239 Bethlehem Road, Callicoon Center
The gravel drive winds along a gently sloping meadow, up to a dramatic barn and a smaller one beside it, and finally to the elegant white facade and imposing stone chimney of the home itself. It was built around 1880 and gut renovated down to the studs in 2015. A great room was added on, virtually seamlessly, combining light and views with natural elements of stone and wood, to create an exceptional homestead of understated elegance in an incredibly scenic, rural setting. A lot of thought went into the redesign of the spaces, including a mud room with bathroom and laundry. Down the hall is the dramatic great room, which lives up to its name. The owners like to entertain, so the open plan configuration was important to them so the cooks can still be part of the fun. The long, custom-made dining table can accommodate a crew but doesn't feel too formal, while soapstone counters, seven inch wide plank oak floors, stone fireplace and hand-hewn beams that accentuate the pleasing structure of the room, reinforce the natural elements theme that reappears throughout the property. A corridor, accented by handmade light fixtures and an exterior door, leads to the original portion of the house (where the original fir or oak floors remain) including the master suite, which was once the home's living room. The spacious room features French doors, a large walk-in closet, and a dreamy bathroom with luxurious soaking tub and modern tiled shower. Upstairs are three guest bedrooms and another beautifully-appointed bathroom with tiled shower. These bedrooms, and in fact every room in the house, are graced with abundant windows, so the bucolic scenery is ever-present. The covered porches that wrap around the entire house really link the house to the surrounding grounds beautifully. They are currently used as popular lounging and an al fresco dining spot, with eye-popping views over sweeping meadows, where the birdsong is plentiful. A stream carrying the waters down from Anawanda Lake runs through the property, and the calming sound is frequently in evidence. The primary barn still has the milking parlor downstairs, while the huge two story upstairs space is begging for a farm to table dinner or a little square dancing! The other barn could serve as a garage, and has an upstairs space that could be finished and used as a studio, rec room or other use. The house and the barns are served by the generator, should there be a power outage. A fenced garden featuring numerous apple trees and raised beds runs along one side of the house, and has running water for easy irrigation. The sophisticated yet easy aesthetic of this property belies the tremendous attention to detail that has gone into the redesign and systems. Functionally, it is a new house. A full list of features and improvements is available upon request, but a brief rundown includes: • New roof, Marvin windows, plumbing, electric • Spray foam insulation • Frost walls under the porches act as support, but also protect the stonework along the perimeter • Spacious kitchen pantry, and the closets in two bedrooms, designed by California Closets • Gutters drain into system that protects the foundation and lead water away from the house • Baseboard heat covers are cast-iron and in keeping with the historic aspect of the house It should be noted that this property enjoys tax benefits from two programs. Please inquire for further details.
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