Pond House is a perfect place to relax any time of year. Come experience these 13 idyllic acres and private, spring fed pond on your next getaway.
Vintage cider apple trees, blueberry bushes, and lots of rhubarb grace this lush, green property with a 3/4- acre pond, two-story barn, outbuildings, and a brook nestled within the forest. This 1850’s home has all the conveniences for modern living while maintaining its age-old charm to comfortably sleep 6 guests.
Whether you simply want to sit back and enjoy nature, hike and explore, or partake in water activities, Pond House offers it all. During winter, guests can hike the back woods, watch the birds on the feeder, read, play board games, enjoy drinks, or dine in the entertaining room. When there’s snow, cross-country skiers will love to explore the property by skis. During warmer months, the home's 3 tier back deck is the perfectly furnished to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, read a book, or share an intimate dining experience while overlooking the water.
The pristine pond has a dock and floating raft for sunbathing and swimming. There are floats and a paddle boat for guests to enjoy too. An outdoor fireplace located alongside the pond, is a cozy place to sip evening cocktails or to gaze up at the stars.
Pond House is a rural, bucolic property conveniently located between Montrose, PA and Binghamton, NY. For guests wishing to visit SUNY Binghamton, the campus is only 20 minutes away. The Greater Binghamton Airport is a 35- minute drive.
Tastefully decorated with a mix of new and antique furnishings, the home is simply comfy!
A rustic screened-in porch brings guests into the home’s living room with vaulted ceilings, beams, and skylights. Here guests can nestle up in one of the comfy, upholstered chairs, choose a book from home’s book collection, and read by the wood burning stove or simply chat with family and friends. A large ceiling fan creates a nice breeze or keeps the heat well circulated when needed. There’s even a sofa bed that electrically inflates into a cushioned double air mattress where two guests can comfortably sleep.
The adjacent den has a HD TV with Roku for cable programming and Netflix, and a Yamaha stereo. The room's sliding glass door opens to a three-tier deck that overlooks the pond and barn. The room has a double closet, study desk and sofa bed (inflates like bed in the living room) and a large ottoman. When all doors to the room are closed, it becomes a private bedroom for 2 more guests.
The home's Country French kitchen makes cooking and entertaining a joy. The kitchen has a double sink, garbage disposal, dishwasher, microwave, gas range/oven, refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, electric can opener, electric fry pan, and overhead wine rack. The kitchen is well-equipped with dishes, glasses, cutlery, cooking utensils, pots and pans, specialty ceramic baking dishes, baking tins, and serving dishes. The kitchen seats 6 people comfortably with 4 at the table and 2 at the counter/bar. If you are inspired to do some cooking and need groceries, shopping is available just 15 min. away at Weis Market in Vestal, NY or Binghamton, NY. Wegman’s (an more upscale, grocery shopping destination) is 25 minutes away in Endwell, NY.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining/entertaining room. This rustic themed room is all windowed along its south and west sides and looks out to the groomed, fields and forest. A built- in pine banquette adds charm. The dining table seats 6 and an additional table in the room can seat 4 more guests. The room's sliding glass door leads to a walkway between the house and the outer sheds and is a perfect spot to barbecue on the home's charcoal grill.
A stairwell from the living room leads to a private dressing room with double closets and a writing desk. For extra sleeping space, there is a twin roll away bed that can be used in this upstairs area. Just off the dressing area is the private Master Bedroom with a Queen size bed, matching night stands and tall dresser. The Master bedroom has a Smart TV, Roku, cable programming, and Netflix as well. Its windows look out onto the pond.
Bathroom and Laundry
Returning to the first floor just off the living room, the bathroom has a large shower, toilet, vanity, and linen closet. A laundry room equipped with stacked washer/dryer is available to guests who rent for a week or more.
Explore the Area
There is lots to do outside the property too. Just 5 miles from the home in Friendsville, PA, you can eat breakfast at the local diner, "Kickstart Cafe". In the same vicinity, is the Choconut Inn which has good food, a liquor license, and live music most weekends. If you need some cash, NBT Bank with an ATM is directly across the road. Also, close by is Russell Farms where in the fall time you can visit the extensive apple orchard, purchase several locally grown apple varieties, or a gallon of locally, pressed sweet cider. It should be noted, that Russell Farms also presses Patty's vintage apples so she can make her annual batch of hard cider. Mike, the proprietor, also markets lots of vegetables, homemade condiments and desserts, and locally produced LeRaysville Amish cheeses. If you'd like to venture out about a 50 minute ride, you can visit the LeRaysville Cheese Factory in person.
If you like to fish, two miles away from Pond House is Quaker Lake, a 127 acre, 80 ft. deep spring fed lake with public access. Boat motors up to 7.5 hp are allowed on the lake. Whether fishing in warm weather or ice fishing in the winter, the lake is known for bluegills, perch, bass, trout, crappie, and pickerel. There is plenty of parking at the boat ramp. PA fishing licenses can be obtained online. Unpowered boats such as kayaks and canoes require an unpowered boat launch permit; a 1 yr. permit is $10.00 and can be obtained on-line at The Outdoor Store (a website of PA Fish and Game Commission).
If you like to hike along the water, just 6 miles away from Pond House is Salt Springs State Park with its beautiful trails and waterfalls. Here remains a tree from the virgin forest that escaped King George's edict to cut them all down and use them as ship masts. Or if the PA natural gas interests you, you can see where natural gas came right up from under the ground and was used by the family who lived on the property to gaslight their farmhouse! Within 2 miles of the park is Endless Mountain Brewery where you can taste the latest brewed beer and even bring home a growler or two. A few miles down the road, is Montrose, PA, the county seat, which has lots of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Pond House is the perfect location for visits to SUNY Binghamton. Whether you are visiting a student, attending an artistic performance, sporting event, or graduation, the university is only a 20 minute drive from the home.
During basketball season, at trip to SUNY to watch the Division I, Bearcats is always exciting. If you're a hockey fan, the Binghamton Devils (AHL) is the top minor league team of the New Jersey Devils (NHL) and plays at the Floyd L. Maines Arena. During baseball season, Binghamton is home to the "Rumble Ponies" a Double A affiliate baseball team of the NY Mets.
If you like mountain biking, just 5 miles (10 min.) away is Jones Park, in Vestal, NY. This hilly, wooded hiking spot is great for biking and some of its trails cross creeks. Cross country skiers will like it too. Dogs are allowed if leashed.
Downhill skiers can hit the slopes within 1 hour from the home at Greek Peak in Cortland, NY or at Elk Mountain, in Union, PA.
For golfers, three, public courses are nearby: Tall Pines in Friendsville, PA (15 min.), Conklin Players Club in Conklin, NY (20 min.) and the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, NY (25 min.). En-joie hosts the annual PGA Champions Tour each August.
When planning a trip to Pond House, some events you may want to consider attending during your stay in 2018 are:
Binghamton Parade Day: March 3rd
"Jersey Boys", Broome County Forum: March 20th-22nd
Binghamton St. Patrick's Day 4 Mile Race: March 10th
"Dirty Dancing", Broome County Forum: April 15th
Southern Tier Taco Takedown, Vestal, NY: May 5th
Montrose Wine and Cheese Festival: May 19th
Montrose 4th of July Parade: July 4th
Binghamton Spiedie and Balloon Fest: August 3rd-5th
Dick's Sporting Goods Open (PGA Champions Tour): Aug. 13-19th
Fall Leaves at Carpe Diem Farm and surrounding area: October
Robinson Museum and Science Center: Holiday Exhibits and Activities annually: Mid Nov. through Jan.
STAYING AT POND HOUSE
Relaxation best describes Pond House, so if you need a rest, you may not want to even venture out!