The woods of Sullivan County are quiet and beautiful; the lack of light pollution allows great drifts of stars to appear on a clear night. Today, Upstater is visiting a grand home in the woods of Bethel that’s a lotta house for the money.
The 4,141-square-foot log home has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The exterior is classic log style, with double outdoor decks wrapping around one corner where a wall of windows soars to a point. A river-rock chimney climbs from the top deck through the roof.
That chimney ends in a cozy fireplace in the living room. Scrubbed log walls encase the room, and a shiny hardwood floor reflects the light from that corner wall of windows.
Thick logs make up the railings on the staircases and railings in the house. Skylights pop through the cathedral ceiling. The decor here is decidedly different; the new owner can choose to imitate it (brocade drapery, furniture made from animal horn and skins), or choose a different route.
This loft overlooks the living room. Like most lofts, it’s a flex space that’s good for a spare bed, a reading nook, home office, or play area.
The kitchen is open to the living and dining rooms. A center island has paneled oak cabinets topped with colorful granite. The upper cabinets against the wall have an Arts & Crafts vibe.
The dining area and kitchen have a tile floor. The staircase rambles up and down next to the dining table.
These inlaid wood double doors separate a private sitting room from the primary bedroom. The curtains frame glass sliders out to a private deck.
The primary bedroom has a cathedral ceiling, a rich hardwood floor, and a log wall. Yes, that’s a heart-shaped Jacuzzi tub surrounded by river rock. A fireplace (not pictured) on the opposite wall has the same rock.
If the heart-shaped tub is occupied, you can slip into the Jacuzzi in the glass-walled bathroom. The burlwood door is nice, along with a floating aqua-toned vanity.
The house has another bedroom and bath on the main level. Two more bedrooms are upstairs.
Head downstairs to a basement that’s a true entertainment cave. Not pictured: The slot machines that line one wall.
A full wet bar is tucked into one corner, too. The log walls echo the ethos of the rest of the house, and wood planking covers the ceiling.
A sauna down here offers even more relaxation.
If four bedrooms aren’t enough for your guests, the onsite cottage offers more space. The listing is sparse on details…
…but it’s got a basic oak kitchen with room for a big dining table.
Off the deck of the main house is this detached screen room for even more chill time.
And platform steps on another part of the deck rise to a platform that’s perfect for a gazebo.
The house is on 1.15 acres, with a sweeping view of mountain ranges.
There’s a huge garden, and a charming split-rail fence. The house is on the same road as Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is just a 12-minute drive down the road.
If this palatial log home has caught your eye, find out more about 969 Hurd Road, Bethel, from Richard Froehlich with RE/MAX Town & Country.