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Sweet Farm Stay

SuperhostEarlton, New York, USA
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We offer “farm camp” every morning: personalized activities (with appropriate social distancing) from 9-11 each morning: farm and garden chores, animal care, arts and crafts.

See below for more details.

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Come enjoy life on a farm, just 2.5 hours from NYC! Guests to our farm stay get the best of farming, enjoying visits with our goats and sheep, and getting to know our friendly, adorable ponies.

The sunny 2-bedroom cottage is in a renovated barn on 4 acres of pasture, creek, and woods, adjacent to the owners' 10-acres. Look outside the windows and you'll see ponies and sheep grazing in the pasture, and, quite likely, a flock of heritage-breed chickens happily free-ranging.

The apartment is fully furnished and comes with everything you need, including a fully-outfitted kitchen, towels, pillows, 100% cotton bed sheets, and blankets.

Each bedroom (a smaller and a larger) contains a queen-sized bed with a cotton futon mattress. Additionally, there is a queen-sized futon mattress in the loft, and a futon-couch in the living room.

The living room and kitchen are in one large room, and are separated by a round farmhouse-style oak table and chairs.

Up a sturdy farm ladder is the loft, equally suitable for playing on rainy days, or for creating a third sleeping area. For winter getaways, there is a woodstove by the kitchen, and a woodpile by the driveway.

The apartment is about 650 sf and sleeps a strict maximum of six guests. There is a small porch outside, and stairs leading down to the yard, which overlooks the farm. It’s a private yard with a bonfire pit and a Weber grill. It faces the pony paddock, and kids often spend a good part of their visit picking grass and feeding Bugsy and Jasmine, our two ponies.

In addition to the two ponies, we have sheep, goats, and chickens, and an enormous, very sweet sheep dog named Blue. Sometimes we have other animals as well.


FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
We connect guests to the farm through “Farm Camp”, which runs 9-11 am every morning, just for guests in the farm stay (and their occasional visitors; it’s not open to the public). After the first morning, we encourage children to come without parents, depending on the children’s ages. Parents are always welcome, of course, but we love giving parents a break, and the kids have a great time becoming experts on the farm and showing their parents around later.

Farm camp is adjusted for each group, but we follow a general schedule:

9-10 am Basic Farm Chores. We feed the chickens, the goats, and the ponies. We check on the sheep. We assess the waters, scrubbing and refilling troughs as needed. We clean the stalls and haul the manure in a wagon out to the pasture. We take our time with all of these activities, as indicated by the abilities and temperaments of the individual kids.

10-11 am Free Choice. Once the chores are done, we have some choices. Sometimes we’ll do a craft project, often involving our sheep’s wool; or a cooking project using produce from the garden. We might walk out into the woods to see the creek or to see if any mushrooms have grown and read the book on the story walk. We might sit in a pen with the bunny, working on being gentle and showing the bunny how gentle kids can be. We might brush the ponies and do a short pony ride. Sometimes a farm emergency crops up and we have to tend to that right away! (ie: escaped sheep, orphaned chick, chickens in the garden, etc.)

We do push the kids to do work. Having seen numerous 3-year-olds handle a shovel, we aren’t too swayed by a 5-year-old who sighs mid-chore that the shovel is too heavy. (It’s always the five-year-olds lol!) We gently remind the kids that this work has to be done so the animals can stay clean and healthy. The chores are short and sweet and adapted to the child’s age, and once they are done we can go on to the next thing! Within two or three days most kids are 100% on board. They understand the task and they’ve developed the skills to do it well.

We started gently pushing kids to do chores, even when they are resistant, when we discovered that many of them, after sighing and dragging their feet about a chore, went back to tell their parents that the chores were their favorite part of the morning. We try to instill pride in the kids for doing real work that contributes to the farm and to the welfare of the animals. It really is real work, and they deserve to be proud. We LOVE it when they show off the clean stalls or the sparkling clean water troughs to their parents.

We are also motivated by the scores of parents through the years who have told us about their own experiences on a farm as a child, whether it was in Iowa or France or China or Poland or Texas. Often they had to do hard work. Many look back on that work as essential to who they are now as adults, and they want their children to experience that same pride in a challenging job well done.

After Farm Camp, families are on their own. They can still come down to the barn area and look for eggs or hang out with the animals. They can also schedule hour-long riding lessons on our sweet pony for an additional fee. Or they can relax or head out to explore the area. We keep a binder of information, including suggestions for local antiquing, hiking, swimming, shopping, etc.

FOR GROUPS WITH NO KIDS
We host many grown-up-only groups! We follow the same format: essential chores, followed by free choice. With adults we can do more complex or difficult chores, of course. If you want to work hard enough to feel sore and tired at the end of the day and sleep well that night, let us know! If you want to take it easy that’s OK, too! We also can do more in-depth crafts.

Many guests use a weekend on the farm as an opportunity to consult about a move to the country. We moved from Brooklyn in 2010 and are eager to share our experience, including everything we did wrong.


We are in the Upper Hudson Valley, in sleepy Greene County, about 2.5 - 3 hours from the city. There are a few farms nearby for local meat and cheese, a nano brewery a short walk from the farm, a pick-your-own orchard, and some short walks/hikes within 15 minutes’ drive.

We are less than 15 minutes from Coxsackie’s riverfront park, which has a little playground, and a few places to eat. We are ten minutes from Coxsackie’s shopping center, which has a grocery store, wine shop, pizza restaurant, sushi, Emurgent Care, drug store, dollar store, etc. We are about 15 minutes from Athens and 30-35 minutes from Hudson and Catskill, both with lots of shopping and restaurants.



SOME CAVEATS:

1. Our water comes from a well. There is often a sulfur smell, which comes and goes depending on the weather. It is fine for cooking and coffee, but not pleasant for drinking, so we provide bottled water.

2. The smaller bedroom’s bed is in a nook. It’s fine for two adults, but not great. A bit cramped for two full-sized adults. People can do it (or can move to one of the futons in the LR). Just letting you know.

3. We’re a working farm. We’re a bit scruffy. Our to-do list is vast and unending. But your comfort is our priority, and we do our best to make sure you have a wonderful stay.

4. There are stairs leading up to the apartment.

5. We have excellent wifi but spotty cell service.



OUR ETHOS
We raise many of our animals for meat, but as animal-lovers we believe all animals should be treated well, even if they are destined for the freezer. They need clean water and clean stalls and good food and companionship. We believe this is an essential contract between humans and animals, and we do our best to keep our side of the deal.

We are Montessori friendly! Work is play and play is work. We have seen children thrive on doing real work that is of real value. They appreciate being trusted with real tools and learning how to use and care for them. But we take it one step past Montessori, because all that scooping and shoveling and climbing and watering has purpose. We are keeping animals alive. As one parent said, “This is like Montessori on steroids.”

We love quirky kids. We don’t mind breakdowns.

We welcome guests from all walks of life, ethnicities, orientations, political views.

SEASONAL INFO:

December 2020
Kids should wear snow pants and mittens! We’ll do morning chores for an hour, followed by an evening hour: a Solstice Walk through the woods just before dusk with lanterns and a thermos of hot chocolate… to read the story we have posted in the woods. Our crafts will take on winter themes (and make excellent gifts).
Winter 2021
Beginning in January we will lower our rates and the services we offer, doing just an hour of camp in the morning.

Spring 2021
Beginning in April our rates go back up, and we’ll go back to two-hour farm camp, with lots of work in the garden, and prepping for the summer! We plan to have our Montessori-style woodland playground completed by then… We will have new chicks beginning late April, and if all goes well, we’ll have a milking goat and her kid/s and will be milking the goat every morning as part of farm camp. (No lambs this year, sorry!)

June, July, August 2021
We’ll go back to the six-night minimum stay that we did with such great satisfaction and success in the Summer of 2020. The depth of experience and fun that can be achieved over the course of a six-night stay really blew us away, and we can’t wait to do it again. We just loved it, and we think the families and kids did as well. We will be adding some services and…. a stock tank pool (with a locked gate around it) for swimming!! We hope to provide parents with real respite from a year or more of online classes and remote work, and a wonderful experience for the kids as well.

Thank you to all the wonderful families who have made this farm stay such a lovely enterprise for us through the years. Connecting with all of you has made these strange times so much more bearable and hopeful than they would have been. <3 <3 <3

Stay in touch with us on IG!

Gæsteadgang
Guests have access to our farm and woods. They can pet ponies, mingle with chickens, hang out with goats over the fence. They can also contract with our daughter for riding lessons ($35/hour). Guests are strictly forbidden from entering gated pastures or stalls without the owners present.

Andre ting, der er værd at bemærke
We finally have Wi-fi!

Our water has sulfur in it. We provide bottled water for drinking. Cooking, bathing, brushing teeth, and making coffee is fine and safe. It's just not pleasant to drink.

Please note that we cannot offer early check-in.
We offer “farm camp” every morning: personalized activities (with appropriate social distancing) from 9-11 each morning: farm and garden chores, animal care, arts and crafts.

See below for more details.

Boligen
Come enjoy life on a farm, just 2.5 hours from NYC! Guests to our farm stay get the best of farming, enjoying visits with our goats and sheep, and getting to know our friendly, adorable ponies.

The sunny 2-bedroom cottage is in a renovated barn on 4 acres of pasture, creek, and woods, adjacent to the owners' 10-acres. Look outside the windows and you'll see ponies…

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Earlton, New York, USA

Beautiful rural area in the Hudson Valley, at the foot of the Catskill Mountains.

Vært: Larissa

Tilmeldte sig i august 2009
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We are former Brooklynites who traded in our city lives for some country living.
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For the summer of 2020 we will be available from 9-11 each morning to work with the guests on the farm with appropriate social distancing. We also schedule crafting workshops and pony lessons, if desired. Other than that we are usually around to answer questions and chat, but guests are mostly happy on their own.
For the summer of 2020 we will be available from 9-11 each morning to work with the guests on the farm with appropriate social distancing. We also schedule crafting workshops and p…
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