Tucked into the woods on a back road, with a babbling brook running alongside it, this house offers seclusion, serenity, and a respite from everyday life. But while it may be rustic, it's also a proper house, and a stylish one at that -- the kind of mountain chalet Don Draper would have used to escape the pressures of Madison Avenue. Built in the 1960s, its architectural flair is still apparent, even as it's been updated with new furnishings and amenities. This is not a cabin but a true vacation house, built for year-round use.
Rising through the center, a roaring fireplace faces the open-plan main floor. The living room has a large L-shaped couch and two very comfy armchairs. Beyond that is a table and club chairs for card games, framed by towering windows that rise two floors up to the vaulted ceiling and overlook the forest and the brook -- a beautiful view and a source of ample natural light.
The dining table expands to seat ten and also has an expansive view of the surrounding woods. The adjoining kitchen boasts modern fixtures, a full-size fridge, two ovens, a range and a microwave, making it a very functional cooking space. All the cookware you'll need to prepare a feast is here for you -- there's even a fondue set. On this floor you'll also find a full bathroom and a bedroom with two twin beds. Cable TV, a DVD player, a stereo system with surround-sound speakers, wireless internet and firewood are all included.
A floating staircase leads to the upper floor, where you'll find two bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed. One of these bedrooms has its own private deck with a soaring view of the forest. There are two full bathrooms, one with a shower and skylight, the other with an extra-deep soaking tub -- the perfect place to lounge after a long day of hiking or skiing.
The lower floor was added in the 1980s, and they actually lifted the entire house to build it, so it's not a finished basement but an actual floor of the house with windows that overlook the brook. This is a great place for the kids to play -- it's fully carpeted, has cable TV, DVD, and a washer and dryer. There are two bedrooms on this floor, one with a set of twin beds, the other with a super-comfy queen.
In all of these bedrooms, you'll sleep like a baby. The house is located on a seldom-used street, and nights up here are silent and dark, save for the crickets and the dazzling display of stars. If you're visiting from the city, you'll be amazed at the wonders this does for your slumber.
Our family built this house, and we've taken extremely good care of it. All appliances and fixtures are in excellent condition, and it's impeccably maintained. Should you have any issues during your stay, its owners live nearby. It's a fabulous space that offers a rustic mountain getaway with all the conveniences you could ask for.