THE SIMPLE ROOM is a quiet shady room UPSTAIRS on the back side of the house.
It has 1 Queen bed - perfect if you just need a place to lay your head while traveling.
Shared mini-kitchen, bathrooms, common room, balcony.
Common room has an oak desk for you to work.
We have high speed Time-Warner-Spectrum wifi throughout the house and grounds.
We're a real authentic 1840's farmhouse. No fancy high-end restoration! If you like old houses, you'll probably love our experience.
If you're a new house person, or like suburban or condo style, you probably won't feel comfortable in our space.
We want you to be happy with your choice, so please read our listing information and reviews carefully - especially if you are new to airbnb.
We respond to our reviews to help future travellers get a fuller expectation of what our house is like - and if it is the right fit for your journey.
The WIFI is good. There is no TV, no radio, no cable.
It is a good place to be unplugged.
Not a good place if you like a a vacation home with all the usual modern entertainment options.
If you are glued to a device looking at pictures of frogs, you may miss the baby frogs hopping around the yard after leaving the water! Baby frogs are really cute!
For entertainment, we go on walks, hikes, visit local attractions, watch the birds and butterflies and grass grow, smell the flowers, go fishing and swimming, meditate, contemplate our navels, visit with friends and neighbors, cook, sit around the fire at night, watch the stars and full moon rises, read, write, create art... Old-fashioned stuff.
We welcome kindred spirits - and such people tend to really like our old farmhouse experience and vibes - laid back, simple, and peaceful.
See more pics of house and grounds by clicking on our other listings.
If you like a manicured yard and garden, you probably won't appreciate our English country wildflower landscaping style.
Yard and grounds, big front porch with country swing, fire pits, common room upstairs, cold water only washing machine (you dry in sunshine or in our drying room - we're "green").
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.
Interaction with guests
We will be here to greet and orient you. Please update your arrival time as your trip unfolds.
After that, we are in and out.
There may be residents and other guests.
We maintain a quiet house.
We respect your privacy.
Owner-manager on site.
Other things to note
All guests must have an identifiable profile picture, plus a minimum of 4 verifications. Good Reviews are a big plus, too!
We're constantly improving our house and grounds, so some things may have changed since we took the photographs - all for the better, we hope!
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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.