The Merriewold Club is a very special, but largely unknown, place in Sullivan County that harkens back to another era. Merriewold, located in the town of Forestburgh in the SW part of Sullivan County, was started as a utopian-inspired summer home community in the late 1800’s, and was the summer getaway for such notables as John Moody and Agnes Demille.
There are only 64 homes in Merriewold, and they share what can only be called an outdoor enthusiast or nature lover’s paradise, with upwards of 1,000 acres of land to enjoy. The jewel at the center of Merriewold is a small, very pristine non-motorboat lake with a really charming Victorian era lakeside clubhouse. Sprinkled about the vast area are clay tennis courts, a ball field and even a 9 hole golf course. It’s like summer camp for families.
Merriewold isn’t gated or pretentious, but it isn’t cheap. “Tear downs” here have sold for $300,000, and there’s a $20,000 initiation fee for new owners. But houses here rarely come on the market; most are passed down through families. So I definitely took notice when I saw this new listing. I haven’t been in it yet but I’ve admired it often when I’ve driven by it. It looks really cute.
If your vision of a second home getaway is Chautauqua meets Adirondack mountain lake, Merriewold comes pretty close, and it’s just two hours and change from NYC.
Note: While the Merriewold Club is not gated, it is private, and they take that privacy pretty seriously. So this is not one to do a drive by on without being accompanied by an agent.