The SpaceSpacious and Rustic Civil War Farmhouse on 33 Acres - both wooded and open fields.
Like most old farmhouses, the house is next to a road. Expect some local truck traffic on weekday mornings, and some weekender traffic Friday evenings.
There is a screen of high shrubs all around the house, which creates a pleasant feeling of privacy. The backyard stretches into a field and long hill, then turns to forest.
The relatively low nightly price is a reflection of two things; the proximity to the road and the fact that staying at this house is a bit like luxury cabin camping. Lots of antiques and beautiful things, but no microwave, flat screen TV and a generally rustic, lived-in feel. Despite these factors most guests seem to have a great time. Many repeat guests.
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, bird-watching, fishing, swimming in the local river, antique-shopping, cycling, horseback riding, hiking, and cooking with local ingredients.
One note, our house is old and it is rustic. It's not a perfectly renovated, gutted and rehabbed home. The best way to frame what we offer on Airbnb is that you are camping in a beautiful, evocative and poetic old house. It is not a perfect Martha Stewart fantasy country getaway. If you grew up in the suburbs in a modern home and like for everything to be updated and perfect, this is not the house for you. The WIFI is fairly good, but not great. There is not a big widescreen TV, just a crummy little one and I don't know if the VCR is attached, though you can try it. It is a good place to be unplugged. Not a good place if you like a a vacation home with all the modern entertainment options. No cable either. For entertainment, we go on walks, go fishing and swimming, play bocce, cook, and read. Old-fashioned stuff. Some adolescents may be bored depending on their interests :-) They can walk up the hill with their phones to get a better signal (for AT&T that is-Verizon is good in the house,) Bring your favorite board games if you enjoy those. We have backgammon and a few board games for little kids. And a bocce set.
Our farmer friend mows every 10 days or so. Some of the outdoor area is overgrown. If you get up early enough (6 to 6:30AM, you may see wild turkeys in the front and backyard.
Hamden is quite an unspoiled corner of the country as the area is all protected NYC watershed.
Kid friendly. Pets welcome. Kindly bring a crate if you plan to leave your dog in the house unattended, so that he or she won't scratch up the doors :-)
2 hours 10 minutes from GW Bridge.
This is a lovely 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.
*Sorry, no weddings or film shoots :-) Guest AccessYou can use the the whole interior house and all exterior grounds. The shed attached to the kitchen has a lot of our things stored, but you may help yourself to the bocce set (please bring it in at night-balls can't get in dew) and any other outdoor games you see. And feel free to use the charcoal grill, and additional outdoor furniture you may find.
If you bring a dog, please bring a crate and crate your dog if you leave him or her alone in the house. We have found consistently that dogs left alone in strange homes chew the furniture and scratch the doors, even though they might never do this at home. Please be respectful as we have lots of antiques and family heirlooms here :-) thanks Interaction with GuestsWe live five hours away but we are available by email and phone for questions or problems that arise. The NeighborhoodWe love walking to the one room schoolhouse and the tiny old cemetery up the road from us.
Good swimming is up the road. Just walk down from the bridge on Back River Rd. Getting AroundParking is next to the big red barn across from house.
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) Other Things to NoteLike 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 an ample back yard - and adjoining field - which makes the setting quite pleasant. Dogs who like to wander off or children 3 and under will need to be supervised, however.