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Handmade Cottage on 70 Acres

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

A perfect Getaway Rental In Upstate New York's Lush Dairy Country

Handmade house on 70 acre former dairy farm. Halfway between Cobleskill and Cooperstown. Very secluded, very peaceful, with 2 ponds, babbling brooks, woods and apple orchards and wild heron on the wetlands. This is one of the most relaxing, rustic spots you can imagine. Come and hike the land, cook great meals, or have a great nap in a rocking chair by the fire! Private and quiet, yet near to many wonderful things to do like Howe Caverns, Cooperstown, Glimmerglass Opera, antiquing, visiting Organic farms, Museums, The Baseball Hall of Fame, The Adirondacks, and on and on.

The farm is surrounded by state land, so Fall Foliage is amazing. And apple picking is a perfect afternoon activity. Upstate NY is amazing in the fall- crisp, chiseled days and brisk, clear nights. Enjoy our fire pit on the back patio under the stars.

Swimming in the spring-fed ponds in summer is so refreshing. The fishing in our ponds is wonderful. Our land glows at night with fireflies all July, and August brings nearby festivals, carnivals, and fairs all over the area.

The driveway is plowed in the winter for easy access, and the sledding and snowmobiling are fantastic. The woodstove is the heat source and heats the whole house beautifully and easily. And there is plenty of wood to keep it cozy all day and all night.

And the spring is a perfect time to come up- the brooks are babbling with melted snow, the acreage is turning green and starting to bloom, and the wild turkey, deer and heron abound!

The house has great amenities- Wood burning stove, dishwasher, microwave, double oven, well stocked kitchen with all hand appliances, wrap around porch, deep tub, satellite TV, DVD player and movie library, WIFI DSL line, CD player, King bed in sleeping loft,washing machine, futon, books and toys, linens and towels.

House comfortably sleeps 4-6 people. It is perfect for a family, a group of friends, or as a solo getaway from it all. The house is very kid-friendly, and well stocked with toys. Dogs are allowed with an extra deposit.

Monthly and Season rates can be discussed. Popular Holiday weekends and weeks (Christmas, New Year's, July 4th, Valentine's day, Labor Day, Memorial Day) are slightly higher in price. Fully refundable Deposit required for each rental.

The farm is 3 hours from New York City, 45 minutes from Albany, 25 minutes to Cooperstown, and 20 minutes to Cobleskill.

To googlemap, please use address 151 bill marne rd Cobleskill ny 13320. We are a mile off Rte 165.

Keywords: Cottage, rustic, scenic, secluded, woodsy

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

About mindy

We bought this beautiful acreage years ago, as a respite from city life. There was no house on the property, it had been torn down ages before. And we fulfilled a dream of hand-building a home for ourselves, and family, and friends.

mindy purchased this cottage in 1997

Why mindy chose New York

We love upstate NY for it's gorgeous rolling hills, and pastural openness.We bought this exact property for the acreage, the secluded oasis, the views, the ability to build and create. And we wanted to lovingly restore the 125 year old barns.

What makes this cottage unique


The Quietest place we know.

The land is ripe, the views elating, The privacy amazing.

The ponds for swimming, the orchards for picking, the sky for it's awe inspiring vastness

Watching storms roll in over the mountains.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a perfect time! the kids loved swimming in the pond, hiking around the land, and the close proximity of Cooperstown. It was a great family getaway. Thanks for all the help
Aug 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cobleskill in Schoharie County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Aerobed (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
70 acres of solitude, apple orchards, a swimming pond, wild turkey deer heron....Sledding in the winter, Surrounded by state land for maximum foliage in the fall......enjoy a fire at the outdoor firepit in all seasons.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(44 traveller reviews)

Handmade Cottage on 70 Acres
average rating of 4.818182 based on 45 reviews
New York, NY, USA

Great weekend getaway from NY City

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I live in Westchester New York and wanted to break the routine and to enjoy the foliage in up-state NY, over an extended weekend.

We also wanted to bring our yellow lab dog.

This place was it.

Formerly a farm - lots of acreage.

About 3 hour drive and the we were in a remote area 30 minutes west of Albany by car.

The house is spacious and open air with high, cathedral ceilings.

All the amenities and cooking utensils, pots, pans, dishes, silverware were there.

Even seasonings, cooking oil, plastic bags, etc.

The house is pretty old, maybe 20 years? Heating was burning wood.

It got pretty cold in early October.

The furniture was old and tired looking. The lounge couch was drooping in the middle.

The shower was low pressure with only small amount of hot water.

It's in a rural area so no swanky night clubs and posh restaurants around.

About 30 minute drive to a local grocery.

The rolling hills are beautiful.

Plenty of outdoor nature activities - hiking, cycling, jogging, swimming in the pond in summer, golf, etc.

An old tv in the loft bedroom, perhaps a 45 inch. Low resolution.

Wifi was in good working condition.

Cell phones don't work.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This enormous property surrounded by nature was an incredible escape from city life.

  • 5 of 5

Rolling hills, barns, ponds and grassy fields make up an incredible 360 degree view surrounding this home. The property is peaceful and serene.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Step back in time

  • 4 of 5

As you walk around this former farm, it's not hard to imagine the back-breaking effort it would have taken to clear the land, cut the timber, build the barns, tend the cows, the stone fences and the apple orchards. The swimming pond is a special treat. The house has a funky charm about it. Mindy's farm is a great place to "get away from it all".

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute peace and bliss...

  • 5 of 5

After reviewing several properties on VRBO, trying to find the perfect fit for my family, I stumbled across this gem. My wife and I and the kids (ages 19, 17, 10 & 7) took a cross country road trip from Oregon to visit the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for induction weekend. We found that this farmhouse was centrally located between the town with all the stores and Cooperstown, but also right in the middle of the country. It was awesome waking up to the sunrise on the farm and going for a walk on the property. The kids enjoyed swimming in the pond and catching fireflies (which we don't have in Oregon!) at night. Mindy was a gracious host and was excellent in her communication when I had any questions about the property or the area. Would most definitely stay here again the next time we travel to upstate New York.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always so pleased when our property is enjoyed by others!! Thanks for being wonderful renters!
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A Quiet Summer Get Away

  • 5 of 5

My family (including the dog!) had a nice quiet get away. It was nice to be able to reconnect as a family!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace In Upstate NY

  • 5 of 5

We live the city with our 4 legged kid and were looking to get away for the weekend. The pictures on VRBO are what caught my attention. The very serene setting with beautiful red barn standing proud struck a chord with my mid-western roots. The property did not disappoint. It is beautifully and accurately captured in the photos. It's easy to feel as if you have stepped away from the world. We found solace in the fact that cell phone coverage was sketchy at best. It was an unexpected but nice situation. The kitchen was well stocked and you will definitely find what you are looking for in kitchen gadgets and such. Everything was clean and well appointed. It is not the Four Seasons, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It's quaint, comfortable and feels like home. The grounds are amazing and teaming with wildlife. Sitting on the porch in the evening and hearing the owl hoot from the forest was a far cry from the sirens and horns from the city. The dog was able to explore and went on a hike with us. She came back in each night and slept through the night. It was relaxing for all 3 of us. We have already talked about going back sometime during the summer. Mindy was responsive in getting everything set up and provided a ton of information.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so pleased to know how much others like our place! Thanks for taking the time to share it!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Cobleskill, USA

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38.79
Refundable Damage Deposit £77.59
cleaning fee £116.38

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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