It’s a treat to come across a home built in the 1930s that hasn’t been marred by now dated renovations, and this is definitely a great example. Set back from a very quiet country road near the Rondout Reservoir, between Ellenville and Grahamsville, the driveway is a simple grassy track that curves through a large meadow punctuated by apple trees and a large stand of mature lilac.
The house is a simple cape with 8.5 foot ceilings, and as is the case with many houses, the inclination is to pull to the rear, and enter via the back door, which is accessed through the sizable screened porch. Upon entering, there is a very basic galley kitchen, which leads to the area that is the heart of the house, the dining room. It is from this central room that the rest of the space emanates.
A corridor at one side leads to two lovely bedrooms with pretty, paned windows, and one full bath (with tub/shower). Another short corridor leads to the pine paneled living room, a 1989 addition that was seamlessly incorporated into the home. In this room a bay window faces front, while a door leads out to a deck that overlooks the field. In a corner is a chimney used for a wood stove that has recently been removed. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms, with another full bath (with shower).
Across a grassy yard an adorable cottage perches, with some low stonework providing the backdrop for perennial plantings. Built around 1955, the cottage has a delightful sitting area, a kitchen that could easily be considered nearly “trendy retro”, with its vintage sink and metal cabinetry, and space for a dining table. The bedroom is roomy enough for a queen bed, and features two closets, and windows looking forward toward the house, and back toward the woodland, where a stream flows. A bijou bathroom has a cool, almost industrial-feeling shower.
The 100 acres spans both sides of the road, and includes extensive woodland, streams that occasionally tumble into waterfalls, and a large marsh that attracts an extensive bird population. A path, and small bridge lead one through the tranquil woodland.