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