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Legendary Big Pink in Saugerties

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

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 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 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.

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
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • 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. Towels, wash cloths, 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. All bedding and pillows provided, including extra comforters. All are washed in 7th Generation non-toxic soap.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • 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 historic Big Pink!

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A legend lives up to its billing

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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A dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

The most amazing experience. Thank you Don and Susan, I will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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5

Immaculately kept. True to the period.

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous. Would not hesitate to return or recommend. Owners are wonderful. Great time.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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It totally lived up to our expectations, which were pretty high !

  • 5 of 5

Big Pink more than lived up to our expectations. It was made even more special by the Autumn ( Fall ) foliage. The Basement exceeded my expectations. It is difficult to put in to words how much being in The Basement meant to me. Some people would choose Sun Records Studio in '56, some, The Cavern Club in the very early '60s. For me, the time and place I would most like to have been in popular music history would be The Basement at Big Pink in 1967. Still, I got to see it exactly 50 years later. Julia proved to be a truly wonderful guide to our Basement tour

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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One of the greatest weekends of my life!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, it goes without saying that just BEING in the same house as Dylan and the rest of the members of The Band was enough to give me goose bumps. There was a German television crew there when we arrived..... taping a special, so we actually got to go into the basement and watch. Happy Traum (who played with Dylan in 1971) was being interviewed and performed as my friends and I watched with our mouths hanging open. Words can't describe the feelings. It was truly one of the greatest moments of my life. And Susan and Don were so wonderful. I hated to see them leave... I just wanted to talk to them more and ask them more questions about the house.

As for the house itself, a few of friends commented on how they were kind of expecting the house to be a little on the dumpy side. It certainly was not! Quite the contrary! It was gorgeous inside. Gorgeous... as in very clean, rustic, with some cool looking old appliances that may or may have not been there 50 years ago (an old TV set, old radio, old typewriter where Dylan would have sat composing). Some wonderful framed pictures of The Band on the walls. No need to bring any pots, pans, linens.... just bring some food and yourself. They have EVERYTHING you need there. Even WiFi. The bathrooms are clean. And the kitchen is clean.

Also one of the highlights was sitting in front of the outdoor fireplace. As darkness set in, it was so nice to warm up by the fire listening to CDs of the music that was recorded in that basement 50 years ago. Plus some of the guys brought guitars! What a thrill!

We booked this stay 9 months ago. And I'm glad we did because we got the exact weekend that we wanted. So book early! My buddies and I didn't want to leave. But we will be back! Susan and Don... see you soon!

Chris

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Great town, and awesome to stay in a place steeped in musical history.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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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

Refundable damage deposit $450
Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $59

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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