|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Charming Historic 1878 farm in the CATSKILLS MOUNTAINS sits on 8 acres overlooking fields and woods with two beautiful barns and large organic garden. The farmhouse is a recently renovated barn with a large 'Great' room with wood stove and kitchen for your use. There are two lovely guestrooms available EACH RENTED SEPARATELY - the 'Golden Light' Bedroom has a beautiful view of the field and woods with adjacent bath; the 'Lotus Flower' Bedroom with 'en suite' bath is cozy and serene. Both have super comfy beds (two queens and a double) with new linens and towels, all on the ground floor; includes high-speed internet and stay cool with Air Conditioning. A 'Petit Dejeuner' is served with fruit juice, baked good, fruit, coffee and tea, and more upon request.
Not far from Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center and Museum (17 miles), on the edge of Catskill Park, many ashrams and monasteries - Sivananda Yoga Ranch - Sat Nam Yoga Studio is within walking distance - Blue Cliff - Zen Mountain Monestery - Karmapa's Tibetan Monestery; many excellent spas and message therapists; world class fishing in Roscoe; Stage Door; the famous 'Monster' Golf course and many other beautiful, reasonably priced golf courses. Great walking & biking on beautiful country roads, hiking, golf, swimming, antiquing and excellent restaurants nearby. A great get away in a peaceful setting surrounded by wild life, beautiful clear night skies with lots of stars and fireflies; only 90 miles from Manhattan. Come and enjoy the beauty of nature and all the amenities the Catskills has to offer.
Read this review from our first guest-
'Sittin' in your wonderful barn,
or listening to you spin a yarn,
It was fate that we found your happy place:)
To 'checkout' momentarily from the rat race.
We were so grateful to stay & rest our bones,
We will be back for fall foliage &
more of those divine scones!'
Artist - Organic Farmer - Film Maker - Realtor Extraordinaire
Diana Gibson purchased this farmhouse in 2002
This is my heritage and this land speaks to me about some beautiful childhood memories and allows me to be emerced in the beauty of nature.
I've tried several times to come up with a good way to start this review, but I can't find it. When I try to make it sound justifiably poetic and pastoral, it sounds hokey. So I am just going to spit it out, one thought at a time, cohesion be darned! 1) Diane keeps a very few well-behaved, beautiful chickens who may, if you ask them nicely, provide delicious eggs for your breakfast. 2) I don't know what she did to those pillows, but I have never before gone an entire night without having to smoosh and reshape a pillow so I can fall back asleep. 3) The low ceilings and big windows made everything feel special and open and in harmony with the beautiful surroundings. 4) It was both easy to find the Zen Farmhouse and easy to navigate from there to numerous other entertaining and interesting places like the Shadowland Stages or Bashakill Winery (take a picnic and buy a bottle, then walk around the grounds and the Basha Kill Wildlife Mgmt Area--it's a great way to spend the afternoon). 5) DIane is a generous host and kind person, and she has really good ideas on how to spend a rainy day as well as the sunny ones. Our weekend was so restful, we did not even get frustrated on the drive back to Brooklyn, even though Google Maps kept trying to reroute us through Hackensack. So thank you, Diane, and thank you, Jaya, and thanks to the fine feathered ladies of the yard and beyond. We're still smiling!
This place was absolutely perfect. Charming as could be, peaceful, the nicest most informative and gracious host. It was the perfect getaway weekend!
I've stayed there twice now and just love the place. You can go right out on the road and walk through a beautiful, hilly forest. Lots of wild-life and hardly any traffic. There's also a walking path through the forest on the property. I think the whole place is about 12 acres.
Diane is a wonderful host and a gourmet cook. If you need some quiet out in nature, this place is terrific. There's one really nice Greek restaurant in Liberty, which is about 8 minutes away.
Once when I was there, there was also fresh food from the garden!
Every few years or so, I take an extra long break from life as an expat in australia and head off on an unplanned trip letting the universe be the tour guide. In august 2013, my best buddy Naomi and I started out on a road trip from New York to Maine. Our first stop was the Zen Farmhouse in the Catskills for two nights just before heading to Kripalu. Our stay completely exceeded our expectations. Beautiful red barns, an organic garden, rolling acres of green pastures, hummingbirds at the windows, and a comfortable bed with clean white sheets. It is the place to unplug and get back to basics. Amazingly, there are ashrams and monasteries to explore and a kundalini yoga studio just down the road. There is a grounding yet rejuvenating quality to the place that will give a simple walk a thrill to be part of the landscape. Diane is the gracious hostess. She has an artist's heart and a soulful spirit and it comes across in her friendship and generosity. The Zen Farmhouse is her creative labour of love. It is thoughtfully simple yet comfortable bringing you back to what you need and a reminder of the true joy of living simply. It is a refuge from the sensory overload of city life and is a home away from home. We loved the space and connecting with the larger than life guests who shared a real sense of community. We highly recommend staying at the Zen Farmhouse, we definitely plan to return someday.
Zen Farmhouse will not disappoint you. Diana is a wonderful host and her place is a delight. We stayed six nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. With Diana's help we planned our daily excursions with a focus on yoga and hiking. The Zen Farmhouse is very comfortable and the property is tranquil and relaxing. Diana is an experienced host and makes you feel right at home and very welcomed. We enjoyed making our meals at the Farmhouse and never felt like we needed to be elsewhere. Would love to return to the area and to Zen Farmhouse.
Diana was very kind, communicative, and welcoming. My girlfriend and I stayed at her farmhouse while passing through upstate New York and found security in her well-kept guest room. The guest room we stayed in had a private bathroom, hot water, and a nice and clean full/queen bed. All towels/linens were fresh and the room was expertly clean.
I'd highly recommend staying here if you are interested in seeing this part of New York, lots to do in nearby towns and great tranquility.
Directions: From Manhattan take GW to Palisades Parkway turning off at Rt. 6/17 going over Bear Mountain. Merge on to Rt. 17 until you get to #107 turnoff - stay right on Heiden Rd. for several miles until it dead ends at a light - turn right on to Rt. 42 for 5-ish miles until you get to Woodbourne (Mobil & Citco Stations) - turn left onto Rt. 52 go 1.5 miles - right on Houghtaling Rd. - go about 1/8 miles and you will see a large red barn on the right - just past the barn is a gravel driveway turn in there and swing around to the back and you will see the house.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.