• House: 2 bedrooms / 1 bath
• Acres: .23
• Square Feet: 748
• Built: 1942
• Heat: Oil-fired forced hot air, installed 2009; Wood stove
• Hot Water Heater: Electric, installed 2013
• Well: Drilled
• Siding: Log
• Shingle roof: New in 2009
• Screened Porch: 100 sq ft.
• Open Deck: 170 sq ft.
• Garage: Separate, single car
• Cable TV & Internet: Yes
• Smallwood Membership: Low annual fee (optional)
• Town of Bethel, Sullivan County
• SBL: 47.-4-2
• Taxes: School $1,450
• Taxes: Town/County $1,297
• Listing Price (SOLD): $150,000
The sweet hamlet of Smallwood in the town of Bethel features a collection of "vintage" style log cabins constructed in the 1930s as a vacation community. Over the years, owners have uniquely stylized and expanded the cabins, and while many remain seasonal, Smallwood Cabin has been winterized with the addition of a drilled well and a piping-hot wood stove.
This original 2-bed,1 bath cabin has been lovingly updated and festively brightened in the past few years. A bank of double-paned windows, knotty pine walls, open beams, and lofty ceilings with multiple skylights add warmth and light throughout, and truly make this affordable home a precious gem.
Down a short walkway from the garage, enter the cabin through its comfy screened front porch with its leafy views, and you’ll be in the house’s center – to the right is the living area, with the original limestone fireplace, now fitted with a wood stove for supplemental heat.
To the left is a galley kitchen, featuring stainless appliances (including a Five Star oven) and a chic custom-built island with thick wood countertop, and bar stools on one side for visiting the chef.
A third area in the main room’s thoughtful floorplan is great for dining or a home office, large enough for a 6-person table, and surrounded by a bank of newly installed windows. A door from the kitchen leads down a flight of stairs to the back yard.
Perhaps the best nook in the cabin is either of the custom twin beds that flank the second “treehouse” bedroom. The room features two walls of windows, and a bird’s eye view of the ever-changing foliage just outside.
Or you could choose to relax in the sun on the 170 sf open deck, just through the French doors off the master bedroom on the other side of the house. As an added bonus, the separate single-car garage could easily be converted into an artist’s studio.
Smallwood Cabin is tucked away as the last house on a dead-end road, situated on an oversized 100x100 lot that borders empty, gently sloping land. It’s an optimal setting that affords plentiful privacy, while also enjoying the benefits of the thriving Smallwood Community.
A low-fee membership gains access to a private, non-motorboat lake, tennis courts, ball field and community center. The lake has a terrific sandy beach with lifeguard during the summer months.
Smallwood offers easy access to the nearby Bethel Woods (site of the Woodstock Festival) for summer concerts; great local restaurants, antiquing, hiking, swimming, fishing, leaf peeping, blueberry picking, farmer's markets, local crafts, and more.