• 4 Bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
• Square feet: 3,322
• Acres: 61.3
• Stream Club Membership
• Mountain Club Membership
• Built: 1988
• Heat: Oil-fired baseboard
• Hot water: Oil-fired hot water
• Siding: Wood
• Floors: Pine, ceramic tile
• Basement: Full, unfinished
• Drilled well
• Cell: No
• Internet/TV: Cable
• Town: Hardenburgh
• County: Ulster
• Tax Map: 30.2-1-4
• Taxes: Town/Co. $9,432; School $15,490
• Listing price: $1,100,000 (Under contract)
The Beaverkill Valley is home to some of the most scenic, unspoiled countryside in The Catskills, with barns and old farmsteads heightening the charm factor. A long run of post and rail fencing leads to Valley Farmhouse’s understated wood gate at the property entrance. The graveled drive delivers you to the pretty white clapboard farmhouse with its wraparound porch, shaded by a mature maple, and softened by a dense thatch of ferns.
The entrance hall provides a spot to drop your boots and hang your coat, and offers a view straight through to the back of the house, where natural light streams in. Immediately to the left of the front door, the library, with its built-in bookshelves, offers cozy spots for reading or watching the latest on Netflix. And while cable is now an option in the area, honestly, there are so many activities available just outside the door, you may leave television for another day. Off the library is a full bathroom with a white-tiled shower.
The kitchen is classically styled, with white cabinetry, an island and wood counters. It is bright and cheerful, with loads of storage and ample room for more than one cook to operate comfortably. There are two Thermador wall ovens, a Thermador gas stove, and GE Profile fridge. Just off the kitchen, French doors lead to a mud room accessible from the rear of the house.
The brick fireplace is the focal point of the living room, which is large enough to encompass a dining area that benefits from an incredible view down the long meadow to the pond behind the house. Three sets of glass sliders run along the back of the house, providing access to the deck, and opening up the house to that priceless view.
The four bedrooms are upstairs off an open central hall, along with one full bathroom with tub/shower for the three guest bedrooms. The master is en suite, and features a claw foot tub with a terrific view out the window, and a separate tiled shower.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the grounds are spectacular. The landscaping has enhanced the already dramatic topography of the land, where the wooded hill meets the open meadows of the Valley floor, with the shimmering waters of the private pond luring the eye toward the distant hills beyond. And all of this can be savored from the back deck, or even from the dining table or the kitchen sink.
And if one were to stroll the mown path through the wildflower-strewn field (in season), a horticultural paradise awaits. Flower beds, some in unexpected places, have been thoughtfully designed and cultivated, presenting tall grasses that sway in the breeze, or punches of color and hypnotic scents from an array of mass plantings that at their zenith, can take your breath away.
The pond, which is about one-third acre, is a perfect foil for the plantings, and gazing back toward the house, one appreciates the full force of the estate-quality grounds.
In spite of the manicured nature of this landscaping, the property triumphs in its raw form as well. Perfectly symmetrical apple trees dot the side field, where the grass has been left to grow tall. Busy swallows are frequently in evidence, and birdsong fills the air. A wooden shed sits in the shade off to the side of the house, a perfect spot for your garden gear and your bikes.
In addition to being a truly picturesque area, “the Valley” is renowned for its world class trout fishing on the hallowed waters of the Beaverkill River. For several miles the river access is private, owned by clubs or homeowners. And much of the community activity is dominated by membership-driven clubs and organizations. Two of those, the Mountain Club and the Stream Club, were founded by Larry Rockefeller, who over the decades has attracted conservationally like-minded folks to purchase properties with conservation easements that aim to restrict over-development, and preserve the stunning view-sheds and rural character, to the benefit of visitors and owners alike.
These two clubs use the Beaverkill Valley Inn as an ersatz clubhouse (it does also serve as an inn that is open to the public, and as a periodic wedding venue). For anglers, Stream Club is the Holy Grail. It includes four miles of pristine Beaverkill River access, including the famous Beaverkill Falls. With only 69 members, there are few options for joining, but purchasing a property with which Stream Club membership transfers is one. And so it is with Valley Farmhouse that one may join both Stream Club and Mountain Club without paying an initiation fee (there are, of course, annual dues). Please inquire for more details on this.
Owners of properties that have conservation easements, as this property does, and that attach Mountain Club and/or Stream Club membership, may enjoy the bar and dining facilities and the indoor pool at the Inn, as well as 40 miles of mapped hiking/biking/riding trails throughout the area. There is a very highly-regarded children’s summer day camp, an informal eatery called “The Pub”, separate from the inn, and a community newsletter that alerts friends and members to regular, informal barbecue gatherings during the warmer months. Area residents often comment about the special friendships they and their families have forged in the Beaverkill Valley as interest in the environment, outdoor pursuits and a country lifestyle bring people together.
With the renaissance of nearby Livingston Manor, there is a buzzing business district, where shops and eateries are headlining national articles focusing on the positive energy surrounding The Catskills.