Catskills Forest Cabin Retreat


Entire cabin hosted by Richard

  1. 2 guests
  2. Studio
  3. 1 bed
  4. 0 baths
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Nature, peace, silence, dark sky. 70 acre hardwood forest. Views from cabin to Susquehanna and Delaware West Branch divide, 2200'. Sky- and star-gazing. Fireflies in early summer. Solitude. Big full moon.

Post-and-beam hemlock cabin, wood burning stove. Off-Grid. Outdoor cooking, wood fire pit. Guests are the only campers in the 70 acre forest. Bushwhack.

Marked trails in mountains nearby. Catskills Trails book in cabin. Snowshoe, xcntry.

Snowfall of 2' not unlikely , winter.

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 on dead end road. No elec/water in cabin. Wood stove for heating has small top surface for cooking. You can collect firewood from the forest floor. Last guest has left you dry kindling to build your fire. Please do the same for the next guest. Limited amount of firewood available from host's firewood pile at end of driveway.

Solar shower in season. In summer, some mosquitos (not terrible); bring repellent.

Advice on hiking, canoeing, day trips, artist studios, historic sites, museums, antiquing.

No cell signal probably. You're away from it all.

Star gazing: A special amenity in every season. Little to no ambient light encourages nighttime sky viewing. Firefly season, June and part of July.

September is the beginning of foliage season. 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 'guaranteed' to have leaves, other hardwood leaves fall from wind and rain. Snow cover, perhaps, by mid-Nov for Xcntry, Snowshoeing.

Winter camping is exciting but recommended only for campers with winter experience, winter gear, and good sleeping bags.

Silence is a special amenity of this land. Little or no road noise. DO NOT PLAY RADIOS OR DEVICES; please be part of and enjoy the quietness.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom area
1 double bed

What this place offers

Mountain view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Indoor fireplace
Fire pit

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Where you’ll be

East Meredith, New York, United States

The rolling terrain of NW Catskills, 1500' to 2300'. In Winter expect cold days, frigid nights. Recommended for experienced outdoors people with good equipment.

Summer nights, refreshingly cool. Upper slopes, hardwood forests; some softwood 'plantations' at lower elevations. Dairy farming on lower slopes; some farmland disused, some organic dairies, some vegetable farms, a number of chicken-and-egg farms, grass-fed beef farms.

Properties, forests, fields and homes are owned by families that have been here for generations and by 'urban refugees' who come for peace and beauty of the landscape while still being 160 miles from metro New York.

Great fresh-food shopping because of these farms. A rich array of cultural events - fairs, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, theatre - each weekend. Hiking trails nearby. Ski slopes are 35 miles + away.

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

Easy self check-in if host or co-host is not present. Yours is the only cabin in the forest. We don't go to guest cabin unless invited or answer a request.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 2:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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