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Andes Cabin Retreat-Spectacular View Adjoining NYC Reservoir

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Last updated: 04/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

- 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.
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    BUT, I do not usually allow very young children to stay. My home is not childproof in any way....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    I often allow dogs to stay, please inquire. No cats....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • downstairs bathroom also has a new washer and dryer

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Toshiba dvd/cd/vhs player, ...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo:

    Yamaha receiver, surround sound system...moreless

  • Television:

    (2) 50" Ultra HD 4K Smart TV flat screen with wifi internet connection, a surround sound system, NO tv reception, plus a 2nd tv monitor in the upstairs bedroom with a vcr player....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    I have a number of dvds and vhs tapes...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Mountain View: look out on the mountains of the undeveloped forever wild Catskill. This rises from the east side of NYC's largest reservoir which holds tens of thousands of pristine forest which my property adjoins....moreless

  • Rural

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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    I have a dsl line in the house...moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    in the home...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone:


  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    in the home...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    glass doors for viewing the fire or open them and snap in the fire screen....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    new refrigerator, stove, microwave, broiler/toast oven, toaster, blender, food processor, coffee grinder, coffee maker, new heavy non-stick steel pots and pans...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Deck / Patio:

    table and chairs, umbrella, charcoal grill, chaise lounges, a fire pit out in the yard...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck


Write a review 4.8
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season except holidays
Nov 1 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
High Season & Holidays
May 26 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $35
  • Tax Rate 2%


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) ((Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years have a 3 night minimum stay.

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. $35. 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. 2% occupancy tax for rentals & fees of 30 days or less.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/20/2017
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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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

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.)

Why the Owner Chose Andes, NY, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

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  • view from knoll behind cabin looking south east

    view from knoll behind cabin looking south east

  • main room from entrance updated 2015

    main room from entrance updated 2015

  • from balcony update 2015

    from balcony update 2015

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • upstairs bedroom #1

    upstairs bedroom #1

  • lower stream through hemlocks in winter

    lower stream through hemlocks in winter

  • front field looking up valley east north east

    front field looking up valley east north east

  • Downstairs bath/laundry

    Downstairs bath/laundry

  • walk to the reservoir below cabin, also have a boat next to road 1 mile away

    walk to the reservoir below cabin, also have a boat next to road 1 mile away

  • path from shed leads towards lower stream

    path from shed leads towards lower stream

  • wooded hillside with stone walls

    wooded hillside with stone walls

  • rock garden rising behind cabin in progress

    rock garden rising behind cabin in progress

  • cabin from front yard

    cabin from front yard

  • early spring view from living room

    early spring view from living room

  • main room from staircase 2015

    main room from staircase 2015

  • upstairs bedroom #2

    upstairs bedroom #2

  • upper stream

    upper stream

  • 1 mile from the cabin as the crow flies, view from trail

    1 mile from the cabin as the crow flies, view from trail

  • dining area & kitchen

    dining area & kitchen

  • upstairs bath, shower and towel closet to  left

    upstairs bath, shower and towel closet to left

  • south from behind cabin my field in the distance

    south from behind cabin my field in the distance

  • pond on my adjoining property

    pond on my adjoining property

  • rock garden rising behind chin in progress

    rock garden rising behind chin in progress

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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