Just up the road from the town of Woodstock, a bucolic country estate lies nestled in the Catskills, amidst acres forever-wild state land. Walking distance to Cooper Lake, with its panoramic mountain vistas, this 2,300-square-foot contemporary farmhouse lies on a quiet country road, tucked back amongst mature trees and protected wetlands, where a great blue heron and resident beaver are frequently sighted.
Lilac, viburnum, and rhododendron shrubs light up the front yard with colorful blooms all summer long, while flowering pear trees offer welcome shade in the hotter months. A sweet wooden gate opens onto a bluestone path leading up to the portico and the bluestone front porch of the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home. The back side of the house opens onto six expansive acres of lawn and manicured gardens lush with pear, cherry, crabapple, and magnolia trees, which burst into a spectacular show of blossoms come spring. The lawn is the perfect setting for activities like croquet and badminton, while the wrap-around back deck features an outdoor dining area with a chiminea and breathtaking views of the buffering woods.
Bluestone steps lead off the deck to the lawn, along terraced gardens lush with shrubs, ferns, and flowering bushes. The in-ground saline pool offers a refreshing backyard oasis, surrounded by a bluestone patio and perennial gardens that bloom all season long. Hedgerows running along the outside of the pool fencing add a bit of privacy without compromising the connection to the surrounding forest.
Inside, the open chef’s kitchen, dining and living area, sunroom, downstairs bedroom, and mudroom are all connected to the surrounding landscape through walls of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, sliders, and French doors. The wide-plank wood floors, beamed ceilings, and wooden doors and trim throughout echo the sylvan setting subtly.
The home’s second floor takes full advantage of the natural setting as well. Each of the four bedrooms look out onto the Catskills, and the guest room opens onto a second-floor balcony with views of the deck and pool below. At night, this balcony is the place to camp out with a telescope and look at the night sky while listening to the sounds of owls and frogs.
To balance the rustic setting, the home’s kitchen, bathrooms, and living room have been fully updated for modern luxury and convenience. The open kitchen is finished with tumbled marble counters and enhanced with colorful picture tiles. A stainless steel sink and appliances complement the ample wooden cabinetry.
Facing the backyard, the updated master bathroom is finished in white tile and wainscoting and features a deep Waterworks soaking tub, offering a chance to further contemplate the home’s pastoral plenitude while fully relaxing. An additional upstairs bathroom has been updated to feature a step-in shower with a glass door and white and beige checked tiles.
Downstairs, the majestic living room is heated in the colder months by a Vermont Castings wood stove, surrounded by built-in cabinets and shelves. Whether warmed by fireplace or sunshine, it’s the perfect spot to watch the magnificent display of seasons rolling through the surrounding forever-wild woods. This well-maintained home offers the chance to escape into nature while never sacrificing the comforts of home.