Authentic 18 foot Sioux Tipi, handmade and painted by the artists at Nomadics Tipi Makers in Oregon. It is set up on the edge of the Sawkill Creek, a trout stream, overlooking a waterfall, with a 75 acre park on the other side of the river. The center of Woodstock Village is a half mile walk. There is a circular stone fire place in the center of the tipi and another stone fireplace outside by the waterfall.
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We prefer not to have a two night minimum, but have found that a booking for a Friday or Saturday only often means the other weekend night is not booked. We have changed the pricing to reflect that. A weekend is $320. A Friday or Saturday alone is $190. Homeaway may quote $380 for a weekend, but if you send us an inquiry we will confirm the lower rate..
The 24 photos show many details. Almost everything is custom made to the highest standards: the tipi and liner, the bed and folding futon, the solar reverse painted lamps, the book matched walnut counter tops, the dream catcher over the bed, the stone fire places and the firescreen.
On the estate there is an outside shower, outside kitchen sink, and a laundry room for your use. There is an outhouse about 100 feet from the tipi for tipi guests' use. We have a 'Tipi Room' with its own entrance set up exclusively for use by the Tipi guests. [See Map] Nothing fancy, it has a desk, and chair, refrigerator, electric, and wireless internet access. There are solar electric panels setup for the tipi that power two small CFL lamps, and an inverter that provides enough AC power for the two lamps and charging small electronic devices.
Firewood, matches and kindling, plus basic cooking pots, pans, plates and utensils, plus salt, pepper, cooking oil, matches, soap, paper towels, bathroom tissue, dish detergent, trash bags, scrubbies, candles, a complimentary bottle of our favorite chardonnay [in the fridge] and a flashlight are provided. There is a 2 burner Coleman propane camping cook stove in case you wish to cook without making a fire. Outside, there is a propane barbeque grill. There is an outdoor table and bench in front of the fireplace by the stream [see photos]. The mattress in the tipi is a double, plus there is a futon couch that folds down to make a 42' X 75' bed, if you have more than 2 people.
Towels and washcloths are provided. If you don't have sleeping bags, there will be bed linens and quilts in the tipi room you can use.
About 8 miles from this tipi is another identical one overlooking a small lake. It has fewer amenities and costs less to book. It is listed on Homeaway so you can search for it to find the description.
When we first set up the tipi in May 2013, we stayed there 2 nights to check it out. The second night, the fire sent a shower of sparks that put burn marks in the rug. So we have custom made a hexagonal fire screen to prevent that in future. [see photos]. In our study and use of tipis over the last 50 years, this is unique in our experience, and a great improvement in safety.
Near the road are trash cans for your use. We expect guests to leave everything as clean and orderly as they find it.
The tipi is available mid April until November. In winter it is taken down and stored.
Finally, a word of caution - the rocks by the river can be extremely slippery, especially when wet, be careful.
Discounts for 2014
5% discount for mid-week bookings of 2 nights or more [that don't include Friday or Saturday]
10% for past guests at any of our 7 retreats.
Caveat for spring and fall camping:
If you have no experience with making and maintaining campfires, we suggest your first stay in the tipi be when the overnight temperatures are unlikely to be cold, mid-May to late September. As we say in the attachments we send to all guests, so long as the fire is kept going well, you can be comfortable inside the tipi with a sweater or light jacket - or under the quilts at night - even when the temperature is in the 20's or lower. Last fall  and this spring, so far as we know, all guests but one were fine, but one guest not warm enough is one too many. They left at night when they got cold, and the next day it was clear they hadn't read our detailed fire building instructions, they had tried to start a fire with newspaper under large logs without kindling. We are happy to provide a hands-on demonstration of fire building on request - just check with us ahead of time to make sure we will be in town the dates you are considering.
We are Chloe Dresser and Andrew Peck. Our resumes are at
This estate is our 'dream property' which we found in 2002. We weren't looking for a home, but my wife Chloe happened to see the estate the first day it was on the market and called me from the property to come see it. We immediately put in a full price offer, only to be told later that there was another higher offer. We then raised our offer by $80,000. but they sold it to the other buyer anyway for $50K less than our offer. We called the buyer's lawyer and told him to tell the buyer we would pay his price if he were willing to sell. That worked - he named a price and we met it. We were ecstatic. With four post and beam barns circa 1870 three of which had been converted to residences in the 1940's by a local artist of some repute [Judson Smith], fruit trees, a trout stream running though, adjacent to a 77 acre park, and walking distance from the village of Woodstock, there is no other property in the world we can imagine more desirable to us. There was lots of work to do. Now with a decade of work and $250K in renovations, we have it ship shape.
andrew peck purchased this lodge in 2013
I [Andrew] have been a fan of tipis since I made my first one in Woodstock back in the 1960's. In 1971 I purchased one from the Nomadics Tipi Makers in Oregon. In 1987 Chloe and I purchased another [they only last 6 or 8 years] from them after buying acreage in Woodstock on the top of a mountain. We ordered the current tipi from Nomadics and it was delivered in May 2013, [I could make it myself, but couldn't equal the quality nor the art work of Nomadics]. Having been more than a decade since we've had one, we were excited to have one again, both to share and for our own use. The setting is absolutely idyllic on the stream by the waterfall.
If you never have stayed in a tipi, it's hard to imagine what a unique and special quality they have. I recommend you check out the Nomadics Tipi Maker's website, They make fine quality tipis, and have made them for the film 'Dancing with Wolves' and 'The Last Samurai.' The location of this tipi next to the trout stream below the waterfalls is divine.
We really enjoyed the tipi! The grounds are beautiful. The tipi is comfortable, clean and thoroughly stocked with cooking items which was really accommodating. It is a unique way to spend a couple of days in nature. I can't wait to return once it warms up in the spring. Thank you Andrew and Chloe!
It's hard to find something outside the city that feels this genuinely 'cool' for such a good deal. My wife and I had a great time exploring the river, visiting Woodstock for the first time, and camping out in this tipi. Everything from start to finish was amazing and I can't suggest this place highly enough.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Andrew and Chloe's tipi. The tipi is surprisingly spacious and very comfortable, and it was clean and thoughtfully prepared for guests. We were also impressed with all the amenities available on the property.
The location is lovely. Next to the tipi, there is a stream with a private sitting area and a fire pit with grill for preparing food.
All in all, we had a wonderful stay. Thanks, Andrew and Chloe!
Our recent stay in Andrew and Chloe's Woodstock tipi was truly perfect. The naturally stunning location and inherent simplicity of the tipi far surpassed our aspirations for a country side getaway. The tipi and adjacent creek gave us all the peace of mind and sense of adventure of a camping trip without any of the undesirable complications or hassles. Absolutely wonderful. We cannot wait to return.
Thank you Andrew and Chloe. You are sincerely gracious hosts.
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1 night minimum stay
We prefer not to have a two night minimum, but have found that a booking for a Friday or Saturday only often means the other weekend night is not booked. We have changed the pricing to reflect that. Any two night stay is $300. A Friday or Saturday alone is $190. Airbnb will quote $380 for a weekend, but if you send us an inquiry [not a booking request] we can lower the weekend rate to $300. Before you book.
If cancelled 45 days or more days prior to arrival, we refund rent received for the cancelled period less $100. service fee. If cancelled less than 45 days prior to your arrival, we will relist and make diligent efforts to re-rent it, if we rent it, we refund rent as above. If re-rented for a portion of the cancelled period, a prorata refund will be made.