¡¡¡¡Pre-pandemic vacationing friends and family may have chosen hotels, but now, even though COVID restrictions have lifted across the state, people may not yet be totally comfortable yet with sharing so many amenities with strangers. ¡°There is no question that for those who are still ambivalent about ¡®living¡¯ in close proximity to people outside their pod in a hotel situation, a rental house adds a buffer in terms of space, both indoors and out,¡± says Grimes. Plus, it might be less overwhelming to come out of hibernation to see extended family members in a contained setting versus a public space filled with strangers.
¡¡¡¡Don¡¯t fret if you haven¡¯t booked your summer group getaway yet ¡ª there are some incredible options that still have summer availability, with extras like saline pools, game rooms, firepits or included catering. The only problem you¡¯ll have is in deciding how many loved ones to invite.
¡¡¡¡The Estelle is situated on 50 private acres, but there are collectibles galore inside, so this may not be your pick if small kids are in your group.
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¡¡¡¡The Estelle, Livingston Manor, Sullivan County
¡¡¡¡If an eclectic farmhouse in the country is what you¡¯re after, then this painstakingly renovated vacation rental will work for your group. The chef¡¯s kitchen has enough pots and pans to throw a Thanksgiving-worthy feast on the Wolf gas-range stove, while each room is decorated with local treasures and unusual finds (making this option less appropriate for small children). The house sits on 50 private acres, right across from Willowemoc Creek, known as one of the area¡¯s best fly fishing rivers. But it is also in a town that has a lot of buzz for its charming downtown and stunning scenery. $500/night
¡¡¡¡Boulders Gate boasts a saline pool and lounge chairs aplenty.
¡¡¡¡Boulders Gate, Woodstock, Ulster County
¡¡¡¡For those looking for a luxurious retreat hidden among seven acres of forest, but only a five-minute drive from the great restaurants in Woodstock, this is an incredible option. The main house sleeps 8, but there¡¯s another bedroom and sleep loft in the guest house in case you need even more space. Entertaining groups is a cinch with a 10-person dining table, 10-person couch, Sonos surround sound and a small gym with cardio and weight equipment. The best part? A large in-ground saline water pool that begs for lazy morning lounging and an afternoon dip before dinner. $850/night
¡¡¡¡A tennis court and pool complete the country club-like amenities at Fern Leaf Farmhouse.
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¡¡¡¡Fern Leaf Farmhouse, Narrowsburg, Sullivan County
¡¡¡¡Looking for the perfect country (club) experience? This large farmhouse boasts a heated saline pool and a private tennis court. If that¡¯s not enough for you, the inside is pretty comfortable, too, with four nice-sized bedrooms, a living room with stone fireplace, a country kitchen and dining room with a long farmhouse table. It would be hard to leave, but if you have to, town is only 15 minutes away with kayaking, tubing or great restaurants and shopping to choose from. $900-$1000/night
¡¡¡¡Multiple rooms offer four-season views at Casa Monta?a.
¡¡¡¡Casa Monta?a, Round Top, Greene County
¡¡¡¡This beautiful house is surrounded by mountains, giving it a tranquil feeling enhanced by multi-level decks, an all-season glass room, an outdoor shower, and a furnished gazebo. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms and some have their own balconies with full mountain views. Even a large group will be able to find privacy with plenty of places to sit, relax and read a good book. If you¡¯re here to fully unwind and want to leave the chores at home or to celebrate a special occasion, the owner of the property is a NYC caterer and offers meals on request to confirmed guests. $650/night
¡¡¡¡The teak outdoor table, gas grill and well-stocked kitchen at this Roxbury retreat call for large family meals.
¡¡¡¡Catskills Retreat, Roxbury, Ulster County
¡¡¡¡Centrally situated near cute Catskills towns like Margarettsville, Arkville, Phoenicia, and Hobart, there is plenty of hiking, waterfall scouting and shopping to occupy the group. Back at home, the fully stocked and condiment-packed kitchen is made for elaborate meals, while the lodge-style great room with a working stone fireplace is a natural gathering place for game nights. A quaint barn, a fire pit, grill and deck round out the options for home entertainment. $659/night
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¡¡¡¡Kids will love this house on the Hudson, equipped with a children¡¯s play structure, volleyball, pool table, karaoke machine and a batting cage. And for the adults there are plenty of places to escape.
¡¡¡¡Waterfront Escape, Coxsackie, Greene County
¡¡¡¡If you are looking for a place to host a family reunion with a lot of kids, or those young at heart, this is the spot. A children¡¯s play structure, volleyball, pool table, karaoke machine and a professional batting cage with ball feeder and pitching machine will make kids sweat, and they can cool off with a jump in the Hudson River right off the private dock. Adults might be happier relaxing in the hot tub or hammock, placing bets on the poker table, kayaking or having cocktails on the back patio in front of the outdoor fireplace. The owners are always updating their home: a full pool, another spa and chef¡¯s kitchen are on the schedule for 2022. By then, no one will want to leave this amenities-packed locale. $2,536/night
¡¡¡¡The best part about this lake house that can sleep 28? Daily cleaning of the common areas is included in the price.
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¡¡¡¡The Homestead, Kauneonga Lake, Sullivan County
¡¡¡¡Sometimes big just isn¡¯t big enough. In that case, there¡¯s The Homestead. This sprawling compound is made up of the Main House (which sleeps 22) and the attached cottage (which sleeps another 6.) There is more than enough space in this well-appointed refuge, with an open plan kitchen with two dishwashers, and two living room areas. The house is situated right on White Lake, allowing guests to enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, and waterfront views from many of the rooms. Bringing so many people together under one roof can be fun, but messy, and the most luxurious part of this retreat is the daily cleaning of the common areas which is included in the price. $2,300/ night
¡¡¡¡Sylvan Motor Lodge, Hillsdale, Columbia County
¡¡¡¡Although technically not a house rental, Sylvan Motor Lodge, a newly renovated mid-century modern motel formerly known as the Silvanus Lodge, will be booking large groups up to 20 people soon. The property consists of nine rooms and an apartment, and five of the rooms have two beds, surrounding a gorgeous pool for cooling off. Planned amenities include a pinball machine, a pool table, a pizza over and an outdoor kitchen and the staff will coordinate outings for guests like fly-fishing or cooking classes. According to the owners, Dana Bowen and Lindsay Bowen, the motel is just weeks away from summer bookings and is waiting for the green light from the town, which they expect to get soon. Check the website for updates and rate information.
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