Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Stunning, Secluded Log Home Surrounded by Woods and Water

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults))

Escape to Bryant's Brook, a beautiful, unique cabin that's surrounded by woods and completely secluded from all neighbors but easy to access all year round.

Lovingly built with pegged, hand-hewn barn beams, rough-cut logs and wide-plank floors cut from the surrounding pine-covered mountains, this unique home is both rustic and utterly comfortable. Fully furnished with beautiful local antiques, two woodstoves, and an artesian well, but with a modern kitchen, and digitally monitored central heat, it's the perfect place for a romantic ski trip or escape from the city for a couple, a big family or a group of friends.

The three main bedrooms are up a spiral staircase, but if someone has trouble with stairs there is a sunroom with its own woodstove off the kitchen that can be used as a bedroom. Two bedrooms upstairs have double beds, and the third has two single beds and child's bed. The spacious living room has a woodstove that opens to function as a fireplace, a fieldstone hearth, and a picture window looking onto the pond. The french doors open onto one of the two back sun decks.

Off the kitchen is a spacious covered front porch with a gas grill. There are also two campfires. One is on the bank of Bryant's Brook, which has a great swimming hole for summer. The other is up in the woods, by the stone fence. Both have comfortable seating and a giant boulder to arrange food on if you're cooking over the fire.

Surrounded by protected woods on all sides, the property includes an apple orchard for you to pick apples, an organic garden with vegetables, berries and herbs. There are two ponds connected by a spring that winds between them, and 2.5 acres of landscaped lawn and gardens.

This is kid paradise! There is a toddler bed, pack and play, potty, safety gate, high chair, a sandbox and a tree house... Well-behaved dogs are welcome, there is a dog bed, and dogs can run off leash, we're surrounded by a beautiful old stone wall, woods and a stream.

Please don't smoke inside.

Our home is on its own, we have one neighbor up the hill through the trees. We are about three miles from the picturesque village of Andes, which offers terrific antique shops and boutiques, its own museum, several galleries, outstanding restaurants, and live music.

In the winter, if you want to ski, it's only 20 minutes from Belleayre ski area, 30 from Plattekill, and 1 hour from Hunter. Also, it's one hour and fifteen minutes from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, 40 minutes from Woodstock and New York City is a 2.5 hour drive.

In June, July and August, we give preference to weeklong rentals, from Friday to Friday, and we only take shorter bookings two weeks in advance.

Keywords: House

More Details

Tim Gilman-Sevcik
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, czech
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Tim Gilman-Sevcik

I'm from Colorado, so I didn't think I'd ever fall in love with the mountains on the East Coast, until we discovered Andes. The area is just beautiful, with steep mountain hiking trails, great fishing and water sports, picturesque towns and irresistible antique shops everywhere. My family loves coming up here all year round, for summer hikes, winter skiing and skating, and just relaxing in the house and the gardens.

Tim Gilman-Sevcik purchased this house in 2007

Why Tim Gilman-Sevcik chose Andes

The house is a dream come true - every time we arrive from the city we're amazed at the beauty of the materials and the craftsmanship that went into creating the house and the gardens. The kids and the dogs love being outside all day, swimming, eating apples, playing in the tree house. It's so close to the city and a world away.

What makes this house unique

Because we're surrounded by protected forests the house feels very secluded, without being difficult to reach, we have just one neighbor, but you can't even see his house, so it's very private. The gardens are always producing apples, raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins that practically grow by themselves - there's so much water because of the spring-fed ponds and the brook by the house. It's an entirely unique property, unlike any other you're likely to find, built out of reclaimed barn materials and cleverly reused artifacts, including an old gravestone as a step.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great place to spend quite time. The outside property is phenomenal! Garden, lots of flowers! Ponds with some small fish, perfect for children!!! Stream behind a fire place. Recommended.

-Mariya, Brooklyn
Aug 2010
  • 1 of 3


Andes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub , A spacious bathroom with steps down to the tub
    Upstairs half bath - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Back bedroom - 1 double , The quietest room, it also has an ensuite half bath
    The kids' room - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Lots of space to sleep, play, and read bedtime stories
    Loft bedroom - 1 double , Located above the living room, toasty from the wood stove.
    Sunroom - Off the kitchen, it has a wood stove and fits our aero bed
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Aero bed or mattress available for the sunroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
There are two spring-fed ponds and a stream with a swimming hole surround the property and form a natural barrier from the road


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

85% Complete
14% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Stunning, Secluded Log Home Surrounded by Woods and Water
average rating of 4.857143 based on 38 reviews

Christmas in the Catskills

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed staying at this rustic home. Very comfortable place to stay. We are a close knit family with great pride in our Czech heritage and all of the small touches of Czech culture in this home put a smile on our face. The town of Andes is charming and a must visit destination if you stay at this home. Looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Far Rockaway, New York

Beautiful, secluded, peaceful

  • 4 of 5

My family has the fondest memories of our vacation here. The setting was perfect. The surroundings magnificent. The house is spacious and very well stocked. We did swim in the pond but late June it was still a bit too cold. My daughter spent a quiet afternoon reading in the tree house. The owner was very accommodating. There was a mixup with the cleaning help before we arrived and they offered us a free night to make up for it plus no cleaning fee, which I thought was very considerate. We found horseback riding not too far away as well as lots of bookshops. All in all we absolutely loved it here.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Idyllic property for a family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Tim's house for a family get together with our kids. The cabinet and the grounds are utterly charming, green and kid friendly. The space was very comfortable for us to cook, grill outside and enjoy the outdoors, spread out in play indoors, and even play the piano.

The home was well located near groceries, cute towns, nature walks and even close enough to visit Woodstock.

We will most certainly keep this property in mind for future visits to the area. Thanks Tim for helping us have a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Glorious Fall Foliage weekend

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I drove up for a weekend of rest and relaxation and this place was exactly what we needed- a comfortable and peaceful home that inspired us to cook and read and write all the while seeing stunning fall foliage all around. We were just in time for picking the last apples before the frost got to them, went on a hike and had a great time checking out some shops in the hamlet of Andes. We immensely enjoyed our stay and will most certainly be back! Thank you so much!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect Fall weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so very much for a wonderful weekend stay in your beautiful home. My husband and I had a magical and unforgettable stay this past weekend. We escaped the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn (and our 3 kids) to enjoy a romantic getaway and get some much needed down time - what a perfect place to unwind, listen to the stream, pick apples and stare at the beautiful colors of nature. The weather was absolutely perfect and WOW - what a gorgeous spot! We loved the house, especially the real fire and the rocking chair!

We enjoyed breakfast out at Two Old Tarts in Andes - absolutely brilliant! We also enjoyed a meal at Peekamoose on the way up. We also thoroughly enjoyed hiking the new Palmer Trail, close to the house. The colors were truly magnificent - really enjoyed it!

Thanks so much - Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Western MA

Great place to relax, regroup, reconnect

  • 5 of 5

Warm and wonderful house, great grounds. Came here in summer with our early twenties kids before they each set out on new adventures. Hiking, cycling, swimming, exploring small towns by day (Andes Trail, Table on Ten, Bibliobarn); long dinners & fire pit, game-playing by night. Front of property can hear road sounds but back is rolling with ponds & streams (best after rain) and abuts forest. Our golden retriever loved it too (except for spiral staircase). Do need car or bicycle to get around area. Great for school-age kids - tree house, frog pond. Lovely time; would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Car: recommended

We are very close to several great ski areas. Plattekill, where kids ski free, Belleayre, the big mountain, as well as Hunter and Wyndham. There's also cross country skiing. In summer, we're right on the edge of Catskills Park, so there are almost unlimited options for hiking, as well as boating and fishing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

PLEASE NOTE: On holidays and long weekends we prefer if you stay at least three nights.

In the summer, rentals are for the whole week, starting on Fridays, until two weeks before, when we'll rent for shorter time periods.

We don't rent for longer than two weeks maximum.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties