Loomis Lair consists of 80 private acres of forest and fields with wonderful views and hiking trails throughout. Private, Quiet and Peaceful in 16' Yurt.
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We invite you to explore the legends of the "Loomis Gang" and Nine Mile Swamp. Located near the Village of Waterville in Central Leatherstocking Country of
New York State. Waterville is known for the notorious family of outlaws, The Loomis Gang, the largest Organized Crime Family in 19th Century America. Loomis Lair is where the Loomis Homestead once stood, before it was burned by a local vigilante Mob in 1866. Waterville was also known as the Hop Capital of the Country from the mid 1800's to the mid 1900's and is the birth place of George Eastman, who founded the Eastman Kodak Company.
Recreational activities abound with Canoeing and Fishing in the near-by Sangerfield River in Nine Mile Swamp, Hiking, X-country Skiing, Snowmobiling and Horseback Riding are close-by at the Charles E. Baker State Forest, a continuous unit of State Land that encompasses 9,414 acres. It is one of the largest solid blocks of NYS public lands outside the Catskills and the Adirondack forest preserves. The Beaver Creek State Forest and the Brookfield Rail Road State Forest also provide good outdoor recreational opportunities.
Loomis Lair consists of 80 private acres of forest and fields with wonderful views and hiking trails throughout. Conveniently located near both Route 20 and Route 12 and is less than 10 miles to the Village of Hamilton, home of Colgate University. Make Loomis Lair your centrally located base of operations for your vacation to Central New York State.
Plenty of windows, screen door, shades and a giant bubble dome on top that can be opened for ventilation. Water, Semi-private shower and toilet facilities inside yurt.
Very accessible - drive right in - Four steps to deck level!
Hiking Trails throughout the property.
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One Queen Bed / Futon, One Twin Bed / Chair
Bed Linens (bring your own towels)
Microwave, Toaster, Coffee maker,
2 burner electric stove (no oven)
Small refrigerator w/ Smaller Freezer, Dishes, Pots and Pans, Picnic table, 4 Adirondack Chairs, Small radio player.
There is only one Yurt at Loomis Lair. This gives you exclusive use of all 80 acres.
Interaction with Guests
You will be greeted, given a key and shown around the Yurt. I am available at any time by phone and text. I am here to maintain the property and for the safety of the Guests and to help, if needed.
Beautiful Rural Farm Country. Rolling Hills of Forest and Field. Peace, quiet and solitude.
Other Things to Note
There are 4 Angora Goats, 15 Ducks (Cayuga, Campbells and Pekin) and 2 Roman Geese that are raised on the property. There is also a 12 year old Female Portuguese Water Dog.
Guests are welcome to visit the animals.
Fresh, pasture raised Duck eggs are available to Guests at no charge.
Sheets, Pillows and Blankets provided
Bring your own Towels
Use of Yurt
· Always close windows and dome when you are not at the yurt! Storms come up quickly in the area and can be very intense at times.
· One queen size bed/futon and one twin size bed/futon chair are provided with linens.
· Please bring your own towels!
· Two burner electric stove unit (no oven)
· Charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid)
· Small refrigerator / no freezer
· Dishes and pots & pans and utensils are provided for very basic cooking.
· Fresh, cold and filtered Spring Water right from the Yurt Kitchen Faucet
Campfires & Smoking
· No smoking inside the yurt!
· Please feel free to have fires in the ring provided. There is plenty of downed wood to collect.
· Well behaved dogs are welcome! If your dog likes to lounge on furniture, please bring your own blankets to protect ours.
· No cats, please!
At the end of your stay
· Leave all dishes/pots and utensils washed and put away.
· Please strip sheets off bed(s) and stuff into a pillow case.
· Please take your trash and recycling with you.
My boyfriend and I just got back from a 3 night retreat at Loomis Lair, and are already planning a return trip! This is the perfect place to "get away from it all," complete with gorgeous views, comfortable and cozy accommodations, and a most gracious host! To start with, the yurt is nothing short of wonderful. It is very well maintained, and the amenities and furnishings will provide all the comforts of home. It is very well heated with a brand new unit, so despite the lingering winter weather we were toasty the whole time! Unfortunately it was too cold to sit out on the deck/by the fire pit and enjoy the view, but this will be something to look forward to next time. I would recommend reading the materials Michael has there to get suggestions on cool things to do, and checking out the books on the Loomis Gang who used to occupy the land, which was a crazy, fascinating history lesson.
Also, Michael is a great host, and a super nice guy! He gave us a very warm welcome and thorough tour upon arrival, and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. His thoughtfulness in planning the yurt to be an ideal getaway spot shows! He has a small farm next to his house (up the hill from the yurt), and was nice enough to introduce us to his four goats, numerous ducks, and adorable puppy Claire. Unfortunately it was too cold for the goats to join us for a "Goat Walk," but the guestbook tells of previous guests having a blast hanging out with Oliver and company.
Overall, the ideal place to go if you want to have some quiet, solitary, unplugged R&R out in the countryside, without the comfort sacrifice that goes along with camping. It's great for visits in all seasons - enjoying a snowfall from the cozy comfort of the yurt (following it up with some killer sledding down the front field) was every bit as good as I imagine sitting around the campfire or enjoying the fall colors to be. I can't recommend a visit to Loomis Lair enough!
This is our 6th visit to Michael's yurt, I think. We absolutely love it at Loomis Lair. The setting is gorgeous and Michael is a great host, checking to see that you have everything we need, but allowing us our privacy. The shower can be quirky, but we're used to it. The new heater is amazing. The yurt was definitely warmer and less drafty than our own home even when it was windy and snowing outside. I love the absolute silence and solitude at night and the sounds of birds singing upon awakening. A very special place for our family.
Our stay at Loomis Lair was wonderful and peaceful. Michael is a gracious host and made sure our stay was pleasant. He was there to greet us and was just a call or text away.
The yurt is well taken care of and certainly homey. It was -8 one night but inside was nice and warm. I enjoyed looking at the moon and the stars through the sky dome and having the natural light during the day.
I only stayed there for two nights and had my dog with me. There was so much snow that snowshoeing was difficult, but it was worth the effort. Made a quick ride into the quaint nearby town of Hamilton to sample some beer at Good Nature Brewing, order a pizza at Oliveri's, and take home some chocolates from Maxwells. All were worth the trip.
Hope to make it back when we can explore more of the grounds and see all the animals.
My girlfriend and I had a great Valentine's Day weekend stay at the Yurt. The yurt itself was as depicted in the pictures, and more. Everything is very clean and well kept by Michael, and he is a real nice and helpful guy to boot. He explains everything when you arrive and then gives you 100% privacy after that. On the other hand if you want help or companionship, he is warm about offering that as well. He even shared some of his duck eggs with us (he's got a puppy, ducks, and goats on the property), which was a nice treat for breakfast. And, you MUST join him for a "goat walk" at least once before you leave. Ask Michael about it!
In a practical vein, there is a fully equipped kitchen. We brought pork chops, vegetables, bread, eggs, juice, coffee, etc. and were able to cook all our meals in the yurt. The only thing you don't have is an oven.
Bathroom area has a toilet and shower, which are as clean as any house's.
The bed is an Ikea roll-out futon and is firm and comfortable, plus you have it as a couch during the day. In short, this is a small home and it feels like it very shortly after you arrive and settle in.
Micheal was a the best host I've had in and outside of Air Bnb. Very friendly and accommodating. I've already recommended him to my friends. Expect to be shown everything about the yurt and the land it's on. Very interesting place.
It is warm during the cold nights. We even stayed there in 4 degrees Fahrenheit and slept cozy and comfortable in bed.
Also there's fun towns and great restaurants near by.
The scenery is stunning.
Had a great winter weekend in Michaels Yurt. We were greeted by Michael with a shoveled path for our car and for us. He avoided using salt as he was mindful that we were bringing our dog. The Yurt was very cozy and warm. We were able to cook all of our meals in the Yurt. We made a hike up to the farm, traveled into the town of Hamilton, stopped at the Good Nature brewery, and hiked up to Loomis hill for a breathtaking view of the 9-mile swamp at sunset. Michaels attention to detail is remarkable, the yurt is spacious and very clean. We highly recommend this yurt and would love to come back in the fall or summer.
This was my third time at the yurt, and it was wonderful as always. I have family in the area, but I love having a cozy space to myself during the hectic holiday season. I have only stayed at the yurt during Christmas and can attest that the yurt stays warm and toasty even when there is a ton of snow outside (though this year was comparatively mild). The view from the hill is great, and for me it's super convenient to my friends and family in Waterville.
Michael is a great host who is available if and when you need him, but otherwise just lets you have your space. I highly recommend the yurt, especially for city dwellers like me who need a getaway!
This is a picture of me while Canoeing the Sangerfield River in the beautiful Nine Mile Swamp. The Yurt at Loomis Lair is located nearby, perched high above the Swamp.
I grew-up in Hamilton, NY, the home of Colgate University, which is about 10 miles from Loomis Lair. I went to School at Morrisville College (AAS-Mechanical Engineering Technology), Excelsior College (BS-Art and Design) and Rochester Institute of Technology (MFA- Industrial Design).
I have lived and worked in New Haven, CT, Los Angeles, CA, Rochester, Ithaca and Hamilton, NY. I have designed and fabricated Exhibits and Furniture for many years and I have more recently taught Industrial Design and Graphic Design at the college level.
I have been involved with the historic restoration of two houses and I was also a founding Board Member and the Secretary of the City Point Historic District Neighborhood Association in New Haven, CT.
I missed not being around the beautiful forests and fields of Central New York. I wanted to return to my roots in a place that I love and work toward achieving a more self-sustainable lifestyle.
I am the founder, owner and operator of Loomis Lair Yurt Rentals, since March of 2010.
Loomis Lair, Waterville, NY