Hudson Valley Mill
Hudson Valley Mill is located in Dutchess County in Upstate New York just 2 hours north of NYC, offering a quiet vacation rental retreat from city life.
Walking around the picturesque roads in the hamlet is our favorite activity year-round!
Mountain Lake House
Smallwood is a destination in itself! There is great hiking in Smallwood’s own forest reserve, a beautiful waterfall within walking distance, and seasonally guests can also swim and fish right in the hamlet’s Mountain Lake.
How would you describe Mountain Lake House in a nutshell?
Only 2 hours from NYC, Mountain Lake House is a modern and minimalist, yet charming and comfortable Scandi-inspired spacious cottage with lake and canoe access, as well as notable nearby attractions like Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and gourmet dining at The DeBruce.
What is the story behind Mountain Lake House, what was your inspiration to create it?
In March of 2020, when we realized the scale of the Covid outbreak, we packed up our car and drove to the Catskills. We rented a place on Airbnb in Mongaup Valley, right next to Smallwood, and that’s when we fell in love with this friendly lake community with many cute little log cabins and cottages from the 1930s and 40s.
We loved the walkability — the houses are all within walking distance of the beautiful lake, beach, waterfall, and forest reserve with hiking trails. It reminded us of our native Sweden and that’s what inspired us to go for a Scandinavian aesthetic when we designed and furnished the house, which we bought earlier this year. We wanted to create a little piece of Sweden in the Catskills!
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Mountain Lake House?
The decor is inspired by our native Sweden and our design choices were guided by our desire to make the home as cozy and stylish, as functional. Our guests often describe it as cozy, warm, modern, comfortable, and relaxing.
The front door leads into a spacious mudroom that opens to the living/dining space, which is centered around the convenient gas fireplace — no need to run out for firewood! The adjoining newly renovated and fully stocked kitchen features an island with plenty of space to prepare meals.
The deck, overlooking the beautiful woodland garden, can be accessed from the kitchen, and so can the revamped, modern bathroom. Right off the deck is a firepit with four comfy Adirondack chairs. On the first floor is also a bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a desk, as well as large sliding glass doors that provide direct access to the deck and backyard.
Upstairs is another bedroom with a king-sized bed and work desk. The four exposures give abundant lighting, and the minimalist decor makes it a relaxing, serene space.
Both bedrooms have laptop-friendly workspaces and fast, reliable internet (200 Mbps), providing a comfortable work-from-home setup.
Lake access and complimentary use of a canoe, SUPs, and inner tubes High-speed (200 Mbps) cable WiFi (and ethernet connection) ACs and portable fan Gas fireplace Gas BBQ Grill Firepit Washer/dryer Dishwasher Microwave SmartTV with Netflix and Hulu Board games and books Bluetooth Speaker Puracy Organic shampoo, conditioner and bodywash
Smallwood is a destination in itself! We offer our guests complimentary use of our canoe, stand-up-paddleboards, and inner tubes. There is great hiking in Smallwood’s own forest reserve, a beautiful waterfall within walking distance, and seasonally our guests can also swim and fish right in the hamlet’s Mountain Lake.
This area of the Catskills offers every other outdoor activity imaginable including boating, rafting, cycling, ziplining, horseback riding, bird watching, apple picking, snowtubing and skiing/snowboarding.
To summarize, the highlights in Smallwood include the pretty waterfall Minnie Falls, the hamlet's own Mountain Lake, as well as the Smallwood Forest Reserve with great hiking trails. Outside Smallwood, our top-3 highlights are Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the original Woodstock Site, as well as the majestic Delaware River
Smallwood is a destination in itself! It is a quiet, friendly lake community in the Catskills less than 2 hours from New York City, with many cute little log cabins from primarily the 1930s and 40s. There is a lake, waterfall, forest reserve with hiking trails and an outdoor gym, post office, and restaurant within walking distance from the bungalow. Seasonally, there is also access to a beach.
The cottage is only a short drive from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the Museum at Bethel Woods/the original Woodstock site, the majestic Delaware River, picturesque upstate hotspots Livingston Manor, Callicoon and Narrowsburg, Lake Superior State Park, great restaurants including fine dining, cute shops and antique stores, vineyards, harvest festivals, holiday markets and activities, farms (kids usually love the alpacas!) and farmers markets, Forestburgh Playhouse, Kadampa Meditation Center New York, Catskill Distilling Company, Monticello Casino and Raceway, as well as Monticello Motor Club Off-Road Adventure.
What we love is the proximity to New York City while also offering breathtaking nature including the beautiful mountains, abundance of lakes, as well as the majestic Delaware River.
We love it year-round and think every season has its charm and fun activity! In the spring, we like to hike; in the summer we go swimming and tubing; in the fall, we take the canoe for a paddle while admiring the fall foliage; and in the winter, we go sledding and snowboarding – and cozy up afterwards in front of the fireplace!
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