The SpaceWhere the Sundown Road meanders alongside the Rondout Creek a few miles outside Grahamsville, sits a sweet log-sided cabin perched partway up a grassy incline, high enough to see the water just across the road. The original portion had once been a one room schoolhouse, but in 1937 it was converted into a residence, with additions built subsequently.
The wide front porch is a great spot for dropping mucky boots, but with the ever-present sound of the Rondout Creek beckoning, you'll just want to take some time to relax on the bench there and watch it flow by.
The front door opens into a spacious living room, with golden wood floors (oak), that is punctuated by a stone fireplace with large firebox. Everyone has home features that get them excited. Open-in, cottagey windows, of which there are several in the living room, and which are plentiful throughout the house. They are old school, wood-framed, latch in the center, then open in. And of course there are storm windows/screens. The two simple bedrooms (master bedroom is not available) and bath are off one side of the living room and again have wonderful fir wood floors. Off the other side is the kitchen, separate dining room, and separate den, which is now an acupuncture healing space. The serviceable kitchen includes a great retro sink, and a washing machine is tucked into a cupboard. A wide archway connects the kitchen with roomy dining space, and off that is the den, with exterior door.
A gambrel-roofed garage includes two car bays below, and a 300 sq ft space above, accessed by a door at the rear. It had been used as a bunkhouse during hunting season, for friends many years ago, and now serves as a studio (not available).
The land extends across the street to the creek. There are really delightful views of the creek from a number of spots on the property, and the tranquil yearround sounds of the rushing water is a highlight of this charming property. Guest AccessWhole house except master bedroom & separate studio. Interaction with GuestsWe can be in touch by email. Getting AroundThe nearest bus stops from NYC are in Liberty and Monticello. Other Things to NoteWhat to do and see in and around Claryville and Grahamsville
A lot of people who live within a half hour of Claryville have never ventured up the hill to see what’s up there. Aside from the Frost Valley YMCA, which attracts tens of thousands of people to its exceptional 4,000 acre facility, there is little commerce, and after a sufficient 12 miles or so, the main road dead ends. But in many ways that’s one of the most beautiful things about the town. It’s an oasis, with miles of forest opening to a few heart-stopping views. And with the headwaters of the Neversink River appearing and disappearing as one drives, hikes, cycles, it has scenic opportunities galore, with few sounds but those generated by Mother Nature.
• Red Hill Fire Tower - great hike in Claryville of about 1.5 miles up along the trail to the clearing where the fire tower stands. Fabulous views! On Dinch Rd.
• Claryville Pottery - elegant, hand-crafted pottery made right here in Claryville. This is where you go for a tasteful memento of your visit. Located on the Claryville Rd. next to the turn-off for the Frost Valley Rd. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) for hours.
• The Blue Hill Café in Claryville sells grocery items, dining and has a deli. There is seating, and WiFi access.
• There are several antiques stores in the area: Hamilton’s (Neversink), Half Moon Antiques (Grahamsville), and all in Liberty: Town & Country, and Ferndale Antiques (just outside Liberty).
• Rolling River Café Gallery and Inn, in Parksville (25 Cooley Rd) is a winner. Their bijou restaurant features fresh fare prepared by Rob Rayevsky in a fun, friendly atmosphere that has everyone I’ve sent, returning almost immediately. Their outdoor seating, with strings of lights through the trees and charming café tables (including a private, romantic spot along the river), has a European feel, and is so alluring you’ll want to bring your fleeces and extend the season as long as possible. Call for schedule (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
• Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room: Dinner at Peekamoose is always a treat. Located in Big Indian, it’s a remarkably beautiful drive down the Frost Valley Rd to rte 28, and about 1 mile further. Owners Devin and Marybeth Mills have renovated an old farmhouse into an inspired space of wood, glass and intriguing and playful artwork. The food is simply outstanding (not surprising given their experience at Picholine and Le Bernadin), and they make an effort to use local growers and the freshest ingredients available. ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
• The Catskill Harvest Market focuses on bringing local produce, cheeses, meat, poultry, baked goods, and even soap to market, all with a wonderful retail flair. You’ll also find an exciting range of gourmet coffees and teas, candy and gift items. On rte 52 between Liberty & White Sulphur Springs.
The Neversink River runs through Claryville, although it is almost exclusively privately owned. Some of the best public access trout fishing can be found nearby on the famous Willowemoc (willow-wee’-mock) and Beaverkill Rivers.
The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor pays homage to the rich history of fishing in this area (the nearby Neversink River is the birthplace of American fly fishing). In Roscoe, Catskill Flies is the go-to shop for equipment and very knowledgeable staff. I like the daily stream conditions report on their site.
I can tell you from first hand experience the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, in scenic Lew Beach, is a a great way learn the sport, or to hone your skills.
Here’s a great link describing various trails nearby: