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Crystal Cottage, The Birches
Crystal Cottage, The Birches
8 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
2 baths
8 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
2 baths
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Crystal Cottage is situated on 26 private acres with pond access near Rhinebeck, the Omega Institute and diverse treasures of the Hudson Valley. Sunset views of the Catskills from the wraparound deck are stunning events. Each bedroom is peaceful, full of light and newly furnished: the master and study have queen beds and the corner bedroom includes two twin beds and a roll-top desk. Other amenities: wifi, cable, TV, grill, washer / drier and fully furnished kitchen.

The space

Crystal Cottage is a very special place. For several decades the Chous made their part-time home here and spent many happy memories with their family. Wen-chung Chou (born in Chefoo, China in 1923, arrived in the US in 1946 on an architectural scholarship to Yale, and went on to study music, become the protégé of Edgard Varèse and lead the music program at Columbia University) and Yi-an Chang Chou (born in Shanghai in 1927, travelled throughout Eastern Europe with her diplomat parents before settling in Los Angeles in 1941 and launching her concert piano career) loved the land and this house. Wen-chung composed much of his music here and Yi-an grew her second career as a floral designer here – all of her plants in the conservatory continue to flourish. Yi-an passed away in May 2016, Wen-chung resides in New York City. We continue to honor what they have created and share it with you.

Guest access

Crystal Cottage has unparalleled Catskill views best enjoyed from its expansive outside deck. Right outside the deck doors, you will find acres of woodland to explore or rest in a hammock and watch the birds fly. The property also includes a pond where you can relax on Adirondeck chairs or enjoy a paddle-boat. Just as wonderful is the conservatory which offers you wonderful nature watching while sitting comfortably inside amidst lush plants. It is a place for relaxing, reading, writing, creating or letting time go by. And if want more - minutes away you can find Rhinebeck and the greater Hudson Valley.

Interaction with guests

We have a handyman on call 24/7 and are available online for any queries you may have.

Other things to note

We have a guidebook and event listings folder in the kitchen where you can learn about all the wonderful things to do!

Pets allowed
Air conditioning
Family/kid friendly

Extra people $32 CAD / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee $226 CAD
Security Deposit $453 CAD
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price $453 CAD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

- Preferably no shoes in the house. Absolutely no smoking allowed.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

The minimum night stay for this listing varies.

3 Reviews

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Mimi User Profile
September 2017
Chrystal Cottage is excluded and charming, with beautiful views and great host support. We will return!
Tatiana User Profile
Response from Tatiana:
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again!
September 2017

Mohammed User Profile
July 2017
Tatiana's Cottage was exactly what my friends and I needed for the July 4th weekend. We arrived to a beautiful and cozy cottage. The kitchen was fully stocked with every tool I needed to make Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. There's even a grill out on the deck with a magnificent view of the mountains. While we were there we even stopped by a local Barn Sale where we found a number of beautiful items at a bargain. The nights were just as great as the mornings. We decided on the rainy night to spent time around the fire place making smores and telling stories and another night we spent outside by fire pit enjoying the night sky. Overall I definitely recommend this Cottage to anyone who want's to be surrounded by beautiful views over the weekend or even longer. If it wasn't for our jobs we would have definitely stayed the entire week.
Tatiana User Profile
Response from Tatiana:
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and are happy to welcome you back on your next getaway!
July 2017

Denise User Profile
June 2017
Crystal Cottage is a wonderful house, very clean and comfortable. It slept 6-7 comfortably. It is secluded on a stone long driveway and very quiet. If you are looking to stay in Rhinebeck or attending workshops at the Omega Institute, it is only a 5-7 min drive. Communicating with the host Tatiana was easy. We will definitely stay again ;)

Norman, Indiana, United StatesJoined in May 2017
Tatiana User Profile

Our family are adventure seeking land conservators who honor nature and have found a haven in the Hudson Valley. We have been exploring here since 2012 and plan to be here for many years to come. We are proud to host The Seventh Wave's Annual Writer's Retreat in our beautiful Crystal Cottage and love to share the creative energy of the space with (so far) painters, poets and recording artists.

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