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. Natural 'silence.'
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.
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.