HOME & LIVING
07/27/2016 01:09 pm ET Updated Jul 27, 2016

This Abandoned Schoolhouse Is Actually A Gorgeous Getaway

The historic exterior holds a very modern surprise inside.

The idea of living in an elementary school classroom may seem like a bizarre nightmare, but in this case, it’s a dream come true.

Welcome to the Hillside Schoolhouse ― an abandoned school-turned-boutique inn nestled in New York’s Catskill Mountains. It has an eclectic history, plenty of old school charm and modern interior worthy of HGTV.

And the best part is, it could be your new home for an asking price of $649,000.

Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate

Built in 1893, this steepled dwelling served as a one-room schoolhouse in Sullivan County, New York for more than 50 years. In the 1950s, it was turned into a gospel church, but was eventually abandoned in the early 2000s.

The property was all but forgotten until 2012, when Bronson and Courtney Bigelow purchased the dilapidated schoolhouse, restored it with more than a few major upgrades and forged upon it a new destiny as the Hillside Schoolhouse, a uniquely charming two-bedroom inn.

“My favorite part of owning the Schoolhouse has been saving this beautiful old building and giving it new life, while at the same time preserving its rich history,” Bronson Bigelow told AndNorth.com.

Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate

Now on the market with Global Property Systems Real Estate, this beautiful old building and its stained-glass windows have all the modern-day accoutrements to make this off-the-grid getaway really feel like home.

Its open layout, original hardwood flooring and black chalkboard accents wouldn’t feel as homey if it weren’t for the handmade furniture, exquisitely curated interior design and, of course, a full kitchen with all the modern necessities.

Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate

The property’s two bedrooms are tucked away on the second floor, nestled under vaulted ceilings and the original bell tower, complete with a cast iron bell.

The expertly designed property, hidden in a lush forest, offers such a relaxing stay for any of its inhabitants, it was honored as one of Conde Nast Traveler’s top 25 hotels in the U.S., alongside the luxury of The Carlyle and the Four Seasons.

Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate

Compared to the soaring rent prices and cost of living in more popular cities, the Hillside Schoolhouse’s asking price of $649,000 ― which includes the handcrafted furnishings inside ― seems like a steal.

But if you’re not ready to own your own piece of sweet, sweet nostalgia, you can still rent the whole property (or one of its rooms) for a weekend getaway.

Below, take a virtual tour of the Hillside Schoolhouse and its old world charm.

  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate
  • Steve Belner for Global Property Systems Real Estate

Clarification: Language has been amended to reflect that the building was not used exclusively for eighth graders, but was a one-room school house. 

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