......This is as private as it gets!
At the very end of a 1 1/2 mile wood road on 11 forested acres with 800 feet of frontage on the Potic Creek. No houses in sight - or earshot. This is a charming 'Camping Cabin' in the woods. It has a large screened porch overlooking a meadow and the Potic Creek, a stream that flows from a reservoir serving the town of Catskill down to the Hudson River. The cabin is insulated and has an efficient Napoleon Timberwolf airtight wood stove. There is a queen size Murphy bed.
Update for January to March 2017: We are having a snowfall at this writing, December 29th, of 3 inches or so. If you would like to book the cabin, at this point, you should have a four wheel drive vehicle. The snow on the road to the cabin could remain for a couple of weeks, or for a couple of months. When conditions change, we will update this page.
This property is owned by Dresser Properties LLC. Your hosts are Andrew Peck and Chloe Dresser.
Pricing: . The rates are discounted for more than 2 nights. When you make an inquiry, ask, and we will confirm the discounted rate.
......Since the cabin is remote and off the grid, the only electricity is supplied by three solar panels on the roof that keep a deep cycle marine battery charged. An inverter has an output of up to 40 watts AC as well as 12 volt DC power. That's enough for the water pump, 2 - 40 watt equivalent DC CFL lamps, and for operating or charging small electronic devices. For water, you plug the cable from the pump into the solar charge controller, turn the timer switch that is located on the inside of the door frame a quarter turn clockwise, and water flows from the brass pipe at the well head near the front door. The forest has lots of wildlife, deer, bear, wild turkeys, foxes, raccoons, great horned owls, etc. There is a 2 burner propane Coleman camp stove, and outside, a fire place with a grill, For complete information, be sure to click 'More Details' below.
......In June 2013 we installed a small solar electric system to operate the water pump that pumps from a drilled well, 2 lamps, and has the ability to charge small electronic devices.
. t is an idyllic getaway for those who appreciate nature and spending time in the wilderness. It is about 25 miles north of Woodstock, about 2 hour drive from the GWB.
. When we started thinking about the possibility of sharing cabins [we have a few off the grid camps], 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, provide the needed cleaning and housekeeping that goes with having a rental. Hiring a housekeeper to change sheets and towels right away makes costs that may make the price for a 'camping cabin' more than folks would feel was fair. Our goal was to be able to keep this charming spot, not as a profitable business, but at least have most of the expenses and taxes covered.
. Originally we thought only renting for a week minimum would be practical if we had to hire a housekeeper between every guest. But initial inquiries were for weekends or long weekends. So if that was going to work, we had to figure a way to make that reasonably priced. So to keep costs reasonable, we ask that guests be prepared to bring their own sleeping bags and towels, and, 'leave it as they found it.' We figured most guests who were interested in this type of retreat would be respectful of the cabin and of the next guest, and that has been true.
. We started sharing another cabin in this way in 2011, and have been gratified that every guest but one [of more than 60] has left the cabin in good shape and clean for the next guest. Once a month or so, we check out the cabin and restock supplies, if needed. At the cabin are plates, glasses, utensils, toilet paper, paper towels, a Coleman 2 burner stove for cooking and propane fuel for it. As It is camping, we ask that you bring sleeping bags, candles and/or flashlights, etc. - what you would for any camping trip. In front of the cabin there’s a small stone fire place and with a grill. Starting August 2013, we are providing cut seasoned firewood. There is a maul [a fat axe] for splitting cut logs to the appropriate diameter. The firewood is provided for heating the cabin with the woodstove and fires for cooking in the fire place in front of the cabin only, NOT for bonfires. Please do not make fires outside other than in that one fire place. While it is cut to length, some larger pieces may require splitting with the maul. For the wood stove, up to 5' or 6' diameter works once the fire is going. for starting the fire, and, for cooking in the outside fireplace, it's best to split fire wood to 1 1/2 to 3 inch diameter. IN DRY SEASON BE SURE NO COMBUSTIBLES ARE NEAR THE FIRE PIT WHEN YOU MAKE A FIRE, AND DON'T LEAVE AN UNATTENDED FIRE.
. For heat, there is an excellent, very efficient Napoleon Timberwolf airtight wood stove. We will send instructions in case you are not familiar with the use of airtight wood stoves. There is an outhouse about 100 feet from the cabin.
Sometimes in the coldest weather, the drain pipe from the sink will freeze.
. THE ROAD: The wood road in is 1 1/2 miles long. With a regular car it's not a problem. We have a Prius, which is quite low to the ground, and we have taken it there a few times with no problem, driving cautiously over a few rough spots. October . 2013 update: We have had 30 or 40 guests in the past couple of years, and for the first time, a guest reported that the bottom of her car scraped on one of the rough spots. We have used our Prius a number of times to go there with no problem and assumed it was one of the lowest cars around, but on researching it now, find that there are a few cars, hers was one, that have less ground clearance. While her car had no damage, if this is a concern for you, we can check the ground clearance of your model of car to advise you. [Our 2008 Prius has 5 1/2 inches of clearance, the new Priuses slightly less].
. The last 300 feet, however, are quite steep and rough, unless you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive truck, walk this last part.
. WINTER: If there is more than 3 inches of snow, you would need a four wheel drive vehicle, as only the first part of the road may be plowed.. With snow, the last 300 feet to the cabin would need to be walked short of having a snowmobile ; - ). If you book it for winter, and it snows, there are two options. If you don't have 4 wheel drive, with good tires you can drive to the last hill if the snow is light, you'd have to walk the last 300 feet. If there is deep snow, even with 4WD you wouldn't want to drive in. If snow prevents your going, will will give a rain check or a refund - the option is yours.. .
. WATER: The Potic Creek flows out of a reservoir serving the Town of Catskill, so we know its clean, however, no surface water is recommended for drinking. There is a drilled well next to the cabin, and we have a 12 volt DC submersible pump at the bottom of the well that runs off the solar electric system. The power cord that comes from the well plugs into the solar charge controller next to the battery, and about 2 gallons a minute flow from a 1/2 inch flexible pipe at the top of the well. This pump replaced a hand pump - shown in one of the photos - which was charming, but never worked very well.
. CELL PHONE SERVICE: We get cell phone service at the cabin -- IT DEPENDS ON YOUR PROVIDER. We have ATT.
. New as of August 2013: Under the Murphy bed is stashed a queen size air mattress. Next to the solar charge controller is an electric air pump for it. If you use it, before you go, please fully deflate it and return to the same place. Do not over inflate the mattress, just slightly firm to the touch. To deflate, you need to insert a small rod into the air opening to bypass the automatic air seal.
Notes for the Potic Creek Cabin – update July 2nd 2015
We have installed a timer on the lighting circuit at the cabin. This is to prevent the problem some guests have caused by leaving the lights on when they leave. When that happens, if the next day is cloudy, having the lights on continuously drains the storage battery of the solar electric system.
So you will now see a timer mounted next to the solar control panel and storage battery. By turning the knob one rotation to the right, it enables the lighting to be on for an hour. [This is in addition to the timer by the door for operating the water pump]. After an hour, one must reset the timer if lighting is still needed. A small inconvenience, perhaps, but better than some guests arriving to find no electric.
. Please print this information and take it with you.
We had the well drilled deeper after it went dry. Since then the water, although potable, has discoloration from clay in the rocks below. You may want to bring bottled water for drinking.
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andrew peck purchased this studio in 2008
Wonderful. You have to be a bit brave to do it in the cold months, but more private than I have found at any other cabins. Also well stocked with food supplies, and some interesting books. Andrew has my gratitude.
Wonderful stay! Just like the description you are isolated amongst a beautiful wilderness. We can't wait to go back!
The take away:
1) Very responsive and friendly owner. When we experienced trouble he communicated with us every step of the way.
2)This is a great cabin to stay in if you like rustic camping. If you don't mind using an outhouse, cooking with gas, and filtering your water then we highly recommend!
3) Very charming and well-stocked cabin.
**However, we found the cabin in poor condition.
The people before us couldn't be bothered to walk 50 feet to the outhouse, and they decided doing their business on the path surrounding the house was somehow acceptable. They also went INSIDE the outdoor fire pit. I'm at a loss of words for the insane amount of disrespect. The owner, Andrew (we don't blame, clearly not his fault,) was very responsive and apologetic.
**The water pump also did not work after multiple tries. Andrew did his best to walk us through a handful of things to try, but in the end it just didn't work. Luckily, we're backpackers, and we had brought our water filtration system with us.
In the end, we had an amazing time at the cabin celebrating my husband's birthday. It is secluded and beautiful and just what we were looking for. It was so much fun chopping wood (there was plenty already chopped--but what's the fun in that!) and playing board games by the stove. We hope others will enjoy it as much as we did.
Beautiful cabin and beautiful area! We were given detailed informtation beforehand so we knew exactly how to get to the cabin and what to bring to be prepared. Will definitely come again!!
This place is the bomb! Truly off the grid. If you want to get away from everyday worries this place is exactly where you need to go. The river and the trails sealed the deal for my 4 friends and I. Though there are ways to charge your electronic devices, the beauty of the land alone can help you quickly forget to check your email. Loved it so much I'm booking my second trip out there. If you are considering going to the Catskills look no further
Very cool cabin in the middle of the woods. Way in the middle of nature. Lots of wildlife all around. My only warning pack light the hike from the car to the cabin is on a steep rock road and is very difficult to walk up and down with your gear. Next time I will probably bring a hiking pack.
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1 night minimum stay
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.