The Sparrow house is a beautiful little Catskills farm cottage, complete with vintage wallpapers, eclectic antiques, a picturesque red barn from the 1850s and a spectacular view of the misty mountains. Just behind the house is a magical forest and river, with enchanted swimming holes, real clay beds, and a 100' waterfall that is a secret and very private paradise!
With two bathrooms, a wood fireplace as well as central heat, a wainscot paneled kitchen, Victorian side porch, hummingbird feeders, a swing set, hammocks under an apple trees, a firepit and a large fenced in yard, the Sparrow House is a perfect getaway for couples or families looking to spend some relaxing time in the unspoiled nature and still-wild rivers of the Catskills...
The Sparrow House sleeps 5 in 2.5 bedrooms (one with a full bed and the other with both a full bed and single bed). There is a downstairs living room with a wall of sliding glass doors where another 1 or 2 people can sleep on the sofa or on organic cotton thai bedrolls.
If additional space is needed, there is also an adorable renovated camper that sleeps up to 3 people in a double and a single bed in a neighboring field. (see photos)
For many years the beauty of this area has been an inspiration to the many different artists, musicians and writers who have stayed with us and each season has its own special magic. In Spring it is the forest awakening in early wildflowers, wild greens, and orange spotted newts along the trail. In the summer, the forest and rivers are a cool emerald universe of small wonders and there is no more relaxing escape then spending the days on slate rocks warmed by the sun after a dip in the swimming holes along the river. In fall the colors of the leaves, mountain landscapes and clear starry skies are just breathtaking. In winter, the river becomes a frozen icicle palace fit for Jack Frost himself; and sledding through the forest or skiing at nearby Windham mountain is always a fun adventure!
We have high speed wifi, and the house is close to the towns of both Middleburgh and Cobleskill where you can go to grocery stores and find most anything that you would need. The sleepy hamlet of Breakabeen, 2 miles away, has a nice wine store and a general store where you can get everything from milk to fishing tackle to the New York Times. Also nearby is a library, playgrounds, antique stores, an auction yard, the Zoom Flume Water Park, horseback riding, hiking at Vroman's Nose, Barber's and Shaul's farms stands, Sap Bush Hollow and Longview Local meat and poultry farms, and so much more!
There is an endless array of outdoor adventures in the area: hiking trails, camping sites, mountain bike trails, whitewater rafting/kayaking, and ski resorts, (the closest of which is Plattekill Mountain). If you want to go exploring on a rainy day, you can head to the nearby town of Cobleskill to visit the underground waterfall of Howe's Caverns, spend a few hours at the Iroquois Museum, or catch a first run movie at the Park Theatre for $4. Or you can just sit on the front porch and watch the mists move over the mountains and if you are lucky (like we were today!) you might see a double rainbow right over the field of wildflowers across the road!!
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$50 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Monthly Price:||$3000 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
We stayed at the farm cottage on the occasion of our daughter's wedding in October. What a perfect location! The cottage looks out
to the mountains, about the most peaceful view imaginable with the
lovely sound of the waterfall in the distance. The house comfortably housed 4 and one night 2 extras crashed in the living area. There were all the comforts of home. It would be a great place for a family...toys for the kids and room to run. Sol is a wonderful hostess who checks in regularly to see if anything is needed.
We had a delightful time here. The yard is fenced off, which is great if you have children or dogs. The house is great/spacious with everything you need, especially if you are in the mood to cook. The waterfalls are gorgeous.
We will definitely stay here again.
My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time at the Farm Cottage (also known as Sparrow House) this past weekend. Marie was very friendly and made us feel welcome.
The waterfalls and swimming hole are INCREDIBLE! Marie didn't have any other guests on the abutting properties that weekend, so we had the whole river to ourselves! We were initially worried b/c we could see that the river was low, but even so the swimming holes were full and plenty deep for swimming. You'd be hard-pressed to find a similar experience anywhere else.
The house is close to the road, but you're a ways out in the country so there's very little traffic. Also, the whole yard is nicely fenced in so we could let our dogs play outside and run amok without worrying about them. In the area, there are some large farm stands and nice places to go hiking. It was perfect for what we were looking for entertainment-wise.
The house feels lived in with little knick-knacks around, old board games, toys, and crafts left from previous guests. It makes you feel like you're staying at someone's summer camp. Depending on your preferences, this could definitely be a bonus making you feel more at home. I'm a bit OCD, so was a bit unsure at first, but warmed up to the character of the place after the first day. My boyfriend thought it was great though and felt right at home. Otherwise, the house was very clean and charming. It looks just like the photos Marie's posted.
We also LOVED the hammocks. There was 1 set up outside when we arrived, and 1 for the inside that was a cinch to hang. If you're with a larger group there are extra hammocks readily available with plenty of places to hang them outside.
There is no cell service, but Marie made a point to let us know well in advance and gave us the land-line number, which guests are free to use. There's also a strong wifi signal if you need internet. We actually loved not being able to constantly check in to things on our phone and really "unplug" for the weekend.
Thanks for a great weekend Marie!!
Ok, so for my girlfriend and I, the whole trip and house is about the waterfalls. We had no issue with the house and the hospitality, Sol couldn't have been nicer and more welcoming. But the reason you would book this is for the path behind the house that leads to what is basically a private waterfall (at least for when we were there). We were able to swim, layout, and have a picnic all to ourselves in what was just incredible natural beauty. One of the paths to the waterfall that I liked the most was a bit steep, so I recommend wearing appropriate footwear to get down to the spot, but it's more than worth it. Also make sure you're aware what poison ivy looks like, if you go off trail, you could get some rashes.
We did drive around the small quaint towns and enjoyed hiking some nearby trails. The house had wifi which was great because there wasn't any cell service (I have at&t).
The only disappointment, and it wasn't a big one, was that we couldn't find any sunflower fields nearby, though the pictures online show a great field. However, for all I know that could just be seasonal, I'm not sure.
Also, I think it would improve the accuracy of the listing if there was a picture of the front view of the house because it is indeed right on the side of a road that does have cars going by decently fast at times. We didn't mind it but it was a surprise because the photos (for us anyway) gave us the impression that we might be on a private street instead of a public road with direct traffic.
Bottom line, the waterfalls were amazing and I would definitely book this again.
This is a fantastic little cottage. We will definitely stay here again.
BEAUTIFUL waterfall and swimming hole.