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Rustic Modern Retreat near HITS, Hunter Mountain, Woodstock

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
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, Ruku w/ Spectrum TV app, 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:
October 21, 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 from each room in the house. A brand new fire pit and bluestone patio make the outdoor space especially great. 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! I wanted the home to appeal to modern sensibilities--clean lines, minimalism, neutral color palettes, while using both natural and rustic themes. Not only has the house been renovated, but so have the grounds. There is a new bluestone patio with dining for 12, dual charcoal and gas grill, bluestone walkways, fire pit and stepping stone path through the pond to an island. I am an interior designer by trade, and I serve both this area and NYC.


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, Black Eyed Suzie's 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.


Saugerties House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • 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, as well as a separate daybed or futon sofa.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Rustic Modern Retreat near HITS, Hunter Mountain, Woodstock
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 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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Lovely home in bucolic setting

  • 4 of 5

We were in town for Marshall & Sterlng Finals at Hits and found Thistle's home to be delightful. Set on a nice piece of property, the home overlooks a lovely pond. It's beautifully decorated with a modern kitchen, and brand new bathrooms that connect to spacious master bedrooms. It's location was perfect for attending the horse show and dining in town. I would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

The location of the property was great. The views were nice. The facilities within the property were excellent. And above all the owner was very nice and helpful. Surely I'll come to this property again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning retreat on every level

  • 5 of 5

I spent an extended period at this stunning guest house. It’s impossible to put into words how divine this home and property are on every level. The décor! The views! The lake! And so spacious! Lovely host too whose interaction and communications are fantastic. Perfect for bigger groups or if you’re like me – mostly staying alone – have a huge “inn” to yourself. And absolutely everything stocked for your enjoyment down to the most perfect of details you won’t find in other rental accommodations… eg. a range of spices, lanterns, games, nice knives and plenty of cookware [so rare], ample extra bedding. The list goes on. The owner is a designer and it’s abundantly obvious from the moment you step in how extraordinarily her sense of stye is. The pictures can’t really do the place justice. I’d say without equivocation it’s by far the nicest vacation rental myself and my young family (who visited for a short period during my much longer stay) have ever visited. [Worth noting my work has me traveling constantly so I’m quite an authority on vacation rentals.] Go! This is a rare gem and will never disappoint.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Alissa! It was such a pleasure to meet and host you. Thanks for being a wonderful guest. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Cozy perfect weekend upstate!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Thistle's Saugerties home could not have been better. The house itself appears to be newly renovated with on-trend decor and updated appliances. We picked up groceries and cooked, but then drove to Woodstock for dinner one night, which was only 20 minutes away. Nearby hiking trails and multiple towns makes the location of this home perfect for those looking for a quiet escape with options to explore. The only downside to planning would be the high security deposit (understandably so, as I would ask the same if I was renting my beautiful home to strangers) as it takes a week from departure to be refunded and that can be hard when organizing with a group. I would definitely recommend Thistle's home to friends!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time my family has rented the house for a family ski weekend. The house is 35 minutes from Windham and 15 - 20 minutes from the restaurants in Saugerties and Woodstock. We really appreciate the en-suite bathrooms. And the improvements since our last visit were a nice surprise.

Thistle is a wonderful and responsive host.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Michael! It's so rewarding to be a part of your pleasant vacation experiences! Please come again anytime.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $1,200

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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