House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)
- english, spanish
I'm a writer & editor. During the 10 years I lived at the cabin, I was a reporter for the local newspaper.
Owner purchased this House in 1983
Why 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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Could do with some tweeking.
While we found the house to be charming,we could have done with a shower,more towels and soap.Kitchen items were lacking.
A WONDERFUL COZY CABIN IN THE WOODS YET CLOSE TO ALL
I was very impressed with my stay at the red cottage/cabin. It was cozy, warm and inviting. The sounds of a stream and nearby river were very soothing. The location is near a main road and within easy walking distance to downtown Phoenicia. Walking to the markets, restaurants and more was easy. Even though the cabin is set up as an open studio it felt like there was some privacy to the bedroom. There was no tv which was refreshing. There are tons of books and speakers to play your tunes in. The acoustics inside the cabin were outstanding. The proximity of the cabin to main scenic Catskill routes was ultra convenient.
Great location with a nice secluded feel, but only a 5 minute walk into town.
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 👍🏻
Nice cabin tucked away in the woods but right outside the village.
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.
Excessive Clutter, No room for Guest Belongings, Kitchen barely functional
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.
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.
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!
Phoenicia is home to white water tubing on the Esopus river.