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Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras

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Swimming Holes, Waterfalls & Catskill Mountain Views! Near Woodstock NY

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house


Photos and Description of this Palenville holiday house

2 Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sitting room, sleeps 2-6

Situated on the legendary Niobe Falls, The Waterfall House is a charming Victorian house at the end of a quiet country lane. Private steps down to these “pride of the Catskills” natural waterfalls make this home unique. Unspoiled Palenville, home of Washington Irving's 'Rip Van Winkle,' is ideally located between Woodstock, Saugerties, Catskill and Hunter. Furnished with country antiques and original art, this vacation rental home has two bedrooms, each with its own full bath plus a den with twin bed convertible chairs. The queen size sofa bed in the living room affords a glorious waterfall view framed by spectacular spring, summer and autumn foliage. The separate dining room seats six. French doors open to a romantic wraparound porch with majestic mountain, river and waterfall views! Enjoy breakfast on our romantic, wraparound porch, or lunch at the Circle W General Store. Stroll over to The Fernwood Restaurant for dinner or drinks.

Especially for Nature Enthusiasts: Discover nearby hiking trails. We provide trail maps and hiking guides. Wildlife is abundant, so bring your camera.

We'll help you plan just the right outdoor adventure hike. In season, tour the neighborhood with bicycles we provide.

Convenient to H.I.T.S.: Our proximity to this major equestrian center makes this home ideal for those participating in, or simply attending the wealth of seasonal events.

Skiers, Take Note!: We are located a mere ten miles from Hunter Mountain!

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks english

About Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras

'ThinkBig!' creator Bob Malkin and former Emmy award winning film editor, author and former professor Barbara Pokras met and married in 1992. After relocating to New York City in 1997, we discovered the Catskills and in a single weekend, bought our first house. We love the proximity to Manhattan, the beauty of the area and the access to nature. Bob loves to hike the mountain with our dog Lucy, and Barbara

spends time gardening, writing for the Woodstock Film Festival, and finding little 'treasures' for The Waterfall House.

Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras purchased this house in 2006

Why Bob Malkin and Barbara Pokras chose Catskills

We never dreamed we'd be in the Vacation Rental business, but when we first saw The Waterfall House with its magnificent setting and old perennial gardens, we simply couldn't resist.

What makes this house unique

Fantastic waterfall and mountain views. Sleep to the sounds of falling water. Most guests tell us our photographs don't do justice to the spectacular setting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your lovely home.

The house is clean and comfortable and decorated so beautifully. There are so many great books to read and movies to watch. And then, of course, there is the main attraction, which is the falls. We had so much fun hopping from rock to rock, or just sitting and meditating. Our dog Conrad is a little timid around water, so we didn't know what kind of reaction he would have. But he loved it! By the last day, he was hopping on the rocks too. (Maybe next time, he'll dare to go into the river!)

We are already talking about renting again in May!

Thank you again and again!
Aug 2013
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based on 36 traveller reviews

Swimming Holes, Waterfalls & Catskill Mountain Views! Near Woodstock NY
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews
Dix Hills, New York

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Waterfall House is perfect - the waterfall is great, changes daily, and so relaxing to watch. All your needs are anticipated and addressed, the accomodations are top notch. Very comfortable. We had a great girls' getaway, enjoying good food, wine and conversation.Took a trip to Woodstock and enjoyed the shops and local flavor. Just a great house, great time.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Winter time is perfect to rent the Waterfall House. The fireplace and the waterfall views and sounds make it perfect to warm the body and souls. Bob
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Brooklyn, NY

Wonderful house, grounds and water

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here in July 2016 and never saw fit to leave the premises. The house and porch are beautifully built and decorated, extremely comfortable and have spectacular views. The sound of the waterfalls below is a soothing constant in the background. The bedrooms are warm., the bathrooms clean, and the country kitchen large and homey. The cable TV and internet worked very well. Hanging out in the rocks below and swimming in the water hole was wonderful. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a great getaway from NYC...only a few hours drive. Palenville is centrally located, and within 30 minutes of so many places to explore...Hunter Mountain, Saugerties, Woodstock, Hudson, Rhinebeck...we loved Fernwood, the family-run restaurant, just steps from our front door. The owners were very attentive hosts and made our stay most comfortable. Kept our dogs on-leash, most of the time, and walked each individually after dark, given how dark it was and knowing that animals were lurking...didn't see them, but did smell skunk. If you do go, you'll probably say that the pictures don't do it justice...

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington DC metroplex

Lovely Property

  • 5 of 5

My wife recently completed a four week stay at this property and we genuinely enjoyed ourselves. The house is as described in the ad but the sound of the water cascading down the falls and adjacent to the porch are even better than advertised! Bob and Barbara are gracious hosts. They managed to make themselves available as we needed without hovering. We benefited from their suggestions about how to spend our time, answwering questions we had not thought about before arriving. We had a few suggestions such as sharpening the knives and they took care of them within a few hours. Remarkably helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The home was meticulously kept, the decor is whimsical and fun. The setting was stunning with the waterfall as the star of the show. The owner's were avail for any questions we had. Local restraurants were very good. The hiking was exceptional. We really enjoyed the hippie-town of New Paltz as a base for our climbing adventures in the "Gunks". The home is very well stocked with a wide variety of music, books, movies and maps. We can't wait to return to this very special property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Waterfall house

  • 5 of 5

I want to thank Barbara and Bob for letting them share they're beautiful property with us. We had a great stay and the view was breathtaking. We will definitely be back and recommend this property to everybody.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Rip Van Winkle Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Hunter Mountain
Nearest Beach
Right outside your front door
Car: recommended

Ideally located in unspoiled Palenville, close to Woodstock (12 miles), Saugerties

(8 miles), Hunter (10 miles) and Catskill (10 miles). Our area hosts many music venues, live theatres and festivals such as the Jazz Festival, Garlic Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival each autumn. Antique and art lovers will find treasures galore. A variety of restaurants, farm stands and farmers' markets will satisfy any appetite. Horse lovers note - we are close to H.I.T.S. Fleas markets and tag sales are weekend treats. Ski Hunter Mountain for winter sports.

Other Activities: Spectacular hiking, trout fishing and swimming make The Waterfall House the perfect vacation rental choice.

Golf: We are barely five minutes away from the Rip Van Winkle Golf Club, Palenville's lovely 9 hole course. Travel just a bit further to the Catskill Golf Course (10 miles) for an 18 hole course, or Woodstock (12 miles) for its 9 hole course.

Ski: Hunter Mountain (10 miles) is a popular ski resort, or go to nearby Belleayre or Windham.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Palenville, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$66
Cleaning A$197
Property Damage Protection A$78


Cleaning Fee $150/ Pet Fee $50/ Refundable Damage Deposit $1500
Holidays at peak rate, four night minimum. Preference given to longer rentals.

50% Deposit Required at Time of Booking; Balance Due 30 days or more before arrival
Holidays at Peak Rates, 3-night minimum. Off peak, balance due 14 days before arrival.

Well-mannered dogs considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Palenville, New York

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Each full bathroom adjoins a bedroom. Downstairs bathroom has access from other rooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Den has its own door
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Sofa Bed in Living Room
  • Additional guests sleep comfortably on a queen size sofa bed with a custom mattress pad or enjoy the privacy of our cozy den with its two convertible twin beds, used singly or together.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Pamper yourselves with a home cooked dinner prepared and served by a local personal chef. We also are happy to refer you to a licensed masseuse or reflexologist for an in-house massage!