We're always happy to offer a spot in our Old Fashioned Farmhouse in exchange for a few hours help per day. Many skills helpful!
Can be a summer vacation, too.
With a 4000 square foot house, 5 acres of land, and several outbuildings, you can imagine we can use all kinds of help!
You can choose to "glamp" in one of our out buildings (you will have to fix it up), tent camp, or stay indoors - or some combo. We also have some gazebo frames inside the pool enclosure that you can fix up for a nice outdoor experience.
We also have indoor rooms - choice will depend on availability.
All facilities include shared kitchen and bathrooms, front porch use, fire pit, wifi, parking.
We're always interested in work trades for help with yard and mowing, cleaning house, repairs, carpentry, fix-its, special projects firewood gathering and stacking, etc.
In exchange, we offer a room or tent space to a qualified individual. In the past, we've had international students, retired persons, traveling contractors, artisans, designers, painters, cleaners stay with us in exchange for helping us with their talents.
The exchange is a room or camping space in exchange for 2-3 hours help/day. We leave it flexible, as some people work fast and steady, and others like to set a more leisurely pace. The bottom line, is things get done that need doing!
Work traders provide their own food and make a small contribution towards utilities (gas, hot water, wifi, electric, telephone).
There is no financial stipend of any kind.
Some of the wonderful people who've stayed and helped include: a recent divorced person going through transition, a vet adjusting to life outside of service, several international students, designers from Europe who transformed a few rooms and did nice painting, a contractor who remade Apartment # 1 into a cute rustic studio, a retired person looking to “volunteer” and keep busy...
This trade is for people who are good workers and can work independently, are friendly and have good boundaries.
And, of course, they should like and agree with the policies and rules of maintaining a quiet peaceful space for quiet people. No smoking, nothing illegal, etc.
And they must have real skills and be willing to apply them honorably. In other words, no slackers!
We can offer specials for carpenters and building maintenance skills.
With a confirmed booking, we can send you our extensive (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) doc with places to visit, attractions, shopping, art shows, eagle watching, nature walks.... the classic Catskill lifestyle fun.
Interaction with guests
Volunteers must have good boundaries. You may help welcome other guests park and carry their belongings to their room.
We respect our guests privacy - interacting when invited, or giving them their space as they desire.
Other things to note
We've had wonderful volunteers over the years. Some projects have included basic lawn mowing, gardening, pruning, vacuuming, painting, design and decoration, graphic arts design, fix its, carpentry...
We start with a one week get-acquainted period. If we are a good match and everybody is happy with the arrangement, the volunteer offer will be extended week by week.
We've had our wonderful helpers stay from a few weeks to several months. Some have come back for several years for the warm weather seasons.
This is a quiet house for quiet people - with legal things only.
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.