Imagine a vintage log cabin, nestled in the forest, on 1.44 acres, yet only 50 minutes to Manhattan. Built in the early 1900s, this is the perfect weekend retreat or full-time home, renovated and doubled in size by the current owners in 2005. The feeling of the original cabin has been maintained while adding new heating, central AC, sprinklers, upgraded electric, expanded septic, new Pella windows (Architectural Series), roof and extensive landscaping.
The first floor has two entertaining spaces. The main room of the original cabin, with antique logs in a deep patina finish, now serves as an elegant dining room with a sitting area in front of the stone fireplace. Antique floors feature copper boat nails and skylights bring in natural light. The fireplace with half-log mantle is the focal point of the room. The newer living room has three exposures all looking out into the woods beyond. The kitchen features Basaltina stone counters, Art Deco-inspired custom cabinetry, chef's appliances and access to the adjacent mudroom, which includes a full pantry. A two-story lofted studio, with en-suite bath has been used as an amazing teenagers den/bedroom, but could also be used as an exercise room, den or play room. A home office and powder room complete the first floor.
The staircase, with oversized newels and balusters, is made of rift white oak with walnut burl inlay. Upstairs are two bedroom suites, each with en suite bath and ample closet space. The master bedroom has two exposures, with morning sun. The master bathroom has a deep soaking tub, separate shower, custom reclaimed redwood vanity and trim, and a pebbled floor. A windowed dressing room is big enough for two to share. The guest room looks out over the garden. The guest bath has custom mahogany trim and vanity. There is a full-sized washer/dryer, hall closets and a pull-down attic stair to further storage. The original cellar, carved into the rock of the property has wine storage, a sump pump and plenty of space for out of season storage. A separate two-car garage has automatic openers and a pull-down stair to attic storage. The garage has lighting and adjacent firewood storage. A garden shed keeps all supplies close at hand.
This is a home designed for outdoor entertaining. Over the past 23 years, the current owners have added a patio, brick-enclosed gas grill, perennial beds with stone retaining walls, a fountain and waterfall, retractable awning with heat lamp, flowering arbor, fire pit and numerous outdoor spots for relaxing with family and friends. The entrance arbor features honeysuckle and climbing hydrangea. The entire patio/grill/garden area is protected by deer fencing, which has allowed mature perennials to thrive, including five types of hydrangea, roses, hosta, a variety of ferns and a summer garden that flowers throughout the season. An irrigation system and outdoor lighting have been incorporated into the garden design.
Originally a part of the Campfire Club (1897, Theodore Roosevelt), Cabin Ridge is a private road in one loop, allowing easy walking through this incredible Great North Woods setting. The town of Chappaqua, with Metro North train service is nearby, and entrance/exit to the Taconic makes for handy access to all of Westchester and Manhattan. Award-winning Chappaqua school district. This is a magical retreat, private and fully updated.
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