The Solitude Inn
The Solitude Inn
The Solitude Inn is situated on a dead end road, and boasts 200 acres of cleared land, woods, stands of Fraser Fir Christmas trees, and old roads for hiking. It is surrounded on three sides by New York City land, thousands of acres of which are available for hiking. A section of the Finger Lakes Trail is easily accessible at the end of Chamberlain Brook Road. In addition, NYS Route 10 is a designated bike path.
In late spring, a pumpkin patch begins to set fruit behind the farmhouse, a plot full of winter squash, pumpkins, and gourds. Stay at harvest time, and pick your own. Take a boat out on the reservoir to fish during the season. Or paddle around in a canoe or kayak during recreational boating season, Memorial Day to Columbus Day each year. Sit on the wraparound porch where doing nothing is always doing something.
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
The Solitude Inn was perfect for us! We were going to a family event at Oquaga Lake, and the scenic drive to and from this Airbnb was beautiful. Monica and Joe were super responsive and accommodating (perfect hosts in my opinion—gave space but were readily available). The Inn does not have air conditioning (which I noted while booking), and we arrived of course during a heat wave, but Monica and Joe had so many fans going, it was totally fine. The wrap around porch was so nice to sit on and catch up with family in the mornings and at night after the kids went to sleep. The interior was very clean and well stocked. Oh, and the flowers out front are gorgeous and smelled amazing. I would 100% recommend this location, and look forward to staying again
5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
With the kids at summer camp, we were looking for a quiet place to unwind, read, study, rest and relax. Monica and Joe's gorgeous home in the Catskills was exactly what we sought and found. The porch is LOVELY offering morning and afternoon breezes. Our two small dogs loved playing fetch in the yards on either side of the house. We enjoyed that we could tire them out by tossing the balls out and forcing them to run up and down some hills to get the balls back to us. The dogs never wanted to be indoors - they absolutely loved running around and exploring.
The house was comfortable, fully stocked and it's clear that lots of love and pride went into restoring every feature. The appliances are amazing and high end. Everything was explained well in the welcome manual. We loved looking at the photos of the restoration work and the photos of the original families and the area.
Don't miss a good glance through the upstairs library! There are some amazing books to read and enjoy - what a treat!
Monica and Joe are attentive but never obtrusive. They were available and accommodating when we needed them and left us plenty of space to relax and feel completely at home. We loved meeting Duke when he wandered down for his occasional morning treat - so kind and gentle!
If you are considering this property, do not hesitate! We're looking forward to a return visit - may be during the Fall to enjoy the colors.
5 out of 5 starsposted 1 year ago
Any direction that brings you to this home leads through miles of untouched wooded hills and soothing water views. There is simply no development leading to this property in this truly pristine location. The house is built of neat lines that provide simple comfort. A great deal of effort has been invested to bring this grand old lady back to her full potential. It is in its restoration that one realizes the one amenity that is so rare and beyond any measure of material expense. It is almost invisible and unnoticed until you take a moment to realize it. This house has been contemplated. It impresses more and more with each day you are privileged to stay in this home. It is a property with history, that in its careful, thoughtful restoration has been fully realized by two people who understand that if something is contemplated, fully contemplated, the result of its restoration can and does rise to the level of a simple, pure, comforting art form. You are home when you are here.
Remarkable and lifesaving, particularly in such troubled times.
And yup, they have a really cool dog named Duke.
When your life has been “noisy,” you will relish your time at The Solitude Inn.
The Cannonsville Reservoir is pristine and beautiful. It affords visitors the grace and comfort of light, just as The Solitude Inn affords visitors the grace and comfort of home. A car or bike or motorcycle ride around the reservoir is good for the spirit.
Sometimes, in early morning, the sun breaks through a hole of cloud and throws a silver circle on the water. On the side hill, an intersect of birches is a white web against brown. An eagle may be perched there, eying iridescent fish at shallow water’s edge. Red tailed hawks career across water, wings hitched up, the tell-tale of hawks. A crow perches like a Christmas star on the leader of a fir tip so seemingly tender as to remind one of the hollow bones of birds. Holsteins graze in the flat along the river pushing pink noses into the last growth of grass in corn stubble. The sun blows the clouds out and illuminates the golden beaks of hawks and hollow bones of birds and heavy hooves of cow, a symphony of sight.