About this listing
Communion with nature, beautiful 70 acre hardwood forest below Susquehanna and Delaware West Branch divide, 2200'. Post-and-beam hemlock cabin, no utilities. Outdoor cooking, wood fire. Hiking.
Make your own trails, bushwhack.
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 heat/elec/water in cabin. No cell signal probably. You're away from it all. 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. Most colorful display, late Sept - Columbus Day. After Columbus Day, only beeches have leaves, the rest fall from wind and rain forces. Snow cover by mid-Nov for Xcntry, Snowshoeing.
West Kortright Centre nearby with cultural programming and community events May - Oct. Oneonta, 15 miles. Cooperstown, 35 mi. Delhi, 10 mi. Bloomville, 8 mi.
East Meredith's Hanford Mills Museum, historic site of water- and steam-powered milling, is 3 miles away.
Silence is a special amenity of this land. Little or no road noise.
Linens, blankets, flashlight, compass provided.
Rugged hiking along divide, 2200', between Susquehanna and West Branch Delaware watersheds. Rugged hiking shoes, heavy canvas trousers, shirt coat. Bushwacking. There's no marked trail; you follow the terrain.
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.
When I'm present, breakfast served one morning of your stay. Time to be arranged. Currently I'm painting cottonwoods 'blossoming' in New Mexico.
No smoking within cabin.
All outdoor fires within masonry campfire pit. No other fires permitted.
No radios. Quietness, except for birds, owls, coyotes, wind in the trees, deer snorting, etc. is a special amenity of the property.
Dogs permitted. Please have your dog on a leash in vicinity of parking area and my cabin.
Richard's cabin is just as described - handsome, cozy cabin situated in a lovely hardwood forest. The neighborhood is just fantastic as well. We aren't huge campers, but we enjoyed our time "away from it all". It was really nice to wake up to birds chirping. We got to meet Richard very briefly, very late at night, as he was concerned about our arrival. We highly recommend arriving before nightfall on your first night, just to get your bearings (even if you have lamps/lanterns/flashlights).
I had a lovely time at Richards cabin. The peace and quiet was exactly what I needed. Richard was very accommodating and friendly. The cabin was stocked with everything that I needed. I was able to bring my little dog Ru and she enjoyed her time as well. I was a solo traveler and I felt completely safe. The location is amazing. During the day I drove to a lake about 30 mins away near Oneonta and rented kayaks for the day. I'm already thinking about planning another trip out to the cabin before summer is over.
Richard's lot and cabin was beautiful. There was no one around so the privacy was amazing. His cabin was stocked with all the essentials for your stay and it was wonderful getting to spend a weekend there.
Incredibly beautiful and just as Richard advertised it. Really simple and comfortable with everything you would need for a lovely stay.
What a joy it was to spend the holiday weekend in this peaceful & magical place. Cosy and warm cabin with fire pit just outside. Richard made us feel welcome and let us know that we could call on him anytime if needed. Great area with lots to do and see. We loved the outdoor shower. Highly recommend for rustic outdoor experience.
I deeply appreciated the calm and still and escape from cell service. Someone wrote a review that I thought of often while I was there that said the cabin had "everything we needed and nothing we didn't." I am thankful that I brought a glass jar to drink my coffee out of, but otherwise, the cabin provides. It was so nice to remember how little I actually need, and how being with so little provides for so much mental and spiritual space and rest.
Richard was on a painting trip in New Mexico, so there was no one to greet me, but I found the cabin clean easily, and ready for me. Plenty of water for my two nights, and a small propane stove and some propane, which saved me. (It rained most of the time I was there, and snowed the morning I left, so I was only able to make one outdoor fire, and it was a struggle, even with the kerosene I had). Especially since Richard wasn't there, I was a little freaked to find that the cabin's sliding side door didn't lock. I was there by myself (I'm a woman, tough at heart but not in body), so I felt sort of freaked. I used a bench and a branch to wedge it closed from the outside when I slept and brought the shovel inside as my just-in-case weapon. I remembered that Richard said there was no one around: That was both a comfort and a small source of anxiety at night. The bed was very comfortable, though, and I slept soundly.
This was our second visit to Richard's wonderful escape. Our last stay was in August, this time: winter, -10 degrees. Both were equally wonderful. If Richard thought we were crazy to stay in his unheated cabin in such cold, he didn't let on. He just let us book the reservation, gave us as much information as we needed, and plenty of space to do our thing. We brought our own propane heater that took the chill off, two dogs, and an open mind. Richard's property and the surrounding area is breathtaking, and his hospitality the warmest. We'd be glad to visit in any season.
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About the Host, Richard
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.