Rufflands – A 269-Acre Property with Renovated Farmhouse

Striking 269-acre Rufflands Farm offers light-filled and energy-efficient 6200 s.f. farmhouse with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. The interiors date back to the nineteenth century wideboard floors, plaster and lathe walls, 2 fireplaces and exposed hand-hewn beams. New additions to the original structure include media, office and large studio/exercise rooms.

Kitchen offers custom cabinetry, Catskill bluestone counters, Wolf cooktop, double ovens, 2 Miele dishwashers, Subzero, two sinks, island with Brazilian cherry dining extension and pantry with powder room and tiled shower. Kitchen opens to large, screened in porch with wide angled views . There is also a mud room with access to a 3-car garage, and back staircase to master.

First floor also has a formal dining room with fireplace, custom built-ins, wideboard floors and exposed beams. Large, formal living room has wideboard floors and exposed beams. A den with fireplace and vintage woodwork is the last of the original rooms on the first floor. At the north end of the house are a media room and an office and/or bedroom.

The original staircase leads to a second floor living room. From this room there are three bedrooms, all with vaulted ceilings and Brazilian cherry doors and framing — two, sharing a large bath that also serves as the home's laundry facility. In addition there is a full bath. The baths are finished with stone tile accented by Turkish mosaic tile and soapstone sinks from Central America.

The master en suite is accessed from two directions — original staircase and the kitchen addition. The bedroom is open from front to back which affords views of sunrises and sunsets. There are four closets. The master bath and dressing area offer a steam shower (not yet completed). To the rear of the suite is a sitting area and access to an expansive studio or excercise room with windows on three sides and vaulted ceilings.

In addition, there is a large walkout basement with high ceilings designed to be finished with another bath plumbed in. At one end of this space is the equipment for the state-of-the-art geothermal heating system powered by solar panels located discretely on the rear of a barn to the south of the house (annual consumption of energy from off-site was approx. $1200.00 in 2008).

The original farmhouse was moved to its current location to take advantage of the pond views. With the renovation, additions were added to both the north and sound ends, re-sided and new Anderson windows have been installed throughout. There is a whole-house audio and security system.

The farm also offers a 1000 s.f. 2BR/1BA guest/caretaker house, three large barns and additional outbuildings. To the rear of the house is a fire pit along with multiple terraces of stone landscaped with perennials and paths that lead to two ponds and a waterfall. There are farm roads that lead to the rear acreage that provide panoramic Catskill mountain views.

Since 1937, Rufflands Farm has mostly been utilized for beef production. Approximately 90 acres are tillable crop land suitable for hay, alfalfa, and corn; and 50 acres pasture.

Offered at $3,950,000.

Contact Vicki Hickman and Fran Rubinstein at 845-389-9952.

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