In am a wife, mother, shelter blogger and interior designer with a small firm in Scranton Pennsylvania.
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Stay here! It was such a lovely, relaxing, pastoral getaway for my small family. The farmhouse is very homey and comfortable; the two bedrooms upstairs are a good size, and the downstairs layout is just right, with artfully and thoughtfully arranged furniture and decorations. We watched the movie Taking Woodstock while we were there, because it was in the house, and I highly recommend seeing the based-on-a-true-story film while staying right in Bethel where all the Woodstock love went down! If you're there for just a weekend, you'll have plenty to do lounging around the house, sitting on the expansive lawn in the adirondack chairs, throwing stones in the pond, and hiking around the stream, which you will find by taking a right out of the driveway and walking down toward the second pond over there. There was a small, inflatable pool in the garage and we spent a lot of time just playing in that. BUT if you're there for a little longer, you might want to visit: Lake Superior State Park, which is only about 6 miles away and has a beach, picnic tables, playground, and boats to rent; Stone Arch Historical Park, which is also about 6 miles away and has a great playground, picnicking area, a pretty stone bridge, and a nice water/rock area that says "No Swimming," but is actually quite nice to wade around in near the small waterfall; the Bethel Woods Museum, just 3 miles away, where you can pay 15 bucks to see some great pictures from Woodstock, play in a tapestried-out bus, and watch a 21-minute video of the awesome performances-- if you time your trip right, you could catch a concert while you're there (DMB was playing when we stayed at the house!); Apple Pond Renewable Energy Farm and Education Center, which is about a half hour away but TOTALLY WORTH IT because you can book a private tour to collect eggs, milk a goat, and meet some really nice farmers; and Bubba's Restaurant, which you actually shouldn't go to if you're a gourmand or want a quick dinner, because the food and service weren't great, but there's a giant sandbox where you can eat, and it's right on the water, and there was a guy playing cover songs on guitar, so it was the nicest spot to let a small one play while you enjoy the view and music!
All in all, I would heartily endorse staying at the farmhouse. Alison was awesome at communicating before, during and after the trip, and the surrounding town, which may appear a bit barren at first glance, actually has a lot to offer. I think it's a wonderful hidden gem of a place to vacation-- and it didn't used to be so hidden! It's part of the Borscht Belt in the Catskills, which was a big vacationing spot from the 1920s to 70s. Go back in time to have a good time!
Alison was extremely fast, helpful, and friendly in her communication! I booked the house last minute and she was very accommodating. The house was cute, clean, and well taken care of, and the furnishings were great. I loved exploring the tall grasses and woods behind the house -- bring tall rain boots if you want to take full advantage of it!
A wonderful little house in a very serene area of Swan Lake; very quiet and a nice large yard to explore while you are there. The house had everything we needed and was a relaxing backdrop to our weekend. Alison was incredibly helpful, prompt with responses to questions, and kept us updated as both the dates neared that we would be staying as well as while we were there.
The cottage Is charming! It Is beautifully curated. The area Is very quiet, a nice place to relax, read, cook and walk - especially down the back of the property to discover frozen ponds.
Alison was very quick to respond to our needs and was very attentive. A great place for a weekend getaway! Enjoy!
Last minute we decided to get out of the city and head upstate to get fresh air. We booked this house with one day notice and everything worked out perfectly. Alison responded very quickly and was able to answer all of our questions. The house is a quick ride from NYC, just a little over 2 hours. The best part was the we were able to bring our dog! There's an enormous yard with a beautiful pond.
Alison has great style and made us feel like home. Overall, we had a great time and definitely plan on staying here again!
-Erica & Adam
It was only after booking this beautiful house that I learned its owner, Ali, is an interior designer - and believe me, it shows. What a gorgeous, comfortable, inviting space she's created! The property is secluded without being impossible to find, with its own pond and stream. Our dog had a blast exploring the woods and splashing around in the pond.
The kitchen and house were stocked with everything we needed for the weekend, and there are a bunch of cute towns with sweet cafes and restaurants nearby. It's perfectly situated for a weekend hiking in the woods, apple picking, and generally disconnecting from city life.
It's my understanding that Ali and her family haven't owned the house very long, but I saw pictures of it pre-renovation and it's clear that they've done a huge amount of work to make it so comfortable (and chic!). I would be thrilled to stay there again, especially in summer when our dog can fully take the plunge in that pond!
Response from Alison:
Allison, we loved hosting you! Now to the city for us for one of your fabulous pies!!!!
This is a beautiful farmhouse in a peaceful setting. There is a master bedroom and a bedroom with 2 twin beds. The extensive grounds are beautifully maintained. the house was clean. There was zero clutter. There were designer towels. Alison answered inquiries promptly.
She was very pleasant to interact with. Some improvements are needed , however.
There is a closet in the master bedroom to hang things, but no shelves or chest of drawers, so you live out of your suitcase. The kitchen was not equipped for cooking. There was only one pot and one frying pan. I had to go to a yard sale to buy both a cutting knife and regular knives as there were only plastic ones. There were no stirring utensils for cooking. There was no dishrack for drying dishes or microwave (well, the microwave is not essential) There was a coffee maker, and an ample refrigerator and stove. There were cups, glasses and plates.If these deficiencies are addressed the stars will go up. There is a glassed in front porch one can sit in bug free! It is very close to Bethel Woods.