• Acreage: 39.28
• Town: Colchester
• County: Delaware
• SBLs: 426.-1-13; 426.-1-9.112; 7.-1-44
• Taxes: School $4,460; Town/Co. $2,309
• Listing price: $649,000
• Built: 1998
• 2 Bedrooms + loft bedroom
• 2 Bathrooms
• Glass porch
• Central vacuum
• Square feet: 2,797
• Heat: Radiant
• Fuel: Propane
• Siding: Stone, cedar shingle, rough cut hemlock, pine board & batten
• 1 Bedroom/1 bathroom
• Screened porch
• Heat: Electric, propane
• 2 x one room cabins, seasonal
Before building this sturdy Adirondack-style home, the owners enjoyed their peaceful acreage about 10 minutes outside Roscoe, in the lower Beaverkill Valley, using their rustic cabin as base camp. They then met Marlys Hann, a New York City-based architect who had built her own home in the area, and she designed this incredible getaway overlooking Berry Brook, a tributary of the Beaverkill River.
The open plan Great Room features wood, stone and glass to great effect. The towering fieldstone rumford fireplace is the focal point, with flagstone also used as flooring throughout most of the main level, adding both a natural texture, while also enhancing the efficiency of the radiant floor heat. Imposing white pine logs up to 15 inches in diameter and 40 feet in length, act as post and beam framing. A built-in banquette in the dining space is both an efficient set-up in terms of space, while creating a cozy vibe.
The kitchen slots seamlessly into the room, with a large butcher block-topped island and cabinetry utilizing the same maple as the long runs of built-in cabinetry that appear on both sides of the room. A Viking stove is an asset for those inclined to culinary pursuits, as is a second, smaller sink in the island.
The "back porch", which was converted from a screened porch, soars 26 feet, and is glass on all four sides. Cantilevered out over the gorge, French doors open to allow the calming sounds of Berry Brook 70 feet below to fill the room. But for the coldest days of the year, this room provides an incredible experience, allowing for year round enjoyment of the changing seasons.
Along that hall toward the bedrooms is a large, walk-in closet. And with all the outdoor pursuits in the immediate area, having space for storage of outerwear and gear is a big plus. The generous-sized guest bedroom is at the end of the hall, and it has French doors and a built-in desk and bookshelves, again crafted of maple.
A lot of thought was given to the bathrooms in this house, and the main level bath includes a fabulously colorful, tiled shower, which connects with a sauna. There's easy access for your roll in the snow via an exterior door from the sauna itself.
Upstairs the master bedroom also benefits from French doors overlooking the brook, and another door that connects with a deck that runs down to ground level. Skylights make this a well-lit room regardless of the weather outside. The substantial bathroom next door includes double sinks; a tiled shower; a bathtub that looks out to the woods via a door that connects with the same deck as the master; laundry tucked into a closet; and a large walk-in closet with sliding ladder to access the top shelves.
Several steps up from the landing outside the master bedroom is an "aerie" at the top of the house that looks out through the glass at the top of the "glass porch". It has recently been converted to a loft-style third bedroom for extra accommodation for guests.
The sunny stone patio at the side of the house features a built-in grill and dutch oven, which were constructed of native fieldstone. It's a favorite spot for barbecuing and for entertaining on summer eves.
And this all would be enticing enough, yet there is still that original cabin, accessed via its own driveway or via the stone steps that lead down the wooded hill from the house, that is incredibly alluring in a very different way than the contemporary style of the main house. The cabin is rustic, yet very livable. The large screened porch is always a winning feature, and the sound of the brook, just steps away, is a year round pleasure. One room, with skylight, encompasses the living, dining and kitchen spaces, with an alcove serving as bedroom. There is a large, basic bathroom with shower.
On the property there are two identical "sleeping cabins" tucked into the woods. They are simple one room structures with large, paned windows and pitched ceilings, where guests are lulled to sleep by the crickets and the brook.
The nearly forty acres are under conservation easement, which restricts further subdivision. The property has trails making exploration easy, including a wide swath that is cleared for a utility easement. Please inquire for further details.