• 5 bedrooms / 3.5 baths
• 62 acres including 2 ponds, woodland, meadows, stream and views
• 4,700 square feet
• Hardwood floors throughout
• Heated two car garage
• Custom window treatments and some custom furniture included
• Extensive network of stone walls
• Cedar-sided with cedar shake roof shingles
• Four stone fireplaces (3 indoors, 1 outdoor)
• Chef's kitchen with Viking range, SubZero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, handmade Italian tile, pot-filler, dedicated ice maker
• Master suite with large walk-in closet, luxe bathroom with double shower heads, steam shower, steeping tub, Waterworks fixtures, exterior access to outdoor shower
• Temperature controlled, 4,000 bottle wine cellar
• Custom nine foot Hopes steel and glass doors and windows, with phantom screens, in every room
• Automatic full service backup power generator
• Central station security system including burglar, fire, water and cold air alarms
• Membership in the Stream Club and the Mountain Club, affording use of five miles of private fishing water along the Beaverkill River; 40 miles of groomed hiking, x-country skiing trails; and other amenities.
• Taxes: School $19,493; Town/County $12,2227
• Listing Price: $1,990,000 SOLD
HIgh Meadow Farm is a spectacularly sited country estate on 62 magnificent acres featuring rolling meadows, woodland, hemlock forest with tumbling stream and waterfalls, swimming/trout pond and extensive stonewalls, in the sportsman's paradise of Lew Beach, in the Beaverkill Valley. The architect-designed home was built with maximum exposure to the dramatic views in mind, and virtually all rooms have exterior access to stone patios or wraparound decks.
The three-story home (all levels above grade) is cedar-sided, with striking bluestone posts. In fact, the impressive stonework throughout the house and property is one of the many notable features that makes this an outstanding listing. Many of the lengthy stone walls bordering meadows near the house have been painstakingly re-laid. There are also four laid-up-stone fireplaces at the house - living room, family room and master bedroom, and one outside - that are focal points for their beauty and texture.
It's a luxurious home, with a sophisticated country tone. The owner has coined the phrase "Rus-tech" to capture the laid-back but ready-to-serve nature of the house. The second level, with its bank of glass and extraordinary views, serves as the heart of the home, with the master suite at one end, and a guest suite at the other, and rounded out with the chef's kitchen and living / dining room in between. Double doors enclose the master suite, which is comprised of bedroom, walk-in closet, and modern spa-like bathroom. The bedroom enjoys front and center mountain views, access to the deck, a stone fireplace and cathedral ceiling, while the gleaming bath features a steeping tub, glass-enclosed double shower with steam, double sinks, Waterworks fixtures, and exterior access to an outdoor shower.
The custom-made steel staircase with oak treads leads downstairs to a capacious family room / media room, again featuring a fireplace and wall of glass doors leading to a covered patio. There are two guest bedrooms, a modern bath, office (or 5th bedroom) and wine cellar, as well as a discreetly designed laundry area. Glass doors provide an elegant entrance/exit from the garage, which itself is a room with a view. Driving into the heated two car garage, one approaches yet another bank of glass, with pretty grassy area and stone retaining wall beyond.
The third level is comprised of one long room with closets and plumbing (for possible wet bar?), and access to a patio with an outrageous view, and an outdoor fireplace. It's a great entertaining spot for sure, but perhaps also a cool den or office.
What makes this property so special is that the quality of the 62 acres of outdoor space matches the high caliber of the house. Completely private, the quarter mile driveway winds through the woods, past the foundation remnants of what had once been a dairy farm, and emerges to the view of open fields to the right, views to the left, and the beautifully-landscaped area around the house. A network of trails provides easy accessibility throughout the property, and continues into adjacent "Forever Wild" State land. A wonderfully picturesque stream with waterfalls cascades through a hemlock forest; a footbridge makes crossing a snap. When the owner designed the substantial spring-fed pond, he ensured the trout he planned to stock would also live in style, and created 24' deep pockets to ensure their survival.
The property transfers with the desirable Stream Club and the Mountain Club membership. The avid fisher, or aspirational novice, will understand the significant attraction of five miles of private fly fishing water along the Beaverkill River, the area's preeminent trout river. Membership is limited to 68 members, so inclusion is sought-after, and currently unavailable except through the transfer of property.
The Mountain Club, offers a variety of family-oriented yearround activities and benefits, including 40 miles of private hiking, biking and groomed x-country ski trails throughout the Valley; highly-regarded children's camp in summer; use of the indoor pool, tennis court, exercise room, dining room and other facilities at the Beaverkill Valley Inn; as well as the private, informal "Pub" eatery. There is a strong emphasis on community for those interested in participating.
This is a one-of-a-kind, sophisticated country home with magnificent grounds and exceptional access to the Beaverkill River and some of the most scenic spots in and around the Catskills.