In the desirable Smithfield Valley Road neighborhood, up the stone steps through the white picket fence, sits this charming cottage in the middle of lush surroundings and without another house in sight. The current owner has lovingly created a sanctuary here - meandering paths, flowers blooming in sequence in every direction, a vegetable garden, patio by kitchen, deck for dining plus an open deck up the hill overlooking the country setting. The property faces protected land with a cluster of ponds and stunning ridge views. The 1920 traditional cottage, with both oil heat and a wood stove, is centered in the open and arched living-dining area. Half of front porch was enclosed for a playroom and/or third bedroom; on other side of front hall a perfect home office. Improvements include a 1000 gallon septic tank, installed in 2006, and new back roof, replaced in 2017, plumbing in laundry, bath redone, new hot water heater, 53 gallons, new bath vanity/sink, new kitchen faucet, new retaining wall in back, 2019 (photo 11) . Outside a detached 10 x 10 studio/office with two windows and electric plus two sheds add capacity. An old stone wall guards the property, stretching to parking space for 3 cars in front of a garage foundation that could be rebuilt. Millbrook, Amenia, and Pine Plains are all less than 10 minutes away, Millerton 15 minutes north, while the Metro North train station is 15 minutes south. This is a prime location for all the area has to offer.