Catskill Forest Artist Studio

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Barn hosted by Richard

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A common area with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
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ARTIST'S STUDIO: Renovation-in-progress FARM BUILDING, BEAUTIFUL DEAD-END ROAD IN NW CATSKILLS. Open plan building, abundant natural light, sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom, sitting room area, studio space, outdoor porch, backyard w/ cinder grill, picnic table. Views to forest and fields. STUDIO RENTAL ALLOWS ARTIST-OWNER to Travel To Paint.

Private driveway and private parking DESPITE what description says.

Sam, Saphouse cat, 2005 - 2021. Deceased one year ago. He used to host.

The space
The Saphouse, formerly making maple syrup and maple candy, now functions as an artist studio and home. Open plan 22" X 33". Natural light floods the space via large windows and sky lights. Bathroom recently finished. Kitchen fully stocked with everything you need to prepare meals, including stove, convection oven, pots and pans, etc., but is still being renovated.

If you choose to draw or paint, work tables and easels available. Owner is a landscape oil painter with regional reputation. Painting, drawing, and lithographs decorate the studio, dining area, sleeping loft. Other artists in his collection also represented.

Important: Studio is a farm building under renovation. Plywood floors. Kitchen construction in progress. Partially open ceilings, wiring visible. Natural lighting excellent. Lighting fixtures/all wiring installed by licensed electrician. Kitchen serviceable for travelers preparing straightforward meals from local Farmers Markets.

CuisineArt micro oven works well (see manual). Aged Farberware counter-top Convection Oven for baking and broiling.

Kitchen stocked with flour, oil, butter, spices for amateur bakers. Cookware, utensils provided for Amana gas stove top. Amana gas oven not operable.

No air-conditioning. Space cooled by floor fans and shading from nearby trees in summer. Most summer nights are cool. In cold weather, space heated by LP gas and by Jotul wood stove.

Porch, picnic tables and fire pit for outdoor cooking and dining.

Guests, with permission, are welcome to bring dogs. Please bring textile throw for the dog's use. Dogs have occupied the space in the past six months. No cat on property for nearly a year.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 double bed, 1 floor mattress

What this place offers

Garden view
Mountain view
Kitchen
Wifi
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Bathtub
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East Meredith, New York, United States

The natural beauty, relative isolation on the dead-end road, and quietness of the neighborhood are highly valued by the host and other persons who live on the one mile road. Road maintenance is excellent. Bring your compass for orientation. Many open views for orientation and the pleasure of viewing the landscape. 30-mile vistas from Susquehanna R/West Branch, Delaware R Divide - 2300' - within 30 min. hike from cabin.

In summer the West Kortright Centre, 1/2 mi. down the road, has terrific programming. WestKC.org for list of concerts, workshops, exhibitions which of course have been affected by Covid-19 reality.

Delhi, the nearest village, 12 mi., has food shopping. Good Cheap Food on Main Street highly recommended for whole, organic foods, meats, fresh fish on weekends, fresh vegetables. Wonderful Farmer's Markets: Delhi, Wed. midday; Bovina Center, Thurs. late afternoon; Hobart; Fri. late afternoon; Oneonta, Sat. a.m. There's also a supermarket, Price Chopper in Delhi or Oneonta.

Blue Bee restaurant and Quarter Moon Cafe, Delhi.

Hobart has English pub, Bull and Garland.

A great Sunday morning breakfast destination, Buck Hill Farm, near Jefferson. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) for info and directions. Pancakes, maple syrup, sausage. Recommended!

Cooperstown, a pleasant 45 min. drive north, is a great destination. Ommegang Brewery, Fenimore Art Museum, Farmer's Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame. And handsome Otsego Lake, 7 mi. + long. Otesaga Hotel on the lake has great Sunday brunch and great views of the lake.

Andes, a nearby mountain town, has galleries, local history, and Wilson's Bakery, 30 minutes away via NY28.

In Oneonta, B Side Ballroom. Good food, Sometimes live music. Also Green Earth Cafe on Market Street.

Hosted by Richard

  1. Joined in September 2012
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I'm a landscape painter working in my own woods and in other forests of the Catskills, the hammock forests of Florida, and on the seacoast in Mass and Maine, and in New Mexico. I live in a renovated saphouse with one cat in the northwest Catskills on the dairy farm (now disused) that I grew up on. I trained as a painter at Univ. of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Pratt Institute. For twenty years I worked as a museum director, principally of historic religion utopias like the Shakers and the Perfectionists at Oneida, but went back to my studio full time twenty years ago.

I built this small post-and-beam cabin four years ago - Catskill Forest Cabin Retreat/AIRBNB/682997 - as a place for other painters, friends, and strangers to stay, rest, and explore the forest that I own with my brother. It's hard maple, ash, black cherry, beech and basswood, and formerly was tapped for maple syrup making but not now.

Visitors can make arrangements for drawing and painting instruction and critiques. I offer instruction for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced who are looking for a new depth in their work.

I used to cut and split my own fire wood; now I buy some and ask campers to bring in 'approved' firewood, that is, firewood treated in a wood kiln to kill Emerald Ash Borer which is a threat to our ash trees.

I do get to NYC occasionally to see exhibitions, old friends, and enjoy the city. And I travel a fair amount by auto in the Southeast and Southwest. The upper Midwest and Northwest are coming up soon I hope.

Cell phone reception is spotty but not impossible in these hills and I now have broadband wifi (after years of waiting). No TV: I read natural history of trees, fiction, poetry, spirituality and landscape.


I'm a landscape painter working in my own woods and in other forests of the Catskills, the hammock forests of Florida, and on the seacoast in Mass and Maine, and in New Mexico. I…

During your stay

Guests welcomed by owner or a co-host, depending on time of arrival, to answer questions and instruct the use of wood stove and LP (liquid propane ) heating units, one in studio, one in bathroom. House manual available. Included are instructions for self check-in for late arrivals. Please read House Manual for using wood stove.
Guests welcomed by owner or a co-host, depending on time of arrival, to answer questions and instruct the use of wood stove and LP (liquid propane ) heating units, one in studio, o…

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm

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