Farmhouse Friday: A Riverside Retreat in Stockton
In the early 1700s, a fellow from Germany named Kugler decided to take his chances on a better life in colonial America. He made it to an area along the Delaware in New Jersey in present-day Hunterdon County and became one of the original founders of the community of Frenchtown.
His extensive landholdings in the area, which extended from Frenchtown into Kingwood and Stockton, were eventually divided among his children. Sometime around 1830, one of Kugler’s great-grandsons built a two-story farmhouse on a riverside plot in Stockton. That structure later became known as Hamish Lodge.
That lodge has been expanded on since. The original home got a newer companion many years later. Together they form a beautiful country retreat amidst the woods along the Delaware.
Both properties were extensively remodeled not too long ago, and the result skillfully blends traditional construction and architecture with modern design and style.
The original Hamish Lodge house abounds in period details, from its welcoming front porch to its beamed ceilings to its wide-plank wood floors. These combine with such modern elements as an open plan main floor and an au courant kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line appliances to create a singular and singularly attractive living space. The same applies to the three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs.
The newer wing in the rear offers a similar blending of style, but with more of an emphasis on the modern. Downstairs is a spacious great room with a two-sided fireplace and large French doors that let in lots of light and offer great views of the Delaware. The views are even better from the windows in the upstairs hallway, which takes you to the master suite with its spa-style bathroom and dressing area, two more bedrooms with walk-in closets, another full bath with a vintage clawfoot tub and a laundry facility.
All of this sits on a nicely landscaped 1.6-acre lot that straddles River Road. Across the quiet lane is a deck with steps down to your 350-foot-long riverbank, a great place for outdoor relaxation, dining or taking in the scenic countryside.
History and beauty surround you here: you’re right next to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, and it’s a short walk or bike ride along the canal towpath to Bull’s Island State Park and the bridge to Lumberville, where the historic Black Bass Inn served as a hospital during the American Revolution. New Hope, Lambertville and Frenchtown are also easy to reach by bike or by car via the towpath or State Route 29.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 5 full, 1 partial
SQUARE FEET: 5,000
SALE PRICE: $1,395,000
80 River Rd., Stockton, N.J. 08559
80 River Rd., Stockton, N.J. 08559 [Daniela DeLuca | Addison Wolfe Real Estate]