"Witten Pond" is a creative haven perfect for retreats, workshops, and other gatherings fueled by creativity and a love of nature. Our stunning, one-of-a-kind renovated post-and-beam barn is a haven filled with art, plants, and sunlight. Downstairs it has a large living/meeting area with seating for 20+, kitchen, and bathroom, and upstairs it has an open sleeping loft with three comfortable beds. Also on the property are two guest houses: "Lily of the Valley," a 100-year-old post-and-beam hunting lodge with a wrap-around porch, and our Artist's Studio House, a colorful and sun-filled studio. We are surrounded by the forever-wild Catskill State Park Forest, and the entire compound is grouped around a pristine spring-fed pond, nestled between a rushing river and the forever-wild Catskill Mountains. Barn living space: There is plenty of comfy seating for reading and relaxing with a cocktail, and a large farm table perfect for large group meals. We have tons of art, books, records, and plants giving the space a creative, inspiring feel. There's a mini ping pong table, too! This is an extremely fun space to gather and unwind with family, friends, or collaborators. Barn sleeping loft: This space was formerly a hay loft, so while the three beds each have their own separate areas (with extra room dividers for increased privacy), the "bedrooms" all share an open floor plan. There is a queen-sized bed on the lower level of the loft, and two full-sized beds in the upper level. Barn kitchen: The kitchen is open to the barn's living space, perfect for communal cooking or catering. It has a two-burner gas range, microwave, dishwasher, sink, and refrigerator set behind a stone bar with dining stools (note: it doesn't have an oven). Barn bathroom: Enjoy a clawfoot tub with European-style shower (no stand-up shower), a Finnish-style dry sauna, and a toilet with bidet and heated seat. Privacy: The barn is a completely private space with its own separate entrance, however you should know that it attaches to an apartment in which we live. ~ "Lily of the Valley" guest house: When you walk through the front door, you’ll find a comfortable living room and fireplace perfect for getting cozy with a good book. With its open floor plan, the cabin’s downstairs invites you to relax, cook a meal, take a nap, or open the french doors to stroll out onto the wrap-around porch for a view of the Catskill Mountains beyond. As you walk upstairs, you’ll notice the single-branch railing dating back to the early 1900s, when this rustic cabin was fashioned as a camp for loggers and hunters. Upstairs, you’ll find an open, light-filled library room with a comfortable queen-sized bed sandwiched between floor-to-ceiling windows. As you wake up each morning, these windows invite you to rise with the sun, and doze back to sleep as the leaves rustle in the trees. Lily of the Valley has a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with clawfoot tub, and a dining table with seating for 6. Artist's Studio House: In the colorful, bright, and comfortable artist's studio house, you can view the mountains from your dining table and wake up to sunlight pouring in all around you. Sleep in a loft above a simple yet fully equipped kitchen, and use the woodstove for a cozy night in. Enjoy a spa-style shower with window out onto the forest beyond. The property: We are on 17 private acres that abut the forever-wild Catskill State Park Forest. Our place is on a dead-end dirt road frequented mainly by hikers who drive up to climb a bushwack trail that's just a short walk from the studio house. Our property looks out over a private spring-fed pond, which flows into a beautiful river right across the road (and the sound of the river serenades the whole property!). We have perennial gardens, sitting spots, and plenty of room to wander around and explore. What's nearby: While our property feels completed secluded, we're just a 10-minute drive to groceries. For great food, antiquing, live music, and other fun stuff, drive to Phoenicia (15 min drive), Woodstock (20 min drive), or Kingston (30 min drive). There is great skiing nearby, and amazing hiking, sight-seeing, and fine dining. Once booked, we will send you our favorite local spots.
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