When you follow the secluded tree-lined driveway and see this charming country home nestled into 60 acres of expansive open views of the surrounding dairy and horse farms and panoramic views of the Catskills and Berkshire Mountains, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. Smell the fresh mountain air, feel the cool breezes blowing through the trees, listen to the soft chirping of the birds passing overhead, or the occasional crowing of a rooster from one of the many nearby farms.
The house, originally built as a hunting cabin in the 1960’s, has been expanded and modernized for full year round comfort. A fully equipped open kitchen looks to a cathedral ceilinged living-area with French doors that lead out to a private enclosed porch.
Located just a 1/4 mile from the quaint village of Ancramdale, is where you’ll find The Farmer’s Wife’s Market & Catering Co., The Grainery, serving ice cream and yogurt from the local dairy, Ronnybrook Farms, and a post office. If a bigger town with a large supermarket is what you’re after, take a scenic 10-minute drive to Millerton by travelling east on Route 8.
Millerton, bordering on CT, has a movie theatre that offers both Indie and feature films and houses a café and gallery on the second floor. Explore the many antique stores, restaurants, and a great book store called Oblong Books that has a full floor dedicated to children’s books and games. There is a biking and hiking trail that begins at the old RR depot and winds south through 10 miles of lush paved trails to the town of Amenia.
Copake Lake is only a 10 minute drive north up Route 3 where you can motor boat, water ski, fish, or jet ski. If you take Route 22 north and fork east onto Route 344 you’ll be headed toward the Taconic Park and now a great swimming hole, which was once a quarry. This is a great place for families to cool off or soak up the sun. From here Bash Bish Falls is just a short drive or bike ride away. You can either walk down to an observation area where you can sit on the rocks and enjoy the falls. Or for the more athletic, park at the bottom of the falls and either hike up the path 3/4 mile or climb along the rocks and through the dozens of water pools to where the falls begin.
If you were to continue your drive north on Route 22, and then make a right and head east on Route 23, you will come to the town of Hillsdale. You’ll find continuous antique shops and restaurants along the way. Next, you'll see Catamount Ski Area and a well known 4 star restaurant called The Suisse Hutte. Catamount offers downhill skiing both day and night.
The next stop, and only another few miles further, is the turn-of-the-century New England town of Great Barrington, MA. This town is loaded with boutiques and eateries to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. Continuing through to the end of town and a little further northeast brings you to yet another great ski resort called Butternut Mt. Butternut offers dozens of beautifully groomed slopes, 2 lodges and a snow tubing park.
Open year round, Taghanic Lake and State Park, is just a few miles west of the house. This park has acres and acres of beaches, ballfields, and picnic areas with outdoor barbeque grills. Lifeguards are on duty all summer long in designated swimming zones. Pedal boats and row boats can be rented by the hour. Or if you prefer, bring your own kayack, canoe or windsurf board.
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