Private retreat 1 hour from Finger Lakes. Hiker/birdwatcher/artist/writer/mountain biker/hunter paradise! Miles of beautiful trails. Pet friendly ($15 per pet, per night, book pet as extra guest) Cozy, comfy, secluded cabin. Swim-able pond, million dollar view! Fully furnished kitchen, gas grill, H-Def TV/WiFi, luxury linens, campfire wood provided. Sleeps eleven. Dark skies. 75 acres of deer or turkey hunting. 6 hunter max. Must sign waiver and check boundaries with us. Great value for price.
"The Crow's Nest" is not difficult to get to, but cell service (though good at the cabin and the top of our hill) is spotty as you get close. I have posted directions which will show up on the listing once you are booked. Please take note as directions from GPS may be funky. If you are told to go up Mahoney Gully Road, that's incorrect (and not maintained in winter!) The Crow's Nest is located at 267 Irish Hill Road, off Shamrock at the Allegany/Steuben county line. I have also posted a map in our photo collection.
Well behaved pets are welcome at $15 per night, per pet. Please register each as an extra guest, and let us know, as we like to set out dishes and a special quilt in case your furry friends like to sleep on the couch (like ours do!)
"The Crow's Nest" cabin will sleep eleven, 2 queens, 4 singles, sleeper couch and sofa. It has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed downstairs, and a spacious loft with four twin beds upstairs. We only allow six hunters for the 75 acres that go with the cabin, but non-hunting family and friends are welcome! The kitchen has up-to-date appliances, a microwave, coffee maker, and all the utensils you will need. The cabin has knotty pine ceilings, red oak flooring, hickory cabinets, and a beautiful gas heater fireplace. The cozy living area has a cathedral ceiling and a view of the Whitesville Valley all the way to Pennsylvania. There is a gas/charcoal grill on the deck and an outdoor fire pit. Propane is provided (spare tank in shed out back) but please bring your own charcoal. Firewood for a bonfire is behind the cabin. The cabin has TV, Internet, and a DVD player, books, games, puzzles, paper and crayons, and a few toys for the kids. We are seldom too hot in the summer, but there is a ceiling fan in the living room and portable fans if needed. It's a good idea to leave the ceiling fan on to circulate heat in the winter.
The Crow's Nest is all yours for your stay. There is a good driveway with parking space for several vehicles. (No parking on the lawn--save our septic!) Our fabulous, property of hilltop forest, fields, pond, and wild gullies is open for your enjoyment by foot, mountain bike, ski, or snowshoe (2 pairs of snowshoes provided).
We live a quarter mile down the hill and won't bother you unless needed, but you may occasionally see Fred working in the field below the cabin. If we are travelling you will be provided with emergency contact information.
Some of my signed books are always available in the cabin. I am always happy to personalize one for a gift and chat about writing. You can check out my books at (URL HIDDEN)
While it is just two miles from the village of Whitesville, "The Crow's Nest" enjoys a pristine rural setting. It features some of the best dark skies for star gazing in the east.
Tours of Fred's furniture shop and permaculture plantations, his four-season hoop house, shitaki mushroom farm, and our organic garden can be arranged. He teaches a mushroom growing class every spring.
They are catfish, perch, and koi in our pond. They love to be fed! (Food in bin in cabin) Catch and release only in the pond. We are just a few miles from the headwaters of the Genesee river, so bring your fishing pole and kayak. This is Amish Country! Slow down for buggies, and look for vegetable stands, woodworking, maple syrup, and quilt shops. There are potters, jewelry makers, a candle maker, and many other artisan studios nearby. Alfred is home to a world renowned ceramic college and museum. Swain Ski Resort is an hour to the north, the Finger Lakes Wine country an hour to the northeast. There are also a number of great antique shops in the area.
Getting away from it all means you are in the country! Be prepared that gas and groceries are eight miles away, just over the PA border in Genesee. Beer can be purchased in Whitesville and Rexville, but Genesee is a dry town. Laundry services are in Wellsville and Hornell.
The Crow's Nest is all yours for your stay. There is s good driveway with parking space for several vehicles, please do no park on the lawn. Our fabulous acreage of hilltop forest and wild gullies is open for your enjoyment by foot, ski, mountain bike or snowshoe.
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We live a quarter mile down the hill (195 Irish Hill Road, green mailbox) and won't bother you unless needed. Either Fred or myself, or our co-host, Anita, are available at all times if you should need help..
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We are just a few miles from the headwaters of the Genesee river, so bring your fishing pole and kayak. This is Amish Country! Drive slowly and look for vegetable stands, maple syrup, and quilt shops. You may like to stop in at Fred's Natural Form Furniture workshop or chat with me about my children's picture books and novels. There are potters, jewelry makers, a candle maker, and many other artisan studios nearby. Alfred is home to a world renowned ceramic college and museum. Swain Ski Resort is an hour to the north. There are also a number of great antique shops in the area.
1. Please leave The Crow's Nest as beautiful as you find it.
2. Save our septic--no parking on lawn!
3. Remove boots before entering in mud season.
4. We try to be as "green" as possible. Recycling and compost bins are provided. Deposit bottles & cans are donated to school to help buy team jackets.
5. Turn off lights (safe neighborhood!) and bathroom heater when not needed.
6. No trash in fire pit, please. NO SMOKING INSIDE CABIN.
7. Swimming in the pond is at your own risk. Fishing is catch and release only.
8. HUNTING: No ATV vehicles allowed except for hunters. Only those who are booked at the Crow's Nest can hunt on the property, but orange vests are provided for your safety and peace of mind while hiking during hunting season. There is a map of the Crow's Nest property on the wall in the loft and boundaries are marked. HUNTERS MUST LET US KNOW THEY WILL BE HUNTING, MEET WITH US TO SIGN WAIVER, AND REVIEW THE BOUNDARIES WITH US. There are four tree stands on the property. Maximum of six hunters allowed.
9. Please let us know of any items needing repair or missing.
10. Turn all lights and bathroom heater off, heat turned down, keys on table, and doors locked when you leave. We really appreciate it if you shoot us a message as you depart, especially if we have a back-to-back booking that day.
11. Please write in our logbook, enjoy yourself, and come again!
I write and illustrate children's books, Fred builds rustic furniture and is an organic gardener. We hike and ski, watch birds, and play with our dogs, Georgie and Curry. We can't live without clean water, fresh air, good food, family, and friends. We try to live life to the fullest and by the Golden Rule.
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