Heron Hill Guest House Get-Away


Entire guest house hosted by Karen

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bathroom
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Situated on 130 acres of woodland and meadows, this 2nd-story rental includes: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/living/dining space, deck with gas grill/table/chairs. Privacy and seclusion away from area tourist attractions are key and guests are encouraged to enjoy the property's trails, ponds and scenic views. Nearby attractions include: parks, museums, breweries, eateries, opera and the historic villages of Cherry Valley, Sharon Springs and Cooperstown. A 15% discount is offered for one-week stays.

The space
We hope that your stay will allow you to get out into nature regardless of the season and enjoy all the rest and relaxation our property affords, once you've had your fill of the many tourist activities and destinations in our area. Or, perhaps you plan to stay away from the local attractions and treat yourself to a much needed retreat away from the crowds. Our secluded location and provision of minimal high-tech amenities (see below) make for an ideal location to detox from the stresses of technology, accessibility and modern life. We welcome you and hope you will return home refreshed and invigorated!

There are three ponds on the property, including the 1/2 acre Big Pond suitable for swimming at guests' own risk. Big Pond has a floating dock, terrific views, and a grape-arbor pavilion for guests use to relax and picnic. During the summer months a campfire ring (firewood provided or guests may bring their own charcoal) will be available for guests to use up at Big Pond. Guests are also invited to enjoy trails in the woods or a hike to the top of our meadow, where the view is particularly spectacular. In the winter, guests are encouraged to get out to hike or snowshoe and have fun identifying animals tracks, of which there are often many.

For those who are less energetic, or simply more relaxed, our guests have also spent many enjoyable hours on the deck of the guesthouse: with a morning cup of coffee, for a bit of a yoga, a romantic dinner, or the very popular star-gazing!

Guests should be aware this guest house is a grid-tied solar building, therefore it may not offer all the electrical conveniences and amenities of your home. Energy efficiency and conservation are important goals at Heron Hill Farm. However, having lived in the guest house space for six years while building our main house just up the hill, we found the space to be cozy and relaxing. (Please note: this apartment is accessible by stairs only.)

In fact, this is a great place to come and detox from technology!

Cell Phone Service: We use Verizon Wireless for our cell phones and guests with Verizon and AT&T seem to have generally adequate service with the booster in the guest house (though sometimes weather can be an issue.) T-Mobile and Sprint, no such luck. Our WIFI access (see below) may also help with cell service. Welcome to hilly, rural America! Cell service in the local villages of Cooperstown, Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs is good to fair.

Television: Sorry, it's true: none available. We were a bit concerned about our lack of TV and WiFi when we first opened in June of 2019, afraid that guests would not book. However, our guests seem to be generally fine without these amenities. A fair few have since thanked us for the technology-free zone and have said how relaxed they felt during their stay!

WiFi: As of 2021 we do now have WIFI available. Many of our guests are hoping to get away from technology during their stays here and want the excuse NOT to have access to it. Password information is available in the guesthouse manual in the guesthouse.

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed
Living room
1 sofa

What this place offers

Valley view
Free parking on premises
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Indoor fireplace: electric
Luggage drop-off allowed
Hair dryer
Magic Chef: 4.5 cubic ft., two-door (top freezer) refrigerator

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Where you’ll be

Cherry Valley, New York, United States

Our rural setting contains all-season hiking/snowshoeing trails, as well as the ponds and fields mentioned earlier. Guests may also relax up at Big Pond, cook a delicious meal, cozy up with a good book, play games, or hang out on the deck and enjoy watching the clouds float by.

Then, when you've had enough relaxing, discover the surrounding area. Heron Hill Farm is located near the historic villages of Cherry Valley, Sharon Springs and Cooperstown, where guests will find museums, restaurants, shops and other attractions. It is also close to two state parks, the Glimmerglass Opera, and Brewery Ommegang, plus so much more.

Mileage/driving times to local destinations:

The Village of Cherry Valley is only a 4-mile, 6-minute drive. Being the closest village, it's where you can find:

* several restaurants (and a soon-to-be opened Red Shed Pub, serving locally brewed Red Shed brews!)

* a newly opened Cherry Valley Market (lots of tasty things to eat, including locally sourced items, fresh coffee and baked items, high quality cooking staples/ingredients, plus gifts, snacks and treats)

* the 25 Main Collective, a stained glass/mosaic art studio and art gallery featuring works by local artist and craftspeople

* the Cherry Valley Bookstore ( used and collector's books)

* The Art Department, an art supply store

* a gas/convenience store

* the Cherry Valley Memorial Library (with 24/7 free Wi-fi)

* a post office

* a hardware store

* the Plaide Palette (a Scottish themed gift store)

* the Rose is a Rose florist

* Cherry Valley Artworks (summer concerts and special events)

* a wonderful old cemetery ( dating back to the 1700s)

*and much more.

Glimmerglass State Park is a 5-mile, 10-minute drive and the Alice Busch Opera Theater (Glimmerglass Opera) is another 6 miles beyond that.

Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore House, Farmer's Museum) is a 10-mile, 17-minute drive.

Cooperstown Dreams Park: a 14.3 mile, 24-minute drive (depending on traffic in Cooperstown and south on Rt. 28, more than anything).

Sharon Springs is a 12-mile, 18-minute drive.

Hosted by Karen

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I am an avid gardener who looks forward to November and snow fall, after long spring, summer and fall months of working outdoors!

My husband, Charlie, and I married in 1983 and purchased our property in Cherry Valley in 1984. We spent 15 years renovating an 1803 house just up the road, but sold it with five acres of our 135 acres in 1998 so Charlie could pursue jobs in western and then eastern New York State. We have moved around but have always had a dream of returning home someday and building our own house.

Charlie and I are educators. Charlie had a 32-year career in public education, with most of his years devoted to the field Career and Technical Education, in both teaching and administrative roles. His last three-and-a-half years before retiring were spent as a central school superintendent in Salem, NY. I studied Architectural Preservation in graduate school, where Charlie and I first met at Cornell University in 1981, and after moving with Charlie to rural central New York, I became certified as a secondary Social Studies teacher. After teaching for less than five years at Worcester Central School I spent many more years home-educating our two, now grown children as we moved around the state following Charlie's work.

In 2010, Charlie retired (I say I'm not retired, just tired!) - a year after we started work on the site for the structure that now houses our guest house and workshop, what we used to call our "shop house". Except for the foundation and slab which we contracted out, we built the rest of the structure by ourselves, with some help now and then from loyal family and friends.

In May of 2012, after selling our last home in Washington County, we moved into a 10' x 12' wall tent on the property so we could continue working on the "shop house", which had been framed in and roofed during the 2011 season. By October of 2012 we were tired of living in the tent (it was getting hard to get up out of bed when it was 32 degrees outside!) and moved into the shop house and continued working on it's interior, which we completed in 2013.

After buying a portable sawmill in 2014, Charlie started felling trees for us to mill into lumber to build our real house, using aspen from our property (90 acres of which had been certified as a tree farm in 2012). The foundation/slab were completed in 2015 and we began framing in 2016. Except for the foundation/slab, the metal roof, and a big tile job in the master bathroom, we again built the house ourselves, with help at times from family and friends.

We got our Certificate of Occupancy in December of 2018 and started moving in during a snow storm in January of 2019. There is much yet to be done to finish - is one ever finished? - however, we are thrilled to be living in our dream house and ready to share our property and good fortune with travelers who need a place to stay while visiting this beautiful part of New York State.

When we are not building - we also built a pole barn and put up a 12' by 24' green house in recent years - we spend time growing a lot of vegetables in our 60' by 60' garden, working on our tree farm which we are managing for potential future commercial harvest, enjoying time with our family (we just became grandparents in 2018), and making plans for future projects (expanding our solar installation, adding a garage, etc.). We also take out time to enjoy our trails and ponds, hiking and snowshoeing in season.

I guess all of this will explain why we have not done much traveling in recent years as Airbnb guests, but we do hope to do more of that in the future as we get tired of working on our property and need to take a break!
I am an avid gardener who looks forward to November and snow fall, after long spring, summer and fall months of working outdoors!

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During your stay

We live on the property in a separate house which we built ourselves and is located just up the hill from the rental. (We also built the guesthouse, greenhouse and pole barn, and will be happy to share our experiences if you are interested.) During your stay you will likely find us out and about working on "projects" and we will be available as desired to show you around the property.

Karen can often be found working in her greenhouse and/or her 60' x 60' enclosed vegetable garden. She will enjoy showing you the garden and sharing its bounty.

Charlie enjoys working in his woodlot, milling his own wood for projects, and building in the wood-shop below the rental. Often Karen is involved in these endeavors as well! If guests are interested, Charlie can be enticed into giving a tour of our 90-acre managed tree farm located across and just up the road from the guest house and main house.

Since we've also been isolating on our property during the pandemic, we too have miss social intercourse, so feel free to indicate that you'd enjoy some company if that's the case. On the property we have the guest house deck, two porches on our main house, and the pond has a pavilion which allows for socially distant socializing . . . all in good weather, of course! We totally understand that some guests may really need and want solitude and that's okay, too. Come and spend the time the way you want and need.
We live on the property in a separate house which we built ourselves and is located just up the hill from the rental. (We also built the guesthouse, greenhouse and pole barn, and w…

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House rules

Check-in: 15:00 - 19:00
Check out: 10:00
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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