tl;dr - if you want a cabin in the woods this place is pretty much perfect. Well-priced, accessible by public transport and a beautiful escape. Don't bother searching for 5 hours for other places, just book this one.
The other reviews here summarize the cabin very well - read them instead for general reviews. We'll talk about our situation - no car, public transport to and from NYC for a 1 week stay in peak summer
So we booked for 7 days, which meant taking enough food in backpacks for the entire stay for 2 people. This was possible with 2 packs at 15kg each, and we had 1 day spare food. We did not bring water - the listing says to bring your own water, but the owners have since installed a water well. The water is potable (drinkable) but has a natural sulfur smell/taste when it first comes out. If you leave the water in a container with the top off, the sulfur will go away in about 4-5hrs, faster if left in the sun. We drank the water all week, no problems at all, tasted great (after the sulfur evaporated out).
We caught the Trailways bus from NYC Port Authority to Saugerties. Buses run regularly, takes about 3hrs, $60 return. From the Saugerties bus stop at the Sunoco Station on Rt 32, we caught a Saugerties Stagecoach Taxi for $12 to the cabin. If you run out of anything, there is a small store about 40mins walk from the cabin at the corner of W Saugerties Rd and Blue Mountain Rd. They are open until 6pm every day, and have some tinned food, pasta, ice cream, possibly fruit and veg.
We never ran out of things to do during the week - sitting, talking, reading, walking, swimming, cooking, campfires, canoeing. However, if the quiet nature experience is not enough, you'll have to make your own fun.
So no car = no problem.
some random thoughts:
- swimming in the lake is awesome
- the inside of the hut is very small. It's enough for cooking, eating, hanging out for up to 3 or 4 people but cramped. But if you're coming here, you'll be loving it outside and hardly inside anyway!
- When you look it up on a map, the cabin does not seem very isolated. But when you are there at the cabin you cannot see anyone else and it really feels like you have your own patch of forest.
- we saw an abundance of wildlife constantly. If you keep still and keep your eyes open here you will not be disappointed!