Scott’s Family Resort in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Deposit, N.Y. has a wide range of assets, including a boathouse, docks, tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, commercial kitchen, and hundreds of acres of woods and pastures. The private, 135-acre Oquaga Lake is the centerpiece of the 1,000-acre property that’s been family owned since 1869.
Since 1869, six generations of the Scott family have run the old-fashioned Scott’s Family Resort on the shores of Oquaga Lake in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Broome County, N.Y., The Journal News reported. It has just the sort of old-fashioned aura and wood-frame buildings from an earlier era that caught the eye of location scouts for the “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” who were on the hunt for an evocative Catskills resort for Season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video series.
For six weeks in the summer of 2018, Scott’s Family Resort was transformed into “Steiner’s Resort” in the fictitious village of Pine Woods, N.Y., while cast and crew filmed three episodes of the hit television series, The Journal News reported.
“They were looking for a hotel that was still going, and one that had an old-fashioned look,” said fifth-generation daughter Patty Scott Holdrege. “We had to close down, while they came in and took over.”
Business at Scott’s has slowed in recent years and Holdrege’s parents, Doris and Ray Scott, are in their nineties and not in the best of health, The Journal News reported. The family has decided to sell the resort.
“It’s a family decision,” said Holdrege, the eldest of the Scotts’ five children, and the 1,000-acre property is now on the market for $6 million.
“It was becoming a money pit, not paying for itself,” said listing agent Jill Gorton of Woodland Creek Real Estate. “They’re just mowing the lawn at this point.”
“It’s like a step back in time,” she said. “It was a more graceful time, a more relaxed time.”
Scott’s Family Resort, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, has a wide range of assets, including a boathouse, docks, tennis courts, barns, an 18-hole golf course, five garages, a waterfront Lakeside Room for drinks and dining, docks, volleyball and shuffle board courts, a commercial kitchen, and hundreds of acres of woods and pastures, The Journal News reported.
The Playhouse has lots of delightful touches from another time, including a classic ice cream and soda fountain, a ballroom that can hold hundreds of people, ping-pong and billiards tables and a four-lane bowling alley from the early 1900s where you have to set up your own pins, The Journal News reported. Photos on the walls tell of bathing beauty contests from the 1950s and ’60s.
There are 134 bedrooms in a wide range of accommodations that include the main lodge, the two-story Guest House, (featured in “Mrs. Maisel”), the Christie Inn, the Windermere guest building and seven cottages, The Journal News reported. The centerpiece of the resort is the 135-acre spring-fed lake itself.
The private Oquaga Lake has the “most pristine water that you will find in New York state because it has a dedicated septic system,” Gorton said.
It’s large enough for motorboats and water skiing, she said. “It’s everything a lake is supposed to be.”
Because of the coronavirus lockdown and the impending sale, the resort is closed this year, for the first time, The Journal News reported.
“This whole coronavirus thing has brought everything to a screeching halt,” Holdrege said. “I’m sad—this is all I’ve ever done.”
The resort was a wonderful place to grow up, she said. “My kids have grown up here.”
“It was a family business and everybody had to chip in and do their part, whether it was waiting tables or painting or making beds,” Holdrege said.
Ironically, Scott’s was getting lots more business after people saw it on “Mrs. Maisel,” Holdrege told The Journal News. “Because of the show, things were beginning to pick up again.”
“People are getting back to family time and doing simpler things,” she said. “I loved meeting people—the same people came back year after year, and you get to know the families.”
Over the years, the Scotts tried various ways to make money and keep the resort fresh and up to date, The Journal News reported. They hosted the American Gymnastics Camp from the late 1960s through the early ’70s.
“They had a tennis camp for a while,” and they had skiing, Gorton told The Journal News.
The Scotts themselves, as the multigenerational 13-member Scott Family Revue, have always taken the stage as part of the nightly entertainment, The Journal News reported.
To keep it up as a resort, a buyer would need to “bring it up to today’s standards,” Gorton told The Journal News. “Everybody wants a television in their room, everybody wants air conditioning in their room.”
Holdrege is optimistic that the right buyer will come along, The Journal News reported, someone who will keep it as a family resort.
“I’m totally convinced that people are coming back to this,” she said. “It felt like we were creating a wonderful spot for families to be together.
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