An 18th Century Farmhouse Enveloped By Forty Dreamy Acres
About Kim Riera
Hi, I'm Scott! I've owned this historic farm since 2003, and actively farmed it since 2009, with time off to serve President Obama as Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce. I find the Mark's Good Apples farm a perfect place to find myself -- enjoying friendships and family, paint, read in front of the fire with a glass of wine, play piano, fish, and toil amid stone walls and rolling greenery. Hi, I'm Kim! I manage the Mark's Good Apples Farm for Scott and will be the person handling your trip from beginning to end. I live nearby in the quaint hamlet of Bovina Center. I am the owner of R & R Vacation Rentals, Inc. which features some of the areas most exquisite vacation rentals. If you are in need of more than one home for your trip you can contact me for group discounts. Now about me! My husband and I have 3 boys and we're all quite active. We enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and anything else that we can do outdoors depending on the season. We love going out to eat at our favorite local restaurants and are social in the community so our weekends are filled with events like music festivals and art shows. My husband is from Argentina and I've lived everywhere from Long Island to Florida and I can attest that the Catskills are like no other place on earth. I love our area and can't wait to host you!
Kim Riera purchased this House in 2003
Why Kim Riera chose Bloomville
Archaic period Native Americans hunted along the West Branch of the Delaware River on the property about 2,000 B.C. We know this because Mark Quehl and his mom found a white, chipped quartz knife there, missing a haft at the bottom where the shaft would tie, so not a spearhead. Well before this, what was to become the farm rested at the bottom of the Heidelberg Sea. The farmhouse and farm’s 44 acres are originally part of the holdings of Jane Montgomery, whose family received a large land patent in the 18th Century from the British Crown for tracts stretching across Delaware County. The farmhouse was likely built in 1792, or thereabouts, in the Georgian style by the same architect and builder who created the Frisbee House on County Highway 10, across the river and toward Delhi. The original house served as a combination of roadside inn and a place for the Montgomery’s agents, who leased land to tenants in return for cash or a portion of what they produced. The two parlors, foyer, three bedrooms upstairs, a sitting room above the front door, and creepy stone basement make up the original house. Plaster for the walls included horsehair among its ingredients. The original builder crafted the mouldings in the two parlors, one set more formal than the other. Among the tenants were the Thomas family, who purchased the farm in the early 1800’s. The farm’s land made up hundreds of acres, from Bramley Mountain to the South to beyond the peak of the high hill across the Delaware River directly beyond the orchard to the North, including a half mile of frontage along the river. The Thomas’s held the farm throughout the 19th Century. They built an unusual double entry high bridgeway, three story barn to store grain house animals sometime in the 1840s and 1850s. In the barn and original front portion of the house, builders used mortis and tenon joinery to hold key beams together instead of nails.
What makes this House unique
Weddings, Retreats, Wellness & Photoshoots Together with Brushland Eating House in Bovina, Mark's Good Apples Farm welcomes weddings, corporate retreats, shoot location and launch parties, offering tailored events packages for all seasons. Nestled into the bucolic Catskill mountains, the Farm is outfitted in a way that makes gathering simple, beautiful and above all, memorable. The farmhouse - which is situated on a paved road close to town - provides ample lodging for hosts, while the wide, flat lawn with panoramic views can play host to myriad activities - music, dancing, platform tents and tuscan-style dinner tables among them. Beyond the hayfield and lawn lies the apple, currant & hazelnut orchard, blooming through spring and fruiting in the summer and early fall, where romantic rehearsal dinners or early-evening cocktails are spectacular. The dairy barn and milk stalls that flank the northern side of the farm prove wonderful backdrops for projecting movies, photographs and lectures, while acres of cornfield at the exterior create a wonderful backdrop and a great sense of privacy. Anything you've dreamt of, can come true here at the farm. To inquire about hosting an event or renting the space as a shoot location, please email or call Sara at Hi@ or 607-832-4861.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lovely old farmhouse
Reminded us of grandma's house, but nicely updated. The property is gorgeous, and the amenities make the stay very comfortable. Easy to find, but out of the way.
Thank you for staying at Mark’s Good Apples Farm, I hope you visit again!
Near several popular wedding venues, ski centers, golf courses, colleges are all within close proximity of the house.