3 Rustic, Eco-Chic Airbnbs Offer The Ultimate Catskills Escape

Photos courtesy of Stephen Pellicano, unless otherwise noted

An entrepreneurial Hudson Valley couple invite guests to disconnect and relax at unique overnight destinations in the Catskill Mountains.

How perfect does an upstate escape look right now?

If a full afternoon respite outdoors, evenings under the stars and days spent surrounded by lush green landscapes and rolling hills as far as the eye can see seems like what you need, then now is the time to take the vacation you deserve.

Fortunately, Stephen and Elena Pellicano are here to help, with not one, but Three Picturesque airbnbs in the heart of the Catskills.

The sun barn

“I really believe that the grounds on my property have a positive vibe that people can feel,” observes Stephen. “It’s very welcoming, because through the trees say, ‘Hello, guest. Breathe our fresh air, relax and have a great time. ‘”

At the Pellicano property, located on the border of Albany and Schoharie counties near Greene County, three unique Airbnbs await guests seeking a getaway from the stresses of life. The main venue, dubbed The Sun Barn, is the couple’s first place to debut. It took Stephen three years to build, largely because he gathered, recycled and salvaged the materials to build it along the way. Now the micro-residence charms with a two-person tub, king-size bed, cast-iron wood stove, picnic table and barbecue. PS It also has Wi-Fi.

“The Sun Barn is definitely rustic and rough around the edges,” Stephen notes. “It was built in the most environmentally friendly way using wood and reclaimed materials. All is not right, [and] most of them look like an antique barn, [with] long exposed beams that seem aged.

The Pellicanos welcomed their first guest in April 2020, just as the pandemic hit the region. The property was an instant hit and Stephen quickly realized the potential offered by Airbnb. With the help of a team of professional contractors, he added two more small house-style structures to the land of the four-acre family farm in the Hudson Valley region.

Inside the sun barn

Inside the sun barn

For nature lovers, The Buck and Glamp Palace are #tinyhouse goals in the Catskills. With an Instagrammable aesthetic, not to mention a two-person tub and queen-size mattress, it’s a romantic getaway dream in the upstate. As for the functional amenities, it also comes with a grill and an outdoor picnic table. As with all of the couple’s Airbnb listings, the property has a private port-o-pot nearby, as well as free drinking water, as there is no running water in the cabins. For bathtubs, rainwater captured and stored in 55 gallon tanks allows for cool baths in the summer and luxurious bubble baths in the winter. Notably, there’s no Wi-Fi here, which means it’s great for anyone who needs a complete disconnect.

Outside of airbnb

“The Buck and Glamp Palace is small, comfortable, square, modern, [and] features four large spaceship glass windows featured in a typical Alaskan hunting lodge, ”adds Stephen. “Deer often pass through this side of the property, so if they lived inside it would be a palace for money.”


Last, but not least, The Tiny Stargazer is everything one would expect from a vacation in the Catskills. With stunning views of the surrounding forest and mountains, not to mention the sky and stars above, this tiny home was designed for lounging on the back deck and star gazing after sunset. The property has a queen-size bed, an outdoor tub, a back patio and a barbecue for outdoor cooking.

“The Tiny Stargazer is the tallest of the three buildings and the only one with a large raised terrace. It looks like a bungalow on the beach in Nantucket, ”notes Stephen. “Eight south-facing windows, stacked four out of four, provide an optimal view of the night sky. “

View from the bridge

For Stephen, who previously worked for an international travel agency and partnered with his wife for her experience and brand Elena Pellicano Essentials Airbnb, which sells products throughout the Hudson Valley, the launch of these sites Airbnb is an opportunity to connect with others and share the beauty of the land they live on.

The sun barn

Photo by Yosaidy Gonzalez Caro Photography

“It gives me great satisfaction to share this place where I live with others,” notes Stephen. “If I learn from our first conversations [that] they come to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, I decorate their accommodation with balloons and a personalized sign. When they arrive in the aisle, I am there to greet them. Providing customers with a good comfortable bed surrounded by amazing nature is one thing, but for a customer to experience a [space] which was presented as a personalized, personalized, friendly service [glamping experience] this is what they will remember the most.

Starry night in the Catskills

Looking ahead, the Pellicanos are happy to work in tandem with Airbnb and the New York State Tourism Industry Association’s Roam The Empire partnership, which aims to promote post-pandemic recovery in Dutchess, Hamilton, Otsego, Schoharie, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan and Wyoming counties in New York. By spring 2022, the couple plan to add two more glamping units to the existing units, bringing the total number of units on the farm to five. In 2023, Stephen hopes to take a new step and invest in land on which he can build a micro-community of tiny houses for Airbnb customers.

Blue skies

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