The SpaceThe center of Woodstock Village [and the bus station] is a half mile walk. There is a circular stone fire place in the center of the tipi and another stone fireplace outside overlooking the waterfall.
The season is mid-April into November. While it can be kept warm and cozy in winter - we have been fine overnight at 10 degrees, we feel many guests would not have the right gear nor sufficient winter camping experience to appreciate it, so we take it down and store it for winter.
If you are coming early or late in the season, nights are likely to be chilly, and keeping the fire going is needed to keep warm and cozy.
For 2016 we are leaving it up and available to Dec 3rd by request. The last 2 weeks are discounted for hardy campers ready for winter camping. There's plenty of firewood, and if you have the right gear and clothes, and experience, you can be comfortable. When the temperature goes below 32, the sink and shower must be turned off and drained, or the pipes would freeze and break. Almost always, during the afternoon, it's warm enough so the water can be turned on. The rate is discounted during this late fall camping period.
Note for "fall / winter" camping: The calendar for bookings is closed as of November 12th, simply due to our concern that some people may book it who don't have winter camping/campfire experience and may not keep warm. We have been quite comfortable in it in 20 degree weather, but have spent some time in tipis almost every year for 50 years. If you are experienced, and would like to stay after the 12th any time up to Thanksgiving, we can open the calendar for you, and will discount the rate. Just make an inquiry and let us know what you'd like.
The photos show many details. The tipi and most of the furnishings are custom made: the tipi and liner, the bed and futon sofa bed, a solar reverse painted lamp, hardwood counter tops, the dream catcher over the bed, the circular central fire place and firescreen.
On the estate there is an outside shower and kitchen sink for your use. There is an outhouse for Tipi guests' use. We have a 'Tipi Room' with its own entrance set up exclusively for use by the Tipi guests. [See Map] Nothing fancy, it has a desk, and chair, refrigerator, electric, and wireless internet access. The Tipi Room is not heated. We have a solar electric power setup for the tipi that powers 2 CFL lamps, and an inverter with enough AC power for charging small electronic devices. If you need more power, there's electric in the tipi room.
We provide seasoned firewood, plus cooking pots, pans, plates and utensils, salt, pepper, cooking oil, matches, soap, paper towels, bathroom tissue, dish detergent, trash bags, scrubbies, candles, and a complimentary bottle of our favorite chardonnay [in the fridge]. There is a Coleman propane camping cooking range with 2 burners in case you wish to cook or boil water without making a fire. Outside, there is a propane barbecue grill. There is an outdoor picnic table next to the tipi. There is a fireplace next to the river overlooking the waterfall with a table and bench in front of it. [see photos].
The mattress in the tipi is a double, plus there is a futon couch that folds down to make a 40' X 75' bed, [slightly smaller than a regular double bed] if you have more than 2 people. The futon is small for two people, but possible.
You can bring your own sleeping bags. If you don't, there are sheets, pillowcases and quilts in the tipi room for you to make the bed[s].
When we first set up the tipi at this location in May 2013, we stayed there 2 nights to check it out. The second night, the fire sent a shower of sparks that put burn marks in the bed. So we have custom made a hexagonal fire screen to prevent that in future. [see photos]. In our study and use of tipis over the last 45 years, this is unique in our experience, and a great improvement in safety.
Near the road are trash cans for your use. We expect guests to leave everything as clean and orderly as they find it. Follow the campers' code: "If you carry it in, carry it out."
In December, the tipi is taken down and stored for the winter.
Check in 1 PM, Check out 12 noon.
Caveat for spring and fall camping:
If you have no experience with making and maintaining campfires, we suggest your first stay in a tipi be when the overnight temperatures are unlikely to be cold, mid-May to late September. So long as the fire is kept going well, you can be comfortable inside the tipi with a sweater or light jacket - or under the quilts at night - even when the temperature is in the 20's or lower. Overnight, that means keeping the fire stoked during the night. Since being able to build and maintain a good fire is essential in cold weather, we have prepared a "Campfire Primer" with photos and step by step instructions that we send along to our guests.
Each night after the first two nights is discounted, ask.
Previous guests of any of our 7 retreats: 10%,
Last minute booking discount: Bookings made 24 hours or less before your check receive a discount. [Airbnb doesn't figure discounts, so if you qualify for one, make an inquiry rather than "instant booking," we can then deduct the discount before you book.]
Finally, if you'd like to check out our seven retreats, as a couple are off the grid cabins which are more economical than the tipi, here's how to view them:
To view all our listings: From any of our listings, click on my photo, then, next page you come to, click my photo again. Then on that page, scroll down and click "view all listings" and you'll come to our seven retreats.
Note: We keep the tipi available the first two weeks of November, then close for the winter, take down, and store the tipi. I you are considering booking in late October or November, be prepared to come ready for cold weather. It could be balmy, or it could be cold. We love cold weather camping but you do need to be ready for it to be comfortable. Guest AccessThe Sioux Tipi has it's own corner of the estate, a few hundred feet from the nearest building. [You can see the other buildings on the estate, but it has a private feel there]. Interaction with GuestsContacting us by text and email is the best way to reach us, as the phone service where we live in intermittent. The NeighborhoodOne nice feature is the Comeau Park that is on the other side of the river from the tipi. It is 77 acres with walking trails along the river. If the river is to high to cross over, then it is about a mile walk or drive through town to get to the park. When you book we can send a map of the walking trails, soccer field, and sledding hill on the park. Ther are public tennis courts, nicely redone in 2014 about a mile from the tipi. We play tennis every day unless it rains or is below 30 degrees. Getting AroundIt's possible to come by bus. Trailways Bus stops in the village of Woodstock 1/2 mile from the property. There is a food market, small department store, and a wine shop near the bus stop. The local taxi service is Woodstock Transportation ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY. It's only a ten minute walk from the village. Other Things to NoteNotes:
The Tipi is owned and let by Ohayo Properties LLC. Your hosts are Andrew Peck and Chloe Dresser
After booking, we send detailed information and attachments, with maps, directions, information about places and activities of interest in the area. If you don’t receive that promptly, please let us know right away so we can get it to you timely. Sometimes it goes to guests' spam folder.
For anything time sensitive, text messages [to both of us] are more likely to get through promptly than phone or email.