Rustic 1860's Catskills Farmhouse

House - Entire home/apt · County Highway, Hamden, NY 13782, United States

The Space

Spacious and Rustic Civil War Farmhouse on 33 Acres - both wooded and open fields - with handmade Outdoor Bread/Pizza Oven. Lovely stream for wading on property. Very magical secluded waterfall nearby for swimming.

4 Bedrooms.

Walk to Fly Fishing and swimming in the West Branch of the Delaware. 2 miles from Lucky Dog Farmstore & Cafe (antiques/vintage clothing/organic grocery/local meat and beer; produce from Lucky Dog Farm).

Great area for antique-shopping, cycling, horseback riding, hiking, and cooking with local ingredients (on Wolf commercial stove).

Quite an unspoiled corner of the country as the area is all protected NYC watershed.

Kid friendly. Pets welcome.

2 hours 10 minutes from GW Bridge.

In the summer this place is paradise. Never too hot or humid. Truly unspoiled and old-fashioned. We feel like I'm transported to the 19th century when we're there.

This is a wonderful quiet place to decompress and unwind. One NYC renter told us that she rented our house for weekends because "it was going to make her husband live longer". He was able to relax so completely.

No Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel furniture :) And hand-plastered walls, not drywall.

If there are just two of you and it is not high season (July August) we may be able to do a slight discount if it is a minimum of three nights, just ask.

We moved from NYC to Philly, so we can only rarely spend time there now. But you can enjoy this lovely spot!

*from mid-September through May 1 there is a fuel surcharge as heating can get pricey.
* The pizza/bread oven is only useful if you have already used one! Not for the uninitiated.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 5
Extra people: $50 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $50
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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    October 2013
  • Visit Details: 7 nights (September 2013)
    Size of Party: 1 couple and a dog

    A beautiful antique-filled country home on a sprawling property including a hilly field and woodlands. The house is like a museum, its kitchen/dining room an incredible place to cook, eat and be merry. Our dog loved running through the property's tall grasses and wildflowers. Alison could not have been any easier to coordinate with -- always responsive, helpful, friendly and accommodating. Hamden is a cute little town, and Delhi and Walton have all the amenities you could need only a few miles away.

    Be sure to visit the nearby waterfall and swim hole that Alison will suggest: it is not to be missed. Also, East River Road (i.e. "left at the stop sign", which directions will make sense once you see the property) is great for up to a 12-mile out-and-back run across rolling hills with little traffic and lots of shade.

    Two warnings: (i) the house is adjacent to a relatively busy country road, so we needed to keep our dog tethered when we were near the house (Alison had warned us of this in advance) and (ii) the internet connection was inconsistent during our stay and my mobile phone had no service in the house. Neither of these were problematic for us, and we would be delighted to rent here again.

    Very highly recommended.

    September 2013
  • We had such a wonderful time at Alison's farmhouse. Comfortable and characterful, you feel utterly transported from the city. The land to the rear of the house is a magical place to hike and a gift if you're a dog owner, although note that the house is on a fairly busy intersection (for the countryside!), so dogs cannot be left unattended. The kitchen is the perfect place to sit until the early hours with a bottle of wine and no interruptions. The house is a little rough around the edges, but that only adds to it's charm. We were very happy there, and had the joy of sleeping in one of the most comfortable beds in existence! And of course, the setting is absolutely beautiful. Alison was a perfect host; everything went off without a hitch, and she was so forthcoming with recommendations and communications. I absolutely recommend the Rustic 1860's Catskills Farmhouse.

    August 2013
  • We had a great time at the Rustic 1860's Catskills Farmhouse. As stated-fishing and swimming withing walking distance in a very nice area. The house was stylish and nice with nary a trace of the generic and Alison was attentive to our needs. They even had good books on the shelves- Faulkner, Freud and Pynchon anyone? Great location for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, antiquing, exploring Delaware County or lazing around. We will be back.

    July 2013
  • My family had a wonderful long weekend at Alison's place. The house was really lovely - just exploring the house and the yard was a lot of fun.
    Alison was also a very helpful host - she was quick in responding to any of my questions. She also left helpful instructions for local attractions at home and we went to some of the places she recommended - a swimming hole was just magical and eggs, cookies/cakes, and yogurt we got from Lucky Dog were delicious.
    You can do a lot of activities in the area as well. We did hiking, fishing, and swimming and it was just so relaxing.

    July 2013
  • We had such an amazing weekend at Alison's house. One of the main reasons we booked the house was for the kitchen (we wanted to do lots of baking and cooking) and it really was terrific. Really spacious and well-stocked, and the commercial oven and stove were awesome. The yard and large upper field were perfect spots for letting our city dog roam (though if you have a dog just know that the house is at the intersection of two roads - we had to keep a close eye on ours to make sure she didn't wander too far). The inside has a great combination of farmhouse, vintage, and victorian-type furniture with lots of charm. Overall the place was just awesome. It was about a 10 minute drive into Hamden, a bit farther to Delhi, and we did lots of walking along East River Road. We met nice neighbors, took a dip in the river, ate dinners outside and had a really relaxing weekend. Alison was a great host - thanks so much for everything!

    July 2013
  • My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at Alison's farmhouse. The house is cozy and full of charm and character. A cook will enjoy the vast kitchen and outdoor pizza oven - and there is plenty of space for groups to gather. The location is also convenient for outdoors enthusiasts - Alison recommended a local swimming hole and some nice hikes nearby.

    Overall an amazing location to escape the city and enjoy the simple things in life.

    June 2013
  • Loved this place to bits, so comfortable, rustic and homey, and in a really beautiful location very close to Catskills Park. Alison couldn't have been a better host, and was attentive and prompt with the booking process and responded to all queries almost instantly.
    Highly recommended!!

    June 2013
  • Highest recommendation for Alison as a host, and this gem of a house. It was exactly what we were looking for.

    May 2013
  • This tranquil cottage was just what we needed! If you're looking for a relaxing vacation away from city life, then I highly recommended renting from Alison! Hamden and the surrounding cities were quaint and welcoming to visitors. We kayaked down the river and were able to spend well-needed time in the great outdoors. Alison was very helpful and accessible! Thank you!

    April 2013
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I'm an independent filmmaker, my husband is a photographer. We moved from New York to Philadelphia in 2005. This house was our rural retreat when we lived in the East Village. Now it is quite far for us, so we can't use it so often. But we love it. It's quite special.
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