It would be hard to find a prettier location in central Dutchess County than these 18 acres at the corner of Ruskey and Browning Roads, laid out with outdoor riding ring, jumper field, two fenced paddocks, run-in sheds, and a pond. The original Browning farmhouse, including its tavern on the ground floor and a stagecoach waiting room at the end of the house, was expanded and updated in 1987 and now has had a significant, modern renovation from roof to knotty pine floors to foundation. Inside are the beamed ceilings and open floor plan that preserve the sense of the old house while keeping the comfortable family area with (new) fireplace next to the kitchen and the wide south-facing windows in the dining room. One feature of the all-new kitchen is the counter with double windows at the southwest corner of house, a bright spot for breakfast or lunch. The waiting room is now a comfortable, private den. At the back of the house the two-story living room, with its own new fireplace and chimney as well as a huge north window, brings the pastoral view right inside and is reached from the current modern main entrance behind. In this back courtyard, high above the street and facing the view, are the stone patio and deck leading to the new 3-season porch, where doors connect to both living room and family area. All the efforts here have created many settings for family enjoyment and a perfect flow for entertaining. Upstairs in the old house are a possible master suite with gorgeous western views, bath, dressing, finished storage and another bedroom with bath. While in the new wing, a second possible master suite has bedroom and balcony facing the back views, two full baths and another bedroom or den. On the lower level, the tavern area has become a sunny, and legal, one-bedroom apartment with its own patio entrance and laundry room. As interesting, inviting, and accommodating as this enlarged, modern house is, what one always returns to are the beautiful views—and most of these views are of the property itself. It’s worth coming home.