Dugas Farm is a mountain farm located in the beautiful Schoharie Valley, one hour from the Hudson Amtrak station and 3 hours from NYC. The house is on a 110-acre inholding in the Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest, a hidden gem of public land in the northern Catskills.
The house was built in the mid-nineteenth century by a prominent local family who grew hops, grain, and apples, and has since served primarily as a dairy and beef cattle farm for the past 100 years. It's been lovingly cared for, and retains lots of original details from both the 1850s and the 1950s.
A network of hiking trails and gravel roads are accessible from the property, and, for fishers, the Betty Brook at the bottom of the hill is a state recognized trout breeding stream. The old CCC roads in the forest make for excellent mountain biking, if you're fit!
From the house you can take a beautiful stroll through a wildflower meadow, soon to be an orchard. The cows may moo at you across the drystone walls (they moooove around between fields, so you may or may not see them). Pick any blackberries you see, but please leave apples and pears--they are destined for the cider press.
Middleburgh is a charming village 20 minutes down the road. On the way through the beautiful Schoharie Valley you'll pass several excellent farmstands and the trailhead for Vroman's Nose. The Breakabeen General Store 10 minutes away has all of your basic staples, and truly excellent local ribeye steaks behind the counter.
The house includes several outbuildings in varying states of (dis)repair--look, but don't touch!