It’s November, and we’re barreling headlong into the holiday season—a time to get together with family. Sometimes, though, family is just too much, especially when you’re always under the same roof. So this week, Upstater’s visiting properties that have outbuildings to escape to, when you just need that little getaway.
Today’s pick in Ulster County’s Tillson is simply gorgeous. Built in 1750, the main house has been well-maintained and beautifully renovated. If you’re a fan of symmetry, the front of the house is totally your jam, with a wide front porch framing identical pairs of windows that flank the front door; five eyebrow windows above; and an attic loft as the cherry on top. White columns support the porch over a rubble-stone foundation that swoops out from the front steps.
The foyer features this stunning paneled staircase, with cubbies that are perfect for storage or a kiddo’s game of hide and seek.
The living room has hardwood flooring and a working brick fireplace.
This skinny room off the living room has a six-over-six window. A home office would work well here.
The dining room has a working fireplace that’s identical to the one in the living room. It has terra-cotta colored walls.
The kitchen has ceramic-tile flooring and room for a banquette dining area. Light-wood cabinets are on the newer side, topped with granite counters, with a tiled backsplash. The appliances are a mix of black and stainless steel.
Pass by a bath with a glassed-in shower stall as you make your way down a hall…
…to a flexible room with French doors out to the deck. This room could function as a first-floor primary bedroom (with the addition of a door from the hallway); a guest room; or a family room.
Head up that beautiful main staircase to the second floor, which has hardwood floors in nice condition.
Despite the slanting ceiling, this bedroom is a good size, with bifold doors concealing a double closet. The aqua walls and ceiling are toned down with white baseboards.
A doorway from the blue room leads you to a room that’s its twin, except in a maroon-and-gray color scheme, with a single closet.
The full bath up here has an oversized tub that has modern light-blue tile on two walls, a glass wall on the third, and glass sliders on the fourth.
The primary bedroom is large, with a mix of standard and eyebrow windows. That closed door hides a half-bath.
Back at the staircase, this laundry room is right off the top of the stairs. It’s got a work sink with cabinets underneath, and a full set of overhead cabinets behind a clothing rod. An angled set of stairs leads up from the open door to the attic loft. You can get a full view in the virtual tour.
The attic is bright with windows. Knotty pine covers the floor and climbs halfway up the walls. What a great place for a writer’s retreat or a kids’ playroom.
If the action in the house is just too much, or you have an overflow of family members, this Cape Cod-style outbuilding is just the ticket. It has a main-level deck, an attached, two-car garage, and a covered storage area under a second-story deck.
The mostly open-concept living/kitchen/dining area has rustic beams and a nice wood floor. Sliders from the living room and dining area each lead to the deck.
The kitchen has basic white cabinets and butcher-block countertops.
This bedroom has a pine-paneled accent wall. White beams punctuate the pitched ceiling. There’s a second, smaller bedroom as well, and a bath.
A beautiful carriage house is also on the property—the listing refers to “creative restoration” that’s needed. But it’s got a two-bay garage on the main level, and stairs that lead to a second-story deck with sliders like on the Cape-Cod outbuilding. And a center dormer rises two levels above that.
This rustic barn is also part of the package. Tillson is in the town of Rosendale, just east of High Falls. This property totals 16.6 acres, which is a lotta land for the money: The owners are relocating and have reduced the price of the property, so it may not last long if the right buyer comes along.