It’s just 25 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan but this secluded country hideaway looks like it’s stepped straight out of the French countryside.
The 1925 cottage once belonged to renowned US American Broadcasting Network journalist Diane Sawyer, who lived there with her late husband Mike Nichols.
The reporter no doubt found some serious respite from her busy life in the media at the 250sqm home built into the cliffs of the Palisades.
It has now been listed for a cool $4.6 million by a subsequent owner.
The picturesque home looks out to the Hudson River and has stone terraces ripe for alfresco entertaining that capture the best of the extraordinary views.
The restored interiors aren’t too shabby either.
Wide pine floor boards and hand hewn timber beams give the space a rustic, country charm, brought together by the four original fireplaces and aqua-painted French doors.
There are just three bedrooms, including a quaint private cottage for guests.
The property was built by the Tonetti family, who were the founders of a very important art movement in the Hudson River Valley called the Snedens Landing Art Colony.
Many of the original features remain, including some incredible carved wood doors leading into the home’s library.
The kitchen has been modernised and upgraded with modern appliances but retains a homely feel.
The owner clearly has an eye for antiques, as the home’s furniture and decor is all in keeping with the old-world charm of the place.
There’s the American patchwork quilts, antique chandeliers and wall sconces – sadly, those items are not included for the $US4.6 million price.
The home is being marketed with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.