We just had to continue Upstater’s theme week one more day and show you this classic Catskills cottage in the Sullivan County town of Rockland.
Mine Brook Cottage was built in 1940, and retains so many vintage details, like rubble-stone chimneys and a classic white clapboard exterior.
The house has been beautifully maintained, too—the flagstone porch floor and roof rafters are all in excellent condition.
The interior echoes a full-on John Burroughs vibe. We can imagine generations of heavy boots wearing down that original hardwood floor. And we’re generally not fans of wood paneling, but you can’t deny the richness of these walls and the ceiling beams. The rubble-stone fireplace climbs to the ceiling and has an iron woodstove insert.
The ceiling above those beams is white-painted tongue-and-groove, complementing the dark wood perfectly. The great room has space for conversation, dining, and reading. That big white built-in set of cabinets at the back of the room is stately, too.
It cleverly conceals a washer and dryer, as well.
A Dutch door between the great room and kitchen is super-cute.
Now this is vintage. Twin built-in hutches flank the sink cabinet. The floors are wide-plank pine, and the ceiling rafters are exposed and painted white. A freestanding wood stove commands attention in front of an interesting wall of black-and-white tile.
There’s quite a bit of trust in that overhanging dish rack. Quarry stone surrounds the double sink.
No, the wood stove is not the sole source of cooking: There’s a modern, stainless steel gas range, next to a twin set of small fridges—a clever idea that maximizes counter space.
A built-in corner cabinet adds more storage next to a small dinette and a door leading to the porch.
There’s just one bathroom here, and it’s got no tub. But there’s a big corner shower stall, a pedestal sink, and colorful accents with a cobalt-blue floor and orange wall.
One bedroom is upstairs, and the other one is on the main level. This room is elegant, with a white theme, a peaked ceiling, and a six-over-six window.
The main-floor bedroom has a pine floor and a closet.
A separate room serves as a closet/dressing area.
The house sits on 40 acres, which includes this bluestone patio.
The woodsy setting is perfect for nature lovers. And, there’s a hidden swimming pond for the summertime.
If this Burroughs-esque abode makes you want to burrow in, find out more about 371 Grooville Road, Rockland, from Jill Borenstein with Catskill Mountain Houses.