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Rustic 1860's Farmhouse on 30 Acres

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4 guests

3 bedrooms

3 beds

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Our farmhouse is full of atmosphere & is a true country getaway. Located near to swimming, fishing & kayaking. Take long walks, star-gaze, relax in the backyard. Read a book in the cozy, original 1860 parlor. Great for unwinding from the city!

The space

Spacious and Rustic Civil War Farmhouse on 33 Acres - both wooded and open fields.

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 walks in the country, bird-watching, fishing, swimming in the local river, antique-shopping, cycling, horseback riding, hiking, and cooking with local ingredients.

One note, our house is old and it is rustic. It's not a perfectly renovated, gutted and rehabbed home. The best way to frame what we offer on Airbnb is that you are camping in a beautiful, evocative and poetic old house. It is not a perfect Martha Stewart fantasy country getaway. If you grew up in the suburbs in a modern home and like for everything to be updated and perfect, this is not the house for you. There is not a big widescreen TV, just a little old one and I don't know if the VCR is attached, though you can try it. It is a good place to be unplugged. Not a good place if you like a a vacation home with all the modern entertainment options. For entertainment, we go on walks, go fishing and swimming, play bocce, cook, and read. They can walk up the hill with their phones to get a better signal (for AT&T that is-Verizon is good in the house,) Bring your favorite board games if you enjoy those. We have backgammon and a few board games for little kids. And a bocce set.

Our farmer friend mows every 10 days or so. Some of the outdoor area is overgrown. If you get up early enough (6 to 6:30AM, you may see wild turkeys in the front and backyard.

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

Suitable for kids over 3 (unless supervised-two sets of staircases). Pets welcome. Please bring a dog crate if you plan to leave your dog in the house unattended, so that he or she won't scratch up the doors :-)

2 hours 10 minutes from GW Bridge.

This is a lovely 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.

Furnished with a mix of vintage furniture and antiques. Hand-plastered walls, not drywall.

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.
*Sorry, no weddings or film shoots :-)

Guest access

You can use the the whole interior house and all exterior grounds. The shed attached to the kitchen has a lot of our things stored, but you may help yourself to the bocce set (please bring it in at night-balls can't get in dew) and any other outdoor games you see. And feel free to use the charcoal grill, and additional outdoor furniture you may find.
If you bring a dog, please bring a crate and crate your dog if you leave him or her alone in the house. We have found consistently that dogs left alone in strange homes chew the furniture and scratch the doors, even though they might never do this at home. Please be respectful as we have lots of antiques and family heirlooms here :-) thanks

Interaction with guests

We live five hours away but we are available by email and phone for questions or problems that arise.

Other things to note

Like most old area farmhouses, the house is next to a road, not secluded in the middle of woods. We have a tall hedge around the whole property and an ample back yard - and adjoining field - which makes the setting quite pleasant. Dogs who like to wander off or children 3 and under will need to be supervised, however.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 1PM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 25 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 75
Security Deposit: 150
Weekly Discount: 20%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Please keep food put away in the cupboards or fridge at night, as it attracts mice :)

Please take all recycling and garbage away with you.

Please bring in wicker furniture when it rains or when you leave.

Avoid putting wooden spoons and chopping boards in the dishwasher, please :-)




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57 Reviews

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Jennifer User Profile
June 2017
The host canceled this reservation 18 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Alaina User Profile
May 2017
Alison is a great host, and her home is as described. We enjoyed our weekend escape from the city, spending time exploring the field behind the house with our dog and young son, and a nearby trail along the river at Alison's recommendation. Enjoyed cooking dinners at home, and sitting in the comfy chairs by the kitchen windows taking in the view.

Hollie User Profile
May 2017
We had a great time at the farmhouse. Never spoke to Rufus but Allison was easily available by phone to answer any questions and very friendly.

Adam User Profile
October 2016
Amazing house for a Catskills getaway. The house is very old, but charming as hell. The location is perfect, and the host is beyond accommodating and responsive. We had a great weekend and will be back!

Alexis User Profile
October 2016
We had such a lovely time! Alison and Rufus are incredibly gracious hosts. The house is cozy, charming and a perfect place to spread out to read or cook with delicious local farm ingredients. The area is stunning! Check out nearby Delhi, Andes and Bovina for restaurants and shops. We look forward to visiting again.

Alix User Profile
September 2016
Alison was very friendly and communicative, the place was exactly as described: a little rough around the edges maybe but all the more beautiful and cozy for it. We had a great time hiking, cooking in the big kitchen and sitting by the wood stove (the nice neighbors up the street sold us some firewood). Thanks!

Robyn User Profile
August 2016
Alison was a great communicator! She answered all of our questions quickly and was warm and sweet. The best part of the entire stay was the tap water - I have never had such great water in my life. Thanks, Alison!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesJoined in March 2012
Alison & Rufus User Profile

I'm an independent filmmaker, my husband is a retired cinematographer and artist.

We moved from New York to Philadelphia in 2005. We love old houses and old things. Our neighbor calls our Philadelphia home an 'art house'. The farmhouse is similar.

I grew up with a house full of guests, both from America and all over the world. We were so used to having extra people in the house that we would just tell them to act like it was their home, so that we wouldn't have to worry about remembering to offer them every little thing.

I still feel that way. I like for people to feel at home, and to be surrounded by nice things, either old or beautiful.

Languages: Français, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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