'A PLACE IN THE WOODS' - CABIN ON CHLOE'S LAKE ON 20 ACRES NEAR WOODSTOCK, NY

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'A PLACE IN THE WOODS' - CABIN ON CHLOE'S LAKE ON 20 ACRES NEAR WOODSTOCK, NY

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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.

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Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
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'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p903212
845 399-5676
Woodstock Catskills
5

Cabin in the woods by bus from NYC

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p903212
845 399-5676
Woodstock Catskills
5

Delightful

  • 5 of 5
Lovely property, exactly as described. The owners Andrew and Chloe were great--they answered all my questions, made sure the cabin was fully stocked--and even shipped some candles to me ahead of my stay.

The area is quiet and lovely; it is fairly close (<5 minutes) to the highway but manages to feel secluded.

The solar system is a huge benefit, so you don't have to worry about keeping your phone charged and can run a small lamp. Also, there's decent cell service.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Chloe's cabin and would love to return.
  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p903212
845 399-5676
Woodstock Catskills
4

Peace and Quiet

  • 4 of 5
We spent Labor Day weekend here and it was a great escape from the city. It rained both evenings but we didn't mind. We enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the rain fall on the lake. As long as your read the description and realize this is a camping cabin you will not be disappointed. I look forward to returning in different seasons as I imagine Fall and Winter would be so cozy in the cabin.
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p903212
845 399-5676
Woodstock Catskills
5

Amazing little cabin hideaway!

  • 5 of 5
Chloes cabin is a fantastic little escape, perfect for escaping from the city and getting back to simple secluded living. It's small but so cosy and perfect.

Property was clean and well maintained on our visit, and most things you need are all in the cabin (plates, cooking utensils, condiments etc.)

We visited Woodstock a couple of times, lovely charming little town/village. We climbed up Overlook Mountain, which although was very misty, was a nice hike, apparently the view is amazing on a clear day! Also walked up a creek that was recommended in the listing, and found a beautiful swimming spot and waterfall.

Hopefully we will be back soon sometime!
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p903212
845 399-5676
Woodstock Catskills
5

Amazing secluded weekend away from NYC

  • 5 of 5
If you want a total unplug from the city, this is perfect. Get off the grid, with this little teeny cabin in the woods- no electricity, no bathroom, no running water- and make a weekend of just you and your loved one that you'll never forget. Canoeing on the pond while reading poems, hiking under the massive trees, and taking a nap on the porch.... these are just a few things my boyfriend and I did during 48 completely uninterrupted hours. Phones off, and we didn't leave the property once we were there. Leaving though, was one of the hardest things I've seen Tim do. He said goodbye to the cabin at least 5 times first ;)

TIPS Be sure to come in the daylight, if you arrive at night know that the cabin itself is UP on the hill, so you may not see it at first and think you're in a dead end road (like we did.) Also, bring hand sanitizer and lighter fluid for the coals (because it rained we couldn't build a campfire), and plenty of water. That's it! Enjoy.
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p903212
845 399-5676
Woodstock Catskills
5

Chill Cabin - Excellent!

  • 5 of 5
Read the description carefully. I did, and it is exactly what I was looking for on a very cold winter weekend when I got the urge to go winter camping in the Catskills when all the campgrounds are closed. The weather was no problem for this amazingly efficient little get away. I can say that the heater did very well in keeping the 10 degree cold outside and the inside nice and toasty. Even turned down at night, it was comfortable in the king bed loft with an extra blanket. I picked a great couple of clear moonlit nights. The fire pit and secluded surroundings...It was wonderful being able to shut off for a few days; get some writing done; make a few simple meals and enjoy the natural setting - it was just perfect.

It is the kind of place where you find yourself leaving things because you somehow know you will be back.

So, for an amazingly chill, simple space; primitive in a good way; within easy reach of all the Woodstock / Phoenicia / Hunter / Palenville and Catskills range - this is the place. I will return and would recommend this Cabin to my closest friends and family.

For the shortest version: It was just perfect. This is the place. Go there. Enjoy. Be yourself or be together with a friend. I will be returning and recommending with thanks for sharing.
  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Albany NY
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Woodstock Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mountain View
Car: recommended
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Availability & Rates

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Standard rate
Apr 1 2014 - Sep 1 2015
1 night minimum stay
$135
$475
 
 
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1 night minimum stay
$135
$475
 

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Notes Weekend is any 2 days including a Fri Sat or Sun.
Cancellation Policy.
If cancelled 30 days or more days prior to arrival, we refund rent received for the cancelled period less $75. service fee. If cancelled less than 30 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.
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Amenities

Amenities

Woodstock Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Lake
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Parking
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 2 Ring Stove
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , in sleeping loft
  • King size mattress in sleeping loft. Ladder access. Bring your own sleeping bag or sheets, blankets and pillow.
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Boat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Boat with Paddles
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • forests
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • water tubing
  • hunting
  • equestrian events
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
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