The Chatwal Lodge, situated within The Chapin Estate, a 2,500-acre gated residential community located 90 miles north of New York City, in the town of Bethel, New York, is scheduled to open April 29, 2022. The 100-acre lodge will have just 11 accommodations with Adirondack-style interiors and private patios overlooking the Toronto Reservoir Lake; there will also be a range of guided outdoor activities, holistic wellness experiences and a culinary program that emphasizes hyper-seasonality and foraged produce.
The 11 guestrooms and suites have vaulted ceilings, arched windows, reclaimed-wood walls, log-treaded stairs, hand-carved headboards, faux fur and woolen upholstery. Tip: Select accommodations will also offer larger lakeside decks, outdoor showers, deep soaking tubs, kitchens, and dining and living areas. Seven additional accommodations will be added by 2023.
Chef Jesse Kloskey, who hails from Wisconsin and has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Napa Valley, will oversee the culinary program at The Chatwal Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered at the Rustic Grill. Daily afternoon tea service will have a local spin, with scones made from foraged wild blueberries and Sable cookies made with local butter. Guests can also opt for in-room dining from an all-day and overnight menu.
The Chatwal Lodge has teamed up with local experts to provide a range of excursions, including a stargazing adventure led by John Kocijanski, president of the Catskills Astronomy Club; a two-hour bird-watching tour by specialists at the Sullivan County Audubon Society; and a guided fishing excursion on Toronto Reservoir Lake or in a private trout stream. Additional explorations will include horseback riding at a nearby club or on-property trails, visits to local farmers’ markets, and VIP access to the performances and concerts at The Pavilion at Bethel Woods.
A range of in-room or in-suite Ayurvedic and naturopathic treatments will be offered by the therapists of the nearby Yo1 Wellness Center. Guests can opt for private or group yoga and meditation sessions or hit the fitness center, which is equipped with Pelotons, a Smith machine and free weights. Canoes, paddle boards and kayaks will be available all day. Sunset tours on the lake are also offered daily.
The Activity Center, a 4,400-square-foot standalone lodge, will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Guests of all ages can make use of a movie screening room, billiards, checkers, chess, poker, shuffleboard, board games, pinball, skee-ball, duckpin bowling and several reading nooks. Onsite food and beverage options will include house-made snacks and a self-serve bar.
Large gatherings will be hosted in two banquet spaces—the open-air Pavilion and the White Birch Hall—and can accommodate up to 125 guests. Intimate gatherings such as dinners and meetings will be housed in smaller rooms. A wine cellar with a fireplace can be reserved separately or combined with an adjacent private dining room to accommodate up to 24 guests.
Guests will have access to 24-hour valet, concierge and butler service. Rooms are kitted out with Saatva mattresses, plush duvets and pillows, bespoke linens, ample closet space, and cashmere and alpaca throws. The bathrooms have deep-soaking tubs, organic toiletries, terry robes and outdoor showers. In-room amenities include 24-hour dining; private minibars; fireplaces; flat-screen smart TVs; docking stations; complimentary Internet; and a choice of complimentary newspapers.