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Shelterbelt Farm

· Brooktondale, New York
25 acres
1 site
1 Lodging
In 2009, this property had been abandoned for 30 years. It was covered in impassable thickets of rose and honeysuckle and had no infrastructure. Craig and Erica lived a few miles away and drove by the property every day. They fell in love with its views and its rolling hillside, and thought the property might be the perfect place to realize their vision for a regenerative farm that uses livestock and woody perennial food crops to improve soil and sequester carbon while providing nourishing food for their community. In 2010 they purchased the land and began an epic adventure of learning, building and growing. Now the farm is home to cattle, sheep, geese, chickens, dogs, cats, several hundred fruit trees and bushes, several high tunnels and gardens, 3 families, and abundant wildlife. We love visitors! Learn more about this land: *Closed for 2022 due to fire damage; Re-opening in 2023* Stay in a furnished tent cabin in your own private corner of Shelterbelt Farm, a diversified regenerative farm. This is the only guest accommodation on the farm so you will have the tent, kitchen, and bath house all to yourself! You'll hear songbirds and smell the meadow flowers, and enjoy a pastoral view down the valley from your porch. This is a "reconnection zone", with no Wifi, but 30 yards away is your own rustic kitchen and bathhouse with electricity, coffee, hot water showers and flush toilets. You'll feel a million miles away from everything, but you'll be just 5-15 minutes from gorgeous waterfall hikes, wineries, and all the amenities of downtown Ithaca.
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Brooktondale, New York, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Erica F.Joined in January 2018
10 ratings · 8 reviews
Anastasia F.recommends
October 4, 2021
Glamping with a gorgeous view
Perfect Glamping experience
This place was everything we had hoped for. Me and a friend were in the area for a training and coming home to an amazing outdoor kitchen where we could cook under the sky and a tent that we could open to the outdoors and huddle under blankets was perfect. Erica was a very kind and gracious host, and the farm store kept us supplied with the best eggs and steak we have had in a long time. Thank you!
Jenny P.recommends
September 20, 2021
Glamping with a gorgeous view
What an amazing place! We had a great time visiting Erica's tent cabin this September. The weather got a bit nippy our first night there, but the extra blankets Erica provided meant that we had a warm comfortable bed in the cool night air. The steaming hot shower in the chilled air the next morning was even better. We cooked using the hot plate or the campfire for every meal, and I can tell you the kitchen is a dream for glamping. Very well equipped! We did bring some extra dry firewood for a quicker starting fire the second night. The property was easily accessible off of the main route to Ithaca, and dropping by the town center was a breeze. Everything was comfortable and designed for us to enjoy a quiet weekend enjoying the truly gorgeous view!
Julia B.recommends
August 29, 2021
Glamping with a gorgeous view
A lovely place to unwind…
My husband and I spent 3 days enjoying the farm and surrounding area. Erica was a wonderful host and very informative during our farm tour. We left feeling refreshed and with plenty of ideas we want to bring back to our home garden! The view was incredible out over the fields and mountains and we enjoyed watching the “flerd” as they grazed along in a field in front of our spot. It was wonderful to be able to pick up a few things to cook from the farm store and we greatly enjoyed hanging out with the cats who came to visit in the evenings. Everything was so thought out- from a well stocked kitchen to card games in the tent. Our visit could not have been more enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone looking to relax off the beaten path.
Patricia C.recommends
July 28, 2021
Glamping with a gorgeous view
We were looking for a quiet romantic get away. We were met by Erica, who was very friendly. Our tent was everything described and the view was gorgeous. We had a few issues, though. It was so hot in the direct afternoon sun and there was no escape from the heat for a few hours each day. The tent was like an oven and even the kitchen house offered no shade. We had to move a bench into a shower stall for some relief. It would have been so much nicer if there was some way to provide shade, as this is western facing. We also could not use the fire pit, which we were really hoping to enjoy at night. There was standing water all around it. Maybe some extra gravel would have remedied this. The farm was digging a pond so we had to put up with loud truck noises both days starting around 7:30 and going until late afternoon. This was just a few feet in front of us. So much for our quiet retreat. One last suggestion would be to add a small gas grill. We were unsuccessful trying to use the charcoal one - and we are not new to this. All that being said, we would love to return to see the finished pond and to hopefully enjoy a quiet couple of days. The set up is quite lovely and the outdoor showers were wonderful. With a few little improvements, this would be a fantastic place to stay and it would greatly improve the whole experience. We paid.a lot of money to stay there and felt like we were cheated out of what should have been a quiet couple of days.
Ahna C.recommends
July 24, 2021
Glamping with a gorgeous view
the Marriott of camping
Erica is the hostess with the mostest. She has literally thought of everything one might need/want. From coffee and local milk for morning, to games to play in evening after busy days off the farm exploring all the things to do in Finger Lakes region, to not just 1 but 2 flush toilets, hot water showers, electricity and running water, at a price well below what others may charge. Plus beautiful sunset views from your tent deck over a grassy field all to yourself, a cute store (we bought the farm's novel aronia and ginger syrups), and informative and interesting farm tour (high rubber boots may be best to have for this). I also loved the local Brookton Market for really delicious sandwiches, drinks and desserts. Perfect glamping with zero effort needed on my part, thanks to Erica and her lovely site!
Kelly D.recommends
June 24, 2021
Glamping with a gorgeous view
This is a great place to see an active working organic farm up close, in a gorgeous location. Loved it!
Katie M.recommends
August 7, 2020
Glamping with a gorgeous view
Lovely, lovely, lovely!
Beautiful for its bucolic setting! The pictures don’t do it justice. It truly exceeded our expectations. The hosts provide a very welcoming space. My husband is more of a tent camper, but this experience really showed him the advantages of glamping. The private, outdoor bathroom is something out of a magazine...really thoughtful and charming space. The kitchen was well stocked and made it easy to prepare meals. The family pets visited often (a dog and 2 cats) and we enjoyed them. Only negative to the whole experience was the mosquitos. We were eaten alive in the yurt on the first night. Be aware that there really is no way to prevent mosquitos entering the yurt, as there are areas that are exposed to the outdoors (under the raised floor among other spots). The second and third nights we doused ourselves with bug spray before we went to bed, but they still found areas in between my fingers. Of course, you are outdoors, this is camping, mosquitos are a part of any camping experience.... The view and the overall environment still make it a worthwhile experience and we hope to return!
Adam S.recommends
July 12, 2020
Glamping with a gorgeous view
Great Host
I couldn't make it due to travel restrictions but my girlfriend did and she had a blast. The site is gorgeous and private, she had no trouble cooking up a storm in the kitchen and the local parks are gorgeous. I can't wait to get to see it myself in the near future.
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