A little misleading
My family (7 adults) chose to stay at this farmhouse because we were interested in going to the Baseball Hall of Fame and exploring the rest of what the area had to offer. From the pictures and description it seemed like a really interesting place to stay and the price was fantastic.
The house itself is fine - the rooms are large, the kitchen is great with updated appliances, the treehouse is really cool, and the scenery is absolutely beautiful.
However, the owner told us that the house is located 20 minutes from Cooperstown. It is - at BEST - 40 minutes away. The house is completely isolated. "Rural" and "away from it all" are understatements. There is ABSOLUTELY NO cell phone service (AT&T, Verizon, and Boost) or internet available until you get well into the town of Cherry Valley and the streets surrounding the house and leading to the towns are extremely windy and pitch black at night.
Moreover, the house phone is not useable for long distance calls. So if you expect to have any contact with the outside world, bring a calling card, because, as I said, your cell phone will be nothing more than a paperweight here. Also, buy or print a paper map. Again, no wifi/internet = no gps. Under amenities, dialup and internet access are listed, and this is untrue. You'll have to go to the Cherry Valley library to use their wifi. Yes, there is a computer, but what can you do with it without internet? There is also very little in the way of entertainment. The dvd player is connected to a very small tv in the master bedroom, so don't expect to entertain a crowd, and the video library contains only children's movies. There is a Redbox in Cooperstown if you have a spare hour-and-a-half to pick something up. The trails are not mapped out and we had no idea where they were, and forget eating meals out on the deck: there's no table. When it comes to the actual house, one bedroom is listed as having a trundle bed. What they really mean is a small bed with a smaller air mattress shoved underneath. Also, the hall shower head needs serious cleaning: barely any water came out.
We were looking forward to a relaxing five day vacation with a house to come home to after spending the days in the surrounding towns, and we ended up staying one night. If you can stand a SERIOUS out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere experience, then this house is for you. It's certainly unique. But if you prefer some semblance of connection to the outside world, look for something a little closer to town.
Owner's Response: Although we very much regret that this guest did not find his
stay at our house in Cherry Valley to be to his satisfaction, we would
like to address some of his complaints, as well as the nature
of being “in the country.”
Regarding being isolated, the house shares the road with a dozen other homes and is less than 2 miles from the center of town. Regarding the distance from Cherry Valley to Cooperstown: if one references Mapquest, the distance between the two towns is 10 miles and the road is generally free of traffic. We cannot be sure why it took this guest 40 minutes to reach Cooperstown from Cherry Valley – it has never taken us more than 20.
It is true country roads at night are darker than those in the City or suburbs -- the natural result of having no street lights. The upside of this, however, is that without any such “light pollution” the night sky can be seen fully, with countless stars spread across it. We mention this because it speaks to the larger question of what it means to be in the country.
The country, for us, purposefully means a place of quiet, with fewer
distractions, electronic or otherwise, and more chances to connect with the natural surroundings and with each other.
It is true that most cell phone service doesn’t work inside the house. However, it states specifically within the rental contract that there is local landline service and no long distance. Due to the nature of a short-term house rental and transitory guests, keeping long distance service on is untenable. When we heard from this particular guest during his stay regarding his dissatisfaction with the phone, we offered him use of our long distance calling card, which he refused.
Regarding not having a big screen TV or enough of a video collection: we did not advertise having a big screen TV or an extensive array of videos, although it does contain over 30 films, including titles that certainly do not fall into the children’s catalog. Also, although this guest did not see the table with a sun umbrella and chairs, they are in fact on the back deck.
If you are looking to replicate your life with all its attendant distractions -- hourly email and Facebook checks, etc -- just in a new location, this house is probably not for you. If you are interested in staying in an historic Victorian farmhouse in a beautiful setting with easy access to Cooperstown, at a very fair price, then our place might be of interest.
Will Pomerantz and Elizabeth Singer
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