Catskills is an ideal escape from NYC, with rolling mountains, farmhouses, swimming holes and a respite for us who live in the over-crowded city.
Catskills is also where the Arty types from Manhattan build their Pied-a-terre, and some of those are actually up for rent, so we are doing the good deed of saving you the trouble of looking for a perfect house in the mountains and give you our recos!
Our pick of the day is Clum house! A 2 story newly renovated house situated equidistant from Woodstock, Saugerties, and Hudson and located in Catskills, NY. Owned by the principals of the architecture firm Sachs Lindores in Brooklyn, the house is the perfect place to spend a few days, watching the slow pace of life move around you.
- “The House was originally part of Camp Ontiora, a girls camp that operated from the 20’s through to the 60’s. Our property includes several of the original camp buildings and cabins. We use Clum as a Guest House and rent it when not occupied. My partner Daniel and I are architect/designers and rehabilitating the camp has been a labor of love over the past decade.” – Kevin Lindores
It’s a cozy house with the living and dining spaces in the ground floor, a master bedroom, an adjoining smaller bedroom with two twins and a Media room with a day-bed in the second floor. A lot of time will be spent in the custom daybed that stretches the entire width of the living room, a perfect lounger that begs for the two of you to lay down side to side. We are suckers for indoor planters and the ones in the living room fills the air with a beautiful scent that puts you in a vacay-mode in an instant.
There is no doubt that every little space has been utilized to its maximum potential, creating adorable little corners with upholstered custom benches. Our favorite part of the house were the nooks in the second floor with the wall of windows wrapping around the entire back wall. A perfect place to have your afternoon tea; you will be mesmerized by the views of the tall trees sway with every wind blow with the changing light and shadow.
It’s inspiring to spend three days in a place so aesthetically planned and decorated. Every space in the house has a detail that makes you curious about its origin. Portraits of people in the bedrooms, a mix of mid-century modern furniture, preppy bed linens. comfy throws, colorful rugs, vintage artifacts, hunting house memoirs, lots of natural wood makes this Catskills getaway unique!
A vintage cocktail shaker and cutlery, a tea-pot that can tell its age if it could and everything that you need to make a gourmet dinner is provided; spend the time cooking a slow meal, reading, chatting and relaxing. And if you need any help, Dusty, the property manager lives next door and is only a text-away. There is also outdoor seating and a grill which will be a perfect plan when the weather is nice to enjoy the clean air of Catskills.
Oh, and don’t forget the naps. It practically is a requirement.
And if you have to get out of the house, the nearby Kaaterskill Falls makes a fine hiking experience – even when it is covered fully in snow, it makes for a beautiful photog.