--------Authentic 18 foot Sioux Tipi, handmade and painted by the artists at Nomadics Tipi Makers. The tipi overlooks a waterfall on the Sawkill Creek that runs through our estate. Across the stream is Comeau Park, with a 2 mile walking trail.
The center of Woodstock Village [and the bus station] is a half mile walk. There is a circular fire place in the center of the tipi and another stone fireplace outside overlooking the waterfall.
The regular 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.
New for 2017: This tipi has been our most popular retreat the past few years, and as a result, some prospective guests have not been able to book. So this year we have completed a second Sioux Tipi, on a small lake on a 20 acre forested parcel, about 8 miles away. It was listed on Airbnb in June. The rate is lower, and, it may be available if this tipi is booked for the dates you'd like. At the end of this description, below, we explain how to look at it, and our other 8 retreats on Airbnb.
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, shelves and counter tops, the dream catcher over the bed, the circular central fireplace inside the tipi, and the hexagonal 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 - We will send an enlarged copy of the map on this website] 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 or sauvignon blanc [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 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 and the floor. 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.
If you'd like to check out all our eight retreats, here's how to view them: 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 several of our retreats.
Note: We keep the tipi available into late fall / early winter, then take it down and store for the winter. I you are considering booking in late October or November, be prepared for cold weather. It could be balmy, or it could be cold. We love cold weather camping but you do need to be prepared for it to be comfortable.
The Sioux Tipi has it's own corner of the property, a few hundred feet from the nearest building on the estate. [You can see the other buildings on the estate, but it has a private feel there].
Interaction with guests
To contact us, please text and email both of us, as phone reception where we live is intermittent.
Other things to note
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 after booking, 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.
October 2017. We should have figured it would happen: A guest saw a spider and decided he couldn't stay. Lot's of little critters live in the forest, mice, frogs, spiders, etc., and sometimes they can get it. It's camping! If that would bother you, best not to go camping.
Please park where the sign reads "Parking for Tipi."
A dog is fine, if it is not disruptive with barking. We have had problems with guests being allergic to cats, so we reluctantly have had to decline to accept cats.
We expect guests to observe the campers' credos: "If you carry it in, carry it out," and "Leave it as you found it." Please wash dishes and put back on shelf, put trash in the cans at the beginning of the driveway, put linens back in Tipi Room, [not folded, so we know which ones to launder], and sweep the tipi floor. Thank you.
Wooster Prep School, Danbury CT
Ulster County Community College AA
University of Vermont, Burlington
Suny New Paltz BA
Washington University MSW
Suny Albany ABD Clinical Psychology
Stage Manager - Opera and Musical Theater
Building Contractor, Woodstock, NY
Broker/Owner Century 21 office Woodstock NY
Please Note: Our home [not our Airbnb listings] is in an area with poor cell phone service, so do text both of us if you need to reach us promptly: and
Well, "retired" may be a euphemism - With help from my partner, Chloe Dresser, we host 7 retreats in North America. She and I have been collecting cool retreats for the past 3 decades, and now have discovered we can share them and not keep them just for our extended family. Guests seem to appreciate them them as much as we do, and the positive feedback is a big bonus.
Chloe still mamges our real estate brokerage, in case you are in the market for a country home in the area
Andrew Peck and Chloe Dresser.