Victorian cottage in the Catskills - Tiny House Blog

Victorian Cottage in the Catskills

A New York Times Home and Garden article by Joyce Wadler shows off a tiny Victoria cottage in the Catskills.

Sandra Foster turned a Catskills hunting cabin into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted.

Ms. Foster has her own shabby-chic retreat. It may not have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands.

This is all the more impressive because she renovated the 9-by-14-foot cottage, an old hunting cabin, herself. The cost of renovating and furnishing it: $3,000.

The couple lives in an RV trailer near by called the “Groove Tube” and I have put a couple of pictures of it below. The article is very interesting so be sure and read it at the New York Times website.

Photo Credits: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

Before the renovation, the cabin was originally a 9-by-10-foot box, with a porch roof supported by white willow tree trunks.

Groove Tube Trailer

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Laurie - June 25, 2010 Reply

What a darling cottage! Sandra, remodeling tiny cabins could very well be your calling.

    Sweden - February 4, 2020 Reply

    THE most magical things in life are the ones that spring up where you least expect them — the rosebush in the abandoned lot, for example, or in the case of Sandra Foster, the tiny Victorian cottage in the Catskills that shares space with a 1971 mobile home, two aged trucks, a pen full of chickens and a hand-lettered sign advertising “Farm Fresh Eggs, $2 a Dozen.”

elisabeth - June 25, 2010 Reply

What a sweet and romantic little retreat…sigh

Kathleen Jackson - June 25, 2010 Reply

What a little treasure! I’m glad she was able to create her little piece of heaven.

Tiny House Talk - June 25, 2010 Reply

Check out the book shelves in the loft on the second picture. Neat stuff. I like the upgraded roof on the trailer. 😀 ~Alex

Elizabeth Ann - June 25, 2010 Reply

Lovely..utterly lovely and practical… !!

mr.spokanewash - June 25, 2010 Reply

place looks like a nightmare covered up by propaganda… wouldn’t want that myself..

especially in new york, to each their own… if i’m to have a short craphole such as this, it better be equipped with DSL to speak the least and heating/AC and plumbing, of course.

alan - June 25, 2010 Reply

Love it ! I would also like to add her as america’s top ten sexiest women of 2010

Randy - June 26, 2010 Reply

You know, I can appreciate all the hard work put in to remodeling this little Victorian cabin, but the monochromatic all-white theme just leaves me … blah. Joyce probably won’t appreciate this (and I apologize up front), but I like the “Groove Tube” better. 🙂

Benjamin - June 26, 2010 Reply

Way too feminine for me, of course, but nightmare? …Propaganda? Someone’s a little overboard here.

Obviously the ladies like it and that probably means it’s a Mars – Venus issue.

I really admire all the love and work she put into it. (I do hope she doesn’t light any candles though.)

Cheryl - June 26, 2010 Reply

Spokane is my birthplace so I don’t want all to think that I agree with above comment. It wouldn’t be practical for me but think it is cute. To each him or her own way. Go girl.

Freth - June 26, 2010 Reply

This lady did one heck of a beautiful renovation!!

I know it isn’t for everyone … I probably wouldn’t live in it (but then I’m a guy) … but I can still appreciate all the great work she put into it … even to de-stressing, aging and antiquing the paintwork. Fantastic detail.

alice - June 27, 2010 Reply

What a light and airy contrast to the dark and cosy Groove Tube. I can imagine how wonderful it would be among all the whiteness on a gorgeous summer day. Alas, not for me, as I’d be hard-pressed to keep it clean, but a wonderful visual treat.

Deek - June 27, 2010 Reply

Now THAT is a cool looking little retreat!


Gina - June 27, 2010 Reply

I love it so much! What a wonderful lady!

Todd Foster - June 28, 2010 Reply

Thank you all for the comments and to Joyce wadler of the NY Times for showing interest in our lives.
A few corrections though…No tarp is on the actual man cave, It was a baby buff orpington chick Joyce was shown, and I was a home improvements contractor for the first 3 years in Kerhonkson…not trying to start anything, but rather having a business that was needed to save us money on the home we just bought and both over 5 years put in $40k or more and endless hours of labor. I even purchased a wood lot and stone quarry to provide wall stone and much needed firewood for the house too.


Thank you Todd aka

    Chris - February 20, 2014 Reply

    I love it, I am trying to make my own now! 🙂 Your wife did a wonderful job!

Ducky - July 21, 2010 Reply

“This is all the more impressive because she renovated the 9-by-14-foot cottage, an old hunting cabin, herself.”

The above quote is one of the many sexist remarks in the article. The cottage is cute but I wish someone else had written about it.

    alice h - February 21, 2014 Reply

    Just noticed this comment while checking out the newest one. There is nothing inherently sexist about this particular remark. It could as easily have been referring to the fact that someone other than a professional builder did the work or that just one person did it without a bunch of friends, relatives or paid help lending a hand. Could have been said of a man or a woman and is an achievement worthy of mention for anyone.

di - August 19, 2010 Reply

A gas fireplace would be great.

Would you ever rent the little white house for a weekend?

di - August 19, 2010 Reply

I really like the white furniture covers and drapes – they’re quick to clean and change.

You could use any kind of furniture – very smart idea!

Alister - June 4, 2011 Reply

Mold. All I can think of is mold. Unheated, in a moist forested environment. Tons of organics on which water and mold spores can land and grow into mold colonies. It’s pretty now. It won’t be so pretty, or health, when it starts becoming a petri dish.

Sandi Allen - September 3, 2011 Reply

Mold is controlible and I am sure she will heat it come winter. A radiator type that rolls around is recycled oil and very efficient.

Perhaps the writer was simply impressed, but didn’t know how to put pen to paper. Some people gotta’ make “sompin outta nuttin” or they can’t get up in the morning.

These are the facts…tools don’t know who is using them, it’s adorable and all hers so no one can take it away, and she, or he, would impress anyone with this charmer.

Kudo’s to her and I will look for her book as soon as it comes out.

Great Job!!

Tonita - October 9, 2011 Reply

I read the Tiny house blog almost every day. Sandy’s Tiny house is by far my all time favorite tiny home ever presented on a blog. I would take her home over a brand new Tumbleweed tiny home, or ANY builders brand new tiny home on wheels or not. Her blog oozes with talent, style, charm and enchantment. It inspires hundreds of people and has been in tons of magazines and on the Nate show as well. It is a center spread in a magazine I currently have on my coffee table. Have you seen the followers on her site? Many agree with me. I have never known of any other tiny home or cottage that has become as popular or well loved, as Sandy;s tiny home. While a few people on this blog don’t care for her style or the white decor, let me say that THOUSANDS do. This little cottage is a place of enchantment.

I am having a tiny home built for me and like Sandy I will be decorating it in white.

I want to thank her for creating such a wonderful tiny home that inspires SO many of us.

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I’m an italian architect…and this is the new goal to live better…little cozy and cheap (shubby chic..of course!).


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Joni goodnight - January 6, 2012 Reply

I keep gong bk to this – amazing inside and out. I’m building cottage 16×26 and can’t imagine it being this cute

Dawn - January 16, 2012 Reply

I have a old fishing shack and I would love to do this to it HUMMMMMM how to come up with the ideas to make it look half as good at this one does

Cottage David - February 3, 2012 Reply

Wonderful job! Your use of such a small space is amazing!

Tommy - November 29, 2012 Reply

Stunning, imagine retreating to this piece of heaven , so inspiring

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