Couldn’t we all use a little more charm in our lives?
This Catskills Cottage in Ulster County has the answer.
With responsibilities and technology gobbling up the bulk of our days, we’re left with so little time for charm. You see it in the movie theatre – between the disaster films and the comic book heroes finding today’s “Sleepless in Seattle” takes effort. You see it in design – straight lines and plastic are everywhere. Many times you see it in the homes built in the last few decades too. Special touches that invite you to sit down and zone-out with a cup of tea are tragically scarce.
If your charm tank is running on empty, here’s a solution. 654 Watson Hollow Road in West Shokan. The charm here begins with the front porch and extends to every inch of this 1930’s Catskills Cottage. The front porch was handcrafted from local stones. Approaching it you can’t help but imagine the patient craftsperson who spent hours perfectly fitting each stone with love and care. In the center of the porch is the entry, a simple, old-fashioned, wooden screen door, the type that might squeak when it closes just enough to let you know that the person you’ve been waiting for is coming in for a glass of lemonade in the summer. The screened porch is the perfect place to cool off and listen to the sounds of the nearby stream or to kick off your boots in the winter.
Walk in and you’re surrounded with a warm blanket of charm. Honey colored wood floors, exposed beams, built-ins and vintage details provide a comforting aura of history. The large, sunny living room with its Timberline wood stove, is the perfect place to get lost in a book, or take a long well deserved nap. At 1395 square feet, this is a good sized cottage. In fact, there’s more than enough room for you and a friend to do the very best kind of “hot yoga”, yoga in front of the woodstove. The entire first floor has an open-plan feeling. The dining room connects to the living room, the lovely kitchen, and the breakfast bar. Being together here is easy. The 2 bedrooms are upstairs, and they share a full bath with a shower and a clawfoot tub.
Happily, the cottage is not 654 Watson Hollow Road’s sole source of charm. It’s on a lovely tree-lined country road just outside the village of West Shokan. The property includes 400 feet of stream frontage across the street. Spend hours wadding, skipping stones, or just sitting next to the stream being lulled by the sound of running water.
The property’s 3 acres consist of both flat lawn (bring your badminton set and bocce balls) and a pretty fern-covered hillside that can be viewed through many of the windows. Surrounding the property are acres and acres of State Land. Just down the road is the famous Peekamoose Blue Hole (listed as one of the best swimming holes in America), you’ll be able to catch a swim amidst that charming Catskills beauty when no one is around, and relax at home when the “crowds” arrive. Located just minutes from hiking trails, bike trails, swimming holes, a public swimming pool, waterfalls, the Ashokan Reservoir, and only 25 minutes from the charming villages of Woodstock & Phoenicia. You’ll also be just 30 minutes to both Bellayre and Hunter Mountain ski resorts.
If a charming country life in a charming country home strike you as the best antidote for modern reality, don’t miss the chance to explore 654 Watson Hollow Road.
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