STRANGE HQ SPACES
STRANGE HQ SPACES
Strange HQ is a riverside mini compound directly abutting the forever-wild Catskill State Park Forest, approximately 2.5 hours north of NYC. Beautifully situated near the end of a winding and charming dirt road, our space is nestled between brooding mountains, old-growth forests, a clear spring-fed pond, and a melodic river. We have three private spaces where we accommodate guests—our large Barn Workspace and Loft, our colorful Studio House, and the charming Lily of the Valley Cabin—each with its own inspiring vibe and full set of amenities. The entire property has high-speed wifi, abundant natural light, lots of plants, art, and books, and plentiful reading/laptopping nooks. Read on to learn more about each space.
THE BARN WORKSPACE & LOFT
The Strange Barn is a restored post-and-beam barn, the original structure of which dates back to the early 19th century. It has an incredible three-story facade of antique glass windows, which look out on a view of the pond and forested mountains beyond. On the first floor, there is an expansive living area with two couches (one of which pulls out into a bed), a large farm table for working and dining at, a small kitchen, and a bathroom with a Finnish-style sauna. On the second floor, there is an open-floor-plan sleeping loft with three beds—one queen and two doubles—each of which has its own nook within the loft. The barn is also outfitted with a high-quality sound system and mini ping-pong table for our guests' enjoyment.
THE STUDIO HOUSE
The Studio House was once a stone garage, which is evident in certain features, such as the interior stone work and wide front french doors. It is now set up to be an ideal workspace for one or two people. The first floor has a cozy living area with a living area set up around a woodstove, a large table to work from or eat at, a kitchen, and a bathroom with spa shower. Upstairs is a lofted sleeping area with queen bed, accessed by a spiral staircase.
"Lily of the Valley" was the original home on the property, built over 100 years ago by the town sheriff who used to hunt in the old-growth forests in back of the house. It's a chestnut post-and-beam hunting lodge, with original stonework, a wrap-around porch, and a sweeping view over the pond, barn, and mountains beyond. Inside, there is an open-style living and dining area with large stone hearth, a kitchen, and an airy bathroom with claw-foot tub. Upstairs is an open, light-filled bedroom with large skylights, a library, a desk, and views out over the property.
Set on 17 private acres in West Shokan, NY, Strange HQ is a meandering mini compound with four buildings all situated around the spring-fed pond. Water flows off the mountain, into the pond, and then under the dirt road into the river that wraps around and serenades the whole area. This river—known as Wittenberg Brook—flows into the nearby Ashokan Reservoir, which is where NYC's drinking water comes from. Guests are welcome to take a refreshing dip in the pond, explore around the river, and wander up into the forested mountainside—or, for more ambitious hikers, there is a bushwack trail on state land just up the road from our house.
We are close by car to Phoenicia (15 mins), Woodstock (20 mins), and Kingston (30 mins)—all of which have tasty dining options, great book stores, plenty of antique shops, and other points of interest to explore. There are dozens of great hiking and swimming locations nearby, as well as ski slopes, trout fishing, and even tubing in the Esopus River, which can be accessed from just down the road.
The Strange is an ideal location for self-directed creative residencies, and for retreats for collaborative groups with between 6-10 members. In the summer, larger groups can be accommodated if they don't mind camping (there is a bathroom + shower setup that can be made accessible to campers). Learn more about booking a retreat or residency here.