In the 1930s and '40s, Greene County was a popular vacation destination with German, Italian, and Irish immigrants looking to escape the city. Known as Clear Brook Farms & Cottages in its heyday, this beloved Catskills resort offered lodging, outdoor activities, and farm-fresh cuisine.
In subsequent decades, the rise of affordable airfare dealt the area's many resorts a near-fatal blow. Clear Brook Farm hung on as a well-kept family compound, but after more than three decades, the owners are ready to sell.
When you enter the 20-acre property over a private wooden bridge, the rest of the world falls away. A Currier & Ives scene spreads out before you—organic gardens, lush meadows, bountiful orchards, and mature forest. The Plattekill Creek meanders through the property, emptying into a glittering pond large enough to canoe, kayak, or paddle boat, and perfect for ice skating in winter—a sportsman's, nature lover's, and photographer's paradise in any season.
With a fully renovated five-bedroom farmhouse and two cottages awaiting interior finishing, this property has plenty of places to sleep. Start a family retreat, set up a glamping site, or create a dreamy B&B with plenty of onsite recreation options for guests. With two large original barns, this property would also make a spectacular wedding destination. "The grounds are a bride's photography dream come true," says the listing agent at 4 Seasons Realty Group. "Imagine the photos—with the antique farm equipment, by the creek or by the waterfalls, on the footbridge, by the barns, or on one of the two rocking chair porches—the opportunities are limitless."
Ten minutes away, the riverfront town of Catskill is having a renaissance with the arrival of cool new cafes like HiLo and the performing arts powerhouse Lumberyard. Across the river, Hudson offers endless cultural activities, shows, and antiquing galore. Visitors may, however, find themselves unwilling to leave the premises. After all, the original shuffleboard court still exists.
For more information, contact the 4 Seasons Realty Group at (518) 468-0411 or visit Clearbrookfarmny.com.