Floating Farmhouse is perched at the edge of a pristine private swimming creek and cascading waterfall. This celebrated 1820s manor home “floats” above the surface of the water, inspiring the property’s name. It’s a 3,452 square foot pristine main house, with a restored barn, on 8.69 acres (spanning two adjacent, but not adjoining parcels).
There are five bedrooms and 2.5 baths in the main home.
Original features include centuries-old wide-plank flooring, coffered ceilings, and wainscotting milled from trees on the property, plus banks of floor-to-ceiling wavy windows overlooking the creek and waterfall.
Enter the 1,000 square foot great room with multiple living areas for socializing or cozying up, including an oversize wood-burning fireplace.
There’s a modern chef’s kitchen with 20 foot ceilings, polished heated concrete floors, a wood burning pizza oven, and a locally quarried bluestone countertop. There is a sprawling covered porch connected to the kitchen space and cantilevered over the shoreline.
Travel + Leisure calls Floating Farmhouse “the most beautiful” destination in the Catskills and Dwell Magazine “a living laboratory for how to bring the vernacular past into the present.” With that in mind, the expansive kitchen features 20 ft ceilings, ancient hand-hewn beams, polished heated concrete floors, a wood burning pizza oven, and locally quarried bluestone countertops. A soaring “curtain wall” of glass and steel frames breathtaking views of the winding shoreline, further enhancing the sensation of “floating” throughout.
The 1800s barn has overhead heating that extends functionality and the seasonal usage of the space.
It’s a profitable vacation rental that (unsurprisingly!) has also been booked for all kinds of photo and video shoots.
You may have seen the house in Dwell, Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, or one of the many publications that covered owner/designer Tom Givone’s incredible and very, very thoughtful transformation of a 19th-century home and barn into a perfect marriage of antique character and modern ingenuity.
Floating Farmhouse is located 2 hours from NYC in the hamlet of Eldred, minutes from the Delaware River and its hiking, swimming, and other recreational options.