The scenic stretch of pristine meadow backed by forested hills was so alluring as I drove along this country road, I drove straight past the dirt driveway to this property that cuts through that meadow, (This meadow and the lands across the street are owned by New York City. The track then crosses a sturdily-built bridge that spans Horton Brook, a waterway which ultimately feeds into the Beaverkill River, a couple miles down the road. The house, with its 10 foot deep open front porch sits in a sunny clearing a short distance up the hill.
The Dutch door entrance opens into the pine paneled living room, with its wonderful river rock fireplace standing front and center. It should be noted that the original cherry floors are spectacular. The area along the left wall ideally serves as a dining space, and is convenient to the kitchen, which is just around the corner. The kitchen, which features more of that paneling for all its cabinetry, has a sliding door that opens to the large, covered side porch.
A ground floor bedroom is at the far side of the living room, which connects directly with a full bathroom with tub/shower, which in turn also connects with the kitchen. A stairwell along that right hand wall in the living room leads upstairs where there are three more bedrooms and a full bathroom with tub/shower.
There are a couple of pleasant surprises upstairs: first the high ceilings give each bedroom and the bathroom an added sense of space; and second, the skylight in the bathroom bathes that room in wonderful natural light. There is a closet with washer and dryer in the upstairs bathroom.
Outside there is level lawn, specimen plantings, including seemingly ancient lilacs, perennials and even an oak tree planted as an acorn brought back from Germany, by the owners. A fenced vegetable garden stands out back, and there is a fire pit in the woods within eye and earshot of the stream that runs along the western property line, and which feeds into Horton Brook.
But the most striking outdoor feature must be the "Anglers Cabin". Alas this absolute gem of a structure, built in the 1920s, may no longer be viable, in spite of the owners having placed it on a new foundation years ago. It even has some of the original pine paneling inside. But to be sure, any hopes of resuscitating this building would have to be tempered with the knowledge that it is a significant project.
Some technicals about this property: It runs off gravity-fed spring water that originates in a spring house, which was rebuilt around 2012, and which has never run dry. The pipe feeding this system is not below the frost line, and while it has never frozen, the owners use a system that enables them to easily drain the pipes after using the house in winter. The house exterior was power washed and re-sealed last year. The water heater was purchased in 2016, and the furnace in 2008.
The exit for the hamlet of Horton, which is a part of Roscoe, is 7 miles west of the primary Roscoe exit, and the house is 2.5 miles from the exit. In terms of level of seclusion, there is no house in the immediate vicinity or visible from the end of the driveway. For you fishing enthusiasts, there is fishing access to the Beaverkill very near that exit. Horton Brook itself provides the largest cold water refuge for trout in the Beaverkill Watershed during summer months.