The SpaceArriving at the Alpine House, a cool breeze washes over your face…you’re greeted by the sounds of birds chirping and the rapid “knock knock knock” of a woodpecker in the back woods…. As far as the eye can see, emerald green forest. You’ve reached the Irish Catskills.
Sit on the veranda in one of the white Adirondack chairs with a glass of cold ice tea or lemonade and watch the white-tailed deer grazing peacefully nearby - then watch as they gallop through the front yard, white tails at full staff. Catch a glimpse of the hawk as it flies by lightening fast though the trees… its screech warns those nearby its on its hunt.
Walk into the backyard and look up to see the sun filtered through the branches of the trees, and something magical happens: You’ll feel the stress roll off of you in waves. The quiet tones of nature bring renewal. Here, the worries of the city are far, far away…. Take a stroll out into the meadow. Watch as a rainbow emerges from the clouds after an afternoon shower…
Life is simpler here.
Your time in the Irish Catskills will take you back to another era, an era of simpler pleasures - enjoy a tag sale on the side of the road down at Mooney’s, where you’ll discover glorious hidden treasures at a fraction of their city prices… Take a drive down to Milk Run and enjoy a hand-made soft service ice cream, in flavors ranging from salted caramel to creamsicle.
If you’d like some true Irish flavor, head on down at the end of the day to the local pub, the Shamrock, and hoist a pint or two of Guinness or a Dark & Stormy, and listen to the locals spin their yarns. The yearly East Durham Irish festival is only about smile away, where you’ll experience Irish culture food and music, from bands like the Whistlin’ Donkeys, to sitting down for a cup of tea with Terry Patterson to hear more about the historic Donegal Cottage, or come and explore arts and crafts and great food at the Irish Arts festival in July. If you want something more active, play a round of golf a the top-rated Sunnyvale Golf Course. For family fun, the Zume Flume water park is a short drive away. There’s also an organic farm nearby to source local food for your dinner.
Whatever you’re seeking - be it respite from the city, privacy or a quiet writer’s retreat, the Alpine House will welcome you with its history and charm. Pull up an adirondack chair, have a glass of tea on the porch and watch the sunset, or cur up with a glass of wine in front of a crackling fire…. Just sit back for awhile, and watch your cares slide away.
We welcome you. Guest AccessYou will have exclusive use of a one bedroom, lower floor apartment (left hand side when you face the property) with private bathroom, kitchen and stone fireplace. The home sits on over 7 acres, with a stream across the road. Interaction with GuestsI'll be available to help you by text, email or phone. The NeighborhoodLocal Sites and Places to See:
Irish Arts Festival - July
East Durham Irish Festival - May
Ireland USA Gift Shop
Zune Flume Water Park
Lawyers General Store
Milk Run - Homemade Ice Cream
Twisted Sister - Ice Cream
Shamrock House Bar
The Black Bar
Mooney's - Antiques and Tag Sale
Stream on the property Getting AroundYou will need a car to get around.