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Volunteer Work Vacation SPECIAL 1
Volunteer Work Vacation SPECIAL 1
6 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2.5 shared baths
6 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2.5 shared baths
You won’t be charged yet

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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Extra people $30 NZD / night after the first guest
Security Deposit $451 NZD
Weekly Discount: 1%
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 couch
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

This is a quiet house for quiet people - with legal things only.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
7 nights minimum stay

3 Reviews

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Wendy User Profile
October 2015
Pat is kind and warm and generous. You can tell she enjoys having guests in her home. I appreciated the opportunity to do a work/trade for a few days. I did end up leaving earlier than originally planned. Having stayed in other airbnb old farmhouses, I would say this particular one is in need of more attention/repair than others of similar age and geographic area.
Pat User Profile
Response from Pat:
Hi Wendy, Yes it was really great having you stay with us this week. Your help on some projects is really appreciated. We do have several BIG projects in the planning stages as we continue to move our 1840 farmhouse forward. I'm not sure, though, if there are other farmhouses from this era still around. There are many farmhouses from the 1900's - but other early 1800's farmhouses are almost non-existent around here. It's a good point to notice for guests considering staying with us - our farmhouse definitely shows its historical era. So good for guests to like old houses if they are considering staying with us. Some folks love old houses - and some don't! Thanks again for your help - and best wishes as you continue your travels!
October 2015

Andree User Profile
September 2015
Pat was a friendly and welcoming host, and made a lovely gesture of emailing ahead asking if I wanted to have dinner with her and guest. I greatly appreciate the offer but in all honesty the kitchen looked too old and not my standard of clean. The description "survivor from another era" is spot on. # 1 concern: no smoke alarm in my room. The old clapboard walls would iqnite like a tinderbox. Should a fire escape in rooms far away from the stairs would be safety code? There was a bat flying at the window all night and the sound of animals scratching in the ceiling above. I don't usually have allergies but awoke with red swollen eyes and coughing. Old materials, critter droppings? Not sure, but I chose to leave in the am and not complete my stay. As well the back yard close to the house smelled strongly of sewage. Possible septic issues? There is a very old pool filled with stagnant green water and growing weeds, although not in the description the pool is a mosquito habitat. I did meet a nice a young couple from the Ukraine that loved the place and had even rebooked. I just felt the house needs a good renovation. It is up for sale and perhaps it's new owner will restore it to a charming (and safer) place.
Pat User Profile
Response from Pat:
Dear Andree, *** Thank you very much for taking the time to address your concerns and observations for your brief overnight stay. We really appreciate guest comments and suggestions to make our house an even better experience. *** Re some of your points: *** We welcome bats in our environmental ecological development program. They are beneficial to the environment. Bat Rescue org reports: "A single little brown bat (myotis) can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour... ". *** We have developed our property along the guidelines of the National Audubon Society backyard wildlife habitat program. Bats are nocturnal and avoid light. They navigate by sonar (sounds waves). Most likely it was a moth outside the window, drawn to the light from the inside room. Moths will try for hours to access a light source. Sorry you were disturbed. *** As an aside, bats are regarded as "Good Luck" in Chinese culture - and are often featured on Happy Chinese New Year's cards. We feel lucky to have a few bats on our property. *** Yes, our 1840's farmhouse is old - as is indicated on our description - but not so old that there are dinosaurs hatching in the attic! *** The house is on municipal waste management. There is no septic tank - so not sure what the odors were that you were experiencing. *** The pool is a managed habitat for fish, frogs and natural plants. It looks like 2 water lilies are getting established this year. We are very happy about that! The water garden pool is not stagnant and cannot breed any mosquitos due to the resident frog and fish population that eat (almost instantaneously) any insects that land on the water - including mosquitoes. Indeed, a vibrant frog population is a known ecological mosquito control and recognized as a sign of a healthy ecosystem. The natural pool is being developed and balanced for eventual hydroponic food production along the principles of permaculture design. *** Inspectors have approved our emergency exit plan. Smoke detectors are being checked throughout the house. *** We appreciate your offer to assist with our house along the lines of our intern/work trade option and are sorry it did not work out. Thank you again for your observations, Andree. We really appreciate them. Wishing you well for future airbnb stays. Best, Pat
September 2015

Kristin User Profile
June 2015
Pat made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived, and continues to make my stay pleasant and rewarding. I'm learning a lot as an intern and I feel happy in the house and gardens that Pat created over the years. The surrounding areas are picturesque; iris lined ponds, quaint towns with strong community, green rolling hills; everything is an inspiration and instills a deep-set calmness in me. I'm very much appreciative of my time here!
Pat User Profile
Response from Pat:
Thank you, Kristin, for all your wonderful contributions, your pleasant and cheery disposition, and your enthusiasm for life. It's been great having you in residence - and we'll miss you when you leave. Best of everything in your next chapters... Pat
June 2015

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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."

Love, Audrey

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!



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.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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