1139 Route 23a, Catskill
A country home, of so many dreams, is now available in Catskill. This, initially ‘four-square’ farmhouse, built c.1900 was reportedly originally owned by the Campbell’s Soup family and was lovingly maintained by its last owner for approximately 70 years. The home features just about everything you could want in raw material for a country getaway estate. Inside, the 4 bedroom is full of classic period details. There are original hardwood floors and moldings, French doors that separate some of the well-proportioned rooms, and two stained-glass windows in the front, to play with the outside light. There are screened-in porches in back and front. The main level of the house includes LR, DR, kitchen with adjacent breakfast room, half-bath, laundry/mud room, a parlor (or possible main level sleeping room), PLUS a large family room, added-on just off the dining room, 100 years ago. This family room, built in the Craftsman style of the era, boasts a large brick fireplace with glazed inset tiles, a tile hearth, and a beautiful inlaid wood wall mantle above. A Dutch door from this room leads out back to the screened porch, gardens, and a small pond with fountain that was a favorite spot for many decades. On the second floor of the house there is a main bedroom with ensuite bathroom featuring an oversized soaking tub and large closet. In addition there are three more bedrooms. A large hallway bathroom has the original claw-foot tub, a stall shower and a linen closet. The 40+ acres of land are dotted with rock walls, gorgeous trees, mature flowering plantings, and a beautiful pond (big enough for swimming and boating) that has entertained visitors for generations. The land is gently rolling in places, though not steep. It seems to afford possible year round views of the mountains with some trimming and thinning. Several Outbuildings include a two-car garage, a large barn and workshop and stalls, a “hunting” cabin, coops and a “caretaker’s cottage”. Please exercise caution when viewing with an agent. If you are looking for a little peace, and a simpler way of life in the country... here it awaits you. Enjoy, and make this property spectacular once again with some love, intention, vision and not a huge amount of work. It will be worthy.
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