rear yard looking north; tri-leader birch with illuminated canopyfirst floor looking northwest
The 1885 Farmhouse - Sharon, Connecticut
The 1885 Farmhouse - Sharon, Connecticut
8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2.5 baths
8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2.5 baths
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The 1885 Farmhouse started as a country Gothic-revival church on the edge of farmland in Sharon Valley. Rebuilt in 1915 as a family farmhouse with adjacent farrier's shed. Rebuilt again in the 1990s as a weekend home. Litchfield County and the Hudson Valley might be the closest experience the USA has to Provençe and Gascony in the South of France. Walter and Karen became, in 2015, among the 7% of hosts that Airbnb designates as "Superhosts". 对于“春节”,我们用红色剪纸和对联装饰1885农舍的门窗,以获得幸运,幸福,财富和长寿。

The space

Breezy and light-filled. Close to great restaurants, Mohawk Mountain skiing, Indian Mountain and Hotchkiss Schools, Lime Rock Park, recreational trails, the Village of Millerton, and farmers' markets. Built as a country Gothic-revival church in 1885 on the edge of farmland in Sharon Valley by the Parish of Saint Bernard's. Rebuilt in 1915 as a family farmhouse with adjacent farrier's shed. Rebuilt again in the 1990s. Engineered to accommodate 180 people on Sundays, the first floor's oak joists are 2x10 inches and 12 inches on center.

The home unbuttons in the late spring and remains airy and cool all summer. Westerly winds from upstate New York glance off Indian Mountain and head south down Sharon Valley, making the neighborhood ten degrees cooler year-round than Brooklyn's Park Slope, where the owners live and work during the week. By mid-autumn the home buttons up for a snug, warm winter. Careful use of building materials containing no volatile organic compounds makes the home a delight for anyone sensitive to allergens and irritants. Sharon Valley is lush with water, its drainage established at the end of the last Ice Age, and our land is home to the tallest tri-leader birch in Litchfield County, nearly 85 years old.

We furnish the house with cotton sheets, cotton and wool blankets, and feather comforters and pillows. There's a hair dryer under the sink in the en-suite bathroom, and a steam iron and ironing board for do-it-yourselfers, but we very much like New England Dry Cleaners in Millerton on US Route 44 near the Connecticut state line.

Guest access

You'll have access to most everything except, perhaps, our too-cluttered red barn and the attic loft space. Official check-in is 3:00 PM or later. Unofficial check-in is anytime as early as 12 noon or whenever the housekeeper Connie allows, so don't hesitate to ask to ask for earlier. Official check-out time is 11:00 AM on the day of departure. Unofficial check-out time is 6:00 PM, which is very popular with New Yorkers heading back to The City. Don't hesitate to ask for a later checkout if you need it. You may find Connie the housekeeper and gardener starting as early as 10:00 AM on the day of the checkout, especially if there are more farmhouse visitors starting later the same day.
Feel free to use all appliances, including the dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer, clothesline, clothes racks, hair dryer, steam iron and ironing board, refrigerator, freezer, and propane oven and range (similar to natural gas). We mostly brew with a Cuisinart coffee maker, and we love our old Revere Ware pots and pans. There's always ground coffee, and help yourself to anything you see in the pantry, cupboards, and refrigerator. There are a couple of Apple chargers on a table in the mudroom off the driveway, as well as a micro-USB charger for use with Android phones. You'll often find the first morning's breakfast staples in the refrigerator: eggs, granola, orange juice, milk, coffee, half-and-half.
By appointment only, Walter conducts guided tours of the fieldstone cellar for structural engineers and framing carpenters. (The 1885 oak floor joists are "two by tens" with no dimensional knockoff, twelve inches on center.)

Interaction with guests

Sometimes on arrival and on weekends. But not always: the owners are often working in the City when they'd rather play in the Country.

Other things to note

100 miles north of New York City.
Two hours by train from Grand Central Terminal
to the end of the Harlem Valley Line at Wassaic Station.
Thirteen minutes by car from Wassaic Station.
One mile from the New York State line at Amenia and Millerton.
Ten minutes by car to the Village of Millerton.
Eleven minutes by car to the Hotchkiss School.
Nearly three minutes by car to Sharon Hospital.

Business travel
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Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 double bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

Please end all noise and loud music by 10:00 PM: our neighbors are quiet and polite, turn in early, and have grandchildren who visit and play in their yards, so bring your kids with you. Please moderate any amplified music by 10:00 PM: our neighbors turn in early. Yes, children may ring the ship's bell during daylight hours, and we can issue up to five MagLite flashlights to them. (Let us know if you bring more than five children!)
The farmhouse has place settings for up to sixteen people and parking for up to six motor vehicles in the gravel driveway, making it possible to entertain up to sixteen friends and family during your stay. So feel free to do so. You may also hire the gardener and housekeeper Connie Green to help with entertaining. She's a sweetheart.
Please, no pets. We are allergic to most pet danders, and gave up smoking a few years ago, so we ask visitors to smoke outside. (While the house smells fresh, the owners still associate alcohol and tobacco with fun.) When present the owners will serve cocktails at five o'clock.
Please remove all garbage and compost from the house before leaving. Please use the garbage pails next to the red barn at the top of the gravel driveway. (There are clear plastic bags underneath the easternmost kitchen counter.) Please do not flush diapers down the toilets. Visitors may optionally sort for recycling (glass, plastics, metals, and papers) and for composting. If composting, there's a brown copper compost pail on the kitchen countertop that accepts *all* food scraps -- greens and proteins, including animal bones, fats, and gristle. The south side of the red barn has a Jora composter from Denmark to cook the food scraps. Spinning the composter will bring up a hatch door with a latch, where you can empty the pail. The Danes know how to make composters that cook in cold weather, and we are huge fans of Bud Trillin's essay "Letters to the Solid Waste Commissioner" and his command to 'see page 347 of Volume 3 of "A Simple Guide to Recycling" (third edition)'.
The housekeeper Connie will strip the beds and place all the linens and towels in the laundry room on the first floor. (Connie launders all the linens and towels within 48 hours: if you're checking out after noontime, she may have to start by noontime.) In the summertime, please close all windows to within a few inches to keep out rain. Please turn off all lights and appliances. Please re-lock the door from the kitchen into the rear yard. Please leave the house key on a table in the mudroom where you first entered, pulling the door closed and locked behind you. Don't worry if you forget anything: we like our postal clerks and enjoy having an excuse to visit them at the post office the next weekend.
Oh, and don't hesitate to call with any questions: Airbnb obscures Walter Dufresne's publicly-listed cel number and publicly-listed Brooklyn landline until you reserve, but they are readily-available via Teh Inter-tubes . Airbnb also obscures the landline in Sharon Valley. The farmhouse has an internet connection from Frontier Communications (10mbps xDSL) using a WiFi access point named ATT696, which requires no password.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - It's one flight up to the second floor, as per a photograph. The first floor has a half-bath & laundry, while the second floor has two full baths.


22 Reviews

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Jim User Profile
October 2017
Lovely house to stay and relax in. Although we did not personally meet our hosts, communication between us was very prompt and extremely helpful. Location was excellent with plenty of beautiful spots to visit.

Kristen User Profile
September 2017
Walter and Karen's charming farmhouse is exactly as we expected. Welcoming and warm, perfectly located in a beautiful spot (with views to die for!), and close to the town of Sharon, this house was exactly right for our group of four over Labor Day weekend. Walter and Karen are wonderful hosts, excellent communicators and readily armed with great shopping and restaurant tips for guests. If you are looking for a relaxing break, this is the place. Great house + Thoughtful hosts = Perfect vacation.

Scott User Profile
August 2017
no surprises, as advertised

Lauren User Profile
July 2017
Excellent house, great for relaxing and the hosts are wonderful! Amazing huge field behind the nice big lawn our toddler twins loved the explore!

Shuchi User Profile
June 2017
Karen and Walter's home is exactly as described—it's welcoming and comfortable, thoughtfully outfitted with everything you might need, and in a beautiful part of CT. We stayed there for three nights and spent most of our time lounging in the beautiful back lawn with its view of the fields and the woods beyond. We also cooked in their very well equipped kitchen with a view of the same back lawn. We didn't meet Karen and Walter but they were such good and prompt communicators and made us feel very cared for! We were supposed to check out on Sunday and they even told us to feel free to extend our stay into Monday AM because the housekeeper wasn't coming until then—sadly we couldn't accept their generous offer and had to return to the city. But we hope to return to their home. Highly highly recommended! One little thing: in the summers, the bedrooms get bright early so maybe bring eye masks if you'd like to sleep in? And it didn't bother us but do note that the house is just off a somewhat busy country road (not as busy as a city street).

Darla User Profile
December 2016
We had a wonderful time in Sharon (even though we were there for a sad occassion). The farmhouse was cozy and quaint. There was a cold front that came through, but the house stayed warm and quite cozy. We definitely recommend!

Chris User Profile
October 2016
Our stay could not have been better! The house was great and the beds were comfortable!

New York, New York, United StatesJoined in May 2015
Walter & Karen User Profile
We work here in New York City as, respectively, a commercial photographer and a printing and IT saleswoman. During the week we live and work from Park Slope in Brooklyn, New York. On many weekends we live in Sharon Valley in Sharon, Connecticut, about a hundred miles north …
Languages: English
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Response time: within an hour

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