics to appreciate, and amazing people to enjoy. The property I bought is very unique, with hills, wetland, woods, old stone walls and a pond and stream. Although it is only four acres, there is much visual interest. It is quiet and peaceful, with views of the Catskills. I love it here! Be sure to take notice of all the little waterfalls that line the country roads here...they are stunning.

What makes this house unique

The main house on the property was built in the 1840's by country folk who probably raised livestock and worked at one of the local quarries. The Gem was built in the 1990's using a kit barn, and was originally used as a textile arts studio. In the spring of 2014, I renovated the art studio, turning it into a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home to be used exclusively for vacation rentals. I employed eco-friendly construction materials and methods in the renovation of this building--ask me about them! Not only is the house newly renovated, it's been done in a rustic modern style; I wanted the home to appeal to modern sensibilities--clean lines, minimalism, neutral color palettes, while using both natural and rustic themes. I am an interior designer by trade, and I serve both this area and NYC.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Rustic Modern Retreat near HITS, Hunter Mountain, Woodstock
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Pictures don't do the property justice. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed. All the conveniences we could ask for. The house was immaculate and felt brand new. Thistle is very accommodating and helpful. Would definitely stay again and recommend to others. Proximity to Woodstock and Saugerties is a huge bonus.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway home for multiple couples/grown children

  • 4 of 5

Everything about the home was perfect and comfortable except for the kitchen equipment. Just a few added larger cooking pans and oven pans would make a huge difference since the home is wonderful for 6 grown ups. The other area of concern is the cooktop as it needs thorough cleaning after every use (Good news is that it does clean up--Bad news is that no matter how careful one is, there is always residue on the cooktop after use). Other than this "complaint" I would give the home 5 stars as it was so well thought out in every other way and Thistle was completely responsive to any and every question. We would definitely recommend it and would stay there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad these guests enjoyed the home I created just for them!, although im a bit disconcerted that many guests don't realize how harmful it is to publicly complain about a subjective dislike of something so trivial. This is my first complaint about the cooktop. It's glass and it's a new technology that these guests are perhaps unused to. Glass cooktops are sleek and clean very easily. I wish they had called me and asked me about it during their stay.
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  • 5 of 5

Green, secluded but still easy access. So quiet & idyllic. The home is beautiful & comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and modern vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well kept property. Had everything we needed for a long weekend stay before we attended a wedding in the area. We stayed as a group of 6 adults and had more than enough space. The property was easy to find and conveniently located. Thistle was not around that weekend, but she was very easy to reach during our stay and was very accommodating. No delay at all in processing the return of the security deposit. The backyard was undergoing some improvements that look like they will be very nice once completed. Would recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'd love to host you again...backyard will be amazing indeed!! Thanks again.
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  • 4 of 5

This property is very well done with beautiful bathrooms, comfortable beds, large open kitchen and good air conditioning. We stayed here with family when our daughter got married at the Kaaterskill, about 3 miles away. It worked out fine, except note that this place is very hard to find unless you have built-in guidance in your car. In addition, there is no sign for the house from the road, so there is no way to find it the first time! We brought our own coffee maker because it only comes with a French press which we don't care for! Finally, Internet was sporadic, but Thistle worked with us to get it working each time. We'd definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! Unfortunately, as I found out from Time Warner Cable after these guests left, a mouse had chewed through the internet wire in the house, and I had no way of fixing it while these guests were in the home. I have never had an issue with the internet before. I have a separate line for this house and it is high speed. It is being fixed august 1st. I let these guests use my own internet from my house, which was functioning well. The only element of this issue that was sporadic was that I was trying to figure out what was wrong and I started and stopped the system a few times before just giving them the password to my network. I give very detailed directions to the home about a week before each guest arrives. When my guests read the directions, they have no trouble finding the home. Additionally, I am always available by phone or text if someone should get lost on their way. And yes, GPS is the best way to find my house. It is located in the country on a very quiet road, which is what most guests are looking for when they book my home. Hopefully this review doesn't deter any future guests from coming. The wireless internet is very strong, the house is 5 minutes from Exit 20 off of the NY Thruway and I take the needs of my guests very seriously!
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the property with a group of friends for a ski weekend at Hunter Mountain. The property was great, with 3 big bedrooms and a nice size living room/kitchen. Just as shown in the pictures. The location was about 14 miles to the mountain (about 25min drive). The house seemed brand new and had everything we needed. Thistle was very nice, and although she was away that weekend, she was very accommodating and responsive. Overall a great experience, I would recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'd love to have you back anytime! Glad you enjoyed it.
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Stewart International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.4 Miles
Bluestone Tavern
Nearest Ferry
51 Miles
Newburgh--NY Waterways Ferry
Nearest Golf
4.2 Miles
Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
16.5 Miles
Hudson Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
5.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.4 Miles
Bluestone Tavern
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Hunter Mountain
Nearest Beach
6.2 Miles
Bristol Beach State Park
Car: recommended

Saugerties is a Hudson River Valley town bordered by the Hudson River on the East and the Catskill Mountain Range on the West. There is much to do here, including hiking, historical sight seeing, antiquing, golfing, tennis, skiing, shopping, fine dining, as well as just relaxing. The area has a rich century-old tradition of providing temporary relief from city life for travelers from NYC.

The Village of Saugerties has often been described as quaint; it was the first town to appear on the National Historic Register in the early 1900's. There are many hip shops and restaurants (Lucky Chocolates, Miss Lucy's Kitchen and Love Bites are my favorite). Saugerties is home to the famed historical Saugerties Lighthouse, as well as Opus 40, a wonderful sculpture garden, and Catskill Animal Sanctuary. There is much to see and do here.


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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
cleaning $100

PETS: No pets!!
DAMAGES TO PROPERTY: If you break or damage something, please report it to me immediately. Unfortunately, many vacationers do not notice that they have damaged some property. You are responsible for the replacement or repair cost of whatever is damaged.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Saugerties House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Bathrooms 1 and 2 feature European curbless doorless shower stalls, modern floating vanities with cultured marble countertops and travertine wall tile.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , king bed can convert to two twins
  • Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom, king-sized bed, mountain views, wifi, basic cable tv + HBO, DVD player, closet, clothing storage furniture and a place to work on a laptop.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • tennis
  • water tubing

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