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.
How would you describe Rustic Catskills Retreat in a nutshell?
Rustic Catskills Retreat is a beautifully appointed country home with mountain views set in a desirable part of the Catskills, not far from Kingston and Woodstock.
What is the story behind Rustic Catskills Retreat, what was your inspiration to create it?
We fell in love with the Catskills a couple of years ago, so we started looking for a property — somewhere we could use ourselves and rent to others. Originally we were looking on the east side of the Hudson River and had a few places we really liked fall through. Eventually, we decided to explore the other side of the river as we hadn’t spent much time over there and we just loved it! It felt really different and like there was a real buzz in the air in terms of things happening and the outdoorsy vibe.
This property happened to be the last on a list of 6 or 7 that we looked at one day and had just come on the market that morning. We loved it! It was already a great property, with the views and outdoor spaces (the porch really “wowed” us!), but it also felt like it had so much potential. We could see ourselves there and we put in an offer the same day.
During the winter of 2019, we repainted the exterior and furnished the home, getting ready to rent it out. Then in March, Covid hit and instead of bringing lots of people to the area, we decided to rent it out for long-term stays to people who were looking to leave New York City. We had friends of friends stay, then others we connected with through Instagram and did that for the first year before moving to short-term stays.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Rustic Catskills Retreat?
It’s a spacious modern home, with light and bright spaces that are super cosy and with all of the modern amenities you need.