Castle Dreams in Ulster County

A little bit of Tuscany in the foothills of the Catskills.

Dominating the 300-plus acres of this three-home property in western Ulster County is a castle-inspired 5,000 sq ft home called the Villa. Built from stone and timber harvested on the property, it features handcrafted leaded-glass windows (with panoramic views of Bear Cliff and Cragsmoor), custom red-oak doors, and a Vermont slate roof.

The palatial theme continues inside with a towering stone fireplace in the living room, 22’ beamed ceilings, Gothic-inspired lighting, and other European touches. A spacious kitchen has cherry cabinets, Viking and SubZero appliances, and a large teak center island that encourages entertaining. The home also has an elevator, four ensuite bedrooms, and a drive-through four-bay garage. Adding to the Italian feel is a balcony on the second floor, which overlooks a stone courtyard featuring a fountain, cloisters overflowing with flowers, and a large stone checkerboard patio for dining al fresco.

A smaller, though equally charming, home awaits in the Lodge, a 4-bedroom, 2-bath, Adirondack-style fieldstone and cedar house on the property. For uber-coziness, stay in the Cottage, a 2-bedroom, 1-bath ranch. Writers and other artists will love the Stone Tea House, a 375 sq ft studio with an impressive vaulted ceiling topped with a magnificent stained-glass skylight.

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All-season fun is ensured on the grounds, with a bocce court, heated inground pool and spa, and hundreds of acres to explore on foot or by ATV/snowmobile. As an added incentive, the owners have offered to donate $5,000 to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley at closing if the purchaser mentions Hudson Valley magazine.

Property listed by Cheryl Nekos, Win Morrison Realty, 954.629.7697

The Details

414-416 Painter Hill Rd, Spring Glen

Price: $2,900,000

Beds/baths: 10 total bedrooms, 7.5 baths

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Size: 8,000 total sq ft

Acreage: 301.56 acres

Built: 2008

School district: Ellenville

Estimated Taxes: $37,865

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