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Sterrett Smith

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english

High Falls 1840 Greek Revival on 10 Acres

68 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this High Falls holiday house

Historic Country Home, 3 Bedrooms/2 bath, sleeps 6

We get a lot of inquiries about how close we are to WEST POINT and actually the property is 40 miles away. WEST POINT IS NEAR HIGHLAND FALLS, and this property is outside High Falls, 15 minutes from New Paltz.

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SPECIAL NOTE: SO SORRY BUT WE DO NOT HOST WEDDINGS, LARGE GATHERINGS OF ANY KIND, OR MOVIE SHOOTS!

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This is a wonderful 3 BDR country house set on 10 acres near the historic villages of High Falls and Stone Ridge. I feel in love with it over 20 years ago, seeing it each day, as I lived just up the road. When it became available it was a project I jumped on, stripping it back to it's original 1840's moldings, wood floor and fireplaces. Although the house is not fancy, formal, or ornate, it has the solid, tangible charm of a comfortable country house you can really live in. The light is great in every room, and the layout inviting.

It is just minutes down the same scenic country road from the famous Mohonk Mountain House, a national historic landmark hotel and spa. Trailheads into the 8,000 acre Mohonk Preserve, New York's largest nonprofit nature preserve, are minutes from the door. Minnewaska State Park with 21,000 acres of protected wilderness, carriage roads, trails, lakes, and waterfalls, is a short drive away. Just cut through 'The Clove', an old Dutch name for the stunning valley now mostly owned by the Nature Conservancy and the Mohonk Preserve and you will have access to yet more trailheads! The house is an easy 90 minute drive from NYC to New Paltz, then through 'The Gunks', a world class rock climbing and hiking area. This is the cream of the Hudson Valley at its very best! Come soak up some of the Hudson Valley's rich history, explore local wineries, shop at family farm stands, poke around in antique shops, or sample the local fare in restaurants and watering holes in one of the surrounding towns.

This historic 1840s house, after an extensive recent renovation, has become a comfortable year-round vacation home, full of historic charm and character. It has three spacious bedrooms with 2 king beds and one queen, all with memory foam mattress toppers, and white linens. The master bedroom has its own private, tiled bath and deep soaking tub. The second shared bath also has a deep soaking tub. All the bedrooms have central air-conditioning. The kitchen is outfitted with what most cooks might need. If its not there we will try to get it for you! The rustic wooden farm table in the dining room is a fabulous gathering spot for a memorable meal. A collection of comfortable upholstered lounge chairs and sofas in the living room are centered around a wood burning fireplace and ringed by the original, beautiful old lead glass windows that invite looking out over the lawns and meadow.

Other amenities include outdoor seating and dining options on the two porches. The front porch has a large Moroccan mosaic table and chairs just off the kitchen for outdoor meals as well as a stainless steel Weber gas grill. The back porch with rocking chairs and a wicker couch overlooks the meadow towards the Rondout Creek and Catskill Mountains. There is WIFI thoughout and a flat-screen Sony TV with Apple TV, NetFlix, and basic cable. Check-out the large game cupboard with something entertaining for all ages.The basement has a fully equipped laundry room with washer, dryer, ironing board and table for folding.

Check-in is after 4 pm and check-out is by 11 am unless otherwise arranged with the owner.

There is also a one bedroom, 1000 square foot Carriage House with kitchen on site, which can be seen and reserved by visiting listing #929151 on HomeAway and #381193 on VRBO. It has its own separate driveway entrance but is on the same 10 acres down hill from the house. It can be rented in tandem with the house or on its own.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sterrett Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Sterrett Smith

We were lucky to be able to purchase this house from a family that had owned it for over 50 years. I am first of all a painter but have found myself over the years building or renovating, something I truly enjoy. My husband is a writer and also is director of a graduate program in NYC.

Sterrett Smith purchased this house in 2011

Why Sterrett Smith chose Hudson Valley

We made the critical decision years ago to move to the Hudson Valley in order to have the space we needed for our large library and painting studio as well as land for a vegetable garden and fruit trees. High Falls is an easy drive from NYC which was a necessity for us. The area is home to many artists who have an active relationship with the city. It is also the source of water for NYC and therefore much of the land is protected or is part of the geologically unique 25,000 acres in the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park.

Reviews

4.9
based on 68 traveller reviews

High Falls 1840 Greek Revival on 10 Acres
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 68 reviews
5

Beautiful property, perfect house

  • 5 of 5

We decided to take a couples trip upstate from NYC for a weekend of outdoor adventure. Upon arrival at the house Friday evening, we started a fire in the wood-burning fireplace and enjoyed some wine over the many board games in the house. We hiked at Mohonk the following day and looked forward to getting back to the house with groceries and cooked up a big dinner, again with a great fire in the fireplace, and relaxed in the living room/played more games. The house easily accommodated our group and was perfect for our weekend getaway. Very clean and beautifully kept. Towels, sheets, pillows, etc were impeccably chosen and great quality which is always nice to have when away from home. Would definitely rent again for our next trip!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Interior beauty to match the view from the windows

  • 5 of 5

Our friends said of the Greek Revival House, "It's like staying in a museum." She meant it in the best possible way. Everywhere you look in this beautifully restored home, there are amazing architectural details, gorgeous colors, great art, and interesting - and obviously carefully chosen - artifacts. And all done in a way to invite comfort along with aesthetic pleasure! As beautiful as the setting is, it was hard at times to want to leave this graciously appointed and surprisingly cozy home. The "dream kitchen" was an added bonus for the cooks among us. We enjoyed a home-cooked one night, and a fabulous Mediterranean-themed meal prepared for us by Jeannette, across the road. Information about Jeannette's cooking - along with area restaurants and what to do in the area - are all part of the detailed packet that the owner of the house provides. We have stayed in the carriage house before and love it. It's perfect for two people. This house could easily be enjoyed by two, but is perfect for four or six friends or family members to stay together. And it's dog friendly! Our hound dog Lily loves these houses and feels right at home. So many thoughtful amenities - including throws to put on the furniture to protect them so that our dogs are welcome - make this one of our very favorite places to stay. Can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Historic House

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a wonderful month at this lovely house! The interior was absolutely elegant: the rooms painted in contemporary colors and filled with comfortable, pretty furniture ---You wouldn't want to change a thing! The beds were great; kitchen well appointed; and the breezy front porch overlooking the lawn was a favorite place to hang out. High Falls offers many opportunities to hike, swim or shop for groceries-all very conveniently close to us. All of family from the 6 year old to the grandparents had a delightful time. The owner was helpful, friendly and well informed about the amenities of the area.We have rented apartments and houses all over the world and I know this is finally "the perfect place" one we hope to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful two weeks in High Falls

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent two weeks here, while visiting our daughter and exploring the area. The house was lovely, quiet, clean, and in a perfect area. The view was wonderful, as we enjoyed coffee each morning on the back porch. The upper floor was cooled, and it kept the main floor very comfortable during a very hot and humid time in the area! We used the washer and dryer in the lower level several times. The kitchen was equipped with the basics. The owner was so helpful and available.

This was our first VRBO experience and we look forward to trying it again...this was a great beginning for us. Thanks for a special two weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Eclectic, historic, quality comforts

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this home the minute we approached the front door, and were even more awed by the beauty in every room. Sterrett has found the perfect balance between historic and modern with this home. We can only echo all the previous comments about the cleanliness, the amenities, the porches, the gardens, the linens, the plentiful organic toiletries, (much to my delight the same kind I use at home) and the wonderful opportunity to bring my two chihuahuas. It was the perfect place for an intimate celebration for my parent's 55th Anniversary with our mutual dear friends. The back porch for watching the sunsets and the deer was perfect, and the front porch provided shade during the hotter part of the day. We can't say enough about this lovely home. We loved the area, and appreciated Sterrett's extensive recommendations for anything we could have desired. Our only regret being 4 nights, just too brief. Thank you Sterrett for a wonderful weekend getaway, full of great memories in your Revival home. Look forward to a return vacation there soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Magnificent Piece of History

  • 5 of 5

Our family of seven met at the High Falls Greek Revival to celebrate my husband's 80th birthday. We relished every bit of the splendidly light-filled spaces, and especially the remarkable, eclectic decor. Even though we had a few rainy moments, we thoroughly enjoyed barbecuing outside and cooking in the modern, well-stocked kitchen. Down to the old-fashioned bottle opener on the kitchen wall, not a detail has been ignored in this fabulously brilliant home.

One of the highlights was relaxing on the second story porch to soak up the late afternoon sunshine. We will definitely be back, as it was the happiest of meeting places for families coming from NYC and northern New England.

Thank you, Sterrett, for welcoming us and our two chocolate labs. We had a perfect stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park with their over 25,000 acres of geologically unique land are within minutes from the property. The 'Gunks', one of the most important rock climbing sites in North America, is on the Shawangunk Ridge, just up the road a few miles. This rural area is known for its historic villages with their vintage shops, antique stores, restaurants and farm stands. All this is just 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and NYC.

Other Activities: rock climbing

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in High Falls, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$468
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$54 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$401
From
A$435
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$2,341
A$8,695
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$54 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$167 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$2,007
Pet Fee A$33 + Tax
Property Damage Protection A$79
Tax Rate 2.0%

All holidays are charged at the weekend rate and some holidays have minimum stay requirements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Full 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • The Carriage House also has a full bath and is located on the property. It is available through listing #929151.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
  • All beds have memory foam toppers. Two futons are available at an extra charge of $30 each
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • books - kids
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing