In the winter, all we want to do is cozy up and be snug. A beautiful view, though, would be a bonus. So this week, Upstater is featuring homes with vistas worth an outside peek.
Today, we’re in Cornwall, an Orange County town on the western banks of the Hudson River. Set high on a knoll, this c.1930 stone cottage has vintage details and tons of charm.
If you can peel your eyes from the miles-long view from the front stoop, you’ll enter this adorable enclosed porch. Wide windowsills can double as a window seat; they hug one wall across the brown-checkered tile floor from a warm wood stove.
Six-over-six windows are set deeply within the stone walls.
The living/dining area has a hardwood floor and is conveniently laid out next to the kitchen.
A black checkerboard floor sets the vintage scene in the kitchen, which has well-maintained white cabinets and counters, along with somewhat-dated white appliances. A kitchen door opens to the outdoors.
Built-in corner shelves sit next to a spot for the fridge.
A main-floor bath is beautifully tiled in black and white, with toile wallpaper outside the glass-doored tub/shower.
Head up the leopard-carpeted staircase to the second floor.
The two upstairs bedrooms have high ceilings, original windows, and hardwood floors.
The dormers in the roof create interesting little nooks in each room.
If you’ve followed Upstater for a while, you’ll know how much we love vintage tiled bathrooms. This one’s definitely a keeper, with its light pink and black color scheme; curvy, cast-iron tub and original sink; and black window trim to match the black-tiled floor. The leopard-print wallpaper above the black-and-pink tile walls add pizzazz.
This bedroom’s floral wallpaper is dated, to be sure; but that door—does it lead to a closet, or to the attic?—adds a mysterious touch.
Here’s the closet, so we’re assuming that previous door is attic access. The light fixtures throughout the house are either vintage-cool or in need of replacement, depending upon your point of view.
Speaking of views: It’s difficult to pick a favorite between the cloudscape above and the distant mountain views in front of you. The house sits on 1.7 acres—at the end of the road is a trailhead for prime hiking in the Black Rock Forest. Downtown Cornwall is under a 10-minute drive from here for a steaming brew at 2Alices Coffee Lounge. And when the winter subsides, Storm King Art Center is just eight minutes away.
If this charming cottage puts stars in your eyes, find out more about 53 Mine Hill Road, Cornwall, from Kathleen Milich with Re-Max Benchmark Realty Group.
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