A long run of post and rail fencing leads to Valley Farmhouse’s understated wood gate at the property entrance, while the graveled drive delivers you to the pretty white clapboard farmhouse with its wraparound porch. A library with built-in bookshelves is just off the entrance hall, and a full bathroom with a white-tiled shower is just off that. 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. 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 where punches of color and hypnotic scents from an array of mass plantings which 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 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. 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.
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