Nice hardpack pull in space for your van or RV. Use our house amenities - shared bathroom and small kitchen.
For quiet folks on our quiet property.
Space is right off road - not too much traffic. Quiet at night!
Need a quiet place to camp in your own van or RV? We have a hard pack area in our grassy driveway on foot deep concrete blocks. You can run an electric cord and water hose from our house. Empty in our sewer or local campground 1 mile away.
Campgrounds tend to be noisy and crowded. Choose instead to camp on our private grounds.
Yard and grounds, big front porch with country swing, fire pit, common room upstairs with reading library, cold water only washing machine (you dry in sunshine or in our drying room).
Your booking includes free wifi throughout house and grounds, free parking on our grassy field, and our free area and house e-guide of inexpensive restaurants, parks, trails, entertainment and much more.
If you forgot anything for the kitchen, you can borrow it from the main farmhouse kitchen - which is pretty well supplied and stocked. We are flexible and want you to enjoy your stay to the max!
Upon confirmed booking: You will receive our special e-guide to the area and house - featuring inexpensive restaurants, awesome restaurants, groceries and shopping, entertainment, trails, parks, etc.
We are here to greet you, orient you, and help you set up. After that, we are in and out.
Our yard was planted for a nature habitat along the suggestions from the National Audubon Society to create sanctuary for birds, butterflies, and bee. We practice edible lawns and gardens - no sprays, so you can walk barefoot on the grass. We have many edible and medicinal plants - for people, birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
The neighborhood is rural with 5 acre minimum zoning. It is pretty quiet overall. You will hear birds sing, frogs croak, the wind the tree leaves...
A car is almost a necessity.
The Shortline Bus travels from Port Authority in New York CIty to Monticello, New York - every 2 hours. Round trip is around $60 US. Taxi to the house is around $20 US.
Taxis are kind of expensive. There is a local bus service, but it is not very frequent and has very limited routes.
Some of our guests like to bicycle.
Shopping is about 7 miles away. Our e-guide (that you get via email with a confirmed booking) includes several shopping options, as well as parks, trails, entertainment, and more.
You can pick blueberries during blueberry season (mid to late July usually).
Confirmed guests receive our e-guide to local inexpensive restaurants, things to do, and more about our house.
(Only confirmed guests can receive this guide because the airbnb system does not allow links to be posted or messaged.)
Accès des voyageurs
Yard, firepit, front porch, common upstairs kitchenette, shared bathrooms (upstairs). Wifi.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Owner-manager on site. We can visit with you if you like - or respect your privacy - as you prefer.
We are a quiet house for quiet people.
This is a quiet house for quiet people who want to relax and unwind.
We have neither TV nor radio. You can watch things on your own wifi device - we have high speed Time Warner cable which has a good signal throughout the house and yard.
No smoking in or near the house. Legal things only.
Pets not allowed. Sorry all kitty and doggie lovers. Visitors may have allergies. Please note we have had cats and dogs in the house in the past - for all you severe allergic people. We do run an ozone machine in each room between bookings.
Please keep common areas tidy: Yard, front porch, sitting room, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. There is no maid service in the house.
To avoid cleaning fees, we ask each guest to leave your space clean, etc.
Please note it gets quite cool after dark in the Catskill Mountains - sometimes into the 40's - even in summer! So be sure to pack a few woolies, sweaters, socks, hat, etc. in case it is cooler than you expect.
ALLERGIES and SENSITIVITIES
The Catskill Mountains are a moist climate. Those sensitive to mold or allergins should take precautions.
Cats and dogs have lived in the house in the past. Occasionally, one still comes by and in.
You will receive our area and house guide by email upon a confirmed booking.
Here's a few more tips for you to enjoy your stay (from our house e-guide).
BASIC ARRIVAL & CHECKOUT INFO.
Be sure to let us know WHEN you expect to arrive so we can greet you, show you where to park, and orient you. Best to arrive before dark whenever possible.
Checkout is 11 AM.
We don’t charge a cleaning fee, so please leave your space clean and tidy.
Old Fashioned Farmhouse is a quiet house for quiet people. We have no TV, no radios, no loud conversations. We maintain an atmosphere of restful peace and calm.
Hi speed wifi reaches most places in house and grounds. It is free with your booking.
PARKING is included with your booking. We park on our grassy drives. When you arrive, pull into the most obvious drive and we will greet you and help you choose a spot for your car. Please arrive before dark if at all possible.
This is a very low crime area.
Our property is 5 acres, so people just do not wander onto our land.
Of course, don’t leave valuables - just a general rule in life!
There is one outside door key for everyone to use when and if you are here and we are not here. When we are here, the door is open or we are close by.
Guests staying a little longer will have their own individual entrance key to use. Again, if you leave with the key - we will request the $15 from your security deposit for our time and cost to replace the key.
We've never had any problems in the past - but it is your call and we are not responsible for ANY of your possessions, vehicles, etc while visiting the Old Fashioned Farmhouse.
KITCHEN SUPPLIES FOR YOUR USE
The apartments and shared upstairs kitchen are minimally supplied. There are a few basic old pots, plus dishes, utensils, glasses and mugs. If you need anything special, probably best to bring it. You are also welcome to borrow anything from the main house kitchen, which is pretty well stocked with standard kitchen items.
There are 2 coffee makers in the house.
You bring filters, coffee, sugar, milk, etc.
There is 1 microwave in the upstairs shared kitchen.
If you forgot anything and we have it, we’ll be happy to provide it for you from the main house kitchen. We’re pretty flexible and want to see you have a good stay - so don’t hesitate to ask!
There is a recycling system in the upstairs shared kitchen as well as in Apartment # 2.
We compost paper and all food scraps in our garden. Recyclables and deposit cans/bottles go in boxes (rinsed well to prevent smells and bugs). There is a separate bag for plastic wraps and non-compostable, non-recyclable items.
The house is on our own well. So you can enjoy non-chlorinated showers. We drink the water and have for years. If you prefer, you can bring your own bottled Perrier.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE - GPS
Overall we have good coverage in our house and yard. However, T-Mobile is spotty in the mountains. A recent guest could not access that network from our area. Verizon network works well here. Be sure your GPS can connect - ideally through satellite.
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Organic Permaculture Farmer, Writer, Volunteer, Traveler, "Retired", Friend and Neighbor
OPEN Spring, Summer, Fall
Closed for the winter
When you have a confirmed booking at The Old Fashioned Farmhouse, you will get an emailed copy of our local e-guide with restaurants, entertainment, parks trails, history and more about the house. We message you the link with your confirmed booking - as airbnb does not allow links on this site.
We are happy to offer our arriving guests a cuppa organic herb tea from our gardens - especially late arrivals who may have travelled a few hours to get here. Not to worry - if we offer you tea, coffee, meals, etc - there is no extra charge. We just want to help you have a wonderful stay where you feel right at home in the country. It's our treat for you!
Frequent guest Audrey says
"I found Pat and her old fashioned farmhouse in the southern Catskills back in 2003 thanks to a New York State information site. What a blessing that was! Have been back spring and fall ever since. Besides visiting family in the area I have enjoyed impromptu gatherings with Pat's neighbors and other farmhouse guests on many occasions. On my recommendation a good friend spent a summer there and took advantage of the scenic bicycling."
"What I really like about Pat and her farmhouse is the magic and merriment that seem to reside there. For example, for some reason I thought Pat had come from India, so the first time I made a reservation (having seen a New York State accommodations listing) I asked an Indian friend to make the call for me. Well, Pat couldn't understand a word of my friend's Hindi nor her heavily-accented English while my friend assumed she did, and I nearly didn't have a reservation! The three of us laughed over this for a long time. That was 2003. Since then I've been going back just about every spring and fall and having a perfect stay every time. Highly recommended."
Sean Zigmund owns and operates our local CSA and organic permaculture farm and farm stand with his wonderful wife and partner Cheyenne. His website is RootnRoost in NY.
Sean's farm with tours and farmstand are included in our house and area e-guide you get with your confirmed booking.
"Pat is one of those rare people you find who has such zeal for life that you will always learn something new and enjoy your time together, even if for just a few minutes.
"I met Pat through an online ad she placed in which she was asking for a hand-me-down guitar for a friend of hers who was staying at her B&B for a brief period.
"I loaned her friend one of my guitars and instantly formed a friendship with Pat. She has a passion for plants (culinary, medicinal, and esthetically), food, community, and creating spaces that invite nature in.
"As a farmer and permaculturalist myself, we hit it off and keep in contact, swapping plants and stories of our adventures in self sufficiency, gardening, preserving, seed saving, building, and all the other fun and challenging activities that round out a homesteader's life style.
"Her B&B is a charming, creatively designed slice of southern Catskill country life! With a diverse landscape of medicinal and culinary treasures outside, and the creature comforts of home inside, this little nook of Hurleyville, NY is just what a person needs to unwind from the hectic, hustle-bustle of the 'real' world.
"Pat's knowledge of the surrounding area and her connection to the local community are an added bonus for the traveler who wishes to spend time outside their box and experience our little slice of paradise in the southern Catskills.
"I highly recommend a stay at her B&B and a good look at what the Sullivan County Catskills have to offer!"
Thanks, Sean! And yes, our yard is planted for bees, butterflies, and birds and edible lawns and gardens for we humans, too. We mow AROUND the clover in the grass 'cause the bees love it so much.
Our lawn and gardens are unsprayed so you can walk around barefoot if you like.
We are not the "country club" look.
We are the natural habitat look!
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY OF OUR HOUSE
Our c. 1840's historical farmhouse is a rare example from another age. It has an illustrious history as a rooming house and as a "kuchalein" (cook alone - each family cooked alone). When we purchased the house, each of the 9 upstairs bedrooms was furnished for a family - with 3 or 4 beds in each small room. There was a kitchen with 9 stoves and 9 dish cabinets - a separate setup for each of 9 families who visited for the summer from New York City. There were a hundred or so small chairs for the kids and families (chairs long sold to antique dealers).
The old Hurleyville railroad station brought families and visitors up from New York City. Horse and buggies would line up - calling out the names of the different boarding houses to take city folk for an experience of fresh air, fresh food, fresh water. Some things never change! The locavore movement is still going strong in the famous Catskill Mountains!
The Hurleyville railway has morphed to the Rails to Trails scenic walk and bike trail close to our house.
Big concrete chunks a foot thick from the Hurleyville station floor actually filled in the mud hole that is now our grassy parking drive and RV hardpack. (How we got them here is an interesting saga in itself!) So you are definitely driving over some famous history when you enter our property!
This video shows many of the old famous hotels from previous centuries - including famous mountain houses (big and small) in Hurleyville, Loch Sheldrake, and Fallsburg.
You'll have to copy and paste the title to find the video online at u tube
"The Catskills - Older Hotels and Recollections"
Our house and area e-guide has live links for history buffs. Airbnb only allows links exchanged with confirmed guests.