Woodstock Cottage Rental Photos and Description
20 acre forest with small cabin on 1.5 acre lake, king size bed in sleeping lof
This is a charming 'Camping Cabin' in the woods on more than 20 acres of woodlands overlooking a 1 1/2 acre lake. [Some would call it a pond, but it is 10 feet deep with a thermocline, by definition, a lake - more on that below]
This cabin has maximum occupancy of 2 people, or a couple with a young child. If you are considering more than that, please contact us to discuss before booking.
Note on pricing: For a stay of two nights or more, disregard the quote Homeaway calculates, they don't figure the discounts below:
One night $135, two nights $235, additional nights $75, week $475
This has one other residence on the 20 acres, but it cannot be seen from this cabin. The Cabin is insulated and has heat. There is a sleeping loft with a king size mattress accessed by a ladder. Chloe's Cabin is 8 feet by 10 feet, and 13 feet high, plus a covered porch. It does not have running water inside the cabin [as of May 2014 there is a well for water supply, see below] and it is not connected to the electric grid - that's what 'camping cabin' refers to. As of June 2013: We have installed a small solar electric system. This provides 12 V DC to operate two lamps and an inverter that will give up to 50 watts 115 volt AC power - enough for a laptop, charging cell phones, and to run the water pump. There is a Kevlar canoe for your use. Lake has lots of fish - bass, sunnies and carp. The forest has lots of wildlife, deer, fox, bear, wild turkeys, owls, etc. For cooking there is a 2 burner Coleman camp stove, and outside, a fire place with a grill. It is an idyllic getaway for those who appreciate nature. It is about 10 miles from Woodstock. Please click “More Details” below.
About the area: Saugerties is about 3 miles away, a sweet village with numerous antique shops. The center of Woodstock is less than 10 miles from the property. The equestrian 'HITS' is nearby. This is at the edge of the Catskill Mountains, with fishing, hiking, tubing, and other outdoor activities nearby. For the past 23 years, this has been one of our favorite retreats, starting in 2011 we began to share it with like minded people.
The lake for a few of the summer months has watermeal, a tiny pinhead size leaf that floats on the surface. When it's breezy, the lake is clear of it, when it's totally calm the leaves spread out on the lake. When cold weather comes, they're gone. Our favorite times there are September or October through May, the cold weather makes the water clear, more lake-like, in summer, it looks more like a pond.
Below is the outline of a plan we started with in summer 2011, to share it in a way that is reasonably priced without putting too many demands on our time. So far, it has worked out really well, and almost all the more than 60 guests over the few years have enjoyed their stay.
When we started thinking about the possibility of sharing it, the question was, how can we do it? The question we faced was, how to make it reasonable in cost, and at the same time, deal with cleaning and housekeeping that goes with having a rental. Hiring a housekeeper to change sheets and towels right away increases the cost. Our goal was to be able to keep this charming spot, not as a profitable business, but at least have the expenses and taxes covered. After I retired, owning and maintaining a $400,000. property just to camp out a few weekends a year became extravagant.
Originally we thought only renting for a week minimum would be practical if we had to hire a housekeeping between every guest. But most initial inquiries were for 2 or 3 days. So, to make that work, we decided to ask guests to bring their own sleeping bags and towels, and that they 'leave it as they found it' continued. . .
continued . . . .: This has worked well, it turns out that guests who are interested in this type of retreat seem to be respectful of the property and of the next guest. [Note - so far, every guest but one [out of more than 60] has left the cabin in good shape and clean - this has exceeded our expectations and been quite gratifying]. Every month or two we check out the cabin and fix deficiencies, if any. We have at the cabin plates, glasses, utensils, toilet paper, paper towels, a Coleman 2 burner propane stove for cooking, and fuel for it. As It is camping, we ask that you bring sleeping bags, candles and/or flashlights, drinking water, etc. - what you would for any camping trip. In front of the cabin there's a fire place with a grill. Woods are full of kindling and dead wood for fuel. there's a camp saw and ax, please only use dead wood, there's plenty on the 20 acres. IN DRY SEASON BE SURE NO COMBUSTIBLES ARE NEAR THE FIRE PIT WHEN YOU MAKE A FIRE, AND DON'T LEAVE AN UNATTENDED FIRE.
When you email an inquiry, we will send additional information.
PS 'A Place in the Woods' Is taken from the title of a book by Helen Hoover we enjoyed about a couple who escaped from their stressful urban environment [Chicago] to to move to a rustic cabin in the woods.
October 30, 2013 update:
A guest who posted a review of our Sioux Tipi in Woodstock, New York introduced us to a word we didn’t know, writing:
“Wow. All I can say is that this is THE place for anyone wanting the complete Woodstock experience. . . I really enjoyed the privacy and getting to enjoy the scene without distractions. The tipi isn't the most glamorous experience, but it's glamping to the highest compliment. . . Highly, highly recommended for city folk who want to get in touch with their inner Paul Bunyans.”
Looking up “glamping,” we found this definition:
'Going camping, but with glamour. A combination of the two words. It's like regular camping , but with nicer things than usual, being warmer, and more comfortable. . . Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed.'
Now “glamorous camping” sounds like an oxymoron, but I suppose it’s possible, e. g: 'Oh Heathcliffe dear, I'm ever so glad we are glamping this weekend. By the way, is the butler done catching our trout?'
Nonetheless, glorious camping seems more fitting. I post this here, although the review was for the Sioux tipi, as I feel our two off the grid cabins are suitable for glamping.
Following are notes sent to us by guests who spent a week at the cabin at the end of June, with helpful information about booking the cabin if you don't have a car, and about the new well:
'- For anyone without a car, the bus from NYC to Saugerties is excellent, the Saugerties Stagecoach taxi (845) 246-1800 was only $11 to the cabin. We brought enough food for 7 days in our backpacks, no problem.
- We drunk the well water - it was perfect. The sulphur smell fades in about 4 hours if the top is left off the water container. This can be shortened if the water is left in the sun to speed up the gas exchange. [After] the rainstorm. . . the sulphur was gone the well water.'
Although we thought it was clear in the description, they suggested we reiterate 1. to get to the bed one must climb a ladder, so if you are not physically fit, it would be hard, and, 2. there is not a bathroom - it's camping.
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- pets considered
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible