Il Casolare, a late 19th-century Alpine stone house modeled after mountain-top cottages in the Dolomites, sits atop a hill overlooking more than three acres of verdant landscape dotted with lilac bushes and other flowering shrubs that bloom from spring into early fall. An enchanting stone path leads up to the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, with a terraced fire pit garden, many lush plantings, and a stately 150-year-old chestnut tree.
The center of the home is a large, well-equipped, terra cotta floored kitchen that initially served as the goat barn when the house was built in 1890 by a family of Italian masons, and now features a wood-burning fireplace, teak countertop, and charming cabinetry. Two steps up lead into a comfortable, cozy living room that opens to a stone patio with a wisteria-covered pergola. On the second floor is a primary bedroom with plenty of closet space, a cleverly hidden and conveniently placed washer/dryer, and a fully renovated bath. A cozy second bedroom with views of the property’s idyllic acreage makes up the third floor. Authentic details include 18″ deep double stone walls, original wide plank wood floors, and a new cedar roof. All mechanicals have been updated within the last five years.
The land near the main cottage has a modern treehouse currently being used as a yoga studio perched next to a rare grove of tall fruit-bearing persimmon trees. Along the path down to the bottom of the property are black raspberry bushes and ancient grapevines that have been left to grow wild.
Il Casolare is in a private setting still convenient to Mohonk and Minnewaska, just 10 minutes from New Paltz, 20 minutes to Kingston, and 90 minutes from New York City.
Updated on June 6, 2022 at 5:27 pm