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The Deer Watch Inn

76 Rt. 27 , East Durham, NY 12423 USA (Show map)
8 Reviews
$89 - $152
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A Greene County historic landmark that has been receiving guests since the 1880's. The lush grounds and gardens offer spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains. Relax in a swing under a tree or on the wraparound porch overlooking the large pond where Japanese Koi put on colorful displays at their nightly feeding. On cool nights you'll find a crackling fire in the wood stove in our sun room where you can enjoy watching the wildlife grazing the grounds. Relax with a book, take a soak in the hot tub, paddle the pond, or play old fashioned board games. There's as much or as little as you'd like to do.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.9

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Family reunion

4.2 on November 20, 2013

My husbands family met is Durham to visit his birthplace, etc. The owners of Deer Watch, Joann and Jack are so helpful and lovely people, and make you feel at home. The breakfast was great and I would recommend staying at Deer Watch Inn, the home is beautiful and comfortable. The Wades

Great get-away

5 on August 20, 2012

Delightful place to stay. The innkeepers are very hospitable and helpful. The food is great, and the rooms are historic and charming. The hot tub was very relaxing, and the inn is eco-friendly. Great for children. Highly recommended!

A most wonderful place!

5 on October 27, 2010

We spent the weekend with our 6-year-old at this wonderful place. The food was fabulous, the place was very clean and beautifully decorated, and the setting was just magical. The hosts were very generous and gracious. Jack, the owner kept my 6-year-old son busy helping around the grounds, feeding the fish in the pond, and drove my son on his truck around the very large property, which he loved! Jo-Ann is an amazing cook and loves to share her kitchen secrets. It was wonderful to wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread! We had so much fun and can't wait to go back.

Nice place for a get away.

4.0 on July 27, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Deer Watch Inn for four days while enjoying the sights of the Catskills. The breakfasts were excellent and the innkeepers were very friendly. The home and grounds are beautiful, and you'll enjoy taking in the surroundings from the Koi pond to the wildlife. We were a bit surprised at the size of the room, which was smaller than expected. The bathroom was (I suspect) formerly a closet and very small. The room did lack some of the "extras" that other B&B's have to offer, such as a guest pantry, TV, ironing board, hair dryer, etc. I would recommend the Deer Watch Inn, keeping in mind the size of the room.

Best B&B in New York

5 on September 18, 2009

Over all - the scenery spectacular; the breakfasts delicious; great hospitality; super clean. We call it Paradise.

A Love Place to Stay

5 on August 25, 2008

Just came back from a weekend at the Deer Watch Inn. Lovely antiques belonging to the Inn keeper's family. A lovely couple run the Inn, extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgable about the surrounding area. Breakfast was awesome, home made bread, light fluffy eggs. The Inn was immaculate. We didn't want to leave we are already trying to figure out when we can go back. V. Vazquez Cliffwood Beach, NJ

Great Stay!

4.8 on August 22, 2008

Great Hosts, beautiful property, and a heritage home. Breakfast was outstanding. Highly recommend.

I've never felt so welcome in a B&B and comfortable.

4.8 on July 30, 2008

Fabulous breakfast and hot tub. Owners went way beyond what I expected in all areas of service and were very warm and welcoming - they seemed like old friends when I left. They helped out one gurst by calling to get them weekend car repair. Great beds too.

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Rooms & Rates

Kathryn Rose

A lovely room with dressing table and detached large bath with a gorgeous view of the Catskill Mountains. This room is named for a favorite Aunt and the beautiful roses she grew. It's filled with memorabilia like antique perfume bottles, a glove dryer and photos of the woman it's named for.

  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $68 - $85

Rosemary Azalea

This cozy room overlooks the wildlife area and includes a full sized bed with private bath. It's named after a favorite Aunt - Rowie who still grew lovely azaleas in her garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $85

Virginia Violet

This airy, light filled room overlooks the pond and has spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains. It's named for the innkeeper's Mother who grew beautiful African Violets, and includes a queen sized and single bed with private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $98 - $118

Mary Iris

This room has great views of the pond and the lush grassy area and woods beyond. It is named for the innkeeper's Grandmother (Mary) who was the first family member to own the house and an Aunt Iris. It includes a king sized bed and private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $98 - $118

Florence Peony

This beautiful 2 room suite overlooking the wildlife area, has a queen bed and antique 3/4 spool bed with large private bath and dressing table. The room is named for the innkeepers "Nana," and the fragrant peonies on her property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $108 - $138


Location Type



Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From the South: Take NYS Thruway to Exit 21, Catskill. Follow signs to Rt 23 W - East Durham -Windham. Bear Right at Rte 145 N East Durham. Go 8.5 miles thru East Durham to county Rte. 27.(sign to Oak Hill). It's the first right after the bank. Inn is on the right. From the North: Take NYS Thruway to Exit 21B Coxsackie. Turn left onto Rte 9W, then right onto Rte 81. Drive 18 miles through Greenville to county Rte 27, Just after the mobile home park. (Durham Town Halland Lounsbury Appliance store is on the corner), turn left. The Inn is the last house on the left. From the West: Take NYS Thruway to Canajoharie Exit. Take 5S East to Route 162 to Rte 30A, then Rte 30 to Middleburgh. Turn left onto Rte 145, go through Durham to County Rte. 27, Oak Hill. (Just past Citgo station) Turn left, Inn is the first house on the right. From the East: Take the Mass. Turnpike to Albany, follow directions from the North.

Area Attractions

Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Irish Festivals, Zoom Flume Water Park, Howes Caverns, Olana, Scenic Byways, Fall Foliage, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities , Wood Stove

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Radio

On-site activities

Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Irish Festivals, Fall Foliage , croquet, chess , board games, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: holidays and festivals
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit is required.
  • Cancellations: Normal cancellation policy - 1 month in advance. Holiday and festival weekends, 2 months.



Jo-Ann M. and Jack Rascoe

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Family, nutrition & food preparation, music, sewing, gardening, crafts and meeting new people.

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  • Time Served: 8 - 9:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Sausage Casserole
A healthy and hearty egg dish, with sausage and cheese.


76 Rt. 27 , East Durham, NY 12423 USA (Show map)

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