disconnect from the city hassle and enjoy this secluded rustic log cabin, on an unmaintained gravel road, surrounded by nature. live minimally, with wind-power generated electricity, wood stove and composting toilet.
edit> limited access in winter. contact for details*
you can either camp out or stay in the spare which has a single bed (but feel free to bring a mat, etc)
enjoy the quiet of nature, practice your craft whatever it is. hundreds of acres for hiking and wandering around.
shared kitchen, shared bathroom, shared porch with hammock, trails, tent sites, gardens. berries in the summer, apples in the fall.
if you want to work on your art we can move things around and find you a spot.
Interaction with Guests
during weekdays i'm at work which means you get to the enjoy complete solitude. we can share meals, coffee, walks, conversations - or not.
the entire cabin can be rented in a case-to-case basis, email me if interested.
2.5hrs from Manhattan
half hour away from the village of Andes where you can get a drink. 45min away from Freshtown supermarket in Margaretville where you can find decent groceries. close-by farms, trails, ponds, streams. you can kayak at the pepacton reservoir, bike, run, trail run, contemplate.
4x4 recommended. subarus and such have made it but it is a tough road. you can also park your car down the road and grab a ride up with me if we plan it right.
Trailway buses to the village of Andes leave from Porth Authority three times a day.
Other Things to Note
main source of power here is wind, which is not always reliable. leave your gadgets at home, and those you bring bring fully charged. if you're lucky you can charge stuff such as cellphone and laptop from the battery bank.
bring a headlamp or a good flashlight, you'll need it.
remember the theme here is rustic/thoreau's walden, if you're really going to miss your hairdryer there might be better options.
smoking cigarets only outside. bring your pets as long as they're friendly, there's a lab living here.
Silvia created an amazing home -- thanks for sharing it with us AirBnb'rs. Silvia greeted me at the cabin and was really helpful showing me how everything there worked. The cabin was great and just what I was looking for -- beuatiful scenery, quiet, etc. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nature vacation.
Words can't describe the beautiful weekend I had at Silvia's cabin in the woods. I am most definitely going back as soon as I get the chance. The cabin is in the middle of the woods, away from civilization, in the middle of perfect hills for hiking. Gorgeous views, perfect for meditation and reflection, which was what I was seeking.
Inside the cabin is cozy, clean, warm from the wood burning stove. Comfy bed, and super comfy couch right by the fire. Silvia is an organic farmer during the day, so you have the cabin to yourself during the day. Yoga in the living room (she has a mat!) My goal was to go write & rest and I ended up really hitting it off with Silvia.
I gave her extra funds for picking me up at the bus stop, and for veggies from her farm. We cooked for each other and shared stories, music, watched documentaries. We hiked together a few times, and honestly have formed a bond!!!!! And even though I am allergic to dogs, I went anyway and Leo is as sweet as cab be. We became good buddies too!! (Bring allergy medicine if you're allergic, you'll be fine. I love animals and the "off-the-grid" cabin was too great to miss just because I'm allergic. I went anyway and it was worth it and not a problem!!)
If you are looking for a getaway from the city, comfortable camping, and are a low maintenance person (or hoping to become a better one) than this is the place for you!
A few tips: Bring a headlamp, extra warm socks for hiking. Leave your gadgets at home. Electricity is limited in the evening. During the winter, water might be shut off, so bring extra jugs for cooking/bathing.
Silvia, the cabin in the wood and my whole experience was like a dream come true. If you have a heart that loves adventure, nature, solitude and also appreciation for a good company, you may find that your dreams come true !
the cabin is a true gem for the adventurer and nature seeker. silvia is a wonderful host that engages in conversation (if you feel chatty) and/or provides ample amount of personal space, if need be. her charming dog, leo, is also a great walking companion. the amenities are simple yet charming. the "upstairs" also known as the higher part of the property provides a gracious aerial view of the mountains. i spent a few days in the cabin and wished to have had more time, a return visit awaits! words of advice: do bring your own food and drinks, as supply is limited in the rural towns.
Silvia's cabin was just what I needed, time with nature, time to slow down, time to just sit and look at the scenery. Silvia is great company and I wished that my stay was longer. My room was comfy and I slept very well. The cabin doesn't have electricity, so if you want to watch tv or surf the internet all day, then this isn't the place for you. If you want to sit on the porch or climb up the mountain and enjoy the view, or hike a meadow by a beautiful pond, then you will be in the perfect place. I hope I will have the chance to come back!
Silvia's was perfect. Very remote and beautiful, saw no sign of neighbors and got to camp on top of her bluff. Private and lovely with great sunset views! She even took me down to a nearby pond to go swimming and pick wild blueberries. I will definitely be back!
I absolutely loved staying at Silvia's with my dog Athena!
True to her character, Silvia's description of her cabin, its setting and what you can expect on your visit are thoroughly accurate. Likewise, the rave reviews of the guests who preceded me are spot-on, both in terms of their details and the conclusion that a stay at Silvia's is wonderful.
That said, nothing which you read here can truly convey what it is like to stay at Silvia's home. The only way to know is to experience it, because the effect of the peace, the pace, the beauty of both the natural setting and the cabin itself (inside-and-out) along with Silvia's easy, genuine graciousness and her earnest spirit and way of life is transformative.
My sole aim in choosing Silvia's remote, dog-friendly cabin was to spare my dog the worst of the fireworks around our Long Island home. I viewed the trip as as an escape. On the contrary, it proved to be a precious arrival - an arrival to earth; to natural rhythms and the presence of wild creatures (like newts!); to the generous hospitality of a genuinely caring host; to the way of life and the aesthetic of an artist who deeply honors nature; and to a place in myself that reveled in and resonated with it all. After several days of a mix of solitude with my dog and the enjoyment of the company of Silvia, a visiting friend of hers and Silvia's great dog Leo, I forgot what day it was and wished I could stay much longer. Driving away on my last day, I felt sadness at leaving; as well, I felt at once lighter and richer from my days at Silvia's Walden.
One thing more I would like to note is that while the tone of a stay in Silvia's place is casual and lost-in-time, Silvia is solidly grounded in the understanding and management of the systems of her off-grid home. Like anything well-run, it all seems care-free because Silvia has it all in hand. I mention this, because I find it so admirable and also it was very cool to be at once off grid and yet perfectly and securely comfortable. I very much look forward to returning.
designer, homesteader wanna-be, farmer apprentice. i was born in costa rica, now living in new york, getting my hands dirty learning to be self sufficient in an off the grid cabin in the woods. i love nature, science and everything outdoors.