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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 a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

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 South Kortright

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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(20 traveler reviews)

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Cozy Campfires Under Starlit Skies
average rating of 4.0 based on 20 reviews

Great time, Nice place, a couple problems

  • 3 of 5

First, the good: we had a great time. We were a big group of 3 families with kids, and we stayed in the cabin for 3 days and 2 nights. The location on the lake is beautiful, and we had a lot of fun sledding, hiking, cooking and eating together, and hanging out. It was bitter cold outside (high of 8 degrees Fahrenheit), so we weren't able to do everything outside that we wanted to, but still we had fun.

The cabin itself was nice: rustic, with a few loose ends, but totally fine. When we arrived, the hot water pipe in the kitchen was frozen. We called the neighbor as we were instructed to do -- a very nice guy -- who did his best to thaw it, but could not manage it. So we ended up having to wash dishes in the bathroom, and heat up water on the stove for washing.

The other problem was that there was no wi-fi or phone service in the cabin, because the owner had not paid the bill. This made it hard to get in contact with the owner re: the pipe problem, because there is very little cell phone reception in the area.

There were also some mouse droppings under the sink, but we didn't see any mice so we weren't too bothered by it (this is probably inevitable, given the cold and the location of the cabin). The kitchen is well stocked with pots and pans, utensils, etc., although many of the pots and pans had not been cleaned well by whoever had used them last, so we had to wash them all before using them (which wouldn't have been too much of a pain, except that we had to wash them in the bathroom sink).

However, despite the inconveniences, we had a great time, and this cabin would be a fine place to stay with once the issues listed above have been taken care of.

Also, just something that took us a little while to figure out: when using the wood stove (which def. kept the cabin nice and toasty) you have to fully extend the lever in the front when you open the door, otherwise smoke pours out of the stove when you open it to stoke the fire or add more wood. You then push the lever back in when you close the door.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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I love it

  • 5 of 5

Kirsten was very lovely and very kind to let us stay litlle bit later then the check out time!! By the way WE were very glad that we didn’t cancel the trip because of bad reviews! Who wrote the bad reviews really didn’t know how to enjoy the “wild life”... The house didn’t smeel bad at all, is just the smeel of house made of wood!!! And everything was so clean and organize!!! The house was so confort for all of us and we were a group of 7!!!! LOVE IT

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fairport, NY

Location is beautiful and the cottage was ideal for cooking and socializing in the large common area

  • 4 of 5

Despite a rough start getting in, we had a great time with our adult children. The weather was beautiful for October and we enjoyed the boats:-)

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: August 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: June 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: November 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
Property Damage Protection $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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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