Situated right at the edge of a brook in the Catskills region of New York, it’s immediately obvious where this early 19th century manor home gets its name. The five-bedroom residence, which has been modernized while preserving its old world roots (and which was featured in Dwell Magazine as a feat of architectural restoration), looks as if it’s levitating just above the water. Upstairs, bedrooms are outfitted with cast-iron beds and wavy glass windows, while bathrooms (2.5 total) are furnished appropriately with vintage sinks and tubs. Downstairs, a generous living room leads to a massive kitchen bathed in sunlight thanks to strikingly high ceilings and equally tall windows.
Open the French doors and step onto the vast covered porch while you sip your morning coffee, or, come evening, devour a slice of pizza prepared in the wood-fired oven. Soothed by the sound of running water, you might also sneak a nap in the gazebo, or stroll across the yard to peek inside the barn. Nearby attractions include local farmers’ markets, regular outdoor concerts, river rafting, and plenty of woodsy hiking trails.