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Stunning, Secluded Log Home Surrounded by Woods and Water

Andes, NY, USA
  • House2100 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults))

Escape to Bryant's Brook, a beautiful, unique cabin that's surrounded by woods and completely secluded from all neighbors but easy to access all year round.

Lovingly built with pegged, hand-hewn barn beams, rough-cut logs and wide-plank floors cut from the surrounding pine-covered mountains, this unique home is both rustic and utterly comfortable. Fully furnished with beautiful local antiques, two woodstoves, and an artesian well, but with a modern kitchen, and digitally monitored central heat, it's the perfect place for a romantic ski trip or escape from the city for a couple, a big family or a group of friends.

The three main bedrooms are up a spiral staircase, but if someone has trouble with stairs there is a sunroom with its own woodstove off the kitchen that can be used as a bedroom. Two bedrooms upstairs have double beds, and the third has two single beds and child's bed. The spacious living room has a woodstove that opens to function as a fireplace, a fieldstone hearth, and a picture window looking onto the pond. The french doors open onto one of the two back sun decks.

Off the kitchen is a spacious covered front porch with a gas grill. There are also two campfires. One is on the bank of Bryant's Brook, which has a great swimming hole for summer. The other is up in the woods, by the stone fence. Both have comfortable seating and a giant boulder to arrange food on if you're cooking over the fire.

Surrounded by protected woods on all sides, the property includes an apple orchard for you to pick apples, an organic garden with vegetables, berries and herbs. There are two ponds connected by a spring that winds between them, and 2.5 acres of landscaped lawn and gardens.

This is kid paradise! There is a toddler bed, pack and play, potty, safety gate, high chair, a sandbox and a tree house... Well-behaved dogs are welcome, there is a dog bed, and dogs can run off leash, we're surrounded by a beautiful old stone wall, woods and a stream.

Please don't smoke inside.

Our home is on its own, we have one neighbor up the hill through the trees. We are about three miles from the picturesque village of Andes, which offers terrific antique shops and boutiques, its own museum, several galleries, outstanding restaurants, and live music.

In the winter, if you want to ski, it's only 20 minutes from Belleayre ski area, 30 from Plattekill, and 1 hour from Hunter. Also, it's one hour and fifteen minutes from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, 40 minutes from Woodstock and New York City is a 2.5 hour drive.

In June, July and August, we give preference to weeklong rentals, from Friday to Friday, and we only take shorter bookings two weeks in advance.

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Tim Gilman-Sevcik

Member Since 2007
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Response time:
within a few hours
english, czech
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Tim Gilman-Sevcik

I'm from Colorado, so I didn't think I'd ever fall in love with the mountains on the East Coast, until we discovered Andes. The area is just beautiful, with steep mountain hiking trails, great fishing and water sports, picturesque towns and irresistible antique shops everywhere. My family loves coming up here all year round, for summer hikes, winter skiing and skating, and just relaxing in the house and the gardens.

Tim Gilman-Sevcik purchased this House in 2007

Why Tim Gilman-Sevcik chose Andes

The house is a dream come true - every time we arrive from the city we're amazed at the beauty of the materials and the craftsmanship that went into creating the house and the gardens. The kids and the dogs love being outside all day, swimming, eating apples, playing in the tree house. It's so close to the city and a world away.

What makes this House unique

Because we're surrounded by protected forests the house feels very secluded, without being difficult to reach, we have just one neighbor, but you can't even see his house, so it's very private. The gardens are always producing apples, raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins that practically grow by themselves - there's so much water because of the spring-fed ponds and the brook by the house. It's an entirely unique property, unlike any other you're likely to find, built out of reclaimed barn materials and cleverly reused artifacts, including an old gravestone as a step.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
      • Back bedroom
        1 double, The quietest room, it also has an ensuite half bath
      • The kids' room
        2 twin/ single, 1 child bed, Lots of space to sleep, play, and read bedtime stories
      • Loft bedroom
        1 double, Located above the living room, toasty from the wood stove.
      • Sunroom
        Off the kitchen, it has a wood stove and fits our aero bed
      • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Aero bed or mattress available for the sunroom


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Downstairs bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, jetted tub, A spacious bathroom with steps down to the tub
      • Upstairs half bath

        Location Type

          • Waterfront
            Living room faces a swimming pond. The pond and a small garden pond are spring fed, and an active brook also winds its way through the grounds. The brook out front has a great swimming hole as well.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                        Big driveway and turnaround with easy parking for multiple cars
                      • Broadband Access
                        Yes - we stream video a lot.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        We have a circulating gas heater in the kitchen, as well as baseboard and the wood stoves.
                      • Internet
                        DSL wi-fi - no password (no neighbors, so why bother?)
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Being European, we prefer big puffy duvets, hope you do too.
                      • Living Room
                        Glass french doors opening onto a big deck and a panorama window overlooking the big pond.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                        A couple cordless telephones and answering machine, plus a rotary dial phone in the kitchen in case your kids have never seen one.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Washer and dryer right by the entrance, because we love to hang laundry on the line in the back.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        You can even sit under our umbrella on the porch and get a signal (that's the best way to "work" on vacation)
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        The big stove in the living room burns well as an open fireplace with a screen.
                      • Wood Stove
                        There are two beautiful woodstoves, and all the dried hardwood you need.


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Stove top espresso maker, bean grinder, and a percolator. We like coffee.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            We're well stocked with all the dishes and utensils you'll need for your group.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully stocked kitchen for those who love cooking
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Oven
                            We love to bake - big oven with baking trays and dishes supplied
                          • Pantry Items
                            Most kitchen basics are in the cupboards, we ask that you replace anything you use up.
                          • Refrigerator
                            New, large capacity refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Gas stove with large griddle burner in the middle
                          • Toaster
                            Forman grill


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                The farm table has a bench on one side and a mess of chairs on the other. Two vintage high chairs for kids, and a real high chair with a tray for babies is in the closet upstairs.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                    Lots of records, please be careful with them...
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Covered front porch and two back sun decks
                                      • Golf
                                        Several golf courses in nearby Margaretville
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Two acres of mowed lawn is amazing for kids and dogs, picnics and campfires, it's ringed with lush gardens, including apple orchards
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Stainless steel gas grill
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                      • Tennis
                                        Andes Central School has communal courts a few miles away.


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Andes school has a great pool that's free and open all day, Margaretville has a great indoor community pool and rec center that's only $5!
                                              • jetted tub


                                                  • restaurants

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • spelunking
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water tubing


                                                                  • There are two spring-fed ponds and a stream with a swimming hole surround the property and form a natural barrier from the road

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    37 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    A sanctuary in Andes

                                                                    Chloe Montana R.

                                                                    Had a lovely stay in Andes. Tim was very accommodating - and his property oozes charm! Looking forward to my return.

                                                                    Christmas in the Catskills

                                                                    Charles S.

                                                                    We truly enjoyed staying at this rustic home. Very comfortable place to stay. We are a close knit family with great pride in our Czech heritage and all of the small touches of Czech culture in this home put a smile on our face. The town of Andes is charming and a must visit destination if you stay at this home. Looking forward to coming back!

                                                                    A great property!

                                                                    Rebecca B.

                                                                    This was one of the most lovely home rentals we've ever done! The grounds are beautiful and the cabin so charming and cozy. There was a small hiccup to our stay in that the cleaning people didn't make it there before we arrive but Tim was very responsive. All in all a great stay and highly recommended, especially for families.

                                                                    Beautiful, secluded, peaceful

                                                                    Rachayle S.Far Rockaway, New York

                                                                    My family has the fondest memories of our vacation here. The setting was perfect. The surroundings magnificent. The house is spacious and very well stocked. We did swim in the pond but late June it was still a bit too cold. My daughter spent a quiet afternoon reading in the tree house. The owner was very accommodating. There was a mixup with the cleaning help before we arrived and they offered us a free night to make up for it plus no cleaning fee, which I thought was very considerate. We found horseback riding not too far away as well as lots of bookshops. All in all we absolutely loved it here.

                                                                    Idyllic property for a family gathering!

                                                                    Andrea D.

                                                                    We rented Tim's house for a family get together with our kids. The cabinet and the grounds are utterly charming, green and kid friendly. The space was very comfortable for us to cook, grill outside and enjoy the outdoors, spread out in play indoors, and even play the piano.

                                                                    The home was well located near groceries, cute towns, nature walks and even close enough to visit Woodstock.

                                                                    We will most certainly keep this property in mind for future visits to the area. Thanks Tim for helping us have a wonderful weekend!

                                                                    Glorious Fall Foliage weekend

                                                                    Tina S.

                                                                    My friend and I drove up for a weekend of rest and relaxation and this place was exactly what we needed- a comfortable and peaceful home that inspired us to cook and read and write all the while seeing stunning fall foliage all around. We were just in time for picking the last apples before the frost got to them, went on a hike and had a great time checking out some shops in the hamlet of Andes. We immensely enjoyed our stay and will most certainly be back! Thank you so much!!


                                                                    Andes, NY, USA

                                                                    We are very close to several great ski areas. Plattekill, where kids ski free, Belleayre, the big mountain, as well as Hunter and Wyndham. There's also cross country skiing. In summer, we're right on the edge of Catskills Park, so there are almost unlimited options for hiking, as well as boating and fishing.


                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                    PLEASE NOTE: On holidays and long weekends we prefer if you stay at least three nights. In the summer, rentals are for the whole week, starting on Fridays, until two weeks before, when we'll rent for shorter time periods. We don't rent for longer than two weeks maximum.

                                                                    37 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.8/5
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