The Arnold House Est. Prior to 1930

839 Shandelee Road, Livingston Manor, NY, United States

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The Arnold House is a country retreat set on seven acres and nestled into the forest of Shandelee Mountain.
With nine guest rooms in the main inn, a two-room garden suite and a king-sized studio room with private terrace in our garden house, our Tavern restaurant, the 1960s Dining Room, spa treatment facilities, and gardens, the Inn is built to accommodate weekend get-aways as well as large celebrations.
The Lowdown
Type
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Boutique Hotel
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Farm View
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Lake
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Mountains
Rolling Hills
Style
Casual
Country
Mid-Century Modern
Rustic
Shabby Chic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Reunion
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

If you are looking for a rustic country backdrop but don't want to compromise on great local food for your dream wedding or private event, The Arnold House on Shandelee may be just what you are looking for! We offer weddings & events year-round and can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. Located 2 hours north of New York City in the western Catskills, the Arnold House is a country retreat set on seven acres and nestled into the forest of Shandelee Mountain. We specialize in rustic barn and outdoor weddings on our beautiful grounds, including ceremonies in our meadows and near our pond, but also offer cozy cold weather affairs with our roaring wood stoves and comfortable indoor seating. These events can be held in our Tavern, 1960’s Dining Room, Sun Room, BBQ Barn or outside in the meadows. Our goal is to work with each individual party to make sure we customize to taste, style and budget.  

Skip the pressure and let's have some fun - not only will we help you host the perfect wedding, we will also take care of your guests from when they first check-in to when they pack their bags to head back to reality. Let us help plan their activities and let you focus on getting ready for your big day! How about a game of baseball in the meadows, a group fly fishing outing, canoe races on Shandelee Lake or a hike in Catskill Park. Want the festivities to start a little earlier? A tour of some of the great breweries and distilleries in the area is always a big hit. 

Our chef can help craft the perfect menu for you - we are committed to sourcing our food from good people we know, so you can rest assured everything will be seasonally fresh and local. Menus can range from a casual BBQ to a formal sit down dinner. On our property, we can host various types of events - from formal tented affairs in our meadows to wild parties in our barn. Love to dance? Our classic barn is the perfect backdrop for your favorite band or DJ to kick things up after a great Catskill BBQ with your guests gathered around our handcrafted farmhouse tables. And maybe you want to wind down the night with some fireworks to truly wow your guests? We can get them settled with some local bourbon to sip while they roast marshmallows over a bonfire and rest their sore feet from a night of wild barn dancing...all while watching your very own firework display! 

And since this is your BIG day, maybe you want to extend it as much as possible and throw a wedding weekend instead to give you plenty of time - and different backdrops and experiences - to truly provide your loved ones with a wedding to remember - and give you enough time to soak it all in! We can help you kick things off on Friday night with a fun get together - maybe a casual cocktail party over a serious game of horseshoes at the Arnold or a family style dinner and bowling party at our sibling property, The North Branch Inn. And then we can help extend your weekend just a tad longer by offering a great brunch menu on Sunday before everyone heads their separate ways.  

However you wish to celebrate, we want your wedding to feel comfortable, personable and tailored to the two of you, while offering high quality twists and even a few surprises for your guests to help make the event as memorable as possible. We would be honored to work with you on such an important occasion and our team here is committed to helping you get it just right!
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $30 to $200

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
200
Buffet
200
Standing
200
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations

The Arnold House has 11 rooms on property. In our Main Building – all with en suite bathrooms - we have 4 queen rooms, 2 double twin rooms, 3 king rooms. In our Garden House we have our Garden Suite, which is a split level suite with private living space & outdoor seating and two bedrooms - 1 queen room, 1 double twin room – sleeping 4 maximum as well as a one large bathroom and our Garden Studio has 1 king bed, comfortable sitting area, en suite bathroom, and a private balcony overlooking the meadows.  

Our Shandelee Lake House is located 1.5 miles from the Arnold directly on a beautiful mountain lake and has 1 king room and 1 queen room and two full bathrooms. This house also has boating, swimming and fishing access to lake for guests.

Our sibling properties located within 15 minutes of the Arnold may also have additional rooms for guests, subject to availability.

Room Amenities: Our rooms have Sferra robes, towels & linens, cozy down duvet bedding, cork flooring, Malin & Goetz products. We also have complimentary WiFi throughout (except at Lake House), complimentary daily breakfast, a full service bar and tavern on property and access to a private lake for swimming, fishing, and boating (with rental of Shandelee Lake House).

Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Inside Scoop

Open year-round, The Arnold House is always offering a variety of fun weekend and weeknight programming events for our local - and visiting guests. Not to miss each year is our Ice Fishing Derby in February, our Ramp Picking Weekend in April and Oktoberfest in the Fall. We also host Comedy Nights on weekends throughout the year, karaoke during the week, specials throughout football season, live music held outside every Friday in the Summer and s'mores around the bonfire whenever the weather allows! Check in with us to see what might be happening when you are visiting!

Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
  • Other
Venue Features
The Scene:

Located 2 hours north of New York City in the western Catskills, the Arnold House is a country retreat. Set on 7 acres and nestled into the forest of Shandelee Mountain, staying at The Arnold is an experience more akin to staying with old friends than a traditional hotel.  

With nine guest rooms in the main inn, a two-room garden suite and a king-sized studio room with private terrace in our garden house, our Tavern restaurant, the 1960s Dining Room, spa treatment facilities, and gardens, the Inn is built to accommodate weekend get-aways as well as large celebrations. Summer bonfires at night and live music & events in our BBQ barn round out a casual but lively country experience.

Design:
Rich in history, the building has been serving the local community and city escapists for over 100 years. Having just undergone a renovation in the Spring of 2014, the building inherently represents the many eras in which it has served its guests. The rooming house era of the 1920s, the booming Catskill Resort era of the ‘50s and ‘60s and all the in betweens. The Arnold aims to respect our sense of place and history while giving guests a clean, contemporary sensibility.

The Tavern is much the same now as it has been for the past 50 years. Guests will find friendly, warm and lively service and a menu that embraces comfortable accessibility and local ingredients including trout from our world famous rivers. There is a pool table, jukebox and spontaneous singing is encouraged. A deck just outside the sunroom offers cocktails and full tavern fare, weather permitting. This hospitality also extends out to our classic BBQ Barn and grounds, where we host live music events, weddings, reunions and much more. If you are looking for a rustic country backdrop but don't want to compromise on great local food for your dream wedding, The Arnold House on Shandelee may be just what you are looking for! 
Standout Venue Features:
The Arnold offers multiple backdrops and locations for your wedding festivities throughout the weekend to help keep the weekend varied and exciting. If you want to stay on property, you can host your Friday night kick off cocktail party near the horseshoe pits, a wedding ceremony in the meadows by the pond and then a lively wedding reception in the barn. To wrap up the weekend, a departing brunch in our tavern, 1960's dining room or on our sun deck. If you want to host some of your events off property, we can work with you to plan an event at one of our sibling properties. Also available on a limited basis for your wedding weekend is East Hill Manor Farm, an expansive and breathtaking property of rolling farmland and meadows. This farm and venue, located 10 minutes from The Arnold, includes access to a pool and pool house for your guests, 360 degree views of the Catskills and beyond, tractor rides and much more.

Smoked brisket, pulled pork and a classic Catskills BBQ chicken. Or maybe a clam bake and local vegetables from the gardens. Oysters, shrimp and a towering selection of cheeses more your style? We are happy to work with you on the menu of your choice. This is your day - or as we say weekend -  so let us know what your heart is set on, and we will work with you to design the perfect menu. We source as much of our menu as we can locally - either from a nearby farm or river or from our garden on property. For your bar selections, we are fortunate to have nearby a wonderful selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries. We proudly support our 'local bar package' but also have a wide variety of other wines, beers and spirits to choose from. Have a favorite drink you want to showcase for your big day? Let us barrel-age it just for you and serve it as your signature cocktail during the reception. And if you have a sweet tooth, you are in luck! Our in-house pastry chef can whip up exactly what you are craving. Although the time will fly by, we can help you extend the merriment with our late night bonfire and fireworks. And after dancing up a storm, our s'mores bar is the perfect way to round out the night by the fire.

Extra Perks:

When we provide you with our wedding and event prices, these prices already include most - if not all - of what you might need to host your event!  
- Personalized attention from our management team throughout the event.
- Full staff for the events, including set up, breakdown and cleanup for each event.
- Custom farm tables & benches in the barn that seat up to 14 people each, 126 in total.
- Burlap table runners, mason jars, bud vases, tea lights, flatware, plates, flatware, glassware, cloth napkins and barware available for use for no additional charge
- Assorted and carefully collected catering supplies (such as vintage apple crates and farm baskets) to create the perfect atmosphere and are used to set up food stations and for food service.
- iPod plug-in ready speaker system in the Barn and Sonos available for use.
- Sun Room with cozy seating and woodstove for those that want to take a break from the festivities.
- Bonfire pit (for your late night s’mores and whiskey!).
- Assistance in coordinating activities for guests and wedding parties (Arnold spa packages, fishing trips, hiking tours, farm visits, brewery visits, yoga classes and more).
- Carefully selected list of our favorite local vendors to complete your wedding and event needs.
- Assistance in coordinating an optional fireworks display to create a truly memorable bash.

Awards & Notables New York Magazine - "Fifteen New Outside Places to Get Hitched" (Spring 2016)
Travel + Leisure - "The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in the Catskills" (August 2016)
NY Times - "Bright Leaves, Great Deal" (September 2016)
Vogue Netherlands - "Living - Get Comfy" (October 2016)
Dujour - "Haute Hotels" (June 2016)
NBC's The Today Show - "Travel + Leisure's Jaqcui Gifford discusses The Arnold at the 1:17 mark" (May 2016)
Fodors - "Coolest Hotels in the Catskills" (April 2016)
Fathom Away - "A Two Hotel Hideaway in New York's Catskill Mountains" (November 2015)
Forbes - "The Easiest Weekend Escape from New York City" (November 2015)
Beekman 1802 - "Dream Catchers" (Winter 2015)
Travel + Leisure - "8 Chic Catskills Design Hotels to Visit Year Round" (January 2016) 
Food & Wine - "Counterculture in the Catskills" (November 2015)
NY Magazine - "See the Sophisticated Side of Sullivan County" (November 2015)
Travel + Leisure  - "Nine Inns Perfect for a Weekend Getaway from NYC (October 2015)
Escape Brooklyn - "The Arnold House" (June 2015)
Fathom Away - "U.S. Road Trips: The Northeast" (June 2015)
And North - "Eight Favorite Places to Stay Upstate" (June 2015)
Tasting Table - "The Hot 100 List: Escape from New York" (June 2015)
Thrillist - "10 Best Weekend Getaways from NY" (August 2015)
NY Times Style Magazine - "A Modern Catskills Country Inn Offers Throwback Pleasures - Ice Fishing Included" (Feb 2015)
Time Magazine - "50 Best Places to Visit in 2015" (Dec 2014)
Refinery 29 - 10 Cool, Nearby Getaways to Book this Weekend (Jan 2015)
Out Traveler - A Proustian Travel Guide: Sims Foster (Jan 2015)
The Daily Beast - "The Catskills Gets Its Groove Back, With Brooklyn's Help" (Jan 2015)
Fodors - “5 Reasons to visit the Catskills now” (June 2014)
Travel + Leisure - "New Catskills B&B: The Arnold House" (August 2014)
Celebration Locations
BBQ Barn:
Our classic original Catskills BBQ Barn has its own grill station and bandstand overlooking the meadows. Together with our handcrafted farmhouse tables, this venue is one of our most popular for weddings and large warm-weather gatherings.
- View: Overlooking our meadows, pond and bonfire pit, our BBQ Barn sits central on our property in the middle of all the action!
- Max Capacity: 150
Main Dining Room:
Our classic 1960s dining room extends off our our Sun Room and is located above our tavern, this is the perfect place for a gathering up to 100 people year-round.
- Max Capacity: 100
Open Aired or Tented Event in our Meadows:
Meadows and pond provide a scenic backdrop for your outdoor affair.
- View: Meadows and pond and our BBQ Barn, which you can utilize to co-host your event (dancing in the barn, sit-down dinner in the meadows, perhaps?).
- Max Capacity: 200
Sun Room:
Vintage woodstove, well appointed seating and beautiful views through greenhouse provide scenic and intimate backdrop for your small event.
- Max Capacity: 20
East Hill Manor Farm:
Located 6 miles from The Arnold House on top of East Hill, this site offers breathtaking 360 degree views. Venue includes use of pool, pool house and 65 acres of fields and rolling hills.
- View: Located on top of a mountain, this venue offers truly breathtaking 360 views of the area and beyond.
- Max Capacity: 250
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Our tavern has been featured in many very notable magazines and publications that we are so grateful for!  See "Awards & Notables" and our website for a complete list.  Some notables are Food & Wine Magazine, Fodors, NY Times, Tasting Table & Travel & Leisure.
Bars & Lounges:
Our tavern hosts our classic bar where you will rub elbow to elbow with many of the local purveyors and farmers from whom we source our product! Challenge them to a game of pool or grab your favorite cocktail and wander down to our pond, sit in the hammocks in the meadows, curl up next to our bonfire with some s'mores or try your hand at a game of horseshoes!
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