36 Wilkins Road, Pine Bush
Love, care and inspiration has ensured that this river rock and timber two-story home, built in the 1920’s remains beautiful and impeccably maintained to this day. Nestled on 38 splendid acres of peaceful, tranquil land, it’s gloriously private, set far back from the road at the end of a long, tree-lined driveway, surrounded by 7 acres of bucolic, graceful lawns. With bluestone terraces, custom shrub and perennial gardens, an in-ground heated pool and winding woodland trails it’s a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Finely detailed and accented, the home features rare, extinct American Chestnut wood trim and doors with original hardware, two stone, wood-burning fireplaces, a spacious attic with a cedar closet and a full basement. History is bolstered by every modern amenity and modern upgrade from the kitchen with custom cabinetry, Silestone countertops and high-end stainless-steel appliances, to the renovated bathroom with top-of-the-line ceramic tile and brushed stainless hardware, shower bench and rainforest shower head. Fine custom window treatments made with the finest fabrics and interior wall colors by Farrow & Ball add luxurious touches while necessary Nest thermostats, upgraded electricity and plumbing add practical perfection to the elegant ambiance. Inside and out, it would be hard to find a match for this picture-perfect country escape. You’ll find this exquisite home hidden away down a long driveway on a quiet country road at the bottom of the Shawangunk Ridge, one of the most vibrant, beautiful and wild regions of the Mid-Hudson Valley. It’s surrounded by wonderful places to explore and enjoy. The area is spectacular and filled with things to do, both outdoors and in. The Minnewaska and Mohonk Preserves are close by with access to over 6,500 acres including cliffs, forests, fields, ponds, and streams – and to a network of over 100 miles of carriage roads and trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Fall under the spell of the Mohonk Mountain House built on the deep-blue waters of Lake Mohonk in 1869, a grand 266-room Victorian castle and one of America's oldest family-owned resorts.Try climbing in the Gunks, one of the premier climbing areas in the United States and a destination for climbers from around the world or, within a short drive, scuba dive in Lake Minnewaska the amazing fishless, glacial lake with its glistening, crystal clear water. Here again you’ll find miles of trails for hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers, enchanting waterfalls and a little beach for swimmers and boaters. Hiking in general is fantastic in this area, the home is minutes away from the Sam’s Point Trailhead to take you to Cragsmoor and its amazing 5,400-acre preserve, the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge in New York. Explore the fascinating Ellenville Ice Caves and Lake Maratanza, high on the ridge, or hike to Shawangunk Ridge & Roosa Gap State forests, with trails for all skill levels and spectacular views along the ridge. How about hang-gliding in Ellenville, or skydiving in Gardiner, both within easy driving distance. For a change of pace, set out to visit the newest micro-breweries, distilleries and cideries that have sprung up around her, and don’t miss the amazing 15-vineyard Shawangunk Wine Trail. Wander a little further. It’s a short drive to the charming and historic 17th Century hamlet of Stone Ridge, rich in architectural heritage and a wonderful place for an afternoon stroll among its historic homes, churches and museum while enjoying the eclectic farm-to-table restaurants, boutiques, galleries and farm stands that abound. Head out a little further along Rte 209 to more history and fine dining at Kingston with its 300-year old down-town and fabulous Roundout Waterfront restaurants.
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