The SpaceJust 2 hours drive from Manhattan, this is a magical and secluded farmhouse surrounded by 135 pristine acres in the NYC watershed protected area.
Sitting on the front porch all you will see are rolling fields, an apple orchard, wooded trails winding through the forest and incredible mountain views.
The house is carefully renovated with all modern conveniences (new wooden windows, radiant heat, 2 full bathrooms and a large open plan kitchen), without losing any of its quirky mid 19th century charm.
Upstairs there are 4 double bedrooms, a den with a little wood burning stove and a sleeping loft with 2 double futons. Downstairs there are 2 tiny single bedrooms, a living room, a magnificent sunroom and a large hall that also doubles as the dining room.
But its all about the outside! You will love curling up on the porch sofa and watching the spectacle of the setting sun, taking an afternoon snooze on the hammock, dining under the stars on the back patio, or hiking through the hemlock forests around the house. If it rains or its too cold out, read a book, play scrabble or watch one of the hundreds of DVDs or videocassettes in the sunroom library. There is no TV, but we do have Wifi - not enough bandwidth to stream or download big files, but good enough for emailing and surfing the web.
We are on the edge of the Catskills National Park, so there are lots of great trails, waterfalls and swimming holes a short drive away. The Minnewaska state preserve is a 45 minute drive and is truly amazing for its high clear mountain lakes, and if you want shopping, good restaurants and a bit of culture - both New Paltz and Woodstock are around 50 minutes away and have lots to offer. Ellenville is the nearest town and has a Shoprite, Peters (a small more select market), and drum roll please a Walmart!
The house is very comfortable and you will find it spic and span when you come, but its not too precious! So relax, put your feet up on the sofa, bring the kids, mess up the kitchen as you cook up a gourmet meal. Make it your home away from home.
You won't want to leave!
As often as you need me - I can be reached by phone and email to advise assist and troubleshoot! Guest AccessFully equipped kitchen, 2 full baths, 4 double beds and 2 singles! acres of land to play in. Seclusion and serenity Interaction with GuestsAs often as you need me - I can be reached by phone and email to advise assist and troubleshoot! The NeighborhoodGroceries: Peter’s Market is closest, in Napanoch at the junction of 209 and 55. Walmart is on 209 a little North of Naponoch and Shoprite is also on 209 a little South. If you go North on 209 to Stone Ridge, Emmanuel’s is a fancier market about 40 mins away.
Shopping: Woodstock is closest for shopping and a bit of “culture”. There are lots of antique stores all along 209 between Stone Ridge and Wurtsboro. Accord and High Falls are also great for antiques. If you like the big oil paintings in the house, call the artist Eugene Gregan for a private viewing (he is 2 mins away) (phone number hidden).
Nature: The Catskill Park is all around, and some of the nicest hiking trailheads are along the Roundout Creek /Peekamoose Rd en route to Woodstock. The creek has waterfalls and swimming holes. Minnewaska Park (45 mins away) is v beautiful but busy. You are free to roam the 135 acres around the house - head downhill through the fields and go for a wander. Hunters with permits can access any City-owned property and there is some around the house so be wary in the Fall! Wear bright colors, make noise. Use insect repellent and always check for ticks after hiking.
Dining: Few options but…Ellenville has Korean food and a bistro - Aroma Thyme. White Wolf in Napanoch is a bit upscale. Peekamose restaurant is an hour away but great.
Horseback Riding: there are schools in Ellenville and Kerhonkson. Try (phone number hidden)
Flying: Yep! Wurtsboro airport offers glider and plane rides. On a nice day, this is amazing! (phone number hidden).
Skiing: Belleayre and Hunter are closest and pretty good. In the summer you can bike and swim as well