Mystical Craftsman Cabin/Former Trout Hatchery in the Catskills, $799K

Prepare to be spellbound by this enchanted Adirondack cabin built on a former fish hatchery on 107 acres.

And, be warned: This property is secluded. Kinda hard not to be if you’re surrounded by over 100 acres of land, covered in old-growth forest and still possessing of the stone pools and streams that once served as a trout hatchery.

During the early 1900s, this land was home to Yama Farms Inn, where dignitaries and heads-of-state retreated to bask in that clean Catskill Mountain air. You can find out more about the history of Yama Farms here, and we suggest you take a look at the original Japanese-inspired resort buildings photos included in the link. Sadly, these buildings are gone now, but you can see the stonework reflected in this property:

Yama Farms

The Craftsman-style cabin that now stands on this property was hand-built in 2008, utilizing a Japanese-inspired roof line, punctuated by an stone foundation and fireplace. Look familiar?

The 1,350-square-foot interior is illuminated by skylights, with nifty details like wrought iron bars (they’re not just for looks; they also provide structural support), selected barnwood used for the interior walls and floors, blacksmith-style doors, and two fireplaces, one in the main living room and one in the screened-in summer living room.

The listing calls this an “off-the-grid” retreat, but the property description includes insulated doors and windows, as well as a generator. We’re going to assume that when they say “off-the-grid,” they mean it, so, should you decide to become a part of this Tolkien fantasy, consider leaving your cellphones and laptops behind. Something tells me that, between the babbling Vernoy Kill Creek and the light-pollution-free stargazing opportunities on this property, you won’t need them.

Located near Wawarsing hamlet, western Ulster County, less than two hours from NYC.

Adirondack cabin

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