Lovely home: pet friendly, solid internet and cell phone service, excellent large kitchen that opens directly onto outdoor patio, BBQ grill and fire pit. Fenced in yard with supersized hammock, herb garden, etc. Private yet not isolated, entire house is yours for however long you need. We are sure you will love it as much as we do.
Cozy vacation home in the Northern Catskills region, away from the city but close to summertime swimming and hiking and wintertime skiing/snowboarding. Available for weekdays, weekends or a longer (discounted) rental for a great get-away.
Our home is the perfect quiet, rustic getaway from city life and easily sleeps up to 6 adults or a small family.
Situated in the town of Prattsville, the house is a 2.5-hour drive from the city and just minutes from 4 great unique ski/snowboard mountains: Windham (12 min.), Hunter (15 min.), Belleayre and Plattekill 30 min south are well worth the extra 15 min to visit. Very accessible in winter weather, the house is located at the end of a quiet side street, providing the convenience of a short walk to a supermarket, diner, bar, hardware/general store, liquor store and laundry mat. Less isolated than a "house in the woods", (we do have neighbors), but still just as quiet, private and peaceful.
During the summertime, Prattsville weather is nearly always at least 10 degrees cooler than NYC. The best swimming is less than a 5 min walk away and maintains a wonderful 74 degrees of super clean water to swim in all summer long. There are two bicycles for further exploring. Highly detailed hiking maps/books describe every trail in the entire Catskills area, the nearest trailheads are a 5 to 10 minute drive up across the river to Bearpen or Vly mountains. A simpler hike is to nearby Pratt Rock, a historic landmark or anywhere along the beautiful Schoharie river. You might see a few bald eagles. Nearby Hunter mountain has the amazing zipline plus other activities during spring, summer and autumn.
Enjoy cooking in our large, fully equipped kitchen. The spacious and well-equipped kitchen opens to a furnished back patio and fenced in yard (great to keep doggies in), fire pit, charcoal grill, garden/herb garden (tomatoes on the vine and every exotic fresh herb possible), comfortable lawn chairs and extra large hammock. Hummingbirds, orioles and many other uncommon bird species are regular residents, breeding just outside our door every spring and summer.
Enjoy the warm wood-burning stove for the winter ski season. If you have never yet had the opportunity to experience the pleasures of a wood stove, now is your chance. Once it gets going, it heats the entire house, the temperature typically reaches 70 to 75 degrees in the stove room/dining living room area and upper 60's throughout the rest of the house. Unlimited wood for your use is stacked inside and outside.
Board games, books, and a full cookbook library await you.
Master bedroom with comfortable queen sized mattress, (extra full sized air mattress hides under the bed or closet if ever needed.)
Second bedroom with just as comfortable full-sized mattress.
Plenty of warm bedding: 2 heavy down comforters, wool blankets, polyester comforter, 100% cotton sheets, one sleeping bag.
Fold-out futon (sleeps two)
Large living room with 40 inch flat screen TV, DVD, Cable TV, Wireless internet and sofa (sleeps one)
Full bathroom with shower and tub. Plenty of clean towels. Basic toiletries for your use.
Wood Stove (well stocked with wood to burn)
Spacious and well-equipped kitchen: (blender, food processor, vegetable/fruit juicer, hand blender, pasta machine, waffle maker, wok and steamer basket, mandoline, espresso/cappuccino machine, fondue pot, tortilla press, oyster knife, cast iron and stainless steel cookware, full knife set with sharpening stone, etc., etc... just ask and I'm sure we have it.)
WiFi and solid ATT and Verizon cell phone reception so you can stay connected, plus land line, (or use S*k*y*p*e for long distance if you bring your laptop).
DVD player, large flat screen cable TV and radio.
Chess set (two), Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Scattergories, Blokus, cards, poker chips/set.
Garage holds one vehicle. There are two bicycles for warmer weather exploring.
Patio, hammock, garden, BBQ grill and fire pit for warmer months.
Trailways bus stop, bringing you back and forth to NYC, is a 3 min walk away, but a car is recommended for this area to explore outside of town.
[Please note, for wintertime months the main preferred heat source is the wood stove, (free wood provided), along with a few simple steps detailed within our check-in list, sent once booked]
Guests have access to the entire house.
Общение с гостями
The house is set up for self-entry. We will communicate via email and phone.
Другие важные подробности
Once you book I will send detailed instructions with pictures for your smooth arrival, plus easy check in and check out lists to foolproof your stay.
Please do not leave any perishable garbage behind (we have composting and recycling).
No smoking inside house.
Enjoy the place as if it were your own.
Please replace any used up items (especially alcohol, or leave compensation for any heavily used) or inform us of any low or empty pantry staples and we will replace.
1. This house is mainly heated by a woodstove - USE ONLY AFTER CAREFULLY READING INSTRUCTIONS. Owners are not responsible for any injury that any persons could sustain while in the house.
1.a WOODSTOVE INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Empty the ash tray into the metal bucket. The Ash Tray slides out from under the front of the wood stove. If there is too much ash, the stove will not put out as much heat. You can use the shovel or brush to get as much ash dropped into the tray as you can. It is easier to use the side door, but the front door open is OK too.
2. Make sure flue/damper is open. As you face the stove, this is the upper white handle at your left, about thigh high. Keep a gentle yet firm hand on the handle as you move it up/horizontal to the open position, you will feel it catch. Do not let the handle go until you know it is up/open. If you kneel and look up inside the oven, you will see what the mechanism does. THE FLUE/DAMPER MUST BE OPEN WHEN A FIRE IS FIRST STARTING AND WHEN EVER YOU OPEN AND CLOSE THE OVEN DOOR. (When a fire is burning, if the flue/damper is not open when you open the door, smoke will poor into the room.)
3. With the flue open, and the ash cleared away, you can start building the fire. There is newspaper to crumple upon the bottom, then the kindling, then a log and a match. After lighting you can close the side door, but keep the flue open for the first 15 to 30 minutes while the fire gets going. There are vents on the bottom front to open to feed the fire air, and if that is not enough then you can open the ash tray door on the bottom front.
4. Once the fire is established, you can close the flue. If you forget to close the flue, the fire will burn too fast. A well set fire with about 3 or 4 logs will last for about 5 hours.
Note the burn indicator on the side of the oven, this will guide you to maintain a proper and efficient fire. If the gauge goes into over burn, just don't feed it more wood and make sure the flue/damper is closed and the vents are closed.
After the stove gets going, it can become extremely hot. We strongly urge all guests to use great caution when approaching the stove and ensure that any children are kept from playing near the stove, as touching the hot surface could result in a burn.
When the ash bucket is full it can get dumped/scattered out in the yard.
John and I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Prattsville house John has owned since 2006. We love going up there to chill out, but we only get up there about once every other month, so why not share that cozy spot with others? if you book your time in Prattsville, the house is all yours, only yours, for that time.