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Nestled among the hardwood forest of Columbia County this secluded, handcrafted cabin offers tranquility within reach of all the Columbia-Berkshire attractions.
Nestled among the hardwood forest of Columbia County this secluded, handcrafted cabin offers tranquility within reach of all the Columbia-Berkshire attractions. Hand built by a local family from locally sourced pine and bluestone this 1,500 square foot cabin in the perfect place to rest and recharge among the birch trees. The 2 acre property is 2.5 miles from a paved road and a few minutes walk from state forest land - ideal if you want to immerse yourself in nature for a few precious days and forget the sounds of city life.
Deer, squirrels, raccoons, hawks and owls frequent the property. You may even see a bobcat or hear the coyotes in the distance. The large, screened porch perched among the branches looking towards the sun setting over the Catskills encourages hours spent taking in the birdsong as the light changes.
Birch Cabin can sleep up to 4 people but is most comfortable for 2. A queen bed in the loft provides cool, summer sleeping under the open skylight and a queen sized sleeper-sofa in the den can accomodate guests or children.
The large screened porch is furnished with a hand built pine picnic table and Adirondack style chairs for summer dining. From the porch you can easily access the large outdoor fire pit, the den, loft or the main room. In the summer, the porch usually becomes the most used room in the house.
In cooler weather the large indoor dining table can easily accomodate 6-8 while basking in the warmth of the wood stove. The well stocked kitchen has everything you need to create all your own meals including a modern 5-burner gas cooking stove and cast-iron and copper cookware. In cooler weather the wood stove heats the cabin - there is always a good supply of seasoned wood for burning.
When you feel like a walk just open up the door and head out. Miles of dirt road surround the cabin so you can walk for hours and usually come across very few cars. You can walk or take a short drive to 2 state forests within a couple of miles of Birch Cabin that offer wonderful hiking trails, mountain top views and a pond for canoeing. With a little more driving you can access the Appalachian Trail and numerous other parks, state forest and trails along the New York - Massachusetts border.
When you are ready to head into town you can drive to Chatham (NY) in 10 minutes, Hudson (NY), Great Barrington (MA) and Lennox (MA) in 25 minites. These towns offer local, organic groceries, a great selection of restaurants, movie theaters and antique and gift shops. In 45 minutes you can be in Albany or Rhinebeck NY. The drive from NYC usually takes about 2.5 hours.
We accept well-behaved dogs with a deposit of $250 which will be returned within 48 hours of departure assuming there has been no damage to the property.
The loft sleeps 2 (queen bed) and the couch in the den pulls out into another queen size bed. However, please be aware these are not 2 private bedrooms when used together. There is a full size futon in the main room that can sleep 2. There is a maximum occupancy of 4.
8% NY sales tax required for all stays under 30 days
From Nov 01, 2015 - Apr 30, 2016 the minimum stay is 30 nights.