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Cozy Campfires Under Starlit Skies

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type chalet


About the property

Lake Front Retreat

Snuggle up by a warm fire. Canoe or swim in our 25 acre non-motor boat pristine lake! Listen to bull frogs under a night sky. Watch and listen to the geese fly overhead. Go for a hike. Watch the garden grow, the fruit trees and berry bushes blossom. There are plenty of things to do nearby: antiquing, book shops, art galleries, bowling & billiards, golf courses, horse back riding, local restaurants and cafes. The house comes fully equipped with all your basic necessities plus high speed internet, televisions with vhs and dvd players and a diverse movie & book collection. Fresh towels and linens provided. Kitchen has electric stove, refrigerator, juicer, food processor, coffee maker, pots and pans. Outside seating with barbecue, fire pit by the lake, use of canoe and paddle boat, fishing, swimming, 15 ft trampoline, hammocks, wavy slide, sandbox, swings in the trees and a newly built tree house for the kids! The cottage is located 3 hours from NYC in the northern Catskill region. About 2 miles down the road is the the Delaware River, perfect for kayaking and trout fishing! Also, be sure to bike, hike or take a country stroll down the Catskill Scenic Rail Trail and visit the nearby village of Hobart, a.k.a, 'the book village of the Catskills'. For more information or to make a reservation please contact Kirsten.

Kirsten Malloy
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, russian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2017

About Kirsten Malloy

We moved here from New York City after having our first child. We wanted a place in the country that would be nurturing and healing for our growing family. It's definitely done that for us and we are delighted to share our home with others while we seek new adventures!

Kirsten Malloy purchased this chalet in 2005

Why Kirsten Malloy chose New York

The knotty pine cathedral ceilings make this home feel so spacious and roomy. The energy here feels inviting, warm, friendly so peaceful! After experiencing the inside of the house we ventured outside to the lake and could hardly believe we could actually own a little piece of heaven like this. Swimming in the lake each morning invigorates and refreshes each and every one of our spirits daily!

What makes this chalet unique

Having a lake in the back yard is such a blessing. The added amenities like the 15ft trampoline, tree house, swing set, sand boxes, slides and swings and boats truly make this property a children's paradise! Also the endless trails through the woods and the road that encircles the lake is so ideal for taking a leisurely stroll or bike ride.


South Kortright Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 7 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(17 traveler reviews)

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Cozy Campfires Under Starlit Skies
average rating of 4.0 based on 17 reviews
Rochester, MA, USA

A very cluttered family home not well suited for renters

  • 2 of 5

We have rented many times from and I never felt compelled to share feedback until now. I would not recommend this house to anyone.

This house is just too cluttered with the families things (kids toys, art work, videos, movies, books, sea shells....) to feel comfortable in. It has a very stale, musty smell. Wifi, direct tv and cell service did not work. Attempted use of land line but not available for long distance (Massachusetts #) due to non payment. Beds very uncomfortable. Old bath towels. No hand towels or face cloths. No tissues. Refrigerator and cupboards still contain family food supplies. Screen door falls off when opened. Lawn not mowed recently.

Paid a significant amount per night for a very undesirable place.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would say that most people have been fine with the additional items in the house: the games, art, videos, music collection and books...but then again, I guess a few have not. It really depends on the guest and what their used to, preferences, and so on. To say the house is not well-suited for renters, is going a bit too far, considering we've received quite a few 5 star ratings from very satisfied guests! :) Having said that, I feel for these past renters because we were in the middle of transitioning our service to fios so that we could offer high speed internet (without limit), cable and phone all in one package and in that transition we allowed some of our services to terminate. Since this event, we made sure to turn our services back on until the Fios could be installed since there were some unexpected delays with hooking up the service! towels, apparently while we were away from the area several of our towels got misplaced so recently my cleaner purchased new towels and wash cloths. Regarding the lawn....we've hired a mower and he comes regularly to mow the lawn. Unfortunately, just prior to these guests' arrival he'd broken his arm and we did not have time to get a replacement for him. The screen door is brand new, but a screw fell off and needs to be replaced. I have requested that my neighbor take a look at it and repair it! Hopefully this response helps to clarify the situation a bit more.
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Brooklyn, NY

Charming Mountain Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderfully cozy cottage set in one of the most beautiful locations! We had a group of 5 adults and had more than enough room in the very charming house. The property itself is large so you can spend all your time outdoors exploring the gorgeous lake. We had great weather on our visit so we took the canoe and paddle boat out for a spin. We also grilled some tasty meals on their wood fired grill! Such a treat!! It was a bit chilly outside so getting to use the wood burning stove inside made the cottage that much better! The open concept living/kitchen/dining is great for entertaining! Our group loved the simplicity of this property. It was a perfect stop on our NY mountain adventure. Thanks again to our lovely hosts for showing us around the property and providing all we could ever need! Your home is truly lovely and we hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New york

Winter Wonderland in the most authentic Cabin in the woods in front of lake.

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I spent one night at Kirsten Cabin´s in the Catskills and if I had to use 2 words to describe our experience, I would most definitely choose "Perfect" and "Magical". Every single detail about the cabin, its location and the spirit of the place is absolutely breathtaking.

I was very surprised that some bad reviews had almost prevented me from renting this incredible place from such a wonderful person. So in order to do justice to Kirsten and to her beautiful cabin I will try to cover all the important topics in order to hopefully aid other travelers to jump in and take the decision to have the beautiful experience we all had.

Host: Kirsten was absolutely nice, helpful and flexible. She replied to my messages very promptly, was always very eager to help and extremely friendly and reliable. I booked the cabin one day before and I was very surprised and thankful for the kind service she provided.

Cleanliness: The cabin was perfectly organized and clean when we got there. There were towels and even soap in the bathroom. The sheets were also fresh. Disclaimer: This is not a 5 star hotel and me and my friends were glad it wasnt. This is an actual home and that is what makes the experience all the better.

Decor and Atmosphere: This part is essential. The pictures posted, as beautiful as they are, come short to the grace and soul of this wonderful wooden house which is filled with all kinds of lighting, LP´s, Old style lamps and vintage items like the beautiful organ in the living room. The house is also equipped with games, various musical instruments, movies and entertainment.

Location and surroundings: With a mesmerizing lake right in front of the cabin and a majestic landscape of small houses around it, the location of this property does not get better. And as if all of that wasn´t enough, there is a trampoline, beautiful warm string lights hanging from a tree, a swing and the two most poetic benches I have seen.

Other: The cabin is equipped with plenty kitchen supplies and utensils that make it very easy to prepare a home-made meal. There was also warm water in the shower which worked just fine and the temperature in the cabin was always cozy. (you can turn on the chimney if you wish) Wifi as well.

Overall I´d recommend Kirsten´s cabin 100%. If you are looking for a magical place to rest, to breathe in some nature and to feel absolutely cozy and inspired, there is no need to look further. PS: Martin, my dog loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whimsical and Rustic

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this cabin! I read some of the revues regarding the condition and such but I've learned that you just have to see things for yourself before you make a determination. This cabin is rustic for sure and filled with items from the owners life and work. It does seem like a lot of things here and there but it gives you something to do when you walk around at night listening to the silence. There are really no issues with the property though it is older and definitely well lived in. There are many sleeping rooms to choose from if you are a small group or couple and plenty of room if you're a large family or group. The address shows the property as being across the road from the lake but it is actually right next to the lake. Here are some things we LOVED: 1- There is a record player and a huge collection of records to play from all over the world in many styles, Disco to Swedish dance music and everything in between. So fun to make a fire in the pot belly stove while listening to records. No kidding! 2- Fire pit next to the lake!! Kicking up a bonfire next to a foggy lake on a snowy night is a priceless thing! 3- Privacy! The cabin is located in a private lake community of about six or seven houses spread far apart surrounding the small mountain lake about the size of a high school football field. 3- Peace and quiet! We live in Brooklyn. It's really noisy in Brooklyn but It is seeeeeriously quiet at this cabin. 4- Nearby quaint towns. We bought some excellent rare books in Hobart, we ate a fabulous lunch in Delhi and we roamed the trails all over the mountain nearby and near the river. Beautiful. If you want skiing and snowmobiling there are tons of that stuff nearby as well. We went there in the dead of winter so we couldn't go swimming but we are going to book a return trip for the summer. There was really nothing to hate or dislike about this cabin. The only thing I will say is that it is rustic and whimsical, like the title of my review says. If you are looking for a 5 star resort this is not it. If you are looking for a real and true well lived in Catskills Mountain Cabin THIS IS IT! A word about me: I'm a set designer and prop designer from NYC. I've built Broadway sets for award winning shows that look just like this place! It reminds me of Mousetrap, Something Rotten, Fiddler on the Roof and a little bit of Lord of the Rings all rolled into one. That's all I can say. We had a blast and we are going back.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Durham, North Carolina

Charming but needs attention

  • 2 of 5

We stayed at this charming cottage in a lovely setting for a brief weekend.

The photos misrepresent the current state of the place, which is cluttered with owners possessions. Comments in earlier 2016 reviews are accurate, remain problematic. While clean, house is musty, needs floor fans & screens. Owner is attentive/ responsive via email but needs to attend to property.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a bit late of a response, but I felt the need to explain something of this past summer's reviews. Prior to this summer (2016) we had a five star rating for our precious little home upon the lake. Unfortunately, we left the property in Jan. 2016 in order for me to complete my Waldorf teaching internship out west (in Sedona, AZ to be precise). We did not return to the property until mid June 2016. We only stayed for a few weeks to host our annual summer camp and then it was back to school and work, which was once again, out of the area. It was an oddly difficult summer for us in terms of our property because we could not find the right cleaning people and we had to switch cleaners three times over the summer until we finally found our current cleaners, who we very much love! We've always done our very best to ensure that our guests are well taken care of, responded to promptly, and we truly enjoy meeting them and offering any tips or ideas for various outings and adventures! This past summer, I must admit, we had a broken ceiling fan in one of the rooms (which got replaced soon after the guest left), and a screen had gotten broken while we were away and it took a few weeks before we were able to replace it - also because we were out of state at the time. My sincerest apologies go out to the past guests who had a less than perfect time at our lovely cabin - because normally that isn't the case. The norm is for our guests to leave rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed by the beauty of the natural surroundings, fruit and berry bushes, fresh water lake, green grass, trees and rolling hills. Our most recent reviews hopefully have shed some light in this regard. We have done what we could from afar to remedy the problems some of our guests mentioned here and earlier in the summer of 2016. I think it is important for you and others to know this! :)
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Great quiet getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed spending time at this cozy cabin. The owner was easy to work with and answered, same day, any questions. The drive to this cabin was filled with beautiful scenic mountains. Even with our first few days rained in, there were plenty of books, board games, toys, movies and music to entertain. On the sunny days, most mornings were spent kayaking, canoeing and fishing on the water. In the afternoons time was set aside for reading in the hammock or playing in the treehouse. The solar lights illuminating the path to the water at night were beautiful. They enabled us to carry our s'more stuff to the fire pit without worrying about a flashlight. The kitchen was full of beautiful pottery and glassware that made setting the family-style table for mealtime easy. There was plenty of seating in the living area and privacy with three bedrooms. The owner provided bedding & linen so packing for this trip was easy, all we needed to bring was clothing, toiletries and food! When we did venture out, the tiny town of Hobart surprised! There were several book stores, a cafe and restaurant. Overall, our trip was everything we wanted, relaxing, restful and remote.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
73.94 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Stamford Golf Course
Nearest Train
62 Miles
Hudson Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Hwy 23
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Table on Ten
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Plattekill Mountain
Car: necessary

Cross-country ski, ice skate, snow shoe, bike, hike, walk, swim, fish, canoe on your own private 25 acre lake - all in your back yard!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Damage Insurance $59

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.

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