|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
Don LaSala purchased this house in 1998
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.
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 ( Horseshoe 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.
We loved Big Pink so much, it was a dream come true. The house is kept in the 1960's style that made it famous. The yard is large and beautiful, with a huge stone fireplace for outdoor fires. Inside, there is plenty of places for people to sleep and modern amenities. We loved the town of Woodstock, which is nearby. We will definitely be back!
No question this was a trip of a lifetime due in no small part to the sheer thrill of staying in a home where this music was created. We got chills as we turned the corner and saw the iconic pink house! But what made this visit extra special was the care taken by Don and Sue to furnish the house with period appropriate decor and to make sure our visit was everything we wanted it to be. Every room was immaculate. Details that we appreciated were the very comfortable beds, nice linens, fluffy towels and gorgeously outfitted bathrooms (not overly modern, to fit with the rest of the decor, but with modern comforts). Lots of fun 60's knick knacks. While we didn't cook, the kitchen was stocked with every spice and staple you would need. This would be a great vacation rental even without the historic and cultural significance! I urge anyone thinking of visiting to just do it - you will not regret it. I hope I can come back some day!
Friends and I returned to the big pink house again this year. Last year was very much about soaking in the history and the excitement about being in a place where amazing music was born. This year we got to experience even more what big pink was all about and it became more a place gather and have a feast, be with friends, listen and play music and really get into the spirit of things. Don and Susan have created a great environment that even without the history would make for a terrific trip.
Even if the house wasn't as sentimental as it is, it would still be a perfect getaway space. Homey, comfortable and spacious.
How can I find the words to describe the beauty of Big Pink? It's already been a week since leaving her (!) and I'm still processing it all. Immediately upon entering, you feel the music. The history. She wraps her arms around you! It's absolutely amazing. Our group spent the entire weekend walking around with a 'pinch me I must be dreaming' look on our faces. Our very gracious hosts, Don and Sue, made the experience even more amazing with their kindness and help.Meeting them was a true highlight of our time there❤️. They have kept the house in immaculate condition, making you feel not only at home, but you ARE home. I can't recommend staying here enough. Very very hard to drive away! ( I've never stared at a door before locking it for so long!😊 I travelled across the country to stay here, and would do that again without a second thought. To anyone thinking of staying here, don't wait. " Whatever makes you happy...do that." Sincerely, from Canada~ Pam. 🇨🇺
Don and Susan are wonderful people and gracious hosts. They were so kind and helpful, and when we mentioned that we had one last errand to run before our wedding, they interrupted their morning to help us out, because, knowing the area as they do, they recognized that we were unlikely to be successful on our own.
The house is marvelous, but I don't need to convince you of that. Just know that if you choose to book here you're getting to stay in a comfortable, cozy place full of history and you'll also get a pair of delightful hosts!
We can't wait to come back for another visit!
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$592|
|Property Damage Protection||A$78|
Our policy is to not allow pets nor children under the age of 10.