About this listing
If you like to cook, hike, swim, visit farmers markets and be surrounded by animals, this is the place for you. Woodridge yu Catskill Mountains. It is the place to get away from it all.
Two bedroom cottage with a sleeper couch. Sleeps 6 comfortably.
We are located on a farm in beautiful Sullivan County, close to Bethel Woods, the Catskill Park, Neversink Unique Area and Sam's Point.
There are many animals on the farm. Merino sheep, angora goats, angora rabbits, oberhasli dairy goats, chickens (running free so please leash dogs!), one cat and a dog named Lali. We have a greenhouse and vegetable garden, a pond for doggies to go swimming, and a lake across the street.
There is a full-service recording studio on the premises as well as a fiber arts workshop space. The fiber from our Angora bunnies is shorn and hand-spun into winter accessories. In June, a vintage clothing store is opening on the property. Come and browse through Ambika Boutique's collection of vintage clothing, shoes, bags, and hats.
Guests are encouraged to explore the 12 acre property, relax by the pond, cuddle the bunnies, sheep, and goats (please ask how to turn off the electric fence), and go for a hike on the 6 mile rails-to-trails path across the street.
There is access to a communal outdoor fire pit (wood is available for purchase), a 6 burner outdoor stove and grill, a hot double outdoor shower and an outhouse.
High-speed internet is provided free of charge.
We recommend stopping for groceries on your way. (If you're driving from the city, the Fairway at 125th Street is an excellent stop!) Our own eggs and vegetables are available for purchase. Price per night does not include breakfast.
Interaction with Guests
We will welcome you and give you a tour of the property upon your arrival.
If you will be arriving at a late hour, we will greet you in the morning!
If you have any questions about the property please ask.
Sullivan County was the site of hundreds of Borscht Belt hotels and resorts, which had their heyday from the 1920s through the 1970s. When air travel became more attainable, the area's tourist industry declined and left many camps and resorts vacant.
Recently, many artists and small farmers have moved into the area and are working to bring it back culturally and economically. The county is extremely diverse with a mixed population that is similar to that of the South Williamsburg area of Brooklyn.
The natural offerings given by this area are prized by residents. There are hikes that will lead you to rivers, waterfalls and look-out points. Lakes are everywhere and offer great fresh water swimming. The Basha Kill wetland is the largest wetland (over 3,000 acres) in southeastern New York and is home to a diverse population of wildlife and plants.
Many beautiful and sustainable farms are close-by and welcome visitors. Information can be found in the guidebook.
We recommend renting a car to get to the property. It is the easiest method of transportation and gives you the freedom to explore the natural offerings of the area. The Neversink Unique Area, Sam's Point, and many farms and farmers markets are close-by and make great day trips.
If public transportation is the only option, you can take the New Jersey Transit to Otisville, NY (you can make a stop at our favorite raw milk dairy on the way!) and then take a taxi to Woodridge. A one-way train ticket costs $18.50. Four Eigths Transportation is the taxi service available in Otisville. The estimated taxi cost is around $50. We recommend calling to pre-arrange your pick-up.
The Shortline Bus from Penn Station stops in Monticello and also makes a few stops in Woodridge. Tickets cost around $30 each way.
Bus schedule NY to Monticello:
8am, 10:15am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 11pm
Monticello to NY:
5am, 6am, 8am, 10:30am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
NY to Woodridge:
1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm
Woodridge to NY:
7am, 9:30am, 5:15pm
We can pick you up in Woodridge, but if you arrive into Monticello we suggest calling Yellow Cab to bring you to the farm.
Other Things to Note
If you want to relax in a rural environment and experience a food-based, makers community then this is the place for you.
The property has multiple dwellings and many shared spaces. We often host yoga retreats and have musicians recording in our full music studio. Please ask us if you would like to know what is happening during your stay.
No (email hidden)rry. Dogs must be on leash at all times, as we have free roaming animals. Dogs may not be left in your space while you are not present. The Neversink Unique Area is a great off-leash area for your pup to roam free.
We are extremely energy conscious and expect you to be as well. All doors and windows must be closed when the heat is running. Thermostats must be set at 60 degrees when you are out exploring and kept at 68 max when you are inside. If excessive energy is used we will use your deposit to pay for the additional costs.
Be mindful of turning off lights and computers.
No smoking indoors.
As we are a farm and things get dirty fast, we ask that you please leave your shoes at the door.
Here at the farm we compost and recycle everything that we can. We have a compost area in the garden.
ORGANIC only scraps can be fed to the sheep and goats. (please ask us to turn off the electric fence or feed through the blue gate.) They love banana peels, most all fruit peels, and any greens and herb stems. The egg shells can be crushed up and fed back to the chickens for calcium to produce more :) Absolutely no onion, avocado or pits.
Paper, plastic and metal must be recycled. Be mindful of the trash you create, if you have questions please ask.
Please do not pick anything (veggies, berries, flowers, etc.) unless we are with you. Our eggs, vegetables and fruits are available for purchase.
If anything gets stained or broken, please report it asap. Don't be shy. The earlier the better, as stains set in.
Please be careful of the electric fencing that surrounds the animal pasture!
Guests have access to the many shared spaces on the property. Please keep these areas clean and respect others that are enjoying them.
From Sep 4 - 7, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Josh was an amazing and welcoming host to our group. Our group consisted of a film crew from Miami that was shooting a segment on Mysteryland and Woodstock so we had crazy hours. We arrived at a very late time in the evening and Josh was there to greet us and show us into each of the cabins we had rented for the weekend. Since we arrived so late in the evening we awoke to the beauty of the property....this property is very unique and impeccable. We were able to buy eggs each morning. And Josh made sure to check up on us each day to see how we were doing. Such a unique and inspiring property. We all hope to come back to enjoy everything it has to offer when not working.
Joshua and Ambika were great. We made a reservation at the very last minute and they responded immediately. It was a cozy apartment which comfortably fit 7 of us.
Josh and Ambika were friendly and welcoming hosts. We had trouble finding the cabin because there are two Mountain Dale Roads, important if you are using GPS. The cabin was cute and spotless and the farm pretty and pastoral. The bedrooms are tiny with double beds, not queen. There is no A/C and despite saying there is Wifi, it only worked for a few minutes one day we were there. Though there is a TV, there is no cable or satellite service so is really only useful if you would like to watch movies from their collection. The cabin sits right on the road; while it is not terribly busy you do hear the cars throughout the night, especially if the windows are open. The shower has virtually no water pressure.
Thanks for your response and feedback. You were both very sweet, but I do feel that we were not a match made in Heaven :) I think that maybe you are used to more luxury accommodations, or maybe having your assistant book and inquire was not ideal. Usually our guests come for a country experience and to visit the animals and go swimming and hiking. We have never had people stay here that were not interested to even see the property and animals, so it was very strange for us.
I want to mention that all of these details are listed on our airbnb description. No cable, no queen beds, no ac etc. We are in the Catskills and on a farm after all, so watching TV is not what we encourage. We have had one other couple run into that same map thing, so I will try to figure out with Google and Apple what happened. Generally everyone else has arrived without glitches, so it is strange. The water pressure could have been a quick fix, if you had mentioned it. We are on a well and the head just needs to be emptied occasionally. And as far as the internet goes, Josh went over and it was working on his device, and for the most part it works, but sometimes it is intermittent. Another country perk :)
May this be a learning experience for both of us.
Ambika and Josh
We couldn't have asked for more warming and helpful hosts. The property was wonderful, peaceful, lots of space to explore. Beautiful surroundings and really cute animals, especially the bunnies and Lolly the dog. Great for animal lovers. The cottage is cosy and decorated really well. Very clean. Definitely comfortable for 6 people. Loved the VHS collection and board games. Take bug spray!
There aren't enough words to describe how much we love staying here. Ambika and Josh are the most gracious hosts, and their property is one of the most lovely places to spend a long weekend. I can't think of a better way to unwind than sitting by their pond, watching the bats come in at dusk, while lightning bugs put on a show and frogs sing to each other. Visiting this amazing place is quickly becoming our favorite summer tradition, and we can't wait to visit again. Ambika and Josh - thank you again for everything!
We had such a lovely weekend at Josh and Ambika's cottage! Their property is beautiful and a great place to relax. Josh and Ambika were fantastic hosts. We particularly enjoyed all of the furry, friendly, farm animals. Highly recommended and we plan on visiting again! :)
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About the Host, Joshua
The Outlier Inn is 90 miles from NYC in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. For fun things to do in the area search:
Sullivan County Visitors Association
In addition to being available to general guests, the Inn features a recording studio and fiber farm and hosts bands and fiber workshops. All guests are encouraged to take walks in the woods, bike along the 8 mile rails-to-trails, and pet the myriad of animals on the farm.
What we do in ALL our spare time :)
Josh is originally from Florida. He runs his retreat recording studio on the property...outlierinnrecording
Ambika is originally from Australia, and grew up in India. She runs her fiber design business and also hosts retreat textile workshops... Ambikaboutique
See you soon!
Ambika and Josh