Our shipping container cabin has a wood stove, sofa bed, kitchenette, writing desk, record player, patio, fire ring, yoga platform, hot tub, hammock... It is off the grid, with a solar panel, composting toilet and gravity-feed water. It sits on 14 acres and is 10 minutes from Highway 87, two hours north of NYC. You can hike the Catskills out the back door or get to a trailhead, waterfall or the Hudson River in 15 minutes. There is a popup camper and campsites (additional charge) for guests.
Living in a 20-foot container is not like living in a house. It is like camping, except that you are encased in high-efficiency insulated walls, windows and sliding glass doors and sleeping in a comfortable (Ikea Friheten) sofa bed. If it's cold outside (with the stove it's always warm inside) we usually leave the bed out and lounge around drinking coffee. If it's warm, we leave the double doors open and lounge around the patio. (Lots of lounging...) The kettle and French press in the cabin are Le Creuset. The two-burner propane stove is a Coleman camping stove. There is no refrigerator; there is a cooler for your ice and perishables. There are enough pots/pans/basics to cook whatever you want on a range. (Yes, we have a coffee grinder.) There is a grill over the fire, and we often cook there. The wood stove is Swedish and stays warm all night, if you know how to build a fire. If you don't, you'll be up at 4am lighting it again. (We leave you Fatwood firestarter.)
FYI - This place was built for 2. Or two and an infant. Guests can rent the camper, about 300 yards away across the stream.
The hot tub is wood-fired and uses stream water and a 120-gallon galvanized tub. It is very basic, and very awesome when the stream is running. If the stream is dry, there is no hot tub. We have no control over that... Upstream 100 yards is an 8x8 yoga platform (bring your own mats). All guests are left with 16 gallons of drinking water in 3- and 5-gallon containers. Flip the container onto the crock by the sink (like a water cooler at work) and you have water. If you run through 25 gallons, you can drive a mile to the spring to fill up again. (It's fun!)
There are a few LED lights in the house, but we also use kerosene sconces to light the place. If the kerosene runs out...you have to fill it. There is not a lot of storage space in the container, so we usually pack light and leave the bulk of our stuff in the car, parking is 10 feet away. Just bring in the essentials, keep the place orderly and it's more comfortable. No smoking inside, plenty of room to smoke around the campfire outside...
There are no coat hangers or irons, though you could probably rig something up. There is a solar panel and inverter with two outlets for charging phones, etc. It's not enough juice to run a hairdryer, but plenty for your phones. Cell service is pretty good across the property, but the steel walls of the container make it not so good inside.
The cabin is on a truly gorgeous 14-acre plot on the eastern edge of the Catskills. Our backyard is the flank of a 3,400-foot mountain. It feels a bit like Maine, or Alaska, with walking trails all over. You can't see any neighbors from our property, but there are neighbors, great ones. We are on the side of Overlook Mountain and have tons of wildlife on the property.
Saugerties is a gem. Miss Lucy's (dinner), The Dutch (drinks), Circle W General Store (lunch) Love Bites (breakfast) and Diamond Mills (fancy!). Walking to the lighthouse is a must, as is hiking to Kaaterskill Falls, Huckleberry Point and North and South Lakes. Hunter Mountain is also 30 minutes away. Food shopping and farm stands are 10-15 min away.
Accès des voyageurs
You have access to the entire home and property.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
The owner lives 2 hours away. Our awesome caretaker is three minutes away and available to help.
The bathroom is a separate building about 50 feet away. It has tons of natural light, a translucent roof and walls, pine panelling, an open shower stall with a slate floor. The shower is a simple solar shower bag that you fill with hot water and hang up. There is an on/off position on the hose/shower nozzle. The compost toilet (Nature's Head) is not like a regular toilet. It is like a compost toilet. It requires three turns on a crank to mulch after you use it. That said, it's pretty awesome.
We ask guests to communicate clearly if they are comfortable in an off-the-grid environment. This might mean splitting wood, starting a fire, refilling a kerosene lamp, heating water to shower with, getting creative with luggage storage, living in a small space, walking through the woods at night, walking outside to go to the bathroom, filling the hot tub with stream water, fixing something that breaks, etc... We try to be as forthright as possible about this amazing property and cabin: It is a luxurious micro-pod smack in the middle of the wilderness. It's a real drag when someone asks, "Where the hell is the refrigerator!" Or "There's no TV?!" So the rule is, please understand what you are getting into before you book, and prepare with warm clothes, a multi-tool, a headlamp, a lighter and a good pair of boots.