About this listing
Springs Retreat is a two-story cabin that is surrounded by woods and wildlife. This escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life is conveniently located less than three miles from Watkins Glen International and the Watkins Glen gorge. Springs Retreat makes a great end to a day on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
The cabin, the only building on a 12 acre wooded lot, is landscaped with hosta, myrtle, and other shade-tolerant plants and shrubbery. There is a garden pond, a flowing bird bath, and a fountain… all in view of the two comfortable chairs on the front porch.
The cabin is constructed in an open style and is suited best to couples or small families looking to get away for a week or weekend to spend quality time with each other and their surroundings. Wildlife such as white-tail deer, turkey, grouse, rabbits, chipmunks, and song birds are common visitors to the peaceful landscape.
Guests have full access to the cabin and surrounding areas. We offer fresh eggs and veggies in season, but please do talk with Bob or Donna for help if you need help with either!
Interaction with Guests
Bob and Donna are available at the main house and will help with any guest needs during the stay. We make every effort to be available to our guests for questions or concerns, but respect the privacy and solitude a guest is seeking.
It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, but really only a couple miles from town!
Public transit isn't available on the weekends and only at specific times during the day. There are winery tours available who will pick you up, in the area if you are seeking a safe way to sample the local wines.
Other Things to Note
Communications prior to your stay are most quickly addressed if you communicate through Airbnb. If you elect to call and I'm unable to answer, please text message instead of leaving a voicemail, I'll be able to address your concern more quickly :-)
We are fairly flexible with house rules, but here are the biggies:
1. No smoking in the cabin.
2. Dogs are welcome with a heads up and please know that there are fleas and ticks in the woods and your pooch should have something to help avoid discomfort. Also, there are coyotes in the area, so please ensure that your pup is safe :-)
3. Please don't leave food or waste outside the cabin, it attracts wildlife, and you don't want to wake up to a bear, raccoon, opossum or other creature on the front stoop! Please take all unwanted refuse to the main house or call Bob/Donna for pickup.
4. If you have small children, please be aware that the stairs are steep and could be a concern overnight. Please bring a gate or other means to ensure a child's safety. There is also a small fish pool outdoors that could be a hazard. Safety first!
5. Please don't bring any firewood onto the property, we are happy to provide all you need during your stay :-)
6. RELAX and HAVE FUN!!!
My family and I built Springs Retreat as my first home and I moved into the cabin during the early Spring of 2002. I enjoyed the cabin as my home for several years, until it became too small to meet the needs and I moved to a more traditional home. I loved the years I spent at the cabin and my hope is always to share the joy of simplicity and solitude with guests. The beauty of the cabin is that you can feel a 'million miles from nowhere', while being 3 miles from the nearest town and able to enjoy the great food and activities offered in both Watkins Glen and Montour Falls. On the drive past the main house to the cabin, you can pick your own veggies in season and even pick up some fresh eggs from the chickens!