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Secret library Hemmelig Rom
Photograph: Courtesy Jason Koxvold

There's a gorgeous secret library in the woods 90 miles outside of NYC

And you can rent it on Airbnb.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

Nestled in the woods of Ellenville, New York, there's a cozy library that would make anyone seeking some solace among stacks of books joyously happy.

It's called Hemmelig Rom, which is Norwegian for "secret room," and it's made from the local oaks that surround it. The 290-square-foot space is part of Norwegian-British visual artist Jason Koxvold's home, which he and Studio Padro completed in 2014.

Koxvold wanted to add a separate, single room library on the property that would serve as an intimate respite within the forest and provide an additional guest room for the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home on the property.

Hemmelig Rom
Photograph: Jason KoxvoldHemmelig Rom is a cabin in the Catskill Mountains built by the artist Jason Koxvold

From the outside, it's mysterious—the exterior is painted black, giving off a striking, monolithic vibe against the landscape, especially when it snows. When it's warm outside, there's a hammock to take advantage of, too.

Inside, it's a literature lover's paradise.

While the main residence was being constructed, several oak trees were cleared but used in building the cottage. It was built so that there would be a varied lining of shelving and cubbies on each wall, with room for a picture window opening up to the forest and a wood stove. 

Hemmelig Rom secret library
Photograph: Jason Koxvold

One can imagine how easy it'd be to reach up and grab a good book before settling in on that comfy bed to read in front of the fire. According to Koxvold, the books are a mixture of art books (he's published under the imprint Gnomic Book), military strategy books and various novels.

The property itself, which is just two hours from NYC and surrounded by thousands of acres of wild New York State parkland, has been featured in Dwell, Dezeen, Gestalten, and Architonic. 

The property is available on Airbnb for $413 per night.

Hemmelig Rom
Photograph: Jason Koxvold

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