About the property
- House1850 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Top & Main Floors At The Legendary Big Pink: 3 Bedrooms, Sunroom, 2 baths
Big Pink, the house where Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes were recorded with his back-up band, later know as The Band, whose first album was called "Music from Big Pink". The updated Dormer unit was Levon Helm's bunk area back In the late '60s. The Central Staircase opens mid-unit to a dining table & chairs; to the right is a desk-bar; the kitchen, with stone counter-top; bathroom with tile shower, and a futon-couch-sitting area. To the left, in the bedroom area, there’s a sitting area with TV ( limited cable ) and a queen sided bed with a quality mattress set. The Dormer has air-conditioning, and views of Overlook Mountain, fields and forest. Outside is the lawn with out-door furniture & original stone fireplace/bbq area nestled beneath the pines. The Dormer can sleep 4, and has WiFi.
The main floor is a 2 bedroom unit with a sunroom ( Rick's room - was Rick Danko's quarters), living room with sofa, writing table & chairs at the picture window, wood-stove/fireplace. It opens into the Dining Room, which has a antique dining table & chairs for 6. The kitchen, as does much of the house, maintains the mid-century period look, with forest views east. The main bedroom has a queen-sized bed, desk, sitting area & full closet. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds, dressers and side tables. The sunroom had a futon twin couch ( which folds down to become a sleeper). The sunroom has it's own back entrance, and opens to the lawn and old out-door fireplace for campfire evenings. All told, upstairs has a queen bed and full futon - can sleep 4 people max. The Main Floor has a queen-sized bed, 2 twins and a single 'twin' futon on the sunporch -and so can sleep 5 max.
Note: the Basement is not included in the rental.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Susan LaSala
Only the third owners of Big Pink, my wife Susan and I are offering the Dormer unit for the first time for overnight accommodations. Both of us are from New York State, Susan from the Adirondack Mountains near the Canadian border, I am from downstate in Westchester County. We both have a deep abiding love for nature. My first time in the Catskills was for the original Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969, when I was in high school. In the 1980's, I was the live sound man / production manager for infamous NRBQ band, most of whom lived in Saugerties, and often played the legendary Joyous Lake club in Woodstock. It was from those years that I came to love the Woodstock-Saugerties area, and when a friend who was living here told me that Big Pink was up for sale by owner in 1998, after 6 months, and 3 failed attempts to sell to to someone else, Suzy and I became owners. As a musician guitarist/songwriter myself, of course I was aware of the history of Big Pink, but we ended up buying it mainly because we loved the land and the setting: the best rehearsal and jamming space in the world was for me, of course, a notable bonus! We love living in this area, with a diversity of people, music and artists venues, restaurants and cool streams to swim in during the hot summer.
Susan LaSala purchased this House in 1998
Why Susan LaSala chose Saugerties
You will be staying at Big Pink, arguably the most famous house in rock history. (See Wikipedia for story- Big Pink House). As owners, and having it as a home for over 15 years, we have tried to maintain the place as pristine rural sanctuary from urban hustle-bustle. This is because we believe that first and foremost, this house was indeed a creative retreat for those road-weary musicians, where they could enjoy some undisturbed peace. We hope that now it can be a source of inspiration for you, during your stay. It is just under a 2 hour drive to NYC, and only 45 minutes from Albany, NY, which has an international airport, and 20 minutes from the Rhinecliff/Kingston Amtrak station.
What makes this House unique
You will be very near to both the village of Woodstock, and the Town of Saugerties. It is close to Levon Helm's Barn, home of the Midnight Rambles, as well as the nationally renowned equestrian center, HITS ( Horse show In The Sun), Rhinebeck, NY and to the north, Hudson, NY. You are not far from Bearsville Theater, which hosts notable concerts, and the local Woodstock music venues of Harmony, Catskill Pizza as well as those of Kingston, NY, just to the south. You will be among the very few to have spent the night at this place that has become a pilgrimage place, and considered by some the birth-place of the genre Americana music. Our guests have usually remarked on the peacefulness and being inspired in their creative pursuits: musicians write songs, writers come up with ideas. It can be an ideal retreat for the creative, or just a place to celebrate life. Be aware that Parnassus Lane, a co-owned private road, is unpaved. There are blue stone steps & pathway to the side entrance ( which is actually the main entrance) to Big Pink, and a staircase takes you to the 2nd floor Dormer: from there, you have views of Overlook Mt and the field and pine forests surrounding. These Whispering Pines were celebrated in song, and wildlife such as deer, wild turkeys, migratory birds and black bear are often seen, and need to be respected.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Having the chance to stay in such gorgeous surroundings would be wonderful enough, never mind the fact that the house is so comfortable and relaxing and has such a rich atmosphere! Getting to inhabit the same space as our musical heroes did all those years ago was an absolute dream come true. Thank you so much to Susan & Don for making the entire experience from booking to check out so smooth and easy- it was especially wonderful to get to see the legendary basement and chat to Don about the house (and thank you so much for dropping us at the bus stop!). Only wish we could have stayed longer, we will certainly be back at the next possible opportunity!
Experience of a lifetime!
My wife and I took a trip down to Woodstock to see John Prine at the Levon Helm Studios.
We absolutely loved our stay at the Legendary Big Pink. Susan and Don were absolutely fantastic hosts from the moment we booked our stay. They ensured we had all the details we needed for our arrival, and followed up with us to make sure that we made it in safe. We felt so at home in the house...It felt like the walls already knew all the songs we had to sing! On the morning of our departure, Susan was kind enough to take us down to the basement which was absolutely above and beyond for us. As a fan of The Band and Bob Dylan, this is a must do.
The house itself (regardless of the amazing history that the walls hold) is in extremely good shape and very comfortable to stay in, very well loved and taken care of. Susan and Don have done an amazing job of preserving the vintage feel of the house. We can't wait to return again in the future :)
A truly amazing experience!
A great time at the Big Pink
The owners have done a great job preserving the feel of the Big Pink and creating a unique experience for their guests. They absolutely made our day when they stopped by to give us a guided tour of the basement and even sat down and told us stories (for over an hour!) and provided a first hand history lesson on all things Dylan and The Band and a bunch of surprises we never would have known about if not for the personalized lecture session while sitting in the very spot so much great music was written in and recorded. A bunch of friends that stayed with me even asked me how they could leave good reviews as well. I’d highly recommend.
Once in a lifetime experience.
It was overwhelming.
Will never forget the wonderful stay at this landmark building.
The kindness and generosity of the owner was striking.
Many thanks for everything.
Big Pink was everything and more than we expected
We came to Big Pink to celebrate my wife's 40th Bday with two other couples. My wife and I along with another friend on the trip are die-hard The Band fans, as well as loving Dylan. It was so special to be able to sleep where Levon slept, as my wife and I chose the dormer as our bedroom. The entire weekend was magical and Big Pink felt like home. There was something about the place that we couldn't put our fingers on it, but we all felt relaxed by the charm of the place. For any fans of The Band or Dylan, staying at Big Pink should be a rite of passage for you. Words can't do justice what you will experience if you stay here.
The basement tour was by far the highlight for our group. Don came over on Saturday afternoon and gave us a tour and told us stories and opened it up to questions. Being in that basement, where Music From Big Pink and The Basement Tapes were recorded, was so special. It's not something any of us will ever forget.
Thank you Don and Susan for opening up Big Pink to us and people like us! We are eternally grateful, and we will be back for another stay :)
A legend lives up to its billing
We had an amazing time at Big Pink. The house is in beautiful condition and is a lovely place to spend a few days. The area is beautiful. All our interactions with Susan and Don were very pleasant - thank you both for being such gracious and friendly hosts. The history of the house speaks for itself. A once in a lifetime experience.
Woodstock, NY is the 'most famous small town in the world'.
Saugerties, NY is a Hudson river town, with a hopping village with restaurants, cafes, a bookstore, a major equestrian center (HITS), antique stores and bars.
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