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Onteora, The Mountain House
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Onteora, The Mountain House
Ranked #1 of 1 Boiceville B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 2, 2012

our family rented all 7 rooms at onteora mountain house and cottage last weekend. it is a hidden treasure only 1 1/2 hours from westchester or northern new jersey. some of us arrived on friday and enjoyed the day traveling to quaint woodstock and the splendid waterfalls of peekamoose mountain. the area is a treasure trove of natures splendor as the esopus creek babbles through the country roads. we enjoyed the woodstock cafes by day. the hospitality at the bears cafe in bearsville was as inviting as the sumptuous food. the tasty food/varied menu at the catamount restaurant and the live country band gave us the flavor of the local culture.
the highlight of the stay was just being at the onteora mountain house. the house resembles a swiss chalet. it is nestled high on the mountain overlooking the valley. its charm and comfortable bedrooms, with new bathrooms (some with whirlpools), were a delight for all three generations. we thoroughly enjoyed the leisurely breakfasts of fresh fruit, eggs, turkey sausage and corn cakes with red pepper sauce. the following morning the variety of crepes that followed the fresh fruit were scrumptious. juice and fresh brewed coffee were plentiful. breakfast is offered on the wraparound porch overlooking the creek and the surrounding mountains. it was served by two young men who truly went out of their way to meet everyone's personal needs. .
just absorbing the breathtaking vistas from the two expansive decks overlooking the creek and the mountains was a treat to the senses.
the staff was so patient in taking family photos for us even suggesting where and offering to take additional photos.
onteora mountain house certainly created a memorable experience for the entire family.

Room Tip: Look on the website to select a room. Each room has a beautiful view of the mountains and a differ...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

I decided to take my husband away to Onteora House to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. What a disappointment at $285 per night. When we arrived, we were greeted by a cold, stodgy innkeeper, who was not inviting at all, to say the least. He gave us a quick, disinterested tour of the main house, then pointed us in the direction of our cottage, the Black Dome, and off we were sent. No offer to help us with our luggage, and if you stay there, you will see that a billy goat is best suited to get up to where the cottages are located. The room was comfortable, the bathroom was large, and the air-flow tub was delightful. Breakfast was exactly the same both mornings, and we had the pleasure of being served by the stodgy innkeeper, in his bare feet. The spectacular view helped keep our minds off these minor details. Onteora House would make for a great location for weddings, but as a weekend getaway, the Innkeeper's attitude took away from what could have been a charming experience.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank TheHappyCouple111310
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

I was looking for a quality Bed&Breakfast weekend retreat not too far away from NYC and got much more than that: beautiful country house with a perfect location (overseeing the mountains), top notch breakfast cooking and extremely helpful owner. Pricey but totally worth every dollar. The area is also beautiful, lots to see, good dining scene... Perfect. Probably wise to avoid wedding season, as it seems like a hot spot for those wanting to marry in the nature.

Room Tip: Rooms in the house are full of flavor, very beautiful. If you´re looking for a quieter room, go for...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

Onteora Mountain House is the kind of place we'd want to keep a secret to keep it all to ourselves! We're from Denmark, Europe, and stayed at the Onteora Mountain House for one night in August 2011. We had found the place on the web and completely fell in love with the place on the basis of the photos. As it turned out, those photos did not do the place any justice at all - the views are simply breathtaking and you can easily spend hours just sitting on the wrap-around porch enjoying the views of the mountains.

The house itself is a real gem too. It's more like visiting a very wealthy friend's place than staying in a B&B - so easy to feel at home and so many little details to enjoy. The house is spacious and there are only 5 rooms (+ 2 separate cottages) so the place never feels crowded, rather airy, serene and homely. If you crave solitude or if you want a private and intimate getaway as a couple this is the place. Staff is very friendly and welcoming but will not get in your way if you just want to gaze at the mountains. Similarly, the two dogs are friendly and sweet, but also very well-behaved and inobtrusive.

We arrived in the afternoon and spent a couple of hours simply taking in the views and enjoying the house and porches. Then we asked Bob for advice on where to dine and he made reservations for us at the Bear Café (highly recommended!) in nearby Bearsville. After a good night's sleep we woke up to another beautiful day and a wonderful homemade breakfast of fresh fruit salad, scrambled eggs and corn cakes with sweet pepper sauce. Freshly squeezed orange juice, good coffee and unbelievable views over the valley and mountains to go with that.

When planning your visit make sure to leave plenty of time to simply enjoy the house and the views from the porches. There are so many things to do and see in the Catskill Mountains but you will not regret it if you reserve some time to simply 'being there'.

Sadly, we only had the time to stay for one night - it was not easy having to leave the place and we will definitely be back!

Despite its close proximity to Boiceville, Woodstock and other towns the Onteora Mountain House feels remote in a wonderful way. In that regard, be aware that although it's possible to reach the place by bus or taxi you will need to go to one of the nearby towns for lunch and dinner for which you will need a car.

Room Tip: We stayed in The Ashokan Room in the main house which was bright and with cathedral ceilings and fan...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank C L
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

My daughter just got married at the Onteroa Mountain House a week ago, last Saturday and what a fantastic place to have a wedding. She wanted an outdoor wedding in New York, but outside the city and so she began her search. However, once she saw this place, she didn't look anywhere else. This Mountain House is the former summertime mansion of Mr. Hellman (of Hellman's Mayonaise) and has been turned into a bed and breakfast. You can rent it by the room during the week, but on the weekend, the entire property is usually rented for weddings and groups only, and that is what we did. We had it all to ourselves from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning after the delicious breakfast they served.
Located in the Catskills, out in the woods. Private, but yet convenient to the small town of Boiceville, and Woodstock is just 7 miles away. The main building has 6 bedrooms and all but one has a jacuzzi tub. Decorated nicely and with comfortable beds. There is a large deck and beautiful views of the Catskills. There is also a newer duplex type building, on the hill above the mansion, that has huge rooms and huge bathrooms - a great place for couples.
The wedding is a turnkey affair and they have been putting on weddings there for years and do a fantastic job. The only thing we had to supply was the DJ, photographer and the cake. We had around 110 guests and one of the key features about the property that my daughter was sold on - was the pavillion next to the main house. This is not your ordinary pavillion - it looks more like a ballroom and can be completely open on all four sides or can be enclosed in case rain caused us to move the wedding inside. Luckily that did not happen and we had gorgeous weather, but that was a Plan B option that would have saved the day, if needed. We did have the reception in the pavillion, with dinner served by Onteora and dancing and we could have easily sat another 50 people in the pavillion at individual tables that sat six people.
Bob, the owner of Onteora, met my daughter and her fiance in bare feet when they first visited the place. He reminds me of an old hippie. He has a partner who we rarely saw that does the landscaping and flower arrangements and is very talented at what he does. The staff, especially a young man named Jeremy, took excellent care of us and all of our overnight guests at the mountain house and then the rest of the guests throughout the wedding festivites.
We highly recommend that you check out their website and if you are in the area, just go and stay there - you won't be dissappointed. As the father of the bride, of course, I had to write the check for this party and I am still in a little shock over that, but on the bright side, this is the last wedding I will ever have to pay for and we all got more than our money's worth!

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2011

Onteora is such a hidden gem. We drove up to the Catskills from the city on Labor Day weekend, and luckily they had availability because it's the one weekend the house is not filled with weddings. Well, there's a reason that they are booked throughout the season with such events - it is insanely romantic, rustic, and perfect. We stayed in the Overlook - one of the rooms away from the house - and it was complete with a spacious indoor jacuzzi, a wood-burning fireplace, and a fabulous wood-post bed. The room was impeccably clean and the house and its surroundings unbelievably relaxing. The view was breathtaking, and the breakfast was delicious! Really a culinary treat. Overall, the perfect getaway from the city.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank JournalKat7
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Reviewed February 4, 2011

Wonderful! Divine!
A Gem of a get away from NYC and close proximity to Woodstock and Skiing.
I highly recommend to anyone interested in visiting the Hudson Valley.

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  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 96 Piney Point Rd, Boiceville, NY 12412-5216
Location: United States > New York > Boiceville
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Boiceville
Price Range: $95 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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