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Merging Classic Arts & Crafts Timberframe Construction with Post-Modern Glass and Concrete elements is a masterstroke of the designer’s vision for the exquisite Lodge at Scotch Valley Ranch, a grand, five bedroom four bath Catskill mountain retreat on 12 totally private woodland acres.
From the moment you walk through the Post and Beam Sheltered Entryway into the timber-beamed vestibule you sense you have arrived somewhere special! Just ahead the house blooms into a giant Great Room of glass walls and heavy timber trusses. The open space luminosity in this spacious glass-lined Great Room results from a fine balance below the Cathedral Ceiling with its muscular wooden beams and bolted black steel trusses and the post and glass window walls. It creates a harmonious and capacious gathering space on the polished concrete floors cool in summer and warm with radiant heat in winter. The surrounding glass walls make nature’s ever changing scenery the gallery pieces of this exquisite exhibition.
This home was custom designed for large family reunions and the living/dining/kitchen space works superbly to allow everyone to enjoy participating in its festivities. Its floorplan brilliantly placed 3 separate master suites for optimum communal separation and includes 2 more bedrooms and 4 bathrooms that allow large gatherings to be hosted while also protecting privacy. The four baths are all large and luxurious including one with a high-tech Japanese Toyo toilet/bidet. One of the master suites is in a marvelous ‘Tower Room’ with large triangular windows looking into the treetops. The other two master suites are in opposite wings spreading from the Tower Room base.
Back in the big beamed Great Room, the large kitchen is tucked in one corner as a sort of culinary Inglenook allowing functional efficiency while maintaining the communal connection with friends and family gathered in the living room. The large commercial Viking Range is a chef’s delight and the stainless steel kitchen sink is placed in a large bay window with woodland views. The large kitchen island is a stunning live-edge slab of Elmwood where folks can gather around to help in the meal preparations and share recipes.
Stepping out the french doors of the Great Room onto the expansive native bluestone terrace you enter a cultivated boundary between domicile and nature. It’s the outside equivalent of the Great Room with chaise lounges, dining table, grilling station and fire-circle tucked into the protective ‘L’ of the homes exterior walls. Ornamental landscaping fringes the terrace looking into the towering maple, cherry and oak trees of the forest stretching down the southern slope.
Providing for enhanced work from home facilities, there are two rooms adjoining two of the master suites perfect as home offices complete with high-speed fiber-optic internet connection. A big detached two-car garage complete with an electric car charging station is accessed by the roofed gallery running along the house from the front entry. The long private drive sloping up from the town maintained road assures total privacy in this magical woodland setting.
Coming to market for the first time, this home has been a place for celebration and relaxation since it’s construction in 1998 and is now welcoming its next lucky homeowner.