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Nestled among the hardwood forest of Columbia County this secluded, handcrafted cabin offers tranquility within reach of all the Columbia-Berkshire attractions. Hand built by a local family from locally sourced pine and bluestone this 1,500 square foot cabin in the perfect place to rest and recharge among the birch trees. The 2 acre property is 2.5 miles from a paved road and a few minutes walk from state forest land - ideal if you want to immerse yourself in nature for a few precious days and forget the sounds of city life.
Deer, squirrels, raccoons, hawks and owls frequent the property. You may even see a bobcat or hear the coyotes in the distance. The large, screened porch perched among the branches looking towards the sun setting over the Catskills encourages hours spent taking in the birdsong as the light changes.
Birch Cabin can sleep up to 6 people but is most comfortable for 2. A queen bed in the loft provides cool, summer sleeping under the open skylight, a queen sized sleeper-sofa in the den and a full size futon in the main room can accomodate guests or children.
The airy large screened porch is furnished with a hand built picnic table for summer dinning and Adirondack style chairs for relaxing. From the porch you can easily access the large outdoor fire pit, the den, loft or the main room. In the summer, the porch usually becomes the most used room in the house. Sheltered by the shady forest Birch Cabin stays cooler than surrounding areas. Sliding glass doors in the main room face south and west bringing in the afternoon sun and giving you easy access to the deck.
In cooler weather the large indoor dining table can easily accomodate 6-8 while basking in the warmth of the wood stove. The well stocked kitchen has everything you need to create all your own meals including a modern 5-burner gas cooking stove and cast-iron and copper cookware.
When you feel like a walk just open up the door and head out. Miles of dirt road surround the cabin so you can walk for hours and usually come across very few cars. You can walk or take a short drive to 2 state forests within a couple of miles of Birch Cabin that offer wonderful hiking trails, mountain top views and a pond for canoeing. With a little more driving you can access the Appalachian Trail and numerous other parks, state forest and trails along the New York - Massachusetts border.
When you are ready to head into town you can drive to Chatham (NY) in 10 minutes, Hudson (NY), Great Barrington (MA) and Lennox (MA) in 25 minites. These towns offer local, organic groceries, a great selection of restaurants, movie theaters and antique and gift shops. In 45 minutes you can be in Albany or Rhinebeck NY. The drive from NYC usually takes about 2.5 hours.
The cabin is heated mostly with the wood stove. Please be aware of this if you are visiting during cold weather.
Labor Day Weekend Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015 4 night min stay
$650 flat fee
Columbus Day Weekend Oct 9 - Oct 12, 2015 4 night min stay
$575 flat fee
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
$235 Fri, Sat
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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About the owner: I've owned and lived in Birch Cabin since 2005. It's a perfect place for peace and reflection. My dog Coco and I have spent many wonderful hours exploring the local woods and hiking the trails.
Why the Owner Chose Austerlitz: Birch Cabin is secluded and deep in the woods. There is such a sense of peace yet it;s only 2.5 hours to NYC and 25 minutes to the cultural and dining attractions of either the Berkshires or Hudson, NY.