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Unique Farm Stay vacations at 80 acre Organic Vegetable and Animal farm

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bath recently renovated fully outfitted farmhouse

February 2018 update: lambing has begun! Come meet our adorable babies in the barn!


We are an 80-acre organic farm that grows fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for wholesale and retail, sheep, goats, chickens and turkeys for wool, meat and eggs. Six horses, including  American Spotted sport and warm blood, Belgian draft horses, carriage horses, a pony as well as our burro Arlo, who performs the role of farm greeter. We are also a Renewable Energy Education Center with on-site, 120’ wind turbine, 12.5 kw of solar electric panels, 64 solar thermal tubes, air source heat pumps, a straw bale building, used vegetable oil truck and furnace, lighting and other energy savings measures, which provide 95% of our energy needs.


Nothing compares to a stay at a working farm to refresh your spirit and clear your mind.  Enjoy a welcome basket of farm goodies that varies with the season on your arrival

Our 4-bedroom, 2-bath guesthouse is fully furnished with everything you need for a relaxing stay – pots, pans and cooking equipment, bedding, towels, a big deck with seating and a BBQ Grill, wifi throughout the house and plenty of games, music, movies and books to keep guests of all ages occupied.


     Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Pullout Sofa Bed

     Bedroom 2 – 1 Full Bed

     Bedroom 3 – 2 Twin Beds

     Bedroom 4 – 1 Queen Bed

     Living Room:

     1 Full Futon Sofa Bed


The best part of staying here is a chance to be part of farm life.  Each season brings its own pleasures: the snow and cold of winter with opportunities to snowshoe, hike, and explore; blooming lilacs and forsythia in spring and the birth of almost 30 baby lambs and kids (baby goats); fresh tomatoes, lettuce, beans and squash in summer; and magnificent forests of red and golden trees in autumn.

We welcome you to join us as we do our daily chores, give grain and hay to animals, milk goats, clean the barn, plant and pick freely in the garden and vegetable hoop house, gather eggs from the chickens for breakfast and cut and stack wood.  Stroll the 80-acre property and learn about our wind turbine, solar panels and solar hot water system.

You can purchase any of our farm products and cook a farm to table dinner in the farm guesthouse.  Cooking classes are also available where you can learn to cook some of Apple Pond Farm’s favorite meals. 

Many additional add-on learning opportunities are available to schedule at your convenience for an additional fee; cheese making, wool spinning or dyeing classes, horse and carriage driving classes and more. 

Let us know your interests and we will help create a perfect Farm Vacation itinerary for you and your group.

More Details

Sonja Hedlund
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, swedish, norwegian, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 4, 2018

About Sonja Hedlund

Sonja handles goat and sheep production, cheese making, food processing and conducts tours and workshops. She is a volunteer at the local public radio station doing a weekly folk music show, an interviewer for "Farm and Country" and "FIXIT." Dick works with the horses, sheep and goats, organic crop production and sales, training of apprentices, farming and renewable energy workshops and tours, and expanding the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency in farm buildings and operations.

Sonja Hedlund purchased this house in 1973

Why Sonja Hedlund chose Livingston Manor

The land of Apple Pond Farm was first farmed in 1865. After 100 years of dairy farming, the land and buildings were deserted, and a period of major deterioration took place. In 1973, Sonja Hedlund and Dick Riseling purchased 80 acres and began restoring the land and the buildings to good health.

What makes this house unique

We still use the horses for some of the work around the farm and make certain that our energy efficiency and renewable energy systems offset the use of mechanized power and provide close to 100% of our energy.


Livingston Manor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Japanese Room - 1 queen
    Guestroom - 1 double
    Living Room Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out futon
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out sofa in room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Unique Farm Stay vacations at 80 acre Organic Vegetable and Animal farm
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Amazing time and the owners were amazing

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The guests were 3 generations: grandparents, parents and 2 children. They helped make goat cheese and sample it, too. We guided them around our organic garden, introduced them to our goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys and donkey. They make breakfast of fresh free range eggs. It was a lovely visit and we hope they return.
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently enjoyed a long weekend at Apple Pond Farm with our two goldendoodles in tow! Apple Pond Farm is a quick drive from NYC/Long Island but provided exactly what we seeking in terms of refreshing environment and a nice change of pace.

Sonja and Dick are an awesome husband & wife team- they own and operate the farm- they are beyond friendly, knowledgeable, welcoming and truly opened their home and farm with open arms. They allowed and encouraged us to participate in many of the farm tasks even though my husband and I have literally never step foot onto a real farm prior! They trusted us to even be in charge of putting ALL of the chickens back into their coop for the evening BY OURSELVES which is a memorable experience for sure lol. My personal favorite part of the weekend was hanging with (cuddling like a baby) their newest baby goat addition-she was a week old at the time of our visit! They had several pregnant goats during our visit and are set to give birth within the next few months and trust me baby goats are not something you want to miss!!

The guest house has plenty of space to cook your own meals if you choose but you are responsible to bring everything as far as food/beverage. There are pots and pans to use. We did have the awesome (semi-scary!) experience of gathering our own eggs from the chicken coop and had them for breakfast. We gathered a total of 12 eggs.

Although we did some cooking and did pack chili- we headed into town for a few of our meals-we had lunch at Welsh Cabin in Jeffersonville & Matthews on Main in Callicoon- both were good and had full bars- if you only have time for one-I would suggest Matthews.

Our dogs were welcome to enjoy the farm with us and ran like maniacs! The farm does have two resident dogs- Mollie & Dollie- they were sweet and got along well with our dogs.

This trip, unfortunately, we did not have enough time to learn as much as we would have liked to about Apple Pond's solar power system, solar geothermal system and electrical windmill however we will most definitely be back and are looking forward to another awesome weekend at the farm!!

P.S.- at night, make sure you look up- you will be absolutely astounded at the stars....

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The visit Amir and his wife had at our farm worked out very well for them, their two lovely dogs and us. Our farm guest house was the perfect fit for them. The weather was perfect, unusually mild for winter and we were outside a good deal pf the time. . They enjoyed helping with farm chore - gathering eggs, locking in the chickens and night, putting out bales of hay and even the hard physical work of helping mend a broken down hay bunk for sheep. They bought home free range eggs, a farm raised frozen roasting chicken and a sampling of our goat cheese. Our farm offers ways to connect with the nature environment, our many animals - sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys..and ever our farm dogs; the hese guests seemed to enjoy it all, even the stary night sky. We look forward to welcoming them again!
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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