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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: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6101.html
> 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.