June 25, 2010

A Tiny Victorian Cottage

I came across an article in The New York Times about a tiny hunting lodge in the Catskills that had been lovingly restored by its owner for only $3,000.  The cottage has no running water or heat (so no bathroom or kitchen, and in the frigid New England winters it is uninhabitable), but it is adorable and must be shared.

(Long parenthetical: it also reminds me of the novel All He Ever Wanted, by Anita Shreve. An independent woman in the early 1900s feels like she has no choice but to marry a platonic friend [a dull, stodgy, and pompous professor at the local college] due to his generosity to her family; being willful and free-spirited, she secretly purchases her own small hideaway where she can escape and be alone. I don't want to give away any more of the plot, but seeing this tiny haven reminded me of the novel.)

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