• 4 Bedrooms / 1.5 bathrooms
• Acreage: 84.83
• Built: 1890s
• Square feet: 2,052
• Wood stove
• Heat: Forced hot air, oil, downstairs;
electric baseboard upstairs
• Hot water: Electric
• Siding: Wood
• Water: Gravity fed spring
• Septic: Leachfield replaced 2006
• Internet: DSL via Frontier
• Cell: Yes
• Town: Rockland
• County: Sullivan
• School: Roscoe
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• Taxes: Town/Co. $5,264; School $4,005
• Listing price: $725,000 (SOLD)
Even the quiet country road that leads to Long Meadow Farm is a delight and sets the stage for the magical experience that is turning down the dirt driveway and getting an eyeful of expansive fields punctuated by substantial rolling hill views. The final approach along the circular driveway, shaded by mature maples, presents the white clapboard farmhouse flanked by a sweet shed on one side, and two larger outbuildings in the distance on the other side. The major takeaway on this listing, however, is the truly spectacular, private, south-facing, 80+ acres.
The meadows are carpeted in tall grasses generously sprinkled with wildflowers, and the owners have had pleasing paths mown so that long strolls can be taken and the full majesty of the grounds enjoyed. The property slopes gently in certain areas facilitating the panoramic hill views. I had to strain to see one house far in the distance. It it an otherwise pristine natural setting. Around the rear of the house stately trees dot the lush lawns creating a parklike setting with glimpses of the views beyond. It's just a short walk to the picturesque pond and the nearby pergola and lounge area, where afternoons are spent swimming, and evening cocktails and fire pit gatherings take place.
Back at the house, meals might be enjoyed in the charming screened porch during warmer weather, and are lingered over in the red dining room with old maple floors the rest of the year. The country kitchen is the heart of the house, with its whitewashed exposed rafters and cast iron wood stove. A farmhouse table is the inevitable lure to come, sit and chat. The entrance mudroom offers ample space for hanging one's gear, and off that is a walk-in pantry.
A staircase divides the living room and dining room areas and has had sidewalls removed to open up the space. The living room is bright and spacious, and includes a door to the rocking chair porch out back, which, of course, has a special, scenic view. There is a half bath between this room and the kitchen.
Upstairs features a surprisingly generous landing (love those oak floors!), off which are four doors: 2 to guest bedrooms, a full bathroom, the master bedroom. All the guest bedrooms are generously proportioned, and a fourth bedroom is accessed only via the third. There is a cathedral ceiling in the master and a cluster of windows providing wonderful natural light. The full bathroom with tub/shower has been tastefully remodeled and has crisp white wainscoting and marble tile in whites and grays.
The first outbuilding is two stories and has electric, while water has been run to it, but is not hooked up. Currently the owner uses the ground floor as his paint shop, and then upstairs is a long, bright room with a cathedral ceiling and clerestory windows.
The barn (check out those custom sliding doors!) has a conventional post and beam structure inside, and is an open space with loft. Downstairs is the owner's inner sanctum, his workshop, which has a long L-shaped work table with good lighting.
On my first visit, I was enchanted by a small stream that tumbled by the cute white shed next to the house in a shady spot where the owners have placed a white table and chairs. It usually dries up in the heat of summer, but is just one more engaging spot on this expansive property.
Long Meadow Farm combines premium quality land with a farmhouse with undeniable charm, and outbuildings with the potential to satisfy any number of creative projects. This property is conveniently located about halfway between Roscoe and Livingston Manor.