The SpaceThe Sparrow house is a beautiful Catskills farm cottage, complete with vintage wallpapers, eclectic antiques, a picturesque red barn from the 1850s and a spectacular eastern view of the misty mountains. Just behind the house is a magical forest and river, with enchanted swimming holes, real clay beds, and a 100' waterfall that is a secret and very private paradise!
With two bathrooms, a wood fireplace as well as central heat, a wainscot paneled kitchen, Victorian side porch, hummingbird feeders, a swing set, hammocks under an apple trees, a firepit and a large fenced in yard, the Sparrow House is a perfect getaway for couples or families looking to spend some relaxing time in the unspoiled nature and still-wild rivers of the Catskills...
The Sparrow House sleeps up to 8 in 3.5 bedrooms (one with a full bed and the other with both a full bed and single bed). There is a downstairs living room with a double cast iron daybed (not shown in the photos... new photos coming soon. thanks!) with a wall of sliding glass doors where another 1 or 2 people can sleep on the sofa or on organic cotton Thai bedrolls.
If additional space is needed, there is also a sweet renovated camper that sleeps up to 3 people in a double and single bed along the forest edge in the neighboring field. (see photos)
For many years the beauty of this area has been an inspiration to the many different artists, musicians and writers who have stayed with us and each season has its own special magic. In Spring it is the forest awakening with early wildflowers, wild greens, and orange spotted newts along the trail. In the summer, the forest and rivers are a cool emerald mossy paradise of small wonders and there is no more relaxing escape then spending the days on slate rocks warmed by the sun after a dip in the swimming holes along the river. In fall the colors of the leaves, mountain landscapes and clear starry skies are just breathtaking. In winter, the river becomes a frozen icicle palace fit for Jack Frost himself; and sledding through the forest or skiing at nearby Windham mountain is always a fun adventure!
We have high speed wifi, and the house is close to the towns of both Middleburgh and Cobleskill where you can go to grocery stores and find most anything that you would need. The sleepy hamlet of Breakabeen, 2 miles away, has a nice wine store and a general store where you can get everything from milk to fishing tackle to the New York Times. Also nearby is a library, playgrounds, antique stores, an auction yard, the Zoom Flume Water Park, horseback riding, hiking at Vroman's Nose, Barber's and Shaul's farms stands, Sap Bush Hollow and Longview Local meat and poultry farms, and so much more!
There is an endless array of outdoor adventures in the area: hiking trails, camping sites, mountain bike trails, whitewater rafting/kayaking, and ski resorts, (the closest of which is Plattekill Mountain). If you want to go exploring on a rainy day, you can head to the nearby town of Cobleskill to visit the underground waterfall of Howe's Caverns, spend a few hours at the Iroquois Museum, or catch a first run movie at the Park Theatre for $4. Or you can just sit on the front porch and watch the mists move over the mountains and if you are lucky (like we were today!) you might see a double rainbow right over the field of wildflowers across the road!! Guest AccessGuests have full access to the property and waterfall. Interaction with GuestsWe are available for questions via phone or email, but we are not on the property. We may be there to welcome you, or we may have a neighbor come and show you the trails and answer any questions you might have.... but this is your private time at the waterfall ! :) The NeighborhoodSurrounded by 50 acres of both private wooded land and wide-open fields of wildflowers, the Sparrow House is located in the Western Catskills' beautiful Schoharie Valley, reputedly the most fertile valley east of the Mississippi, where most of the food for General Washington's troops was grown. It is still unspoiled farm country, and there are many local farms with fresh produce and organic meat within 5 miles of the house.
For over 200 years the majestic waterfall right behind the house, called Kenhuragara Falls by the Mohawks to whom this land originally belonged, has been a secret place revered for its spectacular and serene beauty.
Coursing between two outcroppings in a deep ravine, the waterfall crashes down over mossy rock shelves into a hidden pool, which then empties again into the river, running into glass-like swimming holes and through dramatic clay beds. The effect is transporting. Truly, it is one of those extraordinarily beautiful spots on earth that makes you feel like you are in another world. Getting AroundThere is no convenient public transportation to the house. You will need a car to shop, and generally get around. There is, however, public transportation that takes you not far from the house for guests who need to arrive via train or bus.
Take Amtrak to either Hudson or Albany/Renssalear (both 55 minutes from house)... then take taxi or arrange pick up from there
Take Adirondack Trailways to Grand Gorge (15 miles away from the house)... then take a taxi or arrange pick up from there... This may take a few days to arrange, so don't expect to be able to do this at the last minute.
Albany is the closest airport (about 55 minutes from the house). From there, you can rent a car or take a taxi Other Things to NoteThe downstairs living room now has a double cast iron daybed instead of a sofa. It is great for lounging, or for a full extra bedroom (it's my favorite room in the house!) ... A full wall of sliding glass doors look out on the forest, huge yard, and apple trees.
The fenced yard is great for dogs, but dogs are not allowed in the upstairs bedrooms. There is an extra dog fee of $75.