Rustic 1860's Farmhouse on 30 Acres

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

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

Your host, Alison
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Our farmhouse is full of atmosphere and is a true country getaway. Located near to swimming, fishing and kayaking. Take long walks, Relax with friends 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 - 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 walks in the country, fishing, swimming in the local river, antique-shopping, cycling, horseback riding, hiking, and cooking with local ingredients.

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.

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.

Interaction with Guests

We live five hours away but we are available by email and phone for questions or problems that arise. Our neighbor Karen takes care of the place for us and is usually available for emergencies and questions. She lives up the road.

The Neighborhood

We love walking to the one room schoolhouse and the tiny old cemetery up the road from us.

A favorite place - only in high summer or hot weather - the waterfall on Chambers Hollow. It is hidden and can be hard to find, but it is magical and amazing.

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 the ample back yard - and adjoining field -which makes the setting quite pleasant. Young dogs who like to wander off or children 3 and under will want to be supervised, however.

Getting around

Parking is next to the big red barn.
Public Transit:
Short Line from NYC to Roscoe, NY (25 minutes from house by car)
Pine Hill Trailways from NYC to Delhi, NY (10 miles from house)

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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  • We wholeheartedly agree with the previous positive reviews. The house is lovely. Alison is flexible, generous and easy to reach if you have questions. We were there in late May, for three nights, with our two young daughters. The house is completely surrounded by trees and tall bushes, so it feels private despite it's on a small road. The neighbors are friendly if you care to chat or get more info about the area. The abundant and heavily scented lilacs and lily of the valley were in full bloom which was heaven. I could go on and on about the property. The view out the back is so relaxing, and after a rain, we saw a full double rainbow. There are several trails close by, perfect for those wanting gentle hikes. There's a lot to explore. We'd love to come back and try canoeing and swimming when it's warmer.

    The house is tidy and clean considering it's age. You'll feel like a guest at a family member's house; it's comfortable, warm and easy to find everything you need. For everything else there are two grocery stores 10 minutes away, although we could have eaten at the Lucky Dog Cafe for every meal. Alison's home would be a great experience in any season, and we hope to be back soon.

    May 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    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
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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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