The SpaceCozy log cabin, with a great room on the first floor, heated with a wood burning stove, as well as floor heat and baseboard heat. The well equipped kitchen, breakfast bar and dining table are all part of the living space on the first floor: ideal for families with children. Guest AccessPLEASE NOTE: In the winter, you absolutely need a 4WD vehicle to make it up the steep driveway. DO NOT attempt it without 4WD, you will not make it to the top!!
We have a reliable snow plow service, but in the event of a heavy snowfall, there may be a delay until they get to our property.
You can access the key to the front door by opening the key lock box to the right of the door and entering numbers I will e-mail you before you come to unlock it.
If you arrive after dark, you might want to bring a flash light to help you read the numbers, though there is a motion sensor spot light shining onto the front porch.
Please place the key back into the key lock box – and close it - when you leave, and check that you actually locked the front door. It sometimes doesn’t catch…
When you enter the house, the first room is the mudroom. To the left is a wall switch to turn on
•the outside light near the front door (left)
•the outside motion detection light (middle)
•the 2 lights in the mudroom (right)
From the mudroom, make a left turn into a short hallway – the light switch on the wall turns on/off
•the 2 lights in the mudroom (left)
•the upstairs light (middle)
•the hallway (right)
This hall way leads past the bathroom, the first floor bedroom, and around the corner, the shower and sauna room.
Opposite the shower room is a double door, leading to the lower (basement) room. When you open that double door you will see the switch for the water pump and the hot water heater which I will leave turned on. Please turn them off when you leave in the winter. (Do NOT turn off the oil burner - the red switch)
There is 1 bedroom on the first floor with a king size bed.
There are 2 bedrooms upstairs: one is a full size/twin size bunk bed, one a queen size bed.
The downstairs/basement room has 2 bunk beds (= 4 single beds), as well as a sofa bed, which opens up to a queen size bed. The linen to the sofa bed is below the left part of the sofa, which can be opened.
Please strip all beds that you used, and place the linen (and towels) on the washer/dryer.
There is a 1/2 bath (with washer and dryer) next to the bedroom on the 1st floor, and a shower with sauna on the other side of the bedroom.
The second floor bathroom has a tub: I recommend you do NOT shower upstairs – if you’re not careful the spraying water will drip into the bedroom downstairs... Do use the tub though for a bath.
The basement has a steam shower room behind the ½ bathroom.
To generate steam, touch the ‘ON’ icon, then the steam icon, and raise the temperature by touching the thermometer icon.
The 3 square handles control the
Water from ceiling or hand-held showerhead or jets (top)
Water on/off (middle)
Water temperature (bottom)
Please flush only toilet paper: NO tampons, sanitary napkins or diapers!
If you are using the washing machine, use only a tablespoon of detergent: the water is VERY soft, and you may need to rinse extra. Also: do not close the washer door after use.
Please leave the washer door open after you remove the washed clothes.
Heating the house:
The Great Room (living/dining/kitchen) has a wood-burning stove in the center:
You can load the stove from the front, or from the side: open the side door using the detachable handle.
Before you start the fire, be sure to open the flue by flipping the round end of the handle up (on the left side) with the detachable handle.
Start the fire with paper and kindling, add 1 or 2 logs, and close the two front doors of the stove. Then open the side door a crack (with the detachable handle): this will give the fire the necessary airflow to start well. When the wood has caught fire, close the side door also.
Controlling the heat: There is a primitive but very functional 'thermostat' in the back of the stove: a handle that opens a flap via a chain. That is one way that you can control the burning of the wood.
Watch that the heat in the chimney does not get too hot: watch the thermometer on the chimney: ideally it should be in the orange range.
For the most efficient heat when burning wood in that stove, keep the doors closed. To slow down the fire, once it's burning well, you can also close the flue after loading it well (it will then burn and vent horizontally), and keep the flap in the back just a little open: then the fire might last all night.
If this stove is not sufficient, there are several thermostats in the house to ignite the oil burner and heat via the radiators or the floor heat:
There are two on the wall near the kitchen: the round one heats the radiators on the main floor, the square one is programmed to heat the actual tiles on the floor only. To turn that one on, push the lever to 'heat', then press the temperature arrow until it reads ~ 68 degrees, then press 'hold' several times, until it will hold the temperature for the # of days you are there.
One thermostat is upstairs in the bathroom: controls the 2 bedrooms upstairs and the bathroom. If you heat the house with the wood burning stove, you may find that the bedrooms are warm enough, so you don’t need that thermostat.
If you plan to use the basement room, raise that thermostat; it is located underneath the stairs in the basement.
Don't touch the thermostat above the desk: it is controlled by the remote heat sensor and remote control. I will turn on the heat remotely before you arrive, which should heat the house, which we keep at 40 – 45 degrees, to a more comfortable 55 degrees.
If you start the wood-burning stove as soon as you get to the house, it will warm the whole space - except the basement in a very short time.
Please lower all thermostats to the lowest possible degree before you leave, and turn off the floor heat.
The living room has three sets of French doors. Use only the two facing the two covered porches, NOT the one below the large picture window. Each French door has a key for the dead bolt lock, which hangs on a nail on the wall next to the doors.
Please lock up all doors before you leave and hang the keys back on the nail.
The kitchen has a dishwasher, an electric stove, a convection/microwave oven, and an electric wall oven. The stovetop is vented via a downdraft vent: raise the vent by pushing on the square button on the right.
We like to cook, so the kitchen is well equipped. You are welcome to use the staples we leave there, but please let me know if you have used anything up, so that I can bring replacements (spices, oil, vinegar, teas, and stuff in the refrigerator).
I emptied the freezer, so you can fill it with your food for the week.
There is a basic food store about 4 miles away (Food Locker) just before Hensonville. Windham has a wonderful Zabar-like market called Tadoro’s, where you can buy just about anything. The closest supermarket is in Cairo.
There are many excellent restaurants in Windham, if you don’t want to cook.
Please place all trash – bagged, never loose – outside into the yellow bear-proof bins located on the kitchen porch. Recycle all aluminum, plastic, glass, milk and juice cartons (you don’t have to separate this) and place outside also. Do NOT recycle Styrofoam.
If you generated more trash than fits into these bins, please take some with you; do not leave trash in the house or outside the bins!
Please compost any vegetable and fruit waste, coffee grind, tea bags etc. as much as possible to reduce the amount of trash. The round compost bin is outside behind the house.
There is list of things to do before leaving the house at the end of your stay hanging near the front door in the mudroom: Please check that you did all items listed. Interaction with GuestsAny problem, please call my cell phone: (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden) The NeighborhoodThis is a weekend get-away house for any season:
A great starting area for long or short hikes, just minutes from Windham or Hunter, with all the activities - golfing, biking, summer festivals, etc.
Excellent fall foliage - superb sky watching: no light pollution.
In the winter, skiing at Windham Mountain, or Hunter Mountain, or cross country skiing / snow shoeing off the front porch, or at the groomed Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center in Windham. Other Things to NoteThe TV is connected via satellite (DirectTV) for basic channels.
No internet available, but if your cellphone can be used as a hub... that's what we use.