Laurel Farm, just outside Pawling in in the lower Hudson Valley sits on 7.5 private, rural acres and is surrounded by 168 acres of woodlands and hay fields protected by the Westchester Land Trust. With its restored 1815 Farmhouse and circa-1900 traditional barn, the property overlooks acres of stone walls, outbuildings, beautiful fields of wildflowers, streams and a pond surrounded by mountain laurel and wild roses. This one-of-a-kind property was originally part of a large working dairy farm; these days, it’s a wonderful respite from Manhattan life, only 60 miles or a 1-hour 15-minute drive in Patterson, NY.

Historic restored farmhouse with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths | Square feet: 2,320 | Multiple sitting rooms | Modern kitchen | Kohler soaking tub |  Historic features | Hardwood floors | Radiant floor heating | Double-sided fireplace | Wood stove in sunroom | In-ground, salt-water pool | 7.5 private acres with abundant nature and pollinators | Beautiful stone walls throughout property | Large pond | Mature garden and landscaping (pesticides never used) | Barbecue pit | Restored 2-story barn from 1900 |

Asking Price: $500,000 | Listed with Claudia Jiskra at McGrath Realty Inc. For inquiries or showings, call (914) 447-3761 or email

Though there’s a traditional front door, most visitors find themselves drawn to enter the house through the side door, which enters to the expansive, open kitchen. Its airy, sun-filled interior is a great place to catch up with friends and family. In winter, this room is warmed by radiant floors, which is covered in reclaimed brick from a factory in Chicago. It features all modern appliances while attaining old-world charm.

To the side of the kitchen is perhaps the most “famous” room in the house: the dining room. Noted by the Patterson Historical Society is the house’s unique feature: a double-sided chimney, which services both the dining room and the sitting room. On the dining room side, the fireplace also features an open cooking hearth with a brick oven; on the sitting room side, it services a large fireplace. Also of note in this room is the unique woodwork. During the nineteenth century, the phenomena of the Tall Grass Magicians folk artists traveled village to village, creating signs and decorative painted effects for people’s homes or businesses. An unknown painter covered all wooden surfaces–including wainscoting, doors, fireplace–of the Dining Room in a primitive faux oak grain that has survived to this day.

There are eight total rooms in the house, including two bathrooms, kitchen and mudroom, three bedrooms, sun room, sitting room and dining room. There are two fireplaces and one wood stove. Since the 1950’s, the property has had only two owners, both who enjoyed the property as a weekend/country retreat from New York City. The farmhouse was fully renovated in 2010, keeping its rural charm and integrity while incorporating many sustainable elements.  Its original wide-plank chestnut flooring and hand-hewn beams remain throughout.

The property features a large, ipe decked 18’ x 32’ in-ground pool, that utilizes a non-chemical, salt-water system.  The pool area is private, enclosed within 8 foot stone walls. A red barn dating back to 1900 has just been restored and is full of love; in fact, the previous owners got married here!

Laurel Farm is 3 miles from the last Metro-North station on the Harlem Line; express to Grand Central is 75 minutes. It’s 60 miles from Manhattan by car. It is situated just under the charming Village of Pawling and above the Village of Brewster, convenient to all of the lower Hudson Valley. Favorite local neighbors include area conservationists Friends of the Great Swamp, drive-in/ice cream/mini-golf joint Red Rooster Drive-In, micro-bakery Pawling Bread Co., and the scenic drives around Quaker Hill. A bit further out, drive 15-30 minutes west to Cold Spring and Beacon, south to North Salem and Purdy’s, or east into Connecticut: Danbury, New Fairfield and Ridgefield. And though outdoor enthusiasts will love the property, a more challenging hike is just 20 minutes from the house along the famous Appalachian Trail in Dover, NY.