Catskills Vernacular: 4 Vacation Home Rentals with Distinctive Architectural Styles

  |  April 15, 2023

The homes of the Catskill Mountains are steeped in a rich and varied architectural history that includes everything from Victorian mansions to Borscht Belt bungalows and contemporary ski chalets.

If you’re looking for a Catskills hideaway that has a personality all its own plus easy access to warm-weather outdoor activities like hiking and fly fishing, farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries, quaint retail shops, and music and arts venues, look no further than bucolic Delaware County.

Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City, the western Catskills county is home to bustling villages and quiet hamlets steeped in historic charm. Here, we’ve rounded up four gorgeous houses with distinctive styles available to rent now from locally-based R&R Vacation Rentals that are waiting for your next Catskills getaway.

Streamside Victorian

Located just two blocks from Main Street Margaretville, this classic Queen Anne Victorian is a swoon-worthy step back in time. The home features a curated mix of modern comfort and stylish design, including a formal dining room, den, living room, two bathrooms, and four bedrooms.

The front of the home has a wrap around, covered porch with dining table and seating. A gracious side garden with a fire pit for entertaining complements the home’s charm and warmth.

In a rural village setting but close enough to walk to Margaretville’s restaurants, cafes, and independent shops, Streamside will make everyone in your group fall in love.

Stone Ledge

Stone Ledge is a stylish and spacious custom four-bedroom contemporary home located on just over 20 private acres with sprawling valley views just outside of Margaretville.

The home’s owner, a commercial interior architect, designed it to emphasize the mountain views. The stone ledge walls are the heart of the design, with a juxtaposition of layered stone and wood siding that invokes the surrounding Catskills.


With an open floor plan, windows galore, plus a jaw-dropping two-story living room space and an airy mezzanine perched above, the space maximizes the feeling of being connected to the outdoors. With a gourmet kitchen, modern furnishings, fireplace, a fire pit, and four decks to take in the views, it would be easy to cozy up here for days on end.

Hygge House 

Inspired by the Danish concept of Hÿgge (pronounced “hoo-gah”), a quality of coziness that makes a person feel content and comfortable, this four-bedroom Margaretville home is the perfect spot to cozy up and relax during a Catskills getaway.

This Craftsman-style home harkens back to the early 20th century, with simple-yet-artful detailing. Hÿgge Haus has been taken down to the original, locally sourced Chestnut beams, then built back with all new solid oak-trimmed windows and cathedral ceilings in the upstairs clad with locally-grown and milled Hemlock.

The owners have a strong European and Scandinavian influence in their lives, which comes through in the interior styling of this mountain village abode. Don’t forget to enjoy the view from the upstairs balcony, where you can sit and enjoy a drink in all four seasons while watching the sun set behind the mountains.

Birch Creek Lodge 

If a classic Catskills log cabin is more your style, look no farther than Birch Creek Lodge just outside the quiet village of Fleischmanns. The spacious six-bedroom home is located on 16 wooded acres with a creek flowing through, and features a pond down a meandering path with an area for picnicking.

The newly renovated house is chock-full of rustic details, including a two-story stone fireplace, cozy chef’s kitchen with farmhouse sink, and exposed beams throughout. The open floor plan makes for a perfect night for staying in and cooking with family or friends.

Lounge on the back deck with a glass of wine or light up the bbq while listening to the beautiful sounds of the creek below, lounge in the new hot tub, or gather around the large fire pit for s’mores under the stars.

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