2-Bedroom Chalet style cabin with additional sleeping loft near lake, skiing and state parks. Custom wood-burning Finnish Sauna in the back and wood stove in the house.
Note that there is a 3-night minimum on holiday weekends, otherwise it's a 2-night minimum. Wireless internet is available at the cabin - there is a 2GB cap on data usage.
This cozy cabin is surrounded by acres of solitude in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tucked in a quiet corner of the Poconos, it includes an authentic Finnish wood-fired sauna and:
Two comfortable bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a pull-out trundle;
An additional sleeping loft with double futon;
Recently updated bathroom with subway tile shower and new fixtures;
Newer kitchen appliances and fully equipped kitchen;
Freestanding maplewood, wood-fired sauna cabin with cooling tub out front - Wood is Good!
Comfortable deck with ample seating;
Sitting patio with outdoor fire area;
Close to area ski resorts, including Camelback Ski area;
Walking distance to private lake, community swimming pool, tennis courts and more (use of our rowboat with signed liability waiver);
Surrounded by over 12 acres of forest with abundant wildlife (including a nearby pileated woodpecker nest, a nesting pair of osprey, deer and occasional wild turkey);
Family friendly - an assortment of children's toys and dvd's are kept in the loft and closet.
Cycling paradise - ask about great road cycling routes and nearby mtn biking A great local road cycling route.
All this within 120 miles of both New York City and Philadelphia, it makes for an ideal weekend getaway at a reasonable price.
Blankets and pillows are provided, but please bring your own linens. The beds should be stripped when you arrive and you should leave them that way when you leave. There are two full-size beds (queen sheets work just fine) and two
single beds (the trundle). BTW, if you have trouble folding the upstairs futon bed, just
leave it down and let us know. Consider bringing two towels per person for the sauna/pool/lake!
2. Well pump must be turned on when you arrive and off when you leave. This cabin’s water supply is an on-site well with an electric pump. While we are away, we leave it off to prevent possible water disasters (particularly in winter.)
a. To turn it on, go to the fuse box in the far closet of the master bedroom. Switch 12/14 is clearly marked and even says “pump”. Flip it so it’s in line with the
other switches. There’s a flashlight in the closet beneath the steps if you have
b. To turn it off, reverse procedure above. If you forget, just call to let us know
(phone number hidden). Recreation Island passes. Passes are located on the cork board by the front door. You must have the passes on you to use the pool, tennis courts, etc.
4. Take a look at the map of local attractions at: (website hidden) (click on the “attractions” link) and consider writing down a few or printing out the map.
5. Cold? Build a Fire! In the winter, we have backup heat, but in the summer, there is no gas heat. If you are cold, please feel free to build a fire. There are fire-starters near the fireplace and wood out in the woodshed. It should be split to about the size of your arm for best results.
6. Sauna – Not recommended for people with heart trouble or who are pregnant. Chop
some wood to about the diameter of your arm. Take the bundle to the sauna and use a
fire-starter to get it going. The damper drawer at the bottom of the stove should be
opened about 2 inches and the door closed to get the fire going. Once it’s going strong,
close the damper and wait about 30 minutes in the summer and up to 75 minutes in the
winter. Ideal sauna temperature is 160 or higher. Much lower than that will just feel like you’re on the tarmac at LaGuardia. Feel free to fill the blue tub and buckets with cold water to wash and cool off with (it’s easiest to unspool the hose and fill up at the sauna than to lug the bucket!)
Ben was a great host! The pictures for this cabin doesn't do it justice. Myself and 3 friends went on a trip to the Poconos and the space we had was incredible! This place was great! Only bad thing was us not being able to stay longer because of work. I will definitely vacate and recommend this location to my friends!
My two girlfriends and I rented this cabin to get away from it all and de-stress - and it was a wonderful trip! The cabin is in a gated community, which is nice and safe, but it's very secluded and private. The wood-fired sauna was amazing! It was a bit cold, so we were glad to have brought pre-cut wood bundles for the wood stove - it warmed up the place in an instant! If you go, bring your bluetooth device - there are Bose speakers which totally fill the place with amazing sound. Also, the kitchen is fully stocked so you can cook up a storm, no worries.
Ben was very kind and answered our million questions before our trip. Due to commuter traffic and other unexpected issues, we arrived very late and he was very kind about that. He always answered our questions immediately via text or phone so that was SUPER helpful. Highly recommended if you want to get away from the craziness of life.
If you are looking for a simple, cool cabin in an isolated area, but close enough to a few taverns, grocery stores etc. This is your place. We , guys weekend for 3, went in 3ft of snow and -4 degrees, but the wood stove provided more than enough to heat the house.
We would like to return in the fall where we could enjoy the deck and outside more.
The cabin was a revelation! Our family felt completely at home here. Ben was at the ready for any questions. We are counting the days till we are able to return.
My friends and I had a wonderful time staying at the cabin. It was my second time staying here and it was just as great as the first time! We had the pleasure of meeting Ben and he was super courteous and helpful. This place is my favorite!
Ben's place was the perfect getaway from NYC. We needed a secluded cabin near camelback mountain for skiing and couldn't have found a better option. I personally liked the fact that we had to chop our own wood and build fires in the cabin and in the sauna (which was lovely). The cabin is not near any other homes and looking out the windows all we saw were snow-covered trees. It is in a gated community however, which enhanced safety... That was a nice feeling. We even saw a family of deer crossing the road outside the cabin! Pretty magical all around. Would definitely recommend this quaint getaway. Ben was extremely responsive and everything was exactly as he described, which he was very thorough in doing. A+!
Ben was a great host, making sure that the driveway and porch were shoveled for our arrival (at least a foot of snow on the ground), and the cabin (+sauna) was wonderful -- quiet, remote, and cozy!
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