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Annette and I are ExPat New Yorkers, started anew as shepherds five years ago.
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Stephen and Annette where super gracious. And the farm is beautiful. Unfortunately, there was surprise rain and the we showed up late due to the GPS sending us the long way up the mountain, but despite all of that, we're definitely going back!
I had such a lovely time at Stephen and Annette's farm! It's such a beautiful setting on hidden country roads. It's all very picturesque. They're surrounded by other sheep, cattle, and horse farms, too! Lovely spot. I even spotted 8 deer my second night running around at dusk. Stephen and Annette were incredibly welcoming, accommodating and friendly. I enjoyed hearing about their experience with the farm and the Bovina community. The sheep and ducks were equally cordial. They let me pet them and take a ton of pictures. And just as everyone before me stated, the sheep were huge fans of my pistachio shells. :) I camped at the farm for two nights while exploring Delaware County a bit. I didn't get much of a cell signal unless I was near the porch, but I didn't mind. (Just be prepared for that.) Because I was there on weekdays after the summer vacation rush, there wasn't much open in Bovina Center or neighboring Andes, but I found some food in Margaretville, and took a very scenic country drive up Route 30 to Roxbury (definitely check out the Roxbury General store if you go that way…great artsy finds!) and west on backroads toward Hobart just north off Route 10. Hobart is known for their antique/vintage booksellers…found a great buy there! Check out The Coffee Pot for a casual meal or afternoon snack. It's super cute coffee shop with hilarious decorations. Sort of like a small Cracker Barrel with attitude. (Annette recommended Two Tarts Bakery in Andes but it was closed on the day I was there…next time!) I took Route 10 south from Hobart to Delhi for a late lunch and to check out Stewart's (a popular remodeled old-fashioned department store)…cute things, especially their kitchen and home goods upstairs. Definitely eat at Blue Bee Cafe if you're in Delhi (I had an amazing pear, goat cheese, ham, fig and lemon zest tartine, and tried a speciality tea of theirs. Great food, good price!) I'm not much of a cook, or I would have cooked while camping. Stephen offered some tools for the campfire so I could do so if I wanted, though. All in all, I really enjoyed my stay and would love to bring back some friends next time I'm in the area, or need my nature/country fix! :) They're good people and kind hosts. I approve! Two thumbs up!
Stephen and Annette were wonderful hosts and went out of their way to help us get set up. This was my first time camping in a tent (I know, I know) so they helped make sure we came prepared and then lent us some gloves and a grate for the fire, which we had forgotten to bring! The campsite is beautiful - a nice fire pit and all the supplies you need to get started. From there it was S'mores and stars above - a perfect evening for a first time camper like myself! The next day was even better though. The sheep are adorable and let us hang out with them for a bit. They also have a great view! The surrounding hills are gorgeous right now in fall colors and the land itself is pretty with duck ponds and flowers galore. I wish we had stayed longer to go for a hike up the hill so a good excuse to come back! Highly recommend for a serene "bah"-utiful camping experience!
My wife and I had a great experience camping at Stephen and Annette's farm. They are wonderful hosts, and the sheep are so cute and friendly. Bring some pistachio shells, they love to munch those! The farm and surrounding lands are very beautiful, the campsite is serene, next to their pond and surrounded by wildflowers.
The trip was amazing. It was everything I thought it would be. The landscape was beautiful and the sheep are gentle beings. Stephen and Annette provided great hospitality and I recommend visiting them for a real farm and nature experience.
Stephen and Anette's sheep farm in the catskills is a great getaway from the city. We stayed only one night and had a lot more privacy than camping on a state campground. A fire pit was provided and ample space for a tent and plenty of space to wander around wildflowers. It was so quiet at night and wonderful! Stephen and Annette were great hosts and provided us with a few minor things we needed. We also got to meet and feed the sheep. Bring pistachios with you, the sheep love to munch the shells!
Stephen and Annette were great hosts! They gave us firewood and kindling and showed us to the campsite when we arrived. They were very down to earth and easy going. The campsite was nice and secluded in a wooded area... Perfectly quiet!
Great place to get away for the weekend. As the other reviewer said, amazing sky at night. No cell reception forced me to just enjoy myself instead of browsing the internet. Stephen was a great host and over accommodating. Site was very primitive, but there was a fire pit and grate to use for cooking and plenty of wood to find to keep it stoked.
Stephen & Annette are fantastic hosts, very welcoming and genuinely hospitable. They have a really lovely property, a pristine farm with lovely sheep and lambs which are all very friendly! Peace and quiet are the true essence of their green heaven. I particularly enjoyed the stargazing at night as you get a wide open sky view in one of the darkest spot in NY.
Very god experience, Stephen was very friendly and helpful, will definitely go back.