Camptown: The New High-Style Cabin Retreat in the Catskills

Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, New York, debuted in 2015 and set a new standard for locally sourced, inventively designed hotels in the Hudson Valley and Catskills 100 miles northwest of NYC. Designed by Workstead, Rivertown was the first project of Ramshackle Properties, Ray Pirkle and Kim Bucci’s boutique hospitality venture, and is a favorite Remodelista retreat—and source for natural materials designed to take a beating.

Eight years later, Pirkle and Bucci have just opened their second Ramshackle venture: Camptown, a resuscitated motor lodge and cabin enclave in Leeds, NY, that that they designed themselves. Working with a roster of talented local artisans, they preserved the essence of the down-home resort while imbuing it with a sophisticated rustic-modernist vibe: log walls meet cognac leather. Claim your cabin while the place has yet to be discovered.

Photography by Lawrence Braun unless noted, courtesy of Camptown (@camptownleeds).

The Lodge and Restaurant

formerly the rip van winkle motor lodge—it’s just over the r 9
Above: Formerly the Rip Van Winkle Motor Lodge—it’s just over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in the town of Leeds at the foot of the Catskills—the hotel dates from 1968 but the surrounding 26 cabins were built starting in the 1930s. It now has a new sign and a standing seam metal roof. Scroll to the end for a glimpse of what the place looked like when Pirkle and Bucci took it over.
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Above: Originally the dance hall, the lobby’s old stone hearth is inset with grinding stones from a nearby grist mill: “it was all here but had a terrible case of bulbous grout; we ground it out and cleaned it off,” says Pirkle, who with Bucci added custom metal log racks and Rowland Butler-made mirrors that follow the angle of the vaulted ceiling.  The circular Coin Sofa is a John Derian design. originally the dance hall, the lobby’s old stone hearth is inset wi 11Above: For tête-à-têtes: Fritz Hansen Fred armchairs and a Shaded Gable sconce by Workstead.