Step into the Hemp House: An Open House Event Showcasing Eco-luxury in the Catskills

Open House at Hemp House, 111 Mattice Rd, Middleburgh, NY, June 24, 1-3pm. A 2-bedroom cottage on Catskill Creek surrounded by nature, 2.5 hours from Manhattan.


Open House Saturday, June 24, 1pm-3pm. Please RSVP.

Nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains with direct frontage on the one-and-only Catskill Creek, this charming two bedroom, one bathroom cottage on almost two acres strays from convention. Historic details are paired with environmentally mindful and modern refinements to create a unique celebration of nature, closeness, and the present.

Inside, you’ll be greeted by the original stone hearth fireplace with modern limewash, wood paneled walls, and newly refinished hardwood floors using nontoxic stains.

The cottage, which feels like a sibling to the famed J.B. Blunk house, is a Catskills fairy tale. Original posts and beams are exposed and adorned with modern brass fixtures. Through the entry room, you’ll find a custom kitchen, renovated bathroom, and sunny, open living and dining area. At the top of the stairway, the large, new skylight looks out to the canopy. You can see the natural hemp insulation in the attic closets of both bedrooms upstairs, and hear the Catskill Creek outside the original windows. 

Surrounded by 5 state forests, there’s no shortage of natural surroundings not to mention a variety of local enticements including hikes, preserves, Middleburgh Coffee Co., Broome Animal Sanctuary, Green Wolf Brewing, and more. Upgrades include a full cosmetic refresh: newly installed, handcrafted shou sugi ban wood siding and pine sheathing, new custom kitchen cabinetry made right here in NY, all new top-tier appliances such as a SMEG fridge, Forno Stove, Forte dishwasher, and Samsung washer and dryer, a vintage, newly refinished farmhouse sink, Hudson Reed electric cast-iron radiators, cle handmade tiles, a vintage, newly refinished cast iron tub from the Historic Albany Foundation, unlaquered brass faucets meant to patina, and custom fixtures.

Not to be missed: the not-so-sexy details such as a brand new eastern white pine shingle roof with rainscreen and new skylight, all new hemp insulation throughout with red-list-free membrane, plant based paint, freshly parged and refinished basement, new 1000g concrete septic tank and leach field designed by Lamont Engineers, conversion to all electric utilities, buried electric line and new panel, new wiring, all new plumbing, new on-demand electric water heater, and more.

The home lives and breathes with the landscape, mirroring the surrounding mountain rage, at one with nature. Across the driveway, there is an additional .9 acres currently being kept as a pollinator field, and spacious enough for a second structure such as a studio or workshop.

You may have never heard of Middleburgh, but it’s less than 2.5 hours from Manhattan, 15 minutes from Rensselaerville, less than 30 minutes from Windham Mountain ski resort, 35 minutes from Stamford and Catskill, and 1 hour from Cooperstown or Delhi. In town you’ll feel like you were transported to a quintessential small town America movie set, with a wide Main Street filled with old pickup trucks rolling through and neighbors saying hello to one another. A sweet, wholesale escape.

Anna D. Smith, founder of Anna D. Smith Fine Art and Real Estate Broker in Silicon Valley, holds over 20 years of experience and the most prestigious Californian real estate license (CDRE# 01237734). She’s a certified member of renowned organizations like the National, California, and Silicon Valley Associations of Realtors. Formerly a project manager at Stanford Management Company, she managed property endowments and supervised $10M monthly construction expenses. Smith’s independent brokerage specializes in transitional situations, facilitating nationwide residential and commercial property transactions.

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