With Brookside Manor’s light-filled rooms, and almost 8 acres of prime, stream-front land, there's plenty of room to relax and explore. As easy as it is to get lost in the allure of the bucolic setting — an expansive lush, green lawn, with spots of thick moss, a lovely bluestone patio for outdoor dining, a beautiful salt-water pool with a sundeck, a charming campfire circle surrounded by Adirondack chairs, a rolling brook through the entire length of the backyard, ripe apples and pears from mature fruit trees — the house itself really is the main attraction.
A semi-circular paved driveway leads behind the house, and passes under a covered portico along the side. The newly renovated kitchen features a custom Sub-Zero refrigerator, a stunning Bertazzoni oven, substantial workspace and beautiful black soapstone counters.
Just off the kitchen, through an arched doorway, is a little breakfast nook with windows through which you’ll find yourself birdwatching over coffee, while there’s a large dining room just around the corner featuring a century-old farm table from Spain. Enjoy the views from the calming but cheerful sunroom, a wonderful hang-out spot.
A generous stone fireplace anchors the far end of the living room. Original old-growth heart pine woodwork, and aged oak floors have been lovingly cared for over the years, and provide a warm counterpoint to the white stucco walls throughout the house. Along the back hallway you'll find a large, full bathroom with a bathtub and walk-in shower, as well as a cozy den with an Apple TV and full sized futon available for additional sleeping accommodations.
Upstairs is the master bedroom, a queen, next to which is a shared bathroom. A glass shower occupies the center of the bathroom, around which is a luxurious soaking tub and a dressing area. Further down the hall are three more bedrooms: two are full-sized, and the smaller room has a twin bed. All of the house's closets are lined in cedar. Throughout, the house has a serene feeling, a relaxing but modern tone, punctuated by carefully selected art and furniture pieces.
On the property, you will find 10 massive spruce trees and an abundance of apple and pear trees and blackberry bushes. Stone trails throughout the property lead to the brook for easy access. The brook itself is enchanting, and the main reason the owners purchased the property, with large swaths of natural rock formations for sunbathing, wading and simply enjoying the sound of the water, which can be heard throughout the property.
Perfectly situated, this property is ideal for exploring nearby country towns, including Livingston Manor, Jeffersonville, Narrowsburg, and Callicoon. Whether you enjoy antiquing, restaurants, hiking or other outdoor activities, there is plenty to do.
The delightful farmhouse was built by the Menges family in 1930, when they housed a few guests and ran a small farm to supply fresh vegetables, fruit and dairy to the resort they owned at the top of the hill in Shandelee.
*Please note that the pool is available during the summer season only. Please inquire regarding opening and closing dates.
Maximum guests: 7-8
Reason to rent: Elegant country escape with pool and babbling brook that runs the full length of the property line.