Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-829-7076
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-829-7076

'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY

Bedrooms 1
Space 80 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

20 acre forest with tiny cabin on 1.5 acre lake, queen size bed in sleeping loft

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 tiny cabin has maximum occupancy of 3 people. There is a queen size mattress in the sleeping loft, and the bench on the first floor has a 6 inch thick foam seat that is the size of a single bed. If you are considering more than three, please contact us to discuss before booking, we have another off the grid cabin that sleeps 4.

For a stay of more than two nights, rate can be discounted. To arrange that discount please click "send a message" and ask for it.

A guest has suggested we caution that getting into the sleeping loft requires climbing a ladder, and, if one is not physically fit, old, or overweight, it could be a problem. I am 72 years old and for me its still easy. As this is a safety issue, please err on the side of caution -- if in doubt, please do not book this cabin. We request anyone much over 200 pounds not book the cabin because of the loft ladder.

This property has one other residence on the 20 acres, but it cannot be seen from this cabin. [As the crow flies, it is about 400 feet away] 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. The cabin does not having running water inside. There is a water well [see below]. The cabin is not connected to the electric grid - that's what 'camping cabin' refers to. 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 to charge a cell phone, 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.

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 25 years, this has been one of our favorite retreats, starting in 2011 we began to share it with like minded people.

In the summer months the lake has watermeal, tiny pinhead size leaves that float on the surface. When it's breezy, the lake surface 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 October through May. The cold weather makes the water clear, 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 100 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 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 housekeeper 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' 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 two [out of more than 100] has left the cabin in good shape and clean - this has exceeded our expectations and been gratifying]. Every month or so we check out the cabin to restock supplies and fix deficiencies, if any. We have at the cabin plates, glasses, utensils, toilet paper, paper towels, candles, a Coleman 2 burner propane stove for cooking, and fuel for it. As it is camping, we ask that you bring sleeping bags, a flashlight, drinking water, etc. - what you would for any camping trip. [The copy preceeding was written before we had a well drilled – we use the well water for drinking now.] In front of the cabin there's a fire place with a grill. The woods are full of kindling and dead wood for firewood. 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. As of 2015, we now deliver firewood to the cabin. There is a maul for splitting the seasoned firewood.

July 2015 update:

We have enjoyed the peace and quiet at the cabin for 25 years. In June,2015, 2 guests reported that music and partying was heard from some neighboring property. Since there isn't a home off the 21 acres that is close enough to see, we don’t know where this came from. Although this happened only twice, we want to disclose it. If it happens again, we will offer some compensation for the interference with the peace and quiet. If it does, we will refund $25. an hour for any time noise disturbs our guests. As of this writing, a year later, summer 2016, no additional guests have been bothered.

Following are notes sent to us by guests who spent a week at the cabin in 2014, with information about getting to the cabin if you don't have a car, and about the [then] new well:

'- For anyone without a car, the bus from NYC to Saugerties is excellent, the Saugerties Stagecoach taxi was only $11 to the cabin. We brought enough food for 7 days in our backpacks, no problem. [Host’s note: If you don't bring all the food you need with you, there' a market one mile away that's shown on the topo map we send]

- We drunk the well water - it was perfect. . .

[Hosts' note – once in a while, we detect a slight sulfur smell in the 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

Spam heads up:

Quite a few guests have found that our emails are diverted to their spam folder. After you make an inquiry or book a property, we always respond promptly as soon as we are at a computer – usually within a couple hours and always within a day. So if you don’t hear from us when you are expecting to, please let us know.

A recent inquiry asked some questions and we copy them and our reply below:

1) Is it safe there? (I mean, are there any strangers and / or any dangerous animals around?)

2) Is the lake swimmable?

3) How far is the lake from the cabin?


It is safe around here. No dangerous animals. We have seen bears a few times on the property, but they are not dangerous. Lots of wildlife, we have seen over the years wild turkey, great blue heron, geese, green heron, ducks, foxes, deer; until a couple of years ago, there was a resident beaver family, the lake has sunnies and bass. You may see our enormous grass carp, nearly 3 feet, we introduced years ago to eat algae - it is vegetarian, so you can't catch it with bait. It is advisable not to leave food or anything outside that would attract bears. In addition to fishing in the lake, we often see people fishing in the nearby reservoir from the bridge [see the topo map for location]. For fishing off the property you'd need a license. Licenses can be purchased online cheaply for 1 day or 7 days. Here's a link:

> The cabin is about 75 feet from the lake, on a little hill overlooking it.

Is it swimmable? The “swimmabiliy” varies with the time of year. For us it is swimmable, whenever the water is warm enough. We often use flotation devices [little inner tubes or rafts one can buy for a few dollars]. In the fall through spring, up until some time in June or so, it is clear and "lake-like." Sometime starting in June, watermeal grows. Watermeal is a plant like a tiny pin head size leaf. It floats on the surface of the water. When there’s a breeze, it blows to the edge of the lake and the surface is clear of it. If there is no wind, it spreads over the lake. Also, the water gets a greenish tint when the hot weather arrives, not algae or nasty, but more pond like - some people wouldn't choose to swim in it, we do. The lake maintains a thermocline all summer - the surface water gets warm, the deeper water, a foot or so below the surface, stays cool - having a thermocline is one of the differences that distinguish a lake from a pond

July 2015 upda

More Details


Woodstock Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • re: FAQ: No bathroom or outhouse. We go away from the cabin, and use the 20 acres. There's a small shovel to dig a hole, then cover up. No more a nuisance than the wildlife who live in the woods.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size mattress in sleeping loft. Ladder access. Bring your own sleeping bag or sheets, blankets and pillow. If not physically fit and ladder may be a problem, don't book this cabin.
  • Books
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

73% Complete
21% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
5% Complete
'A Place in the Woods' - Cabin on Chloe's Lake on 20 acres near Woodstock, NY
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 19 reviews

A beautiful private experience in nature

  • 5 of 5

Well organised and amazing accommodation and experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Culver Lake NJ

It's a neat little spot close to us and centrally located in the Catskills.

  • 4 of 5

Cute place. Owls and songbirds all around us. Had everything we needed. Dutch Ale House in Saugerties an awesome find for dinner. Kaaterskill Falls hike amazing.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

What a joke

  • 1 of 5

We had a very traumatic experience. We could not find the cabin with the map and directions supplied. After we got stuck in the snow in the woods the owner of he property was extremely unhelpful and we still did not find the cabin. We had to call 911 to come and help us. We would like a full refund and we have requested one from the owner but he has refused.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 3

Sweet Little Cabin

  • 4 of 5

First the good stuff: cabin was exactly as described, with gas burners and wood for making a nice fire outside. People tend to leave behind staples like sugar and salt - all spares available in locked outside cabinet as promised. Loft bed was comfy with plenty of pillows. Ladder to loft was sturdy.

Minor cavils: the canoe makes a nice prop (looks great in photos of the cabin), but the "lake" is hardly big enough to put in, let alone go for a real paddle; and algae issues make it more spooky than attractive.

Also, very loud rooster and party people across the way.

Overall, cabin was great. "Lake" and noisy neighbors, not so much.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

2nd trip was as amazing as the 1st!

  • 5 of 5

Great little cabin. I proposed to my husband there in 2014. We went back this year around the same time to celebrate with our dog. The lake I beautiful and the cabin is cozy. I would live there if they'd let me!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Loved my stay

  • 5 of 5

I went there with my little dog and we had a wonderful time. The cabin is rustic, but well stocked and very comfortable. The place is very sweet and well designed and decorated tastefully and a bit quirky. I was looking for a place to completely unwind after a hectic year and this was perfect. Went to sleep listening to the bugs and woke to silence and one morning a light rain. We used it as a base to go to Woodstock, Saugerties and Phoenicia. You can hear other people across the lake, but it was fine. If you need inside plumbing it might not be for you , but I was fine. Lit a fire every night and had dinner on the picnic bench next to the lake every night. Will definitely be going back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Property Manager

andrew peck
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018


Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Albany NY
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Woodstock Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mountain View
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties