A Farmhouse Revival in the Catskills


When was the last time you went to the Catskills? The team behind a new retreat in upstate New York is betting it was awhile ago, so the mission statement of Farmhouse Catskills is “to bring the glory of the Catskills to a new generation.” 

Surrounded by pine-scented forests, meandering streams and rolling hills, Farmhouse Catskills is a stylish, revamped homestead that aims to bring the halcyon days of this famed New York country escape back to life.

Everything about this meticulously renovated hotel has been created to take advantage of its spectacular natural setting and the burgeoning cultural metamorphosis happening in the area. Organic materials like ipe wood and reclaimed shiplap brings the outdoors inside, while glass, tile and polished concrete elements add a modern touch to a heritage building. 

A highlight of the property is a hand-hewn British haypress barn that acts as the hotel’s social space. Dating back to 1869, the barn was originally located in Indiana and was carefully transported to and rebuilt in Sullivan County. Now, this historic building gets a new lease on life as the hotel’s destination for exhibitions, collaborations and retreats. 

The hotel’s 75 guest rooms also pay tribute to the great outdoors with oak floors and reclaimed timber accents set against mid-century furniture and custom artisan pieces. Adding a touch of contemporary style is signature lighting by Bower Studio and Jamie Harris, a day chair and cocktail table, and a cosy bed sporting a Simmons mattress. 

At the heart of the property, The Farmhouse Café & Bistro celebrates the natural local bounty with seasonal menus that feature regional organic vegetables and meat, locally-caught fish and farm-fresh cheese. Wash the rustic fare down with a tipple from a drinks list featuring wines from neighbouring vineyards, local craft beers and traditional farmhouse cider. 

Rounding out the hotel’s F&B offerings is Snug. With its slick black limestone bar and carte of punchy cocktails, this intimate hotel bar puts a 21stcentury twist of a Prohibition-era speakeasy.  

The point of Farmhouse Catskills, though, is to enjoy the everything the area has to offer, and that means getting outdoors. The hotel has its own private fishing pond teeming with bass, along with a swimming pool. From the property, guests can explore the area hiking, kayaking, golfing, horse-riding, fishing, biking, running and skiing.

Upstate New York is undergoing something of a cultural renaissance, and Farmhouse Catskills is the best place from which to explore the best of this. Surrounding villages like Jeffersonville, Youngsville, Livingston Manor, Bethel Woods and Roscoe are home to an array of microbreweries, gin and whisky distilleries, art galleries and eclectic boutiques. Closer to home, the hotel’s onsite concept store showcases goods from local designers and producers. 

Think of this as a modern “Dirty Dancing” experience - without the questionable music, dreary group activities and cheesy one-liners. 


TravelFred Kirby