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Yurt By The The Berkshires

2 reviews
· Stephentown, New York
4 acres
1 site
1 Lodging
Situated on land that is right by the southern access road to Cherry Plain State Park with it's own private stream running through it.   Get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature.  Learn more about this land: This is an off grid yurt. Think camping... with an outhouse and a stream for washing dishes but no running water or electricity. You'll have a comfy bed and futon. If it rains it's a welcome excuse to hang out in the yurt, not a ruined weekend. Staying inside, listening to the rain and playing games is a highlight of our trips there rather than a reason to reschedule. Rain on the yurt sounds incredible. Though cooking outside and enjoying a campfire & toasting marshmallows is also fun! The space The yurt sits on our 4 acres of woods right near the southern access road to Cherry Plain State Park. A stream runs through the middle of the property and you can see and hear it from the yurt. If you cross the stream the woods on the other side are on a hill and it's really fun to explore the boulders and woods over there with kids. There is a beautiful lake in the park with a playground and swimming beach. You can rent boats there, too. There are also showers and bathrooms there that you can use during the summer season. You can hike there... 2-3 miles (a lot uphill) over a kind of rough dirt road - while you can drive on that road you may want to drive the alternate 15 minute route around on paved roads if you don't have high clearance on your car. There is no cell service at the yurt but you can get a signal if you walk a few minutes up the road towards the park. 1) The yurt does not have electricity or running water. We have a small portable power supply that can charge phones and run a light. It'll get you through the weekend doing that sort of thing but can't run heavier appliances. There is a small bluetooth Bose speaker there that you can use to play music. And an acoustic guitar to make your own! 2)There is an outhouse with a composting toilet. We also have a small portable potty that can be used in the yurt (ideally for liquids only). We can provide you with a privacy tent for that, which you could put in the yurt if you like (let us know if you'd like that as we'd have to bring it out). You're also only an 8 minute drive from a Cumberland Farms with a nice bathroom. :) 3) We have a 2 burner camp stove that you can use out in the woodshed or in the yurt. We'll set it up in the shed for you but feel free to bring it inside if you don't want to go out to make coffee or tea in the morning. We have a small kettle and pour over coffee maker or Aeropress that can be used for making coffee. There is also a fire pit and we have cast iron cookware that you can use to cook over that. 4) We will provide you with a 5 gallon jug of water for the outdoor kitchen area. Dishes, etc. can be taken down and washed in the stream. We'll provide a sponge and environmentally friendly soap. Please don't use soap on the cast iron pans as it will remove their finish and rust them. 5) We can provide a cooler if you don't have one but there is not yet a refrigerator out there. We'll be getting one that runs off propane for the small kitchen we'll be installing inside the yurt but that and the wood stove won't be there until the fall. You'll need to pick up ice for your cooler. 6) In addition to the bed and the futon there is a folding card table and chairs and bunch of games. Let us know if there's anything in particular you like to play and we can try to provide it if we have it at home. Guest access The yurt has it's own private drive. Other things to note Because we're near the park and it is a nature lover's paradise, you do get a fair number of ATVs riding past the property. Their motors are loud. Sometimes they go by in the middle of the night. They are harmless and friendly in our experience but can wake you up if you or your kids aren't sound sleepers. It's not a constant stream of them or anything like that but you'll usually have a group go by a few times a day and like I said, sometimes in the middle of the night. There is no cell service at the yurt but you can get a signal if you walk a few minutes up the road towards the park.
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Stephentown, New York, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Katherine R.Joined in May 2016
Response rate: 100%
2 ratings · 2 reviews
Joanna F.recommends
September 26, 2022
Off Grid Yurt Right By The Best of The Berkshires
A Taste Of Living Off The Grid
We loved it!! The kids washed dishes in the River and played cards by the wood burning stove. We cooked outside and loved the sound of the river while we slept. We can’t wait to come back again. The outhouse definitely made us feel like we were off the grid and having no service made us stay off electronics and enjoy each-other’s company. There was plenty of wood and the yurt is beautiful and clean inside.
Lisa B.recommends
July 4, 2022
Off Grid Yurt Right By The Best of The Berkshires
Camping with young kids!
Katherine’s yurt experience was more than we expected! Perfect camping trip for our young kids! They loved cooking on the campfire & using the out house. Very easy to find & we even had cell service on the property (AT&T provider). Great stay and would highly recommend!
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