The SpaceThis cozy renovated apartment comprises the ground floor of a two-story 1850’s farmhouse facing a quiet country road and is fully self-contained with a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and large kitchen. Your host lives in a separate but attached house. Your privacy and comfort is my wish, and that you enjoy your own space and the land. This is a place to wake up to peaceful birdsong and soft sunlight streaming into your bedroom. The bedroom is small but cozy with a comfortable full-size bed. The kitchen has appliances and basic supplies to cook your own meals. Just ask if you need anything! The living room has two comfortable couches and a 32-inch flat-screen TV with a DVD player and access to local channels. Guest AccessYou are free to wander the landscaped front yard, including a small deck for enjoying morning coffee or tea, and clearly marked trails through fields that lead to a pond, untouched forest, and wetlands lake on 30 private acres. The leisurely walk to these areas is easy and a property map is provided. Experience shinrin yoku – Japanese for “forest bathing” – by taking a therapeutic walk in my forest, on your own or with me as your guide. Take your time to breathe, relax, wander, touch, listen, and heal. Clear your head, relax your soul, and return home refreshed! Interaction with GuestsI will greet you upon arrival and explain the apartment and land access. I will leave you to explore or accompany you on a tour of the fields, pond, forest, and lake, and will provide a list of local attractions within an hour radius.
There are always ongoing projects happening, such as building a tree arbor, clearing a field for planting using permaculture techniques, maintaining paths, assembling benches for rest points, and more. You are welcome to join in any current project! The NeighborhoodThe location is on a quiet rural road with a few neighbors nearby. I like to say that the apartment is in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of everything! Apart from enjoying the property and land itself, you will find a variety of activities and attractions within a one-hour drive in any direction: Albany, Schenectady, Historic Sharon Springs, Cooperstown (Glimmerglass Opera and Baseball Hall of Fame), Howe Caves, Secret Caverns, Saratoga Springs (Racetrack and Casino), the Catskills (skiing), the Adirondacks, Landis Arboretum (hiking), the villages of Middleburgh and Schoharie, Vroman’s Nose (hiking), pick-your-own fruit at Bohringer’s Fruit Farm, Wellington’s Herbs and Spices Farm, antique shops, and many local farmers’ markets. All are easy day or half-day trips from your apartment.
On the property you may see deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and a variety of seasonal birds including cardinals, purple and yellow finches, swallows, great blue herons, kingfishers, ruby-throated hummingbirds (at your own front yard feeder!), wild turkeys, ducks, pheasants and grouse, owls, and woodpeckers. You may even hear coyotes at night while you are safe in your cozy bed! The pond is always hopping in the warm months with frogs, turtles, and dragonflies. Wildlife varies according to time of year but is always entertaining. The fields and forest are alive with vibrant wildflowers, ferns, and mushrooms and some unique natural landmarks such as streams, climbing vines, lightning-struck trees, and natural wetlands teeming with wildlife. The fall foliage is spectacular. Getting AroundYou will need your own vehicle to get here and to enjoy the local region. Other Things to NoteThis is a rural location. I do not have WiFi but depending on your provider you may have service and there is 4G access just up the road. There is a Mobil station in Sloansville (4 miles away, basic supplies and great pizza to go!) and a Hannaford’s grocery store (8 miles away in Esperance), otherwise all services are either in Cobleskill (about 12 miles) or other, farther towns.