About This Listing
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.
We've lost track of how many times we've stayed here. We absolutely just love Michael and his yurt. The property is lovely, Michael is the consummate host and Loomis Lair is such a peaceful place to get away to.
We'd actually stay more often, but now that word is out, we've missed two fall visits because Michael was already booked!
This is a wonderful place for people who wish to get away in the quiet of the country. We always enjoy star-gazing, picking wildflowers, checking out the wildlife, bird-watching and listening to the coyotes serenade us to sleep.
Morning coffee on the deck while the sun burns off the mist in the valley is gorgeous!
Loomis Lair, Michael, and the Yurt was one of the best weekend getaways my girlfriend and I have ever had. "Glamping" is so fun because you get to have that little bit of rough nature side (building a fire, etc), but get to subside in one of the most beautiful little yurts one could ask for. It was perfectly sized with exactly what anyone could have needed and is much nicer then any of the pictures that Michael shows. The dome in the center allows the natural light to brighten the entire place any time of day. From the yurt, to the view, to the tranquility, to Michael's few farm animals, everything was just right.
This is truly a unique experience and one we would highly recommend! Michael has been extremely thoughtful in the design of the yurt and in sharing the history of the area. This is clearly his passion. We cooked all of our meals at the yurt just as we would have at home. We especially enjoyed visiting the goats and ducks at the top of the hill! We saw about 15 deer in only a day and a half and loved walking the large, 80-acre property. It's its own little world and ideal for taking a break from technology and relaxing. We will definitely recommend Michael's yurt to friends and family!
My week at the yurt was restorative and beautiful. My dog and I were comfortable regardless of the warm days and cold nights and weathering some fierce thunderstorms. Michael was helpful without being obtrusive. Yes, the shower temp vacillates a bit, but who cares? The walking, birdwatching, sunrises, and peace make up for it. The yurt was clean, well laid out, and well equipped, and I felt safe in my solitude.
I have already recommended this experience to friends. If staying in a yurt appeals to you, or if you're looking for a quiet getaway, this is the place.
My boyfriend and I just enjoyed a wonderful weekend in the yurt. Our dog, Edgar Allan Pug, had just as much fun as we did. Michael was very helpful and provided a welcoming space for us. He was knowledgable of the lands history and provided thorough suggestions for how to spend our time. We explored the land, built campfires, read, played board games, created art, and lounged on the deck. I have already recommended the yurt as a potential vacation spot for my family and friends. I can't wait to go back!
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.
About the Host, Michael
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
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