Catskills Forest Cabin Retreat

Cabin - Private room · Hanford Road, East Meredith, NY 13757, United States

Peace, communion with nature in beautiful 70 acre hardwood forest on a dead-end road, NW Catskills, just under the Susquehanna and Delaware West Branch divide. Handsome post-and-beam hemlock cabin. Outdoor cooking. Solar shower.

Your host, Richard
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Peace, communion with nature in beautiful 70 acre hardwood forest on a dead-end road, NW Catskills, just under the Susquehanna and Delaware West Branch divide. Handsome post-and-beam hemlock cabin. Outdoor cooking. Solar shower.

The Space

Handsome post and beam cabin, 8 x 14'; planed hemlock interior. Built in sleeping platform and drawers, futon mattress. Sited at edge of owner's 70ac hardwood forest, walking trails, on dead end road. No elec/water in cabin. No cell signal probably. You're away from everything. Solar powered outdoor shower. 2lst C. outhouse. Advice on hiking, canoeing, day trips, artist studios, historic sites, museums, antiquing. Pet friendly.

Hardwood forest leafing out in May. Very beautiful. Red maples begin to 'display' first of autumn foliage in late August.

West Kortright Centre nearby with cultural programming and community events May - Oct. Oneonta, 15 miles. Cooperstown, 35 mi. Delhi, 10 mi. Bloomville, 8 mi.

Silence is a special amenity of this land. Little or no road noise.

Linens, blankets, flashlight, compass provided.

Interaction with Guests

Easy self check-in if host not present. Yours is the only cabin in the forest. I don't go to guest cabin unless invited. Guests may come to my place, the Saphouse, at any time for information or any items they need. In an emergency, no matter what the hour.

Breakfast served one morning of your stay. Time to be arranged.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $250 /week
Cleaning Fee: $10
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Richard's kindness and warmth made our stay in his lovely cabin even more memorable. I'd highly recommend Richard's space for anyone who enjoys a bit of adventure and a host who is interesting and engaging.

    May 2014
  • Wow, what an experience.

    Richard is a kind soul and provided a great deal of support, privacy, and communication throughout our visit.

    The cabin is the perfect getaway for anyone that is wanting to camp with a more secure place to lay your head. It's raw, well-built, and beautifully positioned in his backyard—the Catskills Mountains.

    For anyone that is inspired by the simple things in life, I'd highly recommend staying at Richard's cabin. Bring food, flashlights, extra blankets, and enjoy the fire as you are surrounded by the quaint sound of nature and peace.

    Thanks Richard!

    October 2013
  • I stayed in Richard's cabin for two nights, and it was such a great stay. He was a fantastic host and even made me a full breakfast one morning. The cabin itself was beautiful, well-made and built very tight. And the setting was as peaceful as it was beautiful. He recommended some good hikes which were lovely. I've been recommending the cabin to everyone since I got back.

    October 2013
  • The host has a real gift for the art of simplicity. You will not be disappointed. There is a beautiful austerity to this cabin. It is well positioned in the woods with serene view over the valley. Fire pit (with ready-to-burn wood) was very much enjoyed. Engaging host!

    October 2013
  • What a treat it was to spend the weekend in one of the most preserved and idyllic regions in New York. Cozy, clean cabin that was a perfect respite from the city, nestled (email hidden) hard wood forest. We made a fire one morning and cooked breakfast on the grill Richard had set up, and then took a long stroll through the acres of trails that span behind the cabin. Driving and getting lost in those hills and finding a perfect river to jump in was a highlight. And of course, Richards warm hospitality and his incredible pancakes! Truly a pleasure spending time with him in a very special place. Thank you Richard! Can't wait to visit again.

    September 2013
  • Richard has great integrity - a wonderful help. I couldn't stay at his place (my circumstances changed) after all arrangements were made and he had helped me out via email. He kept in touch, refunded my $, and was very gracious

    August 2013
  • Richard´s cabin was great! the best night´s sleep I have had for a long time-- and it was in such a terrific location-- the Kortwright Community Center, with all it´s arts programming was right there, and worth checking out, and Glimmerglass opera was convenient as well.

    Had beautiful walks on his country roads-- and added bonus, Richard gave us a great tip on location of a big antique barn-- we now are the proud owners of a very old chair, which, with glue and clamps, should be in our kitchen in no time.

    Overall great experience, Richard was a fantastic host--- look forward to staying here again.

    July 2013
    Response from Richard:

    Pam and Harry H., guests you're grateful for the opportunity to meet and talk to.

    July 2013
  • Richard was a gracious and hospitable host. The cabin is perfectly rustic and provided some much needed intensive relaxation! It's beautiful in its simplicity, and perfect for a relaxing week - or weekend - away!

    July 2013
  • Richard's cabin is serene and the surroundings are beautiful. Basically you're camping with a cabin. The cabin is very clean and well-made - the futon is comfortable and there's a surprising amount of space underneath, so you won't be tripping over your stuff. There's a picnic table and a fire pit, with plenty of wood, newspaper and even bellows. As long as you don't mind a shovel for a toilet and a short walk to running water, this is a great place to come for peace and quiet. Richard is a generous host, and can point you to hikes from your site and beyond. Dehli is a nice town nearby if you need anything - check out the Crossroads Cafe on Main Street. I have a feeling I'll be back to Richard's retreat.

    July 2013
  • The cabin is set in a well-looked-after, picturesque, mature wood close to an open field with viewss across the valley. It's a great location, Richard is welcoming and also leaves you to your own devices, highly recommeded for some peaceful r'n'r.

    June 2013
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Univ. of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Institute
Landscape painter
I'm a landscape painter working in my own woods and in other forests of the Catskills, on the seacoast in Mass and Maine, and in New Mexico. I live in a renovated saphouse with two cats 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 fifteen years ago. I built this small post-and-beam cabin in the last three years 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. Of course I cut and split my own fire wood. All seasons are a joy. I do get to NYC often 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. There's no TV signal or wifi except by satellite in these hills. Cell phone reception is spotty but not impossible. So I read.
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