The SpaceWe are the second owners, and purchased the house from the couple that built it over 40 years ago. All of the wood and stone was milled from the property.
Enter this 2100 sf ranch house directly into the enormous and dramatic circular Great Room, a yurt/Buckminster Fuller-esque domed space with a 5' diameter bluestone column fireplace at its center. With arched 25' ceilings, wraparound windows, and multiple living areas that flow onto the 950 sf deck, the space can accommodate large groups without feeling cramped. Wings on either side have two 20' x 12' bedrooms with post and beam cathedral ceilings (one with king bed and one with queen), and a third 12'x10' bedroom that is set up as a den with a flatscreen TV and a desk, and makes a great yoga room. The sofa in the den opens into a very comfortable king-size bed, or two twins. All bedrooms have windowed sliding doors that open onto the deck and provide dramatic mountain views from bed. There's a two-car garage in the basement, and an overhang with cords of hardwood for the fireplace.
The house is lovingly situated 100 feet above Wittenberg Rd, directly across from Kenneth Wilson State Park. Aside from one neighboring home, the house is totally secluded, with 1000s of wild acres behind it, and thousands of acres of parkland below it. You can walk to fishing and swimming ponds, nature trails, waterfalls, bike paths, and all other manner of outdoor activities in the summer. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, hunting, leaf and bird watching and sitting around the fireplace round out the cooler months. Deer, geese, wild turkeys,beavers, bunny rabbits, and (gulp!) bears can all be viewed in their natural habitat safely from the large picture windows.
We have lightly renovated, but kept as much of the fun, funky, freaky details as possible including: white oak floors laid in a circular starburst pattern, original Spanish kitchen with brick arch, solid oak cabinetry, and high-end appliances; master bathroom, with photomural wallpaper of the surrounding forests; second bath with 4 showerheads to spray you all over; central vacuum that makes cleaning up a breeze. It's a comfortable and inviting home with a chic vintage vibe. The deck has a table with seating for 6, a chaise for sunbathing (additional chaises are on the way), an herb garden and small vegetable garden, as well as a gas and charcoal BBQ. Guest AccessYou have full access to the house and its grounds. Bedding and towels are provided. This is our second home, so some closets and drawers will contain our personal items; others will be empty for your use.
The kitchen pantry is stocked with all the pots, pans, herbs, spices, vinegars, oils and condiments you will need. We only ask that you replace anything that you finish. There will be enough wood and charcoal to get you started. In addition to the three/four beds there are two queen size air beds for extra overnight guests. Interaction with GuestsWe will probably not be around at all to meet you. Key is provided via lockbox. There is an on-call groundskeeper if you require assistance. I will always be available by phone and text. The NeighborhoodThe property is situated just outside of Woodstock in the hamlet of Bearsville. It is 5 miles to the center of Woodstock, 2.5 miles to Sunfrost and The Cub markets, 7 miles to Phoenicia, and 20 miles to Bellayre ski resort. By car you can easily easily eat lunch in Saugerties, Kingston or Rhinebeck, and be up in the Catskills for a hike before heading home to BBQ on the patio, and catch the 8pm movie at Upstate theater in town.
Wilson Park has its official entrance 1/4 mile down the road for car access, but you can just walk across the street into the woods and be on the nature trails in under 5 minutes. There is a designated fishing pond about 200 feet into the park, and a much larger boating lake near the main entrance with a swimming dock. Dogs are welcome in the park.
Other landmarks right near the property are the Zen Mountain Monestary, which offers free meditation sessions on Sundays and Wednesdays, Mount Tremper Arts Center for classes and exhibitions, Innertubing down Esopus Creek in Phoencia and Big Deep--Woodstock's famous swimming hole. Great dining in Phoenecia, Woodstock, Saugerties and Kingston, plus hidden dining gems right down the road. Getting AroundThe house is situated up a steep dirt hill, so 4 wheel drive is recommended during wet or snowy weather. You will need to drive to do most errands, but the house is surprisingly walk-friendly for all of your outdoor entertainment needs. Biking to town is doable in a leisurely 30 minutes.
We are well situated for grocery shopping, with Sunfrost and The Cub being a few minutes drive away. There is also a man who smokes hand-caught fish, keeps beehives, and chickens for eggs, with a store-in-house, less than 2 minutes away.
If you look beyond the tie-dye, Woodstock is one of the best towns in the area for everyday needs, with great hardware and drug stores, specialty food shops, tailors, bookstores, music venues, etc. There is a great public golf course and tennis center each 10 minutes or so from the house. Other Things to NoteThere is no cell service in the house, but plenty of wifi. It's a good idea to download wifi phone app on your phone to make outside calls. There is a landline phone with local dialing for 911 and pizza delivery emergencies.