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, we have another off the grid cabin that sleeps 4 with 2 queen beds.
Note on pricing: For a stay of three nights or more, the rate is discounted 30% for each night after the second night. Disregard the quote Homeaway calculates, they don't figure that discount, when you make an inquiry, we will confirm the lower rate.
This property has one other residence on the 20 acres, but it cannot be seen from this cabin. From May to November, there is a Sioux Tipi on the other side of the lake. 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 40 watts 115 volt AC power - enough for charging small electronic devies, 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. [Note: If you don't bring all the food you need with you, there' a market one mile away that' shown on the topo map we send]
- 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.
In summer of 2015 we plan to set up a tipi on the other side of the lake. After about June 1st, there may be guests staying in the tipi. If so, they will have shared access to the well by the edge on the lake.
This is a cool little cabin, just really comfortable to hang out in.
I'm 70yrs old, I came with my cousin 62yrs old. We have been backpacking, car camping, hunting & canoeing for the last 45 years. We've used an 8x10 tent for car camping & hunting. The cabin is 8x10 with a loft. We never felt cramped. If you are use to camping & roughing it, this cabin is luxury and a nice break & just what we wanted. At our age winter camping has become a little tough to take and this cabin filled the bill perfectly. If you are an urban dweller use to the creature comforts this cabin is pleasingly roughing it. If you are an outdoors person & use to camping & backpacking it becomes luxury. There is no electricity, no bathroom, no running water but the propane heat made everything go away (Jan 23rd to 25th). We used all our own supplies & gear as we are use to bringing with us all the time. If you haven't any, the cabin is well stocked. If you come in the winter, bring your own water for sure. Candles are all around for use in the evening if you don't have a lantern. There is a propane stove like cooking at home, however we again used our own equipment. There was snow on the ground but not hard to drive in on. the snow made everything quiet, beautiful & peaceful. The cabin gives you a feeling of remoteness which is just perfect. We filled our time with cooking & eating and just sitting around chewing the fat. I brought a cot but did not use it. I slept on the bench/couch which was fine & my cousin took the loft. The ladder to the loft has a nice rustic flavor. It looks like a giant birch slingshot. They used a cut down birch tree that branched into a Y and the rungs were between the Y. Everything is condensed but nicely laid out. A 3rd adult could make things a bit crowded. The lake was frozen & snow covered & pretty to look at. Since I no longer hunt, I was missing being in the woods during the winter very much. For me this cabin was the perfect chance to be in a snowy woods again. If you're "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening and the woods are dark & deep" you don't have miles to go 'til you find this little cabin & enjoy the snowy woods & sleep. Andrew & Chloe (the owners) are terrific people, very welcoming style about them & you feel like you made new friends with them.
We might try this again in the spring or fall but I'm sure we will be back next January. But remember if you are use to city dwelling, THIS IS CAMPING. Now go & enjoy.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Apr 1 2014 - Sep 1 2015
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Weekend is any 2 days including a Fri Sat or Sun.
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.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.