|Space||400 sq. ft.|
......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.
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. If you make an inquiry first, before booking, then we can input 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 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.
It 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 retreats], 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 two [of more than 140] 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. We provide cut seasoned firewood. There is a maul [a splitting 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. That replaced a propane heater which is no longer used. 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. 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. We have had one guest complain that their car scraped the ground.
. The last 300 feet, however, are quite steep and rough, unless you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive truck, walk this last part. You’ll know when you get to that spot, there’s an open area for parking, and at that point the road goes downhill to the left.
. WINTER: If there is more than 3 inches of snow, you would need a four wheel drive vehicle, as most of the road in is not 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, we 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 water flows from a brass pipe at the well head. 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.
There is a queen size air mattress. Next to the solar charge controller is an electric air pump for it. There is also a hand operated air pump, since the electric air pump will only operate if the battery is nearly fully charged. If you use the air bed, 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. Since airbeds are prone to getting leaks after a few months, there is a spare one if that happens. If you need to use the spare, please let us know so we can replace the defective one.
Mice: Mice are a fact of life in a cabin like this. If seeing one would trouble you, or finding their calling cards, pick another retreat. Every couple of months we set traps and get rid of them – but before long new ones have come in.
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. Soon after you book, we email Maps, directions and key information. If you don't see it promptly, please let us know and we can send it again.
Update 2016 - 2017
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
My girlfriend and I booked this cabin to get away for our birthdays. Unfortunately Andrew told me the cabin had been double booked for part of our stay, but he had a smaller one. We wanted to spend any time we could in the 1st cabin, but we planned on being dropped off and picked up and wanted to avoid the expense of a car to change locations. He offered to get us a ride and we accepted.
We found trash lying around. The well was funky with a piece of moldy wood in the shaft and an old rubber tube going into the murk. We boiled river water. The interior was where it got bad with mouse feces everywhere. On everything, but most unfortunately, on/in the bed. The CDC says not to stay in any cabin in NY with a rodent infestation to avoid Hantavirus. We had backpacking quilts, so we made dinner and slept outside. The low temps and high winds were preferable. In the morning I resolved to clean it up and stick it out. After bagging trash, scrubbing furniture, and cleaning mouse poop from nightstand and bed, I started on the bedframe and lifted the mattress, finding more poop than I was willing to deal with. We were emailing with Andrew, and he agreed to have us driven to the 2nd cabin that day. It must be a known issue, as there was a cooler labeled, “NO MOUSE ZONE”… filled with mouse poo.
Pros: Good firewood & tools. The patio is good once cleaned up and cooking at the fire pit was nice. The woods/river are lovely.
We got the ride to the 2nd cabin by the lake. There was trash in the fire pit and unburied human poo and toilet paper in the surrounding area, but it was much cleaner and cute with it’s raw birch ladder. It’s tiny, but a more pleasant stay. We would give the 2nd cabin 4 stars out of 5.
To his credit, Andrew offered to pay us for the cleaning. We said to not worry about that, but that we would like to get the rental cost of the 1st night credited back, since we spent it outside. Not to his credit, he never replied.
We would have given the 1st cabin we are reviewing 3 stars if it had been clean. As it was, we would give it no stars. Add a 2 stars for the ride to the second cabin, but lose one for not responding regarding a credit. All in all, 1 star for this cabin experience.
I can see potential for this rental to be a great stay with some TLC and less rodent issues. With the good reviews, it must’ve been better once. I’ve reviewed as honestly as possible to help people get an accurate view. We wouldn’t have booked if we’d known.
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
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1 night minimum stay
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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.