The SpaceOverlooking a spring fed swimming pond Frolic Farmhouse is a homey, authentic, mid 19th century homestead that offers a rustic country charm that makes life in the big city feel like a distant memory. A mile from the nearest road the house is surrounded by 140 acres of open fields and meandering magical forest. You only need to look out the nearest window to enjoy spectacular views of wild meadow set against a background of rolling hillside.
This secluded getaway is breathtakingly beautiful and awe inspiring. Whether you want to go exploring on an adventurous hike, saunter up to sunset hill with a bottle of wine to watch a brilliant sunset, swim in a pristine pond, spend a peaceful afternoon outdoors with a good book, tell stories around a campfire, or gaze starstruck at the luminous night sky, Frolic Farm is the perfect country respite. The house is also surrounded by apple trees (apples ripen in Autumn) and lilac bushes (which bloom in the spring), There are also blueberry bushes and grapevines a few paces from the house! Sure, if you come at the right time the place might be swarming with monarch butterflies, or the trees bursting with vibrant colors, but whatever time of year, there's always plenty of special, unique moments of natural beauty. There's also a swing and a picnic table. And if you don't feel like getting wet there's also a canoe for paddling around the pond.
The house itself features four bedrooms, a large, fully equipped kitchen with two large dining tables (and a wood burning stove!), a living-room with a couch and 2 comfortable chairs, a bathroom with a nice large tub and a covered porch with a gas grill and plenty of seating.
Inside it is eclectically furnished and decorated by the owner, painter, collage and neon artist Philip Hazard who specializes in 1950's American Pop, and 20th century American folk art. You will find the quaint country interior perfectly complimented by a world of carefully curated original art, antique prints and vintage furniture (including a 50's Coke machine, and a wooden jukebox). Even the white aluminum kitchen cabinetry is retro. When you're in the kitchen don't forget to look up or you'll miss Philip's collection of special American folk dinner plates. There's also an extensive book collection along with a great stereo complete with a variety of records from Jazz, to classic rock, to show tunes (there's a hookup for phones and mp3 players as well), and a heap of board games for late nights or rainy days. With so much old fashioned beauty it's easy to connect to simpler times, forget about the technological distractions of modern life and enjoy being present.
It's the perfect place to bond with family and friends, inspire romance, or take time to reconnect with yourself.
For being so remote, Frolic farm is a short 5 minute drive (30 minute walk) to town. The town of Callicoon offers a supermarket, a cafe, a wine shop, a liquor store, a thrift store, a vintage store, a movie theatre, restaurants and a brewery. If you want to see live music, Bethel Woods Art Center is a 15 minute drive and offers a variety of programing.
Wildlife is abundant with terrific bird watching and deer often grazing near the house. We even spotted a bear and a couple porcupines on a recent trip up. Guest AccessYou have access to the house, the pond and 140 acres of woods and fields, including Sunset Hill which overlooks the property from the east for great views of the sunset.
There is also a fire pit in the yard for campfires and a gas grill for BBQing. Interaction with GuestsWe will have minimal interactions with guests. The NeighborhoodThe farmhouse is located at the top of a mountain, private and secluded, surrounded by our 140 acres, yet only a 5 minute drive to Callicoon. Callicoon is a charming small town with wonderful restaurants, antique shops, library, thrift store, bowling alley, 1940’s movie theater, liquor store and Peck's, an excellent grocery store. Callicoon is located on the beautiful Delaware River.
The Delaware River offers swimming, canoeing, fishing, rafting and tubing at Skinner's Falls, a National Park and just a 15 minute drive from the farmhouse.
Short drives to: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (the actual Woodstock site), Villa Roma (resort, golf, restaurants), White Lake, Monticello Raceway and Casino, Crystal Lake State Park, Fort Delaware and Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. There are music festivals, county fairs, horseback riding, country auctions and farmers markets to enjoy. Getting AroundYou MUST arrive in the day because the driveway is very difficult to find at night. We will send detailed directions upon booking.
There is a bus that arrives to nearby Villa Roma (in Callicoon) from NYC but it's difficult to be here without a car.
You can walk down the steep hill to town (30 minute walk) but then you need to walk back up. :) Other Things to NoteAgain this is an older house, not renovated.
There is no washer/dryer but a laundromat in Callicoon.
The house is kept clean, but bugs and dust get in sometimes.
Some kitchen necessities are available but be prepared to pick some things up at Peck's(well-stocked local grocer, 5 minute drive) if need be.