This 1806 graceful Georgian Colonial treasure features gorgeous historic front doors, original wide-board floors, moldings, large corniced windows, sun-filled bedrooms, new master quarters with custom walk-in closet, state of the art bath with heated floor, claw foot tub & glass shower. First floor features a library with floor to ceiling bookcases, large dining room & kitchen, sitting & family room with gas stoves & a custom designed laundry room.
The almost perfectly preserved 1800s village of Rensselaerville, which for decades has been popular with award winning artists, journalists, photographers, and chefs; is tucked away at the foot of the Catskills just 30 minutes from Albany and 2.5 hours from New York City. Steps from your door you will find over 15 miles of hiking trails in the Huyck Preserve, lovely lake Myosotis for swimming and paddling, farm to table meals and brews at the popular Palmer House Cafe, the historic Rensselaerville Library, and numerous concerts, art shows, talks and other events at the Carey Institute for Global Good. You will also love Windham Mountain skiing (40 minutes), the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (15 minutes), eclectic Hudson, New York (45 minutes), the racetracks and performing arts in Saratoga Springs (1 hour), and day trips to popular Lake George (90 minutes).
The hamlet of Rensselaerville is situated in the heart of the Helderberg Mountains, approximately twenty-five miles southwest of downtown Albany, New York, and twenty miles north of the Catskill Mountains. Nestled on a steep ledge above a beautiful creek, the village is surrounded by woodlands and topped with a stunning series of waterfalls. All but two of the buildings within the hamlet were built before 1850, making a visit to Rensselaerville feel like a step back in time. Rensselaerville is a designated historical district and is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Catalpa House was built in 1806 by Franklin Frisbee of Branford, Connecticut, as a multi-purpose structure to hold a store, ballroom, tavern, offices and a residence for the Frisbee family. In the 1840s the home was occupied by the family of Dr. Platt Wickes. Dr. Wickes' daughter, Deborah, is credited with giving the nearby lake its name, "Myosotis," meaning forget-me-not. Sometime around the 1880s the structure was enlarged and "Victorianized"" with porches, gingerbread trim and new windows. The structure continued as a key location in the community when Edith Lounsbury began operating a boarding house there in 1922. A second, more modest addition was added in the early 1900s and included space for additional boarding rooms. Ms. Lounsbury was famous for serving large Sunday chicken dinners in rooms throughout the downstairs of the house until she closed the boarding house fifty years later in 1974. The Catalpa House continued its tradition of hospitality as a busy and popular bed and breakfast until 2012 when it was purchased as a family residence.