About the property
- House2300 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Nature abounds in this 6BR private home atop a hillside with mountaintop views.
Come experience mountain inspired quiet in this peaceful light filled home up a winding road on a hillside, nestled in view of a few Catskill peaks. In late spring and early summer, the sound of the mountain stream just past the edge of the property is delightful. Birches are visible from nearly every window, and sounds of great horned owls, foxes, turkeys and songbirds fill the quiet in this lovely neighborhood on a dead end road. Hearing a car go by is a rare occurrence. The house has several places to sit and read, or gather for connection time with kids or your beloved. There are also several nooks and crannies both indoors and outdoors, where solitude can be found even if the house is full of people. The living area has vaulted ceilings with sliding doors to the deck and skylights- the natural light is great all year round! We love to sit on the front lawn in the Adirondack chairs, or on the sunny deck, and take in the mountain views and feel our bodies relax. Enjoy family meals at the farmhouse table, or dine out on the deck, where the breezes are divine and the night stars astound! Or cozy up in the finished furnished basement, where a gas stove makes things extra toasty and the you can binge-watch your favorite shows on the smart TV, or browse our collection of DVDs. The kitchen is fully stocked with a large stove, additional counter seating for drinks or snacks, and an array of basic spices, staples and utensils for quick and easy food preparation. There is a gas grill for your use as well. At night, there is a fire pit for connecting with one another, and the house is equipped with wi-fi.
The 3 acre property is gently wooded, with an expansive front yard, and has small seasonal streams running through it. The house is set adjacent to lovely protected lands, for hiking, meandering or forest bathing. During the day, you can take a 20 minute walk up the marked trails on the back of our property to look out over the Ashokan Reservoir, where in the summer you will find wild blueberries (and bear tracks if you look carefully), big boulders for picnicking on, and mountain laurel everywhere. Inside, the house is stocked with books and board games, and is great for hide and seek. The main floor has an open feel to it, and you can interact with the chef while he or she cooks. There is a living room with large couch, and a family room/den that is enclosed with french doors which doubles as a bedroom, making it ideal for two families or couples to share the home and feel as though they have private quarters. The brand new sleeper sofa converts to a full sized bed with soft topper and that bedroom/den has an armoire for storing clothing. On the second floor, there are three bedrooms plus one sleeping area- the nook, which is everyone's favorite place to crash. The biggest bedroom has a king sized bed and views of the mountains, one bedroom has three twins, and one has a queen which is nestled into the smallest of the bedrooms for a truly ensconced feeling. The sleeping nook has a full sized futon mattress, a window for catching the breeze, and curtains for privacy. The walkout basement bedrooms each have a nice sized window, and are really cool in the summer. During winter months, we provide ceramic and electric heaters in the basement bedrooms for additional warmth, though the gas stove in the basement that heats up the basement beautifully. One basement bedroom contains a queen bed, and one contains bunk beds. The house comes with all sorts of different quilts and duvets, so that there is always the right amount of warmth if needed. There is also a twin sized blow up mattress in the house for overflow guests. A few dozen Egyptian Cotton towels are there for guests' use, as are pillows and extra bedding.
The upstairs full bathroom has a bathtub and shower, and there is a half bath on the main floor, right near the brand new washer and dryer which guests are free to use, with the provided detergent, and a clothesline as well. A 10 minute drive will bring you to the IGA foodstore which is great for stocking up on basics. Mother Earth Storehouse in Kingston is just about the greatest food store we have ever tried, and well worth the pitstop on your way in from the thruway. Several local nearby restaurants in the Ashokan Reservoir area offer pizza, cupcakes, fresh baked bread and breakfast and lunch, and Marty's around the corner on 28A is the perfect place to stop in for stuff you forgot, or to grab a sandwich and a great cup of coffee or tea.
From the house, it's 23 minutes to the center of Woodstock, for natural food shopping at Sunflower Food Market, or for a great smoothie. Be sure to visit the Golden Notebook bookstore- it is just as bookstores should be. Maverick Concert Hall, a cathedral like music hall, is a beautiful blend of all types music in the woods, including several children' concerts over the year, and has been in operation for 102 years. In Woodstock, you can hike Overlook mountain, or grab a bite to eat at one of their unique restaurants. Fiber Flame, just down the road from Woodstock center in Saugerties, offers a unique art making experience for almost all ages, is a favorite for our family, and is about a 25 minute drive. We are 18 minutes to Phoenicia, a cool old town on the Esopus which is home to the internationally acclaimed Festival of the Voice each August. Phoenicia is also a favorite place to rent tubes and tube the Esopus Creek. Deep Blue, a locally treasured swimming hole is a short drive from the house, and a great way to get cool. You can also make your way to Pine Hill Lake, 30 minutes away, as it offers beach swimming, boating, picnicking and fishing, at 15$ per car. Rhinebeck, 45 minutes away, offers a beautiful hiking through Ferncliff Forest, and NY Sheep & Wool Festival. In New Paltz, also 45 minutes from the house, is home to Karma Road - an organic vegan restaurant- and is a great place to eat if you wanted to walk or ride the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail which runs 22 miles from Kingston to Wallkill. The walkway over the Ashokan, just about 10 minutes from here by car, is positively a meditative experience at sunset. Lastly, Rosendale, a town that has what friends here call 'the real spirit of Woodstock', is a really neat town to explore, with a theater, drumming circles in the park, neat thrift stores and dining al fresco with live music. Skiing at Bellayre is about a 35 minute drive, and Hunter Mountain and Ski Wyndham is about 50 minutes from here. We are happy to supply you with guide books, pamphlets and information on all the area has to offer, but sometimes the best experiences are the unplanned ones you stumble on while out exploring.
Well-behaved, groomed, flea and tick treated dogs are welcome to stay, as long as they stay off the furniture. Cats, unfortunately, can't make the visit, though we do bring our cats here occasionally for longer stays, so those with cat-allergies should take note. There is no air conditioning, and other than heat waves in August, we find that the nights are mostly pleasant for sleeping. In case it is gets and stays hot, we have ceiling fans in some rooms, as well as standing fans for your use. In winter months, the roads are quickly and efficiently treated by the Town of Olive, and we have not had trouble getting up to the house, except in the midst of a 9" snowstorm which would have kept us homebound in NJ as well. If you are staying during winter months, we have a plow company who comes to plow you out of the driveway, and we do recommend that if you plan on staying long term, that your vehicle has four wheel drive, or front wheel drive at the very least. Our home is at the top of a long hill, which gets quickly treated with salt and sand and is plowed out fairly quickly after storms, as we have some town employees who live up the hill from us. The house is stocked with natural cleaning products, and we have shied away from using products with synthetic fragrances, as it keeps the mountain air clean and our lungs happy! Smoking is not allowed on the premises, and until we put in our dream wood stove in Spring of 2018, the fireplace/flue in the living area is not to be used with the zero clearance fireplace.
We are interested in helping you and your family or friends have a great relaxing experience, so if there is anything you need or would like us to provide that is not listed above, please do let us know! In addition, if you are an organization working toward bringing about peace and social justice for marginalized groups, ask us about working with you to make your stay more affordable for your staff members.
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- May 23, 2018
We are parents of four children, and live in NJ, where we work, play and unschool our children. Jaye is a psychotherapist with a private practice in NJ, and Chris is completing his own training to transition into Jaye's therapy practice, where he will join her seeing couples, families and children. We have been lovingly exploring the Catskills for nearly 30 years, and feel that the area continues to reveal new elements to us each time we are there. Our choice to buy a home in this region came after years of looking for the right house. We wanted a feeling of seclusion, without being so far off the grid that we felt disconnected from life. We are a family that loves to be in the natural world, and we love to connect in unplugged ways. Someday, hopefully not too far off in the distance, we plan to make the Catskills our permanent home.
Owner purchased this House in 2015
Why Owner chose Town of Olive
We found three of our favorite elements with this property: strength in the solid construction of the home, playfulness in the sound of the babbling brook that runs on the edge of the property, and lastly, the healing quiet that greeted us from the first time we visited this house. All three elements combine on this property and in this house, to create a feeling of merging with the outdoors and with the amazing canopy of stars that dazzle us every time we look up on a clear night. Nature abounds in the form of turkey, deer, black bear, snakes, toads and frogs, coyotes, and coy-wolves (who we haven't yet seen but hope to catch a glimpse of!) Being up the hill, the property looks out over some amazing mountains, and in the late fall and winter, it is like you are surrounded by mountains and birches. The air is crisp and clean, there is no man-made light interfering with stargazing, and the energy is just peaceful. When we first saw this house, the birch trees spoke to us, as did the views of the mountain tops that we could see from various points on the property. Since taking ownership, we have beautified and updated the home, (and the surrounding property which is always a work in progress and a labor of love) and we find that now our minds and hearts long for the stillness & peace that can be found there. We decided to share our home in 2017, and are excited to help create a relaxing and peaceful stay for our travelers. Being in these mountains is healing & after a while, the body and mind slow to a more natural pace. We always feel so restored and our wish is to share that feeling with others.
What makes this House unique
After sharing with friends and family, we decided to share our home with travelers in 2017, and are excited to help create a relaxing and peaceful stay for our travelers. We have felt such hospitality from every Catskills owner whose home we have ever rented, and we know that the little things mean a lot. We have paid attention! Eggs and milk in the fridge, flowers on the table, a spotless home, wi-fi, board games, spaces for togetherness and spaces for alone-time, plenty of seating and comfortable beds and linens. We splurged on the finest towels we could find as we know that when you are on vacation, you want to have a little more than the ordinary. We have taken special care with the kitchen, & have updated all the appliances & kitchen gadgets, & stocked up on spices and condiments. If there is any way we can help make your stay special-connecting you with a massage therapist, or stocking the fridge for you before arrival- let us know.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had a great time
Absolutely lovely home! Nice layout and charmingly decorated. We had three couples with four kids and were very comfortable. Common areas have a nice flow plus you can stick kids in the side living room or basement rec room if you need to ;) We also had a night of s'mores making at the fire pit, breakfast out on the porch, and there are lots of books and comfy chairs to read them in.
Place is about equidistant from Ellenville and Woodstock so we checked out both of those, also Vernooey Kill Falls and Peekamoose/Blue Hole. Sam's Point Preserve has my favorite hikes. There's also a quick private hike to a reservoir lookout from the house, great for sunrise coffee!
Jennifer spoke to me several times before we came to make sure we had what we needed, everything was great.
We are so glad you enjoyed the space and your time at the house. We especially love that you got to experience sunrise coffee at the top of the world! We would love to have you and your group back again- thanks for taking such good care of our home.
Great stay at Counting Stars!
We had a lovely family holiday at Counting Stars! Jennifer and Chris were great hosts who communicated easily and frequently with us. There was plenty a room for the family to spread out and have their own space but a nice open floor plan for when we all were together. When the new fireplace is in it will be perfect! We had a beautiful white Christmas and the kids enjoyed sledding outside in the front yard. Close enough to Peekamoose and all of our favorite restaurants and shops in Woodstock!
Great place to retreat from the world!
The house was just as advertised. The outside fire was a wonderful perk. Overall, highly recommended.
Lovely place for family and kids to gather
We had a great stay in West Shokan. We had a big group, but never felt crowded. The large yard and basement were perfect spaces for our young kids to play, but it was the hike from the house that was everyone's favorite aspect of the house. The kitchen was well stocked, there were great books to read and games to play, a huge lego bin for the kids, and comfortable beds. We went hiking at Ashokan High Point trail, a 7 minute drive from the house, which was a lovely path along a river through woods. Thanks for the wonderful stay!
Refreshing fall family getaway
We had a great time during our stay. The house was clean and had everything we could need. The location is also perfect as it is near several towns and attractions.
Great spot for a family getaway!
My siblings and I booked this home for a long weekend to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday, and it was just great. Plenty of room, even for our big crew (10 adults, a toddler, and a dog), beautiful walks and natural spots nearby, a great kitchen for cooking and sharing meals together, comfortable spaces for relaxing and enjoying each other's
company—it was just what we were looking for. Jennifer was a terrific and attentive host and went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed.
Getting the whole group together is a rare and special occasion for us, and this spot helped make it a truly wonderful weekend.
(Don't miss the chance to walk up the private trail behind the house! It's a short, peaceful hike with beautiful views.)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
For parties of 6 or more, the second tier of insurance is preferred, at 79$ for $3000 of coverage. A cleaning fee of $150 and a pet fee of 55$ are additional. Accidental property damage insurance is required.