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Little Red Cabin on the Hill

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Visit the little red cabin, a cozy and eclectic writer’s home in the woods, just a 5-minute walk to the village of Phoenicia. No need for a car, the Trailways bus brings you to the village, and your feet carry you the rest of the way. This 1-bedroom cabin is perfect for a single person or couple.

Built as a rustic hunting cabin in the 50s, it has been renovated with wood and ceramic tile, and decorated with traditional and contemporary art. Now it is one large (600 sf) space with a vaulted ceiling and skylights. On cold or rainy days, hang out in front of the woodstove set into a beautiful cobble-stone chimney, or luxuriate in the Mexican-themed bathroom, looking out into the woods as you soak in the tub. Mountain and river views are afforded from the bedroom and living room areas.

Other features include a deck with Adirondack-style chairs and table, board games, a fully-equipped kitchen in which to whip up any confection from cappuccino to cupcakes, fresh bed linens and bath towels, WiFi, unlimited phone calls, ceramic tile, and hardwood floors. There is a twin air mattress available for a third guest.

The cabin sits across a small street from the confluence of the Stony Clove and Esopus creeks. Nearby, enjoy hiking through thousands of acres of Forever Wild mountains, tubing, biking, antiquing, exploring mountain villages, farmers markets, or yoga, to name a few attractions. Fifteen minutes to Belleayre, Hunter and Woodstock.

Please be aware that this is a cabin in the woods and can have animal visitors, such as the occasional mouse or ant.

Trailways bus from Port Authority stops in the village, which is a 5-minute walk to the house. Driving time from New York is about 2.5 hours.

Keywords: Rustic, charming, cabin, cottage, log, woods

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About The Owner

I'm a writer & editor. During the 10 years I lived at the cabin, I was a reporter for the local newspaper.

The Owner purchased this house in 1983

Why The Owner chose Phoenicia

I was lucky enough to inherit the cabin from my father.

What makes this house unique

The cabin is simple, cheerful and relaxing. Walk to the village in 5 minutes or hang out on a boulder to watch the mighty Esopus creek rush by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Rachel, Thanks for opening your eclectic, colorful, cozy cabin so people can enjoy what it has to offer. We have some great memories.The river was so relaxing. Fires at night in your cozy cabin were too perfect. We were amazed by the great hiking nearby, especially the rock formations & waterfalls on the Tanbark Trail behind the post office. We also had a great time shoveling pig poop & helping out at the Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary! What a great place to volunteer at. Thanks again!
May 2011
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Phoenicia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • 1 queen-size bed, 1 air mattress
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Little Red Cabin on the Hill
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 14 reviews
jackson heights, ny

This is that place you were looking for--perfect retreat, getaway, Catskills base

  • 5 of 5

There is both too much and very little I can say about Rachel and her Little Red Cabin. The word "perfect" sounds hollow, but it is also dead-on, particularly in its ability to contain everyone's definition.

From my original inquiries all the way through my return to the city, Rachel was present and extremely attentive to all of my questions and needs, whether about the cabin, Phoenicia and the surrounding area, or my swimming hole options. The cabin itself is beautiful and simple and real, the type of space that will adapt to whatever you need from your time there: to sit and listen to the water and wind, to rest, to work. Phoenicia and the area only add to that feeling of possibility without pressure. There are some great food and people a few minutes away, and not too much further away, you can find even more. The same is true for hiking, walking, biking, art, fishing--that list could go on far too long. The ways each season would shift these options--too good.

Much, much gratitude to Rachel for creating and cultivating a place that allows for so many experiences while retaining and being shaped by the core of a solid, comfortable, real living space known as the Little Red Cabin. I hope to be there again as soon and often as I can.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Medford, NY

Great location with a nice secluded feel, but only a 5 minute walk into town.

  • 5 of 5

Came to town to explore the hiking trails which were all closely located. Came on the hottest days of the year so far in July 18’ so the fan provided was a must but spent most of my time exploring the trails and town which was just on the other side of the bridge (5 min walk). Rachel provided lots of great info on places to check out in and around Phoenicia and neighboring Woodstock. Phoenicia diner is a must.

Cabin itself was a great size for individual or couple, definitely room for another air mattress for more possibly. Lots of nice design touches to the place and was very cozy. Only thing to keep in mind is it’s hot in the summer months so maybe bring an extra fan but I figured as much going in.... cabin life 👍🏻

Thanks Rachel!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice cabin tucked away in the woods but right outside the village.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was pretty much exactly as advertised in the posting: quaint, kind of quirky and conveniently accessible to Phoenicia's "downtown" and surrounding towns. Host was extremely responsive and helpful with recommendations on activities in the area. If you're looking for a low frills getaway in the Catskills, this is a great option.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excessive Clutter, No room for Guest Belongings, Kitchen barely functional

  • 1 of 5

The cottage did not feel welcoming. If your stay is a short one---a weekend perhaps---where you plan to eat out and NOT do any cooking then this cottage could possibly work for you. But for a longer stay like ours, this was definitely not the place. Excessive clutter everywhere--no room for a guest to put belongings---every shelf & drawer - and the one closet in the cottage---was filled with owner's clothes and belongings. The kitchen was barely usable-----dirty & disorganized---with jars and bottles filled with food remnants past their prime, a tiny refrigerator badly in need of defrosting, pots and pans that needed to be scoured before you could even think about putting food into them. The kitchen counters (if you could call them that) were painted plywood and the paint was chipping. The bathroom had a tub with a hand held shower unit--difficult to navigate---and no shower curtain to absorb splashes. The toilet was malfunctioning, makeshift towel racks kept falling off, and the shelves were filled with the owner's toiletries leaving no room for the guests'. The cottage had some artsy touches (like the exotic bathroom tiled sink), and the wooded setting and attractive exterior of the house was all very nice---as was the close proximity to town. But for the most part the interior was filled with clutter (board games without the board, non-working flashlight, irrelevant odds & ends on shelves). We had to try to overlook the clutter and live out of our suitcases because the owner apparently gave no thought to the comfort of guests.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How unfortunate that you felt I didn’t care about your comfort after I counseled you on where you could have your car repaired before you even arrived, on where you could rent a car until yours was repaired, that I immediately offered to refund you for the remainder of your stay since you so clearly found my cabin unsuited to your needs, that I allowed you to stay an unspecified number of days in order to find another place, that I offered to have shelves cleared for you since you found inadequate the amount of space for your belongings—which I’ve not had complaints about before. It’s true, I didn’t have the batteries in the flashlight replaced for you. Nor did I track down the missing Scrabble board. Perhaps it was hidden within the 8 or so other board games at the cabin. As for your complaints about my pots and pans being dirty, that’s simply not true. They have been lovingly used over the years, and as anyone knows who has enameled cast-iron pans, the enamel sometimes discolors. Besides the counters you mention, I have a very large butcher block counter, which is fantastic for chopping. The tub is for seated showers and the handset is an expensive telephone stye, which is not only beautiful but functional. The photos and description of my house are accurate.
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New York City

Wonderful Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

I had a great long weekend stay at the cabin in Phoenicia. Rachel was very helpful with directions and suggestions for local businesses and attractions. The cabin is beautifully decorated with great artwork and furniture, and the kitchen is well appropriated with all the cookware necessary to make most meals. The property is surrounded by trees and vegetation, which afford perfect privacy, but it's close enough to town that you don't feel isolated or completely cut-off. Nice farm markets and a full grocery store all within a 10-15 minute drive. I will definitely like to return the next time I'm in the area!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything you need and nothing you don't

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is so cute and even better in person. It literally was perfect for a long weekend away with our dog. The bed was comfortable, the kitchen had everything we needed, and we loved sitting out on the deck listening to the water. It's a short walk into town for restaurants, shopping, the market. Absolutely perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better place!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elisa, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! You were a delight to have, as well.
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Phoenicia is home to white water tubing on the Esopus river.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning $75

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.

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