When I pulled off the picturesque country road into the graveled parking area and saw this charming red cottage, I knew this would be a great fit for the buyer seeking a peaceful setting convenient to the friendly folks in the town of Livingston Manor (ten minutes away), who doesn’t want a lot of land maintenance, but values the relaxing sound of a running stream.
The cottage is tucked into a hillside and flanked by dramatic, sometimes moss-covered rock outcroppings. The covered front porch is both welcoming and provides a shady alternative to the sunny deck that is accessed via a door from the sun room, the kitchen, and from steps from the front of the house. It is while lounging on the deck that one can best savor the sound of water tumbling down its well-worn route between the rocks. The stream continues along the front of the house, flowing by an expanse of pachysandra, and under the decking bridge that leads from the parking area to the front steps of the house. It’s such a delightful setting.
The front door opens up to the living room, which is the effective center of the house. The pellet stove is tucked into the fireplace, and short set of half stairs leads to the corridor with the two bedrooms and two bathrooms. To the left of the living room is the kitchen and dining area, followed by a cheery sunroom which leads out through glass sliders to the deck.
The kitchen has a wide pass-through, while built-in shelves on the living room side provide nooks for books and objets, while creating a bit of a sense of enclosure though the space is fairly open to the dining area. A washer and dryer sit in a rear corner off the kitchen, for easy access. And there is a pretty, glass-fronted set of cupboards in the kitchen providing attractive display for your plates, glassware and serving pieces.
With windows on three sides, the sunroom provides a versatile spot which could easily serve as an extra bedroom for guests, a more formal dining room, if you wished, or as a cheery lounge, which is the current owner’s choice. Whether on a sunny summer’s afternoon, or a wintery morning, it’s a comfortable room from which to take in the tranquil natural surroundings.
Upstairs the spacious master bedroom is the result of joining two smaller bedrooms. And a set of narrow French doors opens to a sweet little window-wrapped porch with an exterior-access door. There is direct access to the adjacent bathroom. At the far end of the hall is another nicely proportioned bedroom, while in between are two full bathrooms, one with a tub/shower, the other with a shower.
This property is down the road from Mongaup Pond, a state-run 120 acre lake surrounded by forest preserve, where there is swimming, fishing, hiking and rental canoes. The Catskill Fish Hatchery is also just up the road.