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Legendary Big Pink in Saugerties

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Susan LaSala
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

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 Catskills

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.

Amenities

Saugerties House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Dormer Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Both are tiled bathrooms: the Dormer bath has modern fixtures and shower, the main floor bathroom has the original bathtub and toilet, and new sink. Hair dryers in both bathrooms. Natural shampoo and soaps provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Floor Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main Floor's master bedroom is the largest bedroom.
    Main Floor - 2nd Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Dormer Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 double , Open Loft style: limited privacy from other sleeping area
  • Main Floor has a larger master bedroom, a slightly smaller 2nd bedroom, and the sunroom which has a twin futon fold-down. Each are private rooms, though the sunroom is 3 season. The Dormer is an open loft style - a rectangle shaped, with the bedroom area at the far side, separated from the kitchen by the bath and stairway walls, and dining area. Near the kitchen, at the opposite side, is the futon sitting/sleeping ar ea. There is no door separating the sleeping areas, although it is more private than a 1 room studio apartment.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes:
People come from all over the world to visit Big Pink!

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
5

Meticulously maintained, with keen sense of its important history.

  • 5 of 5

It was everything I hoped it would be -- a comfortable and invigorating weekend retreat plus a wonderful invocation of the spirit(s) of its musical history. Don and Susan were exemplary hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, WI
5

Don't Miss this Opportunity to Experience Rock History!

  • 5 of 5

I surprised my boyfriend with a stay at Big Pink. The owner was helpful and enthusiastic in helping me pull off the surprise. We were given a great tour of the house and what occurred where. Besides the great history of the home, it's a very nice place to stay, and quiet off the beaten path. We enjoyed sitting in the yard in the woods watching fireflies.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was more than we could have expected. Susan and Don were lovely hosts; the property is beautiful and carefully preserved; and the opportunity to share in such a rich history was a once in a lifetime, incredible experience. A big thank you to the LaSalas for allowing us to share this living monument to an amazing artistic heritage.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Superlative get away with a dash of tuneful time travel to boot!

  • 5 of 5

Do you love Bob Dylan's initial foray into electric music? Love The Band? At the same time, how much peaceful quiet can you let into your heart, your soul? Do you love driving country roads, for that matter? And are you willing to climb a mountain to look over the world, while passing a ghost hotel along the way? All of these things await you at Big Pink and in and around Woodstock, NY. I visited BP for just the first two things, and it was the rest of what I've described--along with BP's utterly wonderful and charming owners, Susan and Don--that captured my heart and imagination and delivered to me what was simply a perfect 48 hour visit, one I'll remember for, well, forever, and one I'll return to just as soon as fate and circumstances let me. The house itself is thankfully preserved in its late '60s state--quaint, comfy, and accommodates at least 6 sleepers easily. The kitchen(s) and bathrooms are in particularly great shape, if that's important. The grounds are uber rural and you will be welcomed to each new day by a bird song no one's ever heard before. The surrounding hills are a thing to explore, many of them stitched with low slung stone walls that true patriot farmers once built. Woodstock is a 15 minute drive away, with its classic houses, charming eateries, historic sites, and its many inevitable goofy nods to hippiedom. Live music can still be found on many nights, and if you're lucky, like I was, you may catch a show that features the same kind of NYC-grade talent that seeks escape in these environs just as occurred back in the '60s and '70s and put Woodstock on the music map. Do yourself the favor of climbing Overlook Mountain and take in the view from the stone ledge up there, or from atop the fire observation tower that awaits you (and have fun poking around inside the abandoned Overlook Mountain House, a former hotel now almost a century into being reclaimed by the woods that surround it. Also, if the pull to revisit the musical past is strong, bop on down to Bethel, NY, about 2 hours away, and take in the magnificently preserved site of the Woodstock Festival, the field of which I walked around freely by myself with Hendrix's festival closing performance playing in my back pocket a la' my iPhone. Finally, know that Don and Susan are ridiculously generous hosts, both with tips and information, and with their appreciation for our collective affinity for BP. My last hour there, spent visiting with them, was my best!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, ON
5

Incredible

  • 5 of 5

It was a real honour to stay at the Big Pink. Don and Susan were amazing hosts. The house is very well maintained and the surrounding area is beautiful.

We walked around the house and property while looking at Elliott Landy photos taken in the same spot. It was surreal. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home, and wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

The opportunity to stay in Big Pink is incredible, and the home could not have better stewards than Susan and Don. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Map

Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
New World Home Cooking
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Woodstock Golf
Nearest Train
33 Miles
Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-87
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
New World Home Cooking
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Hunter Mt.
Car: necessary

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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $450

Our policy is to not allow pets nor children under the age of 10.

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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