…….The Cabin is insulated and has an airtight wood stove. There is a Murphy bed with a queen size mattress. It does not have indoor running water or electric [other than a small solar electric system described below] - that's what "camping cabin" refers to. The forest has lots of wildlife, deer, wild turkeys, foxes, raccoons, great horned owls, etc.
……..For cooking there is a 2 burner Coleman camp stove, and outside, a stone fireplace. Solar power: Solar electric panels on the roof charge a storage battery. It is a small system, only enough for small electronics, the water pump, and a couple of CFL lamps. The solar charge controller has an outlet for a USB charging cable.
……..Officially, it's the "Potic Creek" but one of our guests from Europe liked the location so much she named it Poetic Creek in her 2014 review. It is an idyllic getaway for those who appreciate nature. It is about 25 miles north of Woodstock, about 2 hour drive from the GWB. When we started thinking about the possibility of sharing a cabin a decade ago, the question was, how can we do it? It is an hour and a half round trip from our home, so traveling to the cabin after every guest is not feasible. To make it work, we ask guests to bring their sleeping bags [or sheets and blankets] and towels, and, 'leave it as you found it.' We figured most guests who were interested in this type of retreat would be respectful of the next guest, and that has been true. We ask, if you cannot make a commitment to leave the cabin clean and tidy for the guest after you, please don’t book a stay here. Once a month or so, we check out the cabin, restock supplies, and do any cleaning that’s needed. As in any cabin in the woods, mice do get in. If that would bother you, please don’t book a stay here. When we see evidence of them, we set traps and get rid of them, but before long they're back.
…….Pets: Your dog is OK if you let us know before booking, we do not charge a pet fee. We have a Yorkie family ourselves. After a couple of guests ha a problem with allergies to cats, it became necessary not to accept cats. We do ask that if you bring your dog, that you do a thorough cleaning to remove hair, and, that you not have your dog on the bed, unless you bring a sheet or blanket large enough to cover it. This is on the honor system, please respect other guests, we can't go there to check up between every guest.
…….At the cabin are plates, glasses, utensils, pots and pans, a French press coffee maker, T paper, paper towels, dish detergent, candles, a Coleman 2 burner stove for cooking and propane fuel for it. As it is camping, you will need sleeping bags, [there are a couple of quilts at the cabin so you could bring sheets and pillowcases] and towels - and having a flashlight is a good idea, essential if you are arriving after dark. Bring what you would for any camping trip. [Matches, newspaper for starting the fire, and drinking water] In front of the cabin there’s a stone fire place and with a grill. We provide cut seasoned firewood. There is a maul [splitting ax] for splitting cut logs to the appropriate diameter. The firewood is provided for heating the cabin with the wood stove. Outdoors, only fires in the fire place in front of the cabin only, nowhere else. There is a small BBQ there for which you would need to bring charcoal.
……. To repeat, please do not make outdoor fires other than in the outside fire place in front of the door. While the firewood is cut to length, some larger pieces may require splitting with the maul. For the wood stove, up to 4 or 5 inches in diameter works once the fire is going. For starting the fire and if you cook on the outside fireplace grill, it's best to split fire wood to 1 1/2 to 3 inch diameter. For starting a fire, of course, you need newspaper and kindling.
…….Bringing newspaper and matches for fire starting is recommended. Important fire safety note: Do NOT use fire starting fluid in the wood stove, it is dangerous and can damage the stove. For heat, there is an excellent, very efficient Napoleon airtight wood stove. It has a glass front door, so you can watch the fire burning. 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.
…….THE ROAD: The wood road in is a mile long. It’s a bit rough, but not a problem to drive in as far as the parking spot for the cabin. [We can drive in in our Prius, which is quite low to the ground, but do need to drive slowly in a few places] The parking spot is 250 feet from the cabin, so if you don’t have 4 wheel drive, walk this last part. Over the years, two guests [out of a few hundred] have told us they felt the road too rough. So, if you have an especially low clearance or high value car, you may not want to come here.
…….ROAD IN WINTER: If there is a significant amount of snow, you would need a four wheel drive vehicle, as the road will not 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 have 4 wheel drive you can drive to the parking area just before the cabin and walk the last 300 feet. If there is just a couple inches of snow, two wheel drive should be OK, as there are no steep hills before the parking area. If there is really heavy snow, then even four wheel drive may not be enough. Also, is there is significant snow, at the beginning of the road snowplows may have left a snowbank and you may want a shovel with you to make an entrance through it. If snow prevents you from driving in to the cabin, we will give a full refund or a rain check, at your option. If snow could be a problem, we recommend not veturing in – you don’t want to get stuck there. We discovered that one can get a "snow depth" report with this search phrase: "snow depth, Catskill, NY, Weatherstreet”. .
……..HEAT: The woodstove is efficient and heats the cabin well. We have been there when outside temperature was 20 degrees and been fine. Over the years, however there have been a couple of guests who said when it got into the single digits, they were not warm enough. So our refund or re-booking option is available on request if the temperature is going to be in the single digits.
……..WATER: You need to bring drinking water. At this time, the town has not approved our well for drinking water. The weel has a solar powered pump to provide water at the well head, but clay in the local soil dissolves in the water and discolors it. We have used it for years, but the town does not permit it’s use by guests. We have – as of 5/15/18 – provided “Steripen,” an ultraviolet water purifier that will purify a liter in 90 seconds. As a backup to the electronic purifier, there are “Aquatabs” -- tablets that purify a liter in a half an hour. The Potic Creek flows out of a reservoir serving the Town of Catskill, however, any surface water will have bacteria.
……..Porta-potty:. Now there is a porta-potty in a nearby shed. There are instructions posted.
…….CELL PHONE SERVICE: We get service on our cell phones there – IT DEPENDS ON YOUR PROVIDER. We have ATT and Cricket. Coverage is weak, once in a while we have to walk up to the parking area or beyond to make calls.
……In addition to the queen bed in the bedroom, there is a queen size air bed. There is a foot operated air pump - as the electric one won’t operate unless the storage battery is nearly 100% charged. If you use the airbed, 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 may need to insert a small rod such as a pencil into the air opening to bypass the automatic air seal. In our experience, airbeds often begin to leak after a few months of use, so we have a second one there in case that happens. If one does leak, please let us know so we can buy a new spare.
……..If you note that any essentials are getting low, please let us know so we can re-stock them. We can’t guarantee all are in stock, bring essentials.
……. 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. That would drain 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 clockwise, it turns the lights on for up to an hour. [This is separate from the timer for the water pump]. A small inconvenience, perhaps, but better than having a guest come and find no electric.
…….After you book the cabin, we will email a map, instructions, a primer on starting campfires, key information, etc. Please print them out and take them with you. If they don't arrive by email within a couple hours of booking, please let us know.
…….To reiterate: If you wish to stay in this cabin, please be prepared to leave it clean and take away your trash. We cannot travel there between every guest's visit. We can only re-stock and clean it periodically, if you are not prepared to do housekeeping at the end of your stay, please don't book it. Since once or twice a year, a guest doesn’t clean up or take their trash with them, if that should happen, we ask that you deal with the issue and send us a bill, we will reimburse you for your time. If the possibility of coming to a cabin that the last guest has not cleaned properly, or, of finding evidence of mice would bother you, please don’t book this. We strive for “Superhost” ranking, and demerits for cleanliness sometimes knocks us off the list.
……..Thank you. Andrew Peck and Chloe Dresser
……. Texting AND emailing to BOTH of us is the best way to reach one of us if you have a question.
..The property is owned by Dresser Properties LLC. Your hosts are Chloe Dresser and Andrew Peck
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