Solitude Lodge

Arts and Crafts Style “Four Square” For Sale

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Historic Catskill Mountain “Arts and Crafts style” home for sale (or rent). Located only 2.5 hours from NYC and CT. “Solitude Lodge” is one of the finer examples of Craftsman architecture in the country. This 2800 sq. ft. four bedroom home has been meticulously restored and is in 100% pristine condition. Hardwood floors throughout, hand crafted/built-in cabinetry, oak wainscot and custom stained glass. Original tin roof, DRY basement, two story converted barn and lovely rock lined property. On approximately two beautiful acres (if include common right of way) abutting state/private land providing complete “Solitude”. Serious inquiries only by financially qualified applicants. $450,000 (or $20,000 for seasonal rental + utilities) – Price reduced from $510,000! Slideshow: Contact: Joseph Villarosa @ 845-586-1604 or
Asking Price: Architectural Style Year Built: Architect/builder Estate name Rooms Bedrooms / Baths Taxes Other dwelling Owner's Name: Owner's Phone: Occupied: Heat: Listing Date: Town Address Directions $450,000 Arts and Crafts (“Craftsman Four Square”) 1906 Bishop “Solitude Lodge” 11 (including baths) 4/2 Only $2800 in TOTAL Two story 900 sq. ft. barn Joseph Villarosa 845-586-1604 Yes LP Gas (Electric baseboard as well) September 2004 Arkville, NY 12406 53 Hill Street Route 28 to Arkville (From any direction) turn on to Church St. At top of road, turn right on to Hill St. Turn left at top of hill at Blue Victorian and go to end of driveway = Solitude Lodge Prescheduled appointment ONLY Margaretville Margaretville Residential 13 X 13 Pantry Sun/Mud room Dining Living room Bedroom 1 (Blue) Bedroom 2 (Putty) Bedroom 3 (Red) Bedroom 4 (Gold) Downstairs Bath/ Upstairs Bath Exterior floor one Exterior floor two Total Livable Sq. ft. Basement TOTAL Sq. ft. Sewer Water Electric 9X4 12 X 7 18 X 15 31 X 15 15 X 14 15 X 14 15 X 13 14 X 9 8 X 5 / 10 X 6 45 X 31 (1,400 Sq ft.) 45 X 31 (1,400 Sq ft.) 2800 Sq. ft. 45 X 31 (1,400 sq ft.) 4,200 Town Well water with NEW UV Light filter 200 amp – all new wires throughout

Shown by School District: Elementary School: Zone: Kitchen

Fireplace Hot Water Insulation Roof Siding

Yes Electric Blown Original Tin Roof + NEW Asphalt Cedar clapboard & cedar shakes

Solitude Lodge

Summary of Restoration
(Note: This wasn’t a mere renovation – this was a full restoration)

       Virtually every inch of Solitude has been painstakingly restored to her original glory. FOUR years of daily work and the expertise of several skill craftsman to complete. Over $100,000 in renovation costs (NOT including owner’s time!). Careful attention to maintaining all original period detail. Only top quality materials and paints were used. 100% turnkey requiring no additional renovation work. Thousands of man hours of renovation.

Interior EVERY room
            Hundreds of pieces of crown moulding and trim were removed, stripped, refinished and reinstalled! All original hardware and fixtures were maintained. All wall to wall carpet was removed and all staples pulled from woodwork. 30 windows had 100 years of paint completely removed to bare wood, then repainted. All original storm windows were professionally glazed after ALL were stripped to bare wood and painted. All closets (clothing, pantry, cupboards) were plastered / painted in a high gloss white. EVERY ceiling has been beadboarded, dry-walled or hand plastered. Hardwood floors refinished in every room. Every light switch and plug / outlet replaced. Every room has been hand plastered or drywalled and repainted. Electric baseboard heaters removed and LP gas heaters installed. All new brass screws / washers installed in every window.

Interior – Upstairs Rooms Bathroom
            Entire bath was gutted to studs and then beadboarded. All new pipes and toilet hardware. Glass shower enclosure was removed and oval shower curtain fixture installed. All original fixtures were preserved. Shower backsplash tiled in the original white staggered brick pattern. 1970’s floor tiles removed. All new baseboard moulding installed from salvaged original trim. Period lighting installed. Entire bath painted gloss white. Oak floor repaired with new planks and refinished. Ceiling fan rewired. New electric switches and plugs.

       New oak beadboard ceiling installed. New Tiffany stained glass light wired / installed. New drywall on two walls. One wall completely gutted to studs, insulation plugs waterproofed, new insulation, new drywall. Stair treads completed refinished. All walls primed, painted. New electric switches and sockets.


All Bedrooms
       Ceiling and wall cracks were taped, plastered and then painted using historic colors. Ceilings completely plastered by hand then texture painted. Closets also plastered and painted. Crown moulding and trim all refinished by hand and reinstalled (dozens of pieces). Hardwood floors refinished. All new storm windows installed in every upstairs window. New electric switches and sockets.

“Blue Room” (Morris Room)
          Hardwoods refinished. New oak wainscot installed. All new oak trim. Two walls had new drywall. Every piece of trim was removed, stripped, stained and refinished. Walls were re-plastered by hand. Ceiling re-plastered and taped, primed, painted. New switches and sockets. Closet was re-plastered and painted. Electric baseboard heater removed.

Master Bedroom (Yeats Room)
       Hardwood floors refinished. Every piece of trim and moulding was removed, stripped and refinished. All windows were removed, stripped and refinished. Closet was re-plastered and painted. New electric switches and sockets. New LP gas heater installed. Ceiling was hand plastered and painted.

“Terra Cotta” Bedroom (Thoreau Room)
     Ceiling was hand plastered and painted Walls were re-plastered and painted Hardwood floors were refinished Windows were re-glazed New electric switches and sockets

Office (Emerson Room)
    Ceiling and walls were hand plastered. New electric sockets and switch. Floor was sanded and refinished. Closet was hand plastered and painted.

Interior – Ground Floor Rooms Living room and Dining room
       Both ceilings were completely replaced with new sheetrock, then primed / painted. All built-in fine woodwork was refinished by hand. New stained glass installed in dining room windows in period colors. New stained glass installed in original hanging Tiffany lamps. Wall-to-wall carpeting removed from floors and stairs. Hardwood floors refinished. Radiator holes plugged with oak.


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New electric sockets and switches. Closet re-plastered by hand, primed, painted New LP gas heaters installed.

           Walls re-plastered and then primed, painted. ALL wainscot moulding removed, refinished and re-installed. Sink splashboard Formica removed and new oak wainscot installed. Kitchen/ Sunroom wall completely reinsulated. All built-in cabinet hardware was removed, refinished and replaced. Period lights installed (new wiring). New “John Booz” butcher block counters installed (and polyurethane finished). New oven/stove installed. New “Bruce” oak hardwood floors installed. Interior of cabinets refinished/painted. New LP gas heater installed.

Butler Panty
      Ceiling gutted to studs and drywalled, primed and painted Moulding was installed, caulked and painted Walls were plastered and painted New electric sockets and switch Built-in cupboards (china cabinet) interior was sanded and then painted gloss white New hardwood floor was installed

             Exterior siding was completely removed. Room was jacked 4” and new support beams installed. New foundation. New insulation. Floor was stripped to bare wood and refinished. New Cedar clapboard was installed as well as all new trim. New foundation moulding and lattice was installed/painted. Rug was removed to expose hardwood floor which was subsequently sanded and refinished / painted. Walls were all plastered, puttied, primed and painted. Completely new deck and stairs were installed. New lattice. New decorative entrance awning installed. Sunroom to kitchen window was stripped to bare wood, stained, polyurethaned. New window hardware installed and original hardware refinished.

             Stairs were stripped and painted. New doors in every room. Bathroom was gutted and completely refinished (new sink, toilet, etc.). ALL new electric wires, switches and sockets. River rock walls were stripped to bare rock and waterproofed, painted, sealed. ALL basement windows were replaced with new insulated windows. Hall walls and ceiling were plastered and painted Beadboard was caulked, primed and painted. DOZENS of unnecessary wires and pipes were removed. Unnecessary old insulation was removed. New washing machine. New electric timer installed with hot water heater (to conserve energy). Floors were ground to bare cement and sealed, waterproofed and painted.


              ALL major structural work completed (roof, pillars, header beams). ENTIRE HOUSE was stripped to BARE WOOD and primed/painted!! Most areas have FOUR coats of paint and two coats of primer. Every piece of trim (30 windows and all doors) was sanded, burned to bare wood and painted. Custom base moulding was installed on every Egyptian column. Decorative arts and crafts moulding motifs installed on every window. Three feet of tin roofing was removed on each side of the house and repaired. Over 200 feet of rotted fascia boards were removed along with useless gutters. Dozens of useless wires were removed as were various lighting fixtures. Wood steps and landing to mudroom were sanded, prepped and painted. Windows: All new basement windows, new upstairs storm windows, new barn windows. Doors: three new exterior doors (barn and home). New fascia installed around entire home. New gutters and downspouts.

Front Porch
         New oak beadboard ceiling installed. New support beams installed. Header beam replaced. Porch jacked and new column support beam installed. ALL trim and exterior siding was burned to bare wood, primed, painted. Porch was ground to bare cement and painted. Entire roof was REPLACED (new plywood, 30 year shingles, etc.). All new flashing on entire perimeter of front porch installed. New drip edge.

          Entire barn was plumbed, resided, primed and painted. Two new windows and one new door. Tons of debris removed. Interior is SPOTLESS and has been thoroughly cleaned. ALL new electric. Upstairs has been completely remodeled into a lovely studio / guest barn loft. Floors refinished. Gym installed on ground floor. New decorative arts and crafts style trim installed. New fascia and re-installed gutter and new leader.

           Hundreds of feet of rock walls were built, restored. Extensive tree trimming and pruning. Installed new 300 square foot stone patio. Installed new bluestone fire ring and corresponding stone seats. Dozens of new bluestone stepping stones. Several new flowerbeds and borders. New driveway fence and lattice. Driveway was completely weeded and all new gravels and landscape fabric installed. New entrance flowerbed rock wall. River rock lined fence installed. TONS of debris cleared.


Why Solitude Lodge is a good investment?
1. The Catskill Mountain region is appreciating rapidly and home prices will no doubt continue to rise. 2. Crossroad Ventures just received approval to build a huge resort town several miles from Solitude at Belleayre Ski Mountain – this will most certainly drive prices higher. 3. Hanna Country Club has recently developed a new year round spa and resort as well as another 18 hole golf course (1 mile from Solitude). 4. Margaretville high school recently completed a major expansion project which doubled the size of the school and its facilities. 5. The “9-11” incident has motivated many tri-staters to move to the Catskills and will continue to increase home values (ESPECIALLY if there is another incident which IS predicted). 6. Solitude could be easily rented for $20k for each of TWO seasons ($40k per year potential!) – thus providing a good income if so desired. 7. This is truly a rare historic home which would be impossible to reproduce. 8. ALL of the difficult renovation work has already been done, making the house completely turn-key. 9. Location – location – location:         7 miles to Belleayre Ski Mountain! 1 mile to championship golf course (Hanna Country Club). Close to many other ski mountains (Hunter, etc.). Close to Woodstock and other fine artsy towns. Surrounded by some of the best fishing streams and lakes in the country. Hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails (Plattekill Mountain, etc.). Can hike right in your own backyard!! Surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods.


History of the Arts & Crafts Style. The Arts & Crafts Style originated in England in the early 1800’s as a rebellion against Victorian mass production and industrialization. William Morris and John Ruskin were early proponents of this unique style which promoted a more guild based philosophy that emphasized traditional craftsmanship and honesty of design. Various craftsmen and artists encompassed the Arts & Crafts philosophy into their work which included pottery, furniture, soft furnishings, metal work, stained glass, gardening and even architecture. In North America this style was adopted in the Mission Style of furniture and is also referred to as Craftsman Style, American Bungalow Style and California Bungalow Style. The Arts & Crafts Philosophy was adopted by various craftsmen including Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eastlake, Baillie Scott, Dirk Van Erp, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Elbert Hubbard and perhaps the most famous of all, Gustav Stickley. Stickley’s famous ‘Craftsman’ brand of products have become highly collectable and desirable, as have many Arts & Crafts Antiques. The Arts & Crafts Style offers clean lines, traditional craftsmanship, natural beauty and timeless design.

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." William Morris.