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Sterrett Smith

Member since: 2011
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High Falls 1840 Greek Revival on 10 Acres

65 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


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.




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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sterrett Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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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.


based on 65 traveller reviews

High Falls 1840 Greek Revival on 10 Acres
average rating of 4.9384613 based on 65 reviews

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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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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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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Beauty & Comfort - a perfect place in which to unwind and socialize

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend here was full of country walks and relaxed talks, with all of us taking much pleasure in the art and decor of this unusual home. This house combines antique elegance with modern comforts. Everything here is designed for easy and gracious living - from the well equipped kitchen, to the deliciously comfortable beds, to the generous living room, to the charming outdoor eating. We walked in and were instantly at home. Plus, we all enjoyed the owner's superb and original taste in decorating the rooms with fine art and quirky oddities. Our party consisted of people with widely ranging tastes, needs, and expectations, yet we were all charmed and happy to be in this beautiful place for a special weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Style, Comfort, Convenience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Sterrett's Greek revival house was wonderful and comfortable in so many ways. The house is tastefully done in an off beat traditional style that has a lot of character yet designed for a modern lifestyle. Everything is clean and fresh and it is stocked with all the amenities you will need on vacation. Each bedroom is nicely styled, spacious , and beds are super comfortable with memory foam over the mattresses. We enjoyed evenings in the living room cozy in front of the fireplace or watching movies on Apple TV. It was also nice having an outside patio where there are rocking chairs and settee to watch the sun go down. We found everything we needed to cook our meals and appliances are modern and convenient. Best of all the owner allowed my friends and I to bring our dogs which is a big deal for us. She trusted that we could manage them without ruining her home. The grounds were nice for the dogs to run around in which they loved. If you plan to stay here with your dog, be aware there are no fences to prevent him running into the road so your dog has to be trained to listen when you call him. Although there are cars traveling along Clove road, the area is very quiet. The location so close to High Falls and Mohonk is great, but you will hardly be disappointed if you decide to spend your time staying around the house.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend staying here. I am originally from the area and grabbed the opportunity to stay with family in this beautiful, comfortable, very clean, and well-decorated house. It was obvious that the house was lovingly rehabbed (the wide-paneled hard wood floors and tall ceilings are fantastic). The owner was very responsive and helpful. We are looking forward to reserving this house in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from 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


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
23 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$52 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$52 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$52 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$163 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$1,959
Pet Fee A$33 + Tax
Property Damage Protection A$77
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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in High Falls, New York

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Books
  • books - kids
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • 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