Lovely and very private hand-built three bedroom home (all bedrooms have lofts, two have decks) with three full baths, beamed ceilings, oak and/or carpeted floors, slate/ brick/pine/cherry/antique accents, cozy wood stoves (and one antique kitchen stove), new windows, large porch and deck. Downstairs has open plan with large gourmet kitchen with eat-in island, two sitting areas, dining room with two stories of windows on three sides, library with additional sleeping, satelite television, high speed wireless enabled internet. Flower and vegetable gardens. The house and barn are set on a 60 acre farm - half in woods (with trails and a brook running through - wild life includes bear, dear, racoon, turkeys, falcons), half in hayfields (that will be cut and grazed by horses in the summer and fall). Two horses board at the farm - one is expecting a foal this summer. Between the house and farm is a quarter acre pond (with new dock) stocked with bass.
We are located a mile from a 200 year old small town in the middle of the Adirondack Park in Upstate NY. The park is the largest land reserve in the US, a mix of private land with restricted development and public land that is forever wild. If you draw an imaginary line between NYC and Montreal, you have imagined I-87, the toll free interstate that's minutes from our home and can take us directly to either city (we're four hours north of NYC, and three hours south of Montreal). We're also a one hour drive to Lake Placid (home of the Winter Olympics) and a two hour drive to scenic Vermont. Our very private home is surronded by mountains, minutes from lakes/public beaches/hiking trails, horseback riding and horse drawn carriage and sleigh rides, marinas, snowmobile trails, gourmet restaurants, B&Bs, ski resorts (both downhill with year round gondola rides and cross country), tourist/family attractions, a Six Flags amusement park, an indoor year round water park, outlet stores for high end products at discount prices. We're an hour from historic Saratoga Springs (summer home of the NYC ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, opera). Local towns offer art, antiques, church suppers and intimate venues with charming performances. Walk from our home to the lake in one direction, the bever pond in the other, or take a longer hike to the thorough bred farm and local B&Bs. We have access to a private beach on the pristine private lake a short walk from our home. Drive to county fairs in the summer. Or sit on the porch and listen to the peepers and crickets.
My ex-husband (and good friend) and I built this house 30 years ago, largely from the wood we cut off the place and doors/hardware/etc. salvaged from older homes. He's a retired science teacher, I'm a school psychologist, and for years we operated a home based hayride/sleighride/horseback riding business out of the house and barn (he now runs the business at his place a few miles down the road but still hays my place, grazes his horses here, and can be called on for help or information). We raised our three now 20-something daughters here, and one of them (with her fiance and their 6-year-old daughter) still lives here - he's a gourmet chef (who can't get away this summer), she's a science teacher and environmentalist. Our youngest daughter is a masseuse, and our oldest daughter is a professor of dance who may be performing in Salzburg, Austria, next August. Her sisters, her neice and I would like a place in Europe for a few weeks this summer so we can see her perform and catch up with young ladies from Italy and Germany who had lived with us as exchange students when they were in high school.