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Catskills Forest Artist Studio

SuperhostEast Meredith, New York, United States
Barn hosted by Richard
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
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Reconstructed historical farm building - sap house - on a beautiful, quiet, dead-end country road, perched on the forest edge. Open plan building with lots of natural light with sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom, living room area, artist studio space, outdoor porch, backyard with grill and picnic table. Renovation in progress. Views to forest and fields. Walk/hike/snowshoe in a 70 acre hardwood forest and experience the beauty of the seasons.

The space
The Sap House, formerly used for 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 is fully stocked with everything you need to prepare meals, including stove, ovens, 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. Insulation and wiring visible. Lighting, both natural and from lighting fixtures, is excellent. All fixtures and equipment work; wiring is safe, installed by licensed electrician. The kitchen is serviceable for travelers preparing straightforward meals.

Fully stocked kitchen. Cookware, utensils provided for gas stove top cooking. Gas oven not operable but there is a good counter-top convection oven, electric, for baking and a large toaster oven.

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 wood stove.

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

Guests, with permission, are welcome to bring pets. Dogs and cats have occupied the space in the past six months.

Guest access
Guests who want to hike - snowshoe, cross country ski in winter - should wear layered, rugged clothing and suitable shoes. Trails are not marked except by tractor and small all-terrain vehicle use. You'll be bushwhacking along the Delaware West Branch/Susquehanna River divide that overlooks the cabin.

DO NOT BRING FIREWOOD. THREATS from Emerald Ash Borer or Hemlock Woolly Adelgid ARE REAL. Seasoned firewood and kindling occurs naturally in woods just feet from the Sap House; please collect a supply for your use from the forest and from the stacked firewood.

There are NO KEYS required to enter the Studio. (We don't lock autos or homes here in this neighborhood - isn't that great?) You may lock the house from inside for your sleeping comfort if you like, but make sure that BOTH DOORS ARE UNLOCKED as you leave the structure. IF YOU DO LOCK YOURSELF OUT, THERE IS NO WAY TO GET BACK IN EXCEPT BY CALLING A LOCKSMITH AT YOUR EXPENSE. I HAVE NO KEY. If you have concerns about security for possessions, lock them in your car trunk.

Other things to note
If not familiar with wood burning stoves, winter guests will want instruction in using the Jotul wood stove. Firewood, kindling matches and newspaper to light the fire provided. Do not place anything combustible within 3 feet of the wood burning stove. There is a red fire extinguisher visible near the stove. It is very simple to operate.

The co-host is Denise Warren of Stone & Thistle Farm, a livestock farm a few miles down the road. They raise beef, pork, lamb, goat, poultry and eggs which are sold from their farm store. Using the best of the farm's produce, dairy and meats, and with a few days' notice, Denise prepares and delivers meals in the farm's restaurant kitchen and delivers to Sap House guests. As guests of the Sap House, you are welcome to participate in the farm's programs such as tours/chores, Farmer for a Day or farm and food workshops.
Reconstructed historical farm building - sap house - on a beautiful, quiet, dead-end country road, perched on the forest edge. Open plan building with lots of natural light with sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom, living room area, artist studio space, outdoor porch, backyard with grill and picnic table. Renovation in progress. Views to forest and fields. Walk/hike/snowshoe in a 70 acre hardwood forest and experie…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 floor mattress

Amenities

Smoke alarm
Wifi
Carbon monoxide alarm
Free street parking
Indoor fireplace
Fire extinguisher
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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. Snowplowed by 7am after a 12" snow previous night. Sometimes there will be cross country trails depending on neighbors and previous guests. Be prepared to make your own hiking, There are presently no marked trails - cross country skiers, snowshoe, hikers - within the 70 acre forest. Bring your compass for orientation. Many open views for orientation and the pleasure of viewing the landscape.

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. Stone & Thistle Farm, a few miles down the road sells eggs, meat (beef, poultry, lamb, goat, pork, sausage). There's also a supermarket, Price Chopper in Delhi or Oneonta. And Blue Bee restaurant and Quarter Moon Cafe.

Bloomville has Table on Ten; interesting destination. 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 Two Old Tarts, 30 minutes away via NY28.

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

Hosted by Richard

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 l…
Co-hosts
  • Denise, Tom And Shane
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

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