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Andes Cabin Retreat-Spectacular View Adjoining ~NYC~ Reservoir

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Aug 24, 2016
- 3 Bedrooms with Queen Beds, 2 Full Baths, sleeps 6

Fantastic views from my peaceful property, front deck, & couch. A calm comfortable mountain retreat to recharge & reconnect. Cathedral ceiling, balcony, wood stove, dsl, wifi. Trails run through my properties past organic plantings of fruit & nut trees and hundreds of plantings that support the abundant wildlife (from bluebirds to eagles), 2 streams, adjoins thousands of acres of the 20 mile long reservoir, on which I have a registered rowboat available to you for fishing, & which is open for kayaking, canoing, & removable keel sailboats. You will find swimming, hiking, golf, antiquing, restaurants, live music and theatre nearby, in winter cross-country & downhill skiing.

OR, just settle in on the deck, you can see for 10 miles without a building in sight. Watch fireflies dance under a star studded sky, or relax on the couch in front of the wood stove with a good book and beverage of choice. I have a collection of games, puzzles, & a small selections of 50 or so movies.

There are 3 new hiking trails in Andes. The Shavertown Trail, a mile from my property—as the crow flies— is an easy ascent to a pond overlooking the reservoir and continues on from there. The put in for kayaks and canoes is a 1/4 beyond that trail head. You lookout upon the mountains of the forever wild Catskill Park with hundreds of miles of trails, yet are only 12 minutes from the delightful Village of Andes with shops, restaurants & galleries. Several lakes for swimming, kayaking, & canoing, plus a pool in the Village. Kayaks & canoes available for rental at Al’s Sporting Goods in Downsville, they will also pick you up if you take a days paddle down the East Branch of the Delaware, which exits the reservoir at that point. The Beaverkill across the way is a world class fly fishing stream, the reservoir is noted for its brown trout. The quiet winding road that runs below my properties is a wonderful walk or run, and is a favorite for cyclists--it is 14 miles from my cabin to the end of the road in Downsville and you will only pass 7 homes along the way.

Two golf courses, theater & music events in the area, including West Kortright Center, Roxbury Arts Group, Franklin Stage, Open Eye Theatre, Foothills in Oneonta. Day trip to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmers Museum & Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmer Glass Opera, and the Ommegang Brewery— that also has concerts, or go to White Lake for the Rock n Roll museum at the original Woodstock Festival site which also has concerts.

Buy locally grown produce, dairy, eggs, and meat at local farmers markets or directly from the farms. A number of small breweries and distilleries have opened in the region— a brewery as well as a hard cider company are opening in the Village in the near future.

5 ski resorts in the general area as well snow tubing. Bring snowshoes & crampons for winter hiking the Catskill trails. Excellent cross country skiing on the Delhi Golf Course, as well as Palmer Hill & the Rail Trail — both in Andes.

The cabin has a washer & dryer, dish washer, microwave, stove & counter top broiler, coffee grinder, blender, small food processor and all accoutrements. All linens are included. Two full bathrooms, one with a tub & shower, the other just a shower. Three bedrooms with 3 queen beds. I have an entertainment center that plays dvds and old vhs format, a surround sound system, but there is no TV reception.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I am an avid hiker having hiked most mountains in the Catskills many times, and also kayak. Spent 10 weeks driving camping and hiking from the coast of Maine to the northwest corner of Washington State, down to Arizona and back up through Utah and Colorado then points east, hiking Khatadin, the White Mountains, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Yellowstone, the Cascades, Yosemite, Chiricahuas, Zion, and many more, also a month in Alaska. I am now once again involved with music. For 25 years I toured & recorded throughout the world with NYC, and at times Paris, as my base. Upon buying my lower Catskill home in 1989 I started transitioning to working as a studio artist and graphic designer working with the major design studios, but mainly at HBO, USA, and Showtime, and then a stint with National Geographic. I was pretty much living here full-time by 2002 and gave up my NYC apt. in 2008. Upon purchasing the first property I immediately started creating planting beds and planted many hundreds of trees, all of which supply habitat for wildlife, and through which I maintain trails. (My latest development is building a rock garden amidst the rock ledges that rise up behind the cabin.) Here one can commune with nature on a macro/micro level. I easily attain a state of wonder and this environment sustains that. When I started working with a choreographer they asked for my resume for a show. I wrote: Communing with lichen and moss above 3500 feet. (They said they needed more.)

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15 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)
5

Very, very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Here are two reviews for our stay this July.

J's Review

We drove about 3.5 hours from Brooklyn and stayed at the Andes Cabin Retreat for 7 nights. I loved it! Excellent kitchen tools for cooking and grilling, comfy furniture and beds, 5-speaksound system, gorgeous view. The cabin met my expectations, and the guides written about the the house and the surrounding area were terrific. Michael is a great communicator.

My favorite moments on the deck were:

- my first hummingbird sighting

- a thyme-scented cool breeze

- distant cloud-bursts of lightning over the mountains

- the full moon and very starry skies

- quiet, absolute quiet

- drinking tea and reading for hours

We were 10 minutes from Andes, 5 minutes from water and great hikes. We ate at Two Old Tarts and got ice cream cones from the Andes General Store across the street.We'll be back.

S's Review

What a special place. The cabin is lovely, comfortable, spacious and super clean. Great sound system. Lounge on the comfortable couch with a book. Bring your yoga mat and do your sun salutations with a stunning view. I did. The kitchen is very well set up whether your making a romantic dinner for two or having a family chow down.

The deck is beautiful. It's shaded with flowering trumpet vine, breezy and the view is gorgeous. Air fragrant with wild thyme and pine, every morning was blissful having tea watching the mist drift off the valley, as goldfinches and hummingbirds darted and called to each other. Evenings were miraculous with vast, starry night skies. Wow. The house is nestled against the mountain and nature is all around you. Rabbits, chipmunks, a stunning grey vixen, raptors, song birds.

Quiet quiet quiet. Real good sleeping.

Pepacton Reservoir is 5 minutes away with trout jumping. Fishing mecca. The awesome Shavertown hiking trail is right there. Or get a fresh doughnut and chew the fat at the Tremperskill store 5 mins away. And if you want a good meal or a beer with folks, the swell town of Andes is 10 minutes away.

Just go.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Andes Cabin Retreat- A Real Treat!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend stay at the Andes Cabin. It was everything that we could have asked for and far more. The cabin was very clean, comfortably furnished and equipped with a multitude of amenities, including board games, which we enjoyed playing on the outdoor patio deck, together with our hummingbird and yellow finch companions who greeted us each day. The cabin has a spectacular view of the mountains, especially at sunset, and is closely situated to quaint downtown Andes, the Round Barn Farmers' Market in Margaretville, hiking trails and the gorgeous Pepacton Reservoir. We are thankful for Michael's hospitality and for making us feel so welcome. This property is a true gem!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jersy City, NJ/ USA
5

Catskills Retreat as You Imagine It

  • 5 of 5

The house has a distinct personality, with beautiful small nature-sourced installations here and there, pictures, interesting live plants, and good books. It is cozy, spotless clean, and warm. Everything works, whatever you need is right where you need it. There are a few houses around, but they are far apart and completely hidden, and the place feels like it is deep in the wilderness. During two days we spent here, a bunny came to visit the backyard, and a chipmunk chose a deck to sit and sing a song. The view is gorgeous. Michael, the owner, was very helpful and communication with him was smooth and trouble-free. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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NEVER AGAIN

  • 1 of 5

It has actually taken me a full year to get over this experience and interaction with this renter. Location is beautiful, no question about it. House is old and decor is dated and mismatched. He charges a cleaners fee though does it himself and then decided to keep my deposit due to a flimsy door coming off its track but easily placed back on and accidentally having taken two tupperware containers. His emails were defaming and offensive accusing us of leaving the house ramshackled - which was just not true. He is anti children and the lake is no where near the house. He also lives in the house full time so alot of personal items all over the house. We did enjoy our time here, I wont lie, it is peaceful and serene and views are gorgeous and do not doubt that others have had a great time. My daughter had a lovely time playing in the creek and on the fairy rocks. But I will not be coming back anywhere near this house- He kept our $900 deposit and as of yet has not sent me any detailed receipts for the "damages"

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have been renting for 10 years and and have been lucky to only have had 6 abusive rental experiences. This ranks #2. This rental was for 2 adults, 1 child & an infant. I discovered 4 young kids, an infant & 3 adults when I came to cut the grass. That alone forfeits the security deposit. Since this guest wants to bring her dark cloud back into my life once again, & place it on my website, on this sparkling day I have to climb into this dreary hole and respond. I will share a small partial view of my return to my "home", which was so dirty I spent 4 hours just cleaning the main room before I brought in my gear: several 5’ long swirling spills of coke or coffee on my beautiful rug, whtie paint? thrown on walls, all deck funiture & decking, slding doors, floor, window casements, windows and my subwoofer, stains on every single slip cover in the house, 2 blankets were covered in (chocolate?) then folded up & place on a shelf, bedspread & quilt covered with lipstick? & blue crayon, assorted blotches on 8 towels, blue dye on the floor, grooves dug into the arm of a chair, multiple scratches on a bedside table, 2 bed tables covered with viscous material gluing bed lamps to the wood, sand & gravel IN the dryer, floor covered EVERYWHERE with plastic debris and filth, plastic wrapped up IN the sheets. It is a shame that a few rentals like this is what stops me from renting to families with young children. This guest is correct, this is not some sterile rental unit. This is my "home" that I am sharing. I will now rejoine the sun and birdsong.
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Oxford, U.K.
5

EXCEEDING ALL EXPECTATIONS

  • 5 of 5

Imagine a friends' reunion with four people getting together after decades apart, along with a few partners and spouses filled with both anticipation and trepidation. For this we needed extra-special comforts, state-of-the-art facilities, access to superb countryside views and walks, self-catering facilities for unforgettable cuisine, with lots of room for adult laughter and merriment but also for quiet moments of privacy, and, of course, excellent state-of-the art wifi to keep us in touch with the world. All of this and more we received. Topped by the most wonderfully warm, helpful, welcoming host. Michael has equipped the venue not only with excellent facilities and everything one needs for a long weekend away, but also with tasteful furnishing and decor, lots of books and videos, and a user-friendly kitchen with all implements supplied, everything needed for external barbecue, superbly comfortable beds, linen, bathroom towels, etc. Every photo on the website is an accurate refection of the attractive and spacious reality of the place. It is meticulously clean and cared for, and the pre-visit information is accurate and very helpful. The local towns (and the store three miles away) provide easy access to supplies. This is a number one vacation venue: for anyone looking for a dream vacation spot with home comforts, this is it.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful cabin with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this lovely comfortable cabin with glorious views from the deck across the mountains. We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife with cosy evenings in and feel the quality of everything in the cabin was excellent. Michael was very helpful at all times and we really enjoyed being in this special place in the Catskills.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

I fell in love with this area the moment I came here. After searching for a country home for 6 years, I knew this was the perfect place the first day I came to Andes. The mixture of fields, forest, streams, mountains, viewsheds, wildlife, peaceful calm, watching the weather in all seasons move across the mountains and valleys, all combine to envelope me, allowing me to LIVE IN my favorite art form. Endlessly renewing, energizing in a slow quiet way. I find it magical.

Activity and Interests

rental includes use of my rowboat for fishing on the reservoir. There are also lakes, ponds, rivers nearby available for fishing, kayaking, canoing and swimming, plus the town pool for swimming. The Pepacton & Cannonsville Reservoirs are now available for kayaking and canoeing, and sailing with sailboats with removable center boards—see DEP for rules and information regarding reservoirs. (kayak, canoe and bike rentals are available in the area.) There are 5 ski resorts, 2 golf courses, horse back riding, tubing, train rides, hundreds of miles of trails, a hike to the Balsam Lake fire tower will give you a 306° view of the Catskills. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails for all level of hikers. Galleries, museums, auctions, shops, restaurants.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
May 27 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,225
 
 
Off Season
Nov 1 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,025
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $80

midweek rental is $250 a night year round—2 night minimum
Three day long weekends— $775. for 3 nights highs season, ($675. off season) nightly rate decreases for each additional night
(maximum 6 people)
No young children but infants are okay.
A security deposit of 30% ($250 minimum) is required to reserve the rental (40% if a pet or children are accompanying you)
The full amount of the rental is required two weeks prior to the start of the rental period.
Cancellation of rental will have a full refund if received at least 30 days prior to the start of the rental, less a $50. administration fee.
Cancellation received within 15-30 days of the start of the rental will forfeit half the deposit. Termination received within 15 days of the start of the rental start will forfeit the entire deposit. An $80 cleaning fee for a party of two. A $100. cleaning fee for 3 or more people or with children or pets)
$20. pet fee per pet for stays of 2—3 nights. $30. per pet for stays 4 nights or longer.,
For rentals of less than 7 days Delaware County sales tax of 8% of the rental fee. No tax on rentals of a week or longer.
percent must be added.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

From the Owner

I love the mountains! Here you are surrounded by an amazing amount of wilderness, particularly when you consider it is 150 miles from Times Square. The amazing views never stop—the sky is an ever changing work of art. I have streams on the property, a pond on my lower property, you can walk to the waters edge of NYC largest reservoir. There are hundreds of miles of trails and you can pull over on just about any back road and walk the quiet road amidst bucolic farms and forested mountains. There are many restaurants, entertainment venues, antique shops, a variety of museums and interesting stores, many galleries, farmers markets. The Belleyare Ski area (25 minutes away) is about to be doubled in size with the addition of an adjoining upscale hotel/golf course/ski resort, there are 4 other ski resorts in the area ranging from 30 minutes to an hour or so away.

Property Type

  • cabin

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • downstairs bathroom also has a new washer and dryer

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • All beds are queen size and have 600 or 400 thread count sheets.

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • This is a quiet haven, I do not want any off road machines of any kind whining about, be it ski mobiles, ATVs, dirt bikes or any variation on that theme. No smoking indoors. Double glass doors lead to the front deck, windows all around bring in the outdoors. 32” TV monitor with surround sound system/radio/DVD/CD/VHS (no TV reception--but Video store is in town and I have some movies--or bring your own and a gamebox. I have DSL, Wifi. A fire pit. Well behaved dog is welcome, no cats. You are only allowed to place Registered Rowboats on the reservoir & as of May 2012 you will be allowed kayaks, canoes, removable keel sailboats (all must be steam cleaned and registered at available locations. I have a registered row boat on the reservoir and it is available to rentees who have a NY State fishing license plus a Public Access Permit, obtained (free) from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. All NYCDEP regulations apply.

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