111 Dreahook Road,
Listed by: Marlene Orlandi
Truly one-of-a-kind, this 2 bedroom, 2 full bath stone cottage is tucked into 2+ wooded acres on a scenic, tree-lined road in the heart of Readington’s picturesque Stanton area. Designed and constructed in the Arts and Crafts tradition by a well-known local builder, this home is what happens when an artist transforms the trees and the stones from a plot of land directly into a beautiful place to live.
It was originally constructed in 1952, and then thoughtfully updated over the years, with great care given to maintaining its original character. With 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths, it is built literally around a stone fireplace that is embedded in a floor-to-ceiling stone wall featuring an extra-large walk-in hearth and a massive 16×2 foot mantle beam, hand hewn from a single red oak tree. The fireplace anchors an open floor plan that incorporates a welcoming great room and dining area with original wide plank floors, rich wainscoting, beamed ceilings and hand-made stained-glass windows throughout. An updated galley kitchen includes hand-painted Tuscan tile on the floors and counters, a new stainless steel refrigerator, an electric range, and a double stainless steel sink with a pass-thru opening to the dining area. A pine-paneled hallway leads from the central area of the home to a full bath and, just beyond, a large wood-paneled master bedroom that includes a spacious walk-in closet with shelving and two windows providing filtered natural light. Then, down a couple of steps and into a spacious vestibule featuring distinctive terracotta lantern tiles, a second bedroom has been added with a walk-in cedar closet and a chair rail that divides the walls into the soft colors of vintage parchment paper. A second full bath completes the area, and because this part of the home has its own entrance, it could be used as a private in-law suite. Both full baths are pristine and feature a vintage, mid-century motif with remarkable tiled walls.
Besides the stone walls and the stone fireplace, stone is featured in various aspects of the exterior as well. These include a stone signpost bearing the house number, stone columns that flank a stone arch leading to the backyard, a stone breezeway connecting the house to the garage, a stone shed, and a dry laid fieldstone wall crossing the property behind the house. From the vestibule, a rear door leads to a rear patio and the back of the property which is completely fenced in and perfect for animals. On the front patio you will find a stone table with benches and a custom rack filled with firewood. The one-car detached garage and three outbuildings provide ample room for tools, storage and other interests. The property borders undeveloped wooded areas and Township land and is across the street from over 400 acres of preserved land.
The home features extensive systems update making it possible to enjoy the vintage features with modern day conveniences. Updates undertaken in 2015 include include an oil-fired HVAC system (furnace, AC compressor, heat pump and ducting), stacked washer/dryer, updates to the electrical system,and a new water filtration / neutralizer system.. A newer asphalt shingle roof
(installed in 2007). Electrical system wired for back-up generator in 2018. Additionally, the property is serviced by well water, private septic, and features smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and a fire extinguisher.
Directly across the road from this property is the Bouman Stickney Farmstead Museum, a complete historical restoration of one of the areas earliest homesteads. Built in 1741, it includes a 3-story stone bank house, a rebuilt livestock barn, a corn crib and other outbuildings. Situated on more than 400 acres of quiet, preserved land, this spot is a favorite destination for hikers, joggers, dog walkers, horseback riders, bird lovers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
The property is ideally situated in the Stanton area of Readington Township. Stanton is a tiny hamlet located at the base Cushetunk Mountain. Anchored by the Stanton Italian Table, a post office, and a historic church, this area is known for its serene, tree-lined roads and its unique collection of homes ranging from vintage farmhouses and stone cottages to traditional colonials and spacious, newer homes.Tying all of these living options together is a love of preserved open space that can be found throughout the area. No matter where you live in Stanton, many acres of preserved open space are nearby. As with most of Hunterdon County, the area offers proximity to wildlife preserves, farmer’s markets, vineyards, and crystal clear reservoirs. In addition to great schools, Stanton also has excellent access to interesting museums, convenient shopping, outstanding restaurants, major highways and mass transit.