This home, a rustic barn inspired vacation retreat for a family of four on Spring Island, South Carolina, was designed by Historical Concepts to appear as if it was once an old horse stable. The long and linear form is typical of the equestrian building typology and reminiscent of a simple barn that would have housed horses on a large functioning estate. To make the imaginary transition from stable to home, the design team came up with a playful layout that is unusual and quirky, as if new uses were carved into every niche and cranny of the “old barn”.
On the exterior, sliding barn doors open to reveal an open-air entry, flooded with light from the barn-inspired cupola above. Inside, a mixed palette of materials and barn-inspired details add further embellishment to the fictional storyline. Old Savannah Gray brick, reclaimed floors, exposed timbers and other rustic details appear to be vestiges of the home’s supposed past.
Large barn doors open to the open dogtrot entry area. (A dogtrot is an open breezeway, and dogtrot houses are common in Lowcountry.) Large screens are stashed in pockets so the entire opening can be screened, letting the breeze through without letting in the bugs. The dogtrot provides an open-air entry that receives light from the cupola overhead.
The home is comprised of 2,900 square feet of living space, with 3 bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms plus a 1-bedroom, 1-bath guesthouse.
“A catwalk connects a bunk room to a sitting room/office upstairs. “We kept the catwalk as open as possible so that it did not block too much light from the cupola. The industrial feel is an interesting counterpoint to the barn style.” A large fireplace draws everyone into the dogtrot during cold months. “The owners tell me that the dogtrot is a magnet for people whenever they have parties,”.
The upstairs windows share the light from the sitting room/office with the downstairs living space. The architect used 12-inch ponderosa pine planks, which stand up well to kids and dogs.
The owners wanted the kitchen sink to look out to the dogtrot fireplace; windows share the light and create the idea of a horse stall. Placing the sink on the dogtrot side dictated that the range be placed in the island, and the clients’ range required a commercial vent hood.
In the main living room, wide planks on the walls add more barn feeling. Indigenous Old Savannah Gray bricks give the chimney an aged look. Also carrying the barn theme through are rough-hewn beams meant to evoke a hayloft.
Other parts of the house have concrete floors, including the dining room, screened-in porch and dogtrot area. All the spaces flow in a logical way; a few paces allow the family to choose between the indoor dining room and the screened-in porch at mealtimes.
Tall pine trees and the screened-in porch along the back of the home mitigate the direct sunlight.
At the back of the house is the master suite is at the left; its structure is meant to resemble a stable manager’s office added onto the barn. A glass corridor leads to the main bedroom and a small office. Barn doors create the idea of rooms as former horse stalls. Thanks to telecommuting, the family is able to spend long stints in South Carolina, but it was important for the workspace to also incorporate the beautiful surroundings.
The parental zone also has its own private patio.
More pine planks on the walls, pine countertops and a claw-foot tub give this bathroom relaxed country style.
A cupola and dormers on the roof let in light and create ventilation, important elements in the home’s design; the windows are operational and open via a motor.
The neighborhood required muted colors; the archtect picked a woodsy palette that blends well with the coastal trees and shrubs around the home. He added a touch of barn red on the window trim.
Details like electrified gas lanterns, board and batten siding, a metal roof and exposed vent pipes add to the barn feeling.
Large sliding barn doors and Bahama shutters punctuate the front of the home and also let the owners batten it down when they head home to Princeton, New Jersey. The shutters function like Bermuda shutters but are planked to fit in with barn style.
The thoughtful layout was very important to the way the family lives here, especially when the kids bring friends home. The kids have a two-story zone on one side of the house, the communal areas are in the middle, and the parents have a first-floor master suite off the back of the house. The upper floor is the son’s domain; it includes a bedroom, a bunk room and a small sitting area (at the end of the catwalk) and a bathroom.
This is the upstairs sitting room, which overlooks the living room. All of the great light coming in through the dormers is shared with the first floor. The son’s and daughter’s zones will also work when they grow up, as guest suites where they can stay with families of their own.
Photos: Richard Leo Johnson | Atlantic Archives
Aspen Manor is a luxury mountain retreat designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects, situated on four acres at the base of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado’s posh Starwood neighborhood. At approximately 20,000 square feet, this stone-and-stucco Bavarian-style house utilizes as much glass as possible to encompass the views, all the while creating a warm, mountain escape for the owners. The Owner’s philanthropic engagements lead to programming to include spaces for sizable party tents, valet, catering, staff accommodations and lavish guests suites. The design includes 12 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, an office, wine cellar and tasting room, gym, pilot’s quarters, pool and outdoor entertaining areas and a guest house.
The retreat is perched on a hill with a 70-mile panorama of snow-capped mountains. Outside a slate patio includes a pizza oven and entertainment area next to an Infinity swimming pool. A hot tub edged by large rocks is fed by a stream that runs under a wooden bridge.
The couple, pictured here, bought the property in 2006 for $20 million before embarking on a multi-million-dollar renovation. Mr. Powers, 53, was formerly a managing director and senior portfolio manager of Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO). Mrs. Power’s grandparents owned the Mississippi Delta plantation Dockery Farms. She is a trustee of the farm, now a historical site, and also funds a program that provides music education to children in the South.
Aspen interior designer Linda Bedell says it went from “overdone, Los Angeles nouveau riche” to the look of “a grand European country house.”
In the “Grand Room,” a wide open living room with 50-foot-high wood beam ceilings, a Joan Miro tapestry hangs above a vast stone fireplace.
Ms. Powers’ office includes an Andy Warhol painting.
Inside, the views compete with a top-shelf contemporary art collection. It starts in the entry, shown here, where a large Roy Lichtenstein oil hangs on gray cashmere-covered walls.
This mountain modern retreat showcases fabulous snowy mountain views at every turn, designed by Pearson Design Group in Bozeman, Montana. A long wooden bridge welcomes family and guests into the wooden property, with the entryway opening to a large expanse of glass, framing the mountain views. The cozy home offers a neutral yet warm color palette throughout, with stained polished concrete flooring and plenty of glass filtering in natural daylight. The open plan living area features a large stone fireplace that is used as a divider between the living and dining room. The landscape surrounding the home offers a great place for residents to do plenty of outdoor activities, wrapped by mountains and trees and miles of breathless views.
The roofs on this particular house were engineered above and beyond the calculated snow load for the area. With flat roofs water shed is also a main concern, and needs to be designed accordingly to ensure the roof will not leak.
Photos: Courtesy of Pearson Design Group
Beautiful, private mountain retreats, with cozy living spaces, plenty of warm colors, and fireplaces are the perfect place to burrow for the winter holidays. Retreating to one of these cozy spaces, you can plan your whole day completely devoted to reading in front of the fire, curling up with a good book and watching the snow fall through floor-length windows, with a mug of hot cocoa in hand. We have put together for you an extensive collection of snowy retreats that will help put you in the mood of Christmas, wherever in the world you live. Some of the retreats we have featured have links to view the entire home if you would like further inspiration. Be prepared to be blown away by these fabulous homes. If you prefer burrowing in blankets of chenille to blankets of snow, these contemporary winter getaways boasting sweeping views will be right up your alley!
This light-filled living room owned by Estee Lauder’s global creative director, Aerin Lauder, is a fabulous getaway for the winter. Floor-to-ceiling windows, awesome 60s-inspired rattan chairs, and throws and pillows make the white and natural space warm and personal in Aspen, Colorado.
In Montana’s Yellowstone Club, a getaway home showcases the Old West vernacular with an industrial edge. To see more of this spectacular home, check here.
Four-Cornered Villa is an 840 square foot home situated on a horse shoe shaped island in Virrat, Finland.
This alpine chalet is a contemporary barnlike structure located on a cul-de-sac in a private ski club development in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Ceilings that reach for the stars belong in a home with plenty of windows and bring the outdoors in, sans the uncomfortable cold and wet aftermath of actually being outdoors. A cantilevered fireplace is the showstopper here, keeping you warm when you do head home after a day on the slopes.
Nottawasaga Bay in Ontario, Canada looks like a fine place to cozy up with a book. A stark contrast to the black exterior, the snow-white interior boasts a minimalist, frameless fireplace, and an assortment of furniture with ultra-sleek lines.
This super stunning concrete mountain retreat captures snowy views at every turn in Snowmass, Colorado. The rest of the home can be viewed here.
Enjoying mountain views throughout this home in the old village of Sugar Bowl in Norden, California, the windows frame views of horizontal snow drifts and vertical stands of pine trees. To see more of this stunning home, have a look here.
This contemporary Lower Foxtail Residence hovers in the pines stretching laterally to take full advantage of the bold mountain views in Big Sky, Montana.
At 15,000 square feet, this contemporary mountain home in Aspen, Colorado’s exclusive Star Mesa enclave is warm and approachable from the start, as can be seen here.
This gorgeous modern mountain home is set amongst the woods in Martis Camp, North Lake Tahoe. The rest of the home can be viewed here.
Nestled into the mountainside, with spectacular views of the resort and surrounding scenery, Chalet Trois Couronnes is a private Alpine Estate in Verbier, Swiss Alps, Switzerland.
This snowy retreat was constructed of steel, concrete, timber and locally quarried stone, built within the scenic Australian mountains in one of Victoria’s premier ski resorts, the Dinner Plain Village, overlooking Mount Hotham.
“Ski On Home” is a single-family home built for a young family of four avid skiers and snowboarders (mom and dad are also both world-class skydivers). It is located on the main ski run in Squaw Valley, CA and nestled into the mountain, naturally protected by the earth from avalanches and other extreme weather. The year-round residence has ski-in / ski-out access on all levels and sleeps up to 17 guests at a time (extended family and a constellation of friends).
This incredibly stunning modern rustic mountain retreat was built as a family compound in Telluride, Colorado, which can be viewed here.
When you have a kitchen like this, bake up a storm for your friends that come to visit you during the holidays. The huge floor-to-ceiling window will make you feel like you are in the great snowy outdoors sans the cold weather.
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Alpine Chalet was designed by AKB Architects as a contemporary barnlike structure located on a cul-de-sac in a private ski club development in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. This chalet was designed as a social hub for an active family of six. With 4,650 square feet of living space on the ground and second floors, a generous double height kitchen, dining and living room facing the ski hill serves as the family’s central gathering space offering extensive views and abundant natural light.
The master suite is also located on the ground floor with children’s bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor mezzanine above. The basement incorporates a large recreation room, guest bedroom with en-suite and a spa zone consisting of sauna, steam shower, powder room and change area with direct access to a hot tub deck. The home features several challenging architectural details, including a large cantilevered stone fireplace and extensive exterior copper work.
Ceilings that reach for the stars belong in a home with plenty of windows and bring the outdoors in, sans the uncomfortable cold and wet aftermath of actually being outdoors. A cantilevered fireplace is the showstopper here, keeping you warm when you do head home after a day on the slopes.
Photos: Courtesy of AKB Architects
Marshfront Retreat is a beautiful home located on a coastal barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina, designed by architecture studio Herlong & Associates. This home overlooks the creeks and marshes that identify the Carolina Lowcountry. The “lighthouse” is derived from images of the first octagonal wooden lighthouse on Sullivan’s Island, lost more than a century ago to a hurricane.
Herlong and Associates is a full service architecture and interiors firm specializing in the design of site responsive, sustainable and comfortably dramatic coastal homes. Their philosophy is that every property owner has a unique opportunity to create a custom home that responds sympathetically to their specific site, lifestyle, and sense of beauty. By determining your wants, needs, and tastes and merging them with a careful analysis of each property, they develop an architecture which enhances living and takes advantage of the unique characteristics of your chosen site.
Photos: Herlong & Associates
Ufogel is the ultimate vacation getaway, a comfortably appointed compact house made almost entirely of larch wood in the village of Nußdorf in the East Tyrolean region of Austria. The structure takes its name from its form which sometimes bears resemblance to a prehistoric bird and sometimes to an extraterrestrial home, but is always something special. It’s certainly not a standard, off-the-peg house but more of a sculpture to live in, which reveals itself to be a “spatial wonder” the minute you walk through the door. The home is comprised of 484 square feet (45 square meters) of multi- functional living space, comfortably appointed with a kitchen unit, bathroom and designer shower.
Large panorama windows bring nature indoors to you, while the curved timber structure covered with traditional shingles creates a feeling of warmth and security. Whether you sit, lie, shower or share a meal, two things are always present in an Ufogel: wood and the heavens. The Ufogel offers both openness and a sense of security. The large panorama windows bring the landscape indoors giving you the feeling you are still outside while the round shell conveys a cozy, woody feeling of security. This makes the Ufogel a refuge full of warmth and rustic character where you will sleep soundly with the feeling you have returned to the origins of the home.
Want to take a vacation getaway to this unique home? Rates start at $161 for two people, per night, from here.
Photos: Courtesy of Ufogel
Phillips Ridge is a sensational luxury vacation lodge that is nestled high atop a rocky ridge overlooking Jackson Hole in Wilson, Wyoming. Below, the wide valley rolls away for miles upon miles. A long driveway, bordered by streams and shadowy forest, winds its way up to the house, a magnificent Western lodge, a magical combination of wood, solid stone and ethereal glass. Palatial, sumptuous, and filled with splendid works of art, Phillips Ridge begins with a two-story, light-filled entryway. Thick log walls and tree trunk supports contrast with fine antiques and soft, rich fabrics. The living and dining areas are divided by a massive two-sided stone fireplace and illuminated by a 35-foot-high wall of windows. French doors open to a backdrop of dark green firs and pale aspen, separate seating areas face the fire and the panorama outside. Painter Bo Bartlett created a huge, stunning canvas in oil called “Goddess” spanning an entire wall, it creates as vivid an opening of perspective as do the soaring windows.
To stay at this incredible lodge, rates run from $65,000 per week in the summer and $65,000 – $100,000 per week during the ski season, from here.
A rustic staircase, with a cast bronze twig-and-branch handrail by sculptor W. Tom Ellicker, curves majestically up both sides of the front entryway. A second-story walkway crosses the big open space over the living room and leads to the sleeping quarters. Each of the five bedrooms at Phillips Ridge is a master suite, filled with light from the high, copper-framed windows, decorated with bold furnishings and textured fabrics. Each has its own stone fireplace, with hand-crafted cast iron and glass doors. The deep wilderness beyond the bedroom windows, and the lacy green woods or mountains capped in snow provide a satisfying contrast to the comfort and luxury within.
The grand kitchen at Phillips Ridge is fit for a professional chef. Its centerpiece is a large gas range set like a medieval hearth inside a hammered copper and stone alcove. A flat-screen television, hidden inside the stone countertop, rises and swivels at the touch of a button, and can be seen from the cooking area, the long, built-in breakfast banquet, and the dining room. A stone-topped island separates the kitchen from the dining room, where the long table, overhung by an antler chandelier, seats ten.
Thick log walls, tree-trunk beams and patterned bedspreads make the spacious bedrooms snug and cabin-like. Each one has a hand-built bed with reading lights positioned at either side. Each also has a decadent private bath with double sinks and big soaking tubs, two of which are shaped like oval bowls of polished stone. Some of the bathrooms have stone fireplaces. Glass-walled, rainfall showers and wide windows create the illusion of bathing al fresco.
French doors in the bedrooms open to private terraces or branch-framed porches. The forest runs right up to the house on one side, bringing with it the cool spicy air of the pines. Rich, muted oriental carpets cover the heated floors of the bedrooms, and wall-mounted, flat screen televisions face each of the beds, while beyond every window is an extraordinary panorama of forest, mountains and sky.
Phillips Ridge is an Eden for both vigorous adventure and quiet reflection, indoors and out. The entire eastern side of the house is encircled by a long stone terrace that is almost a home in itself. An outdoor dining area is set next to a large fire pit. Farther along are sitting areas, trap shooting stands and a hot tub. Back inside, a cosmic, two-lane bowling alley, a gorgeous bar room with tufted leather couch, and a casual pub with a billiards table make a day of rain most welcome.
On the lower floor, the lodge also has a state-of-the-art, Weider fitness center, a movie theater that seats twelve in deep leather armchairs, and a truly fabulous indoor hot tub, a grotto modeled on the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Ringed with mosaic stone mountains and a painted firmament of blue, it provides the ultimate conclusion or commencement to the day.
Phillips Ridge is fronted by a low stone wall and a three acre pond that reflects the sky like a mirror. A waterfall splashes merrily down a cascade of stones, and then winds its way under the driveway and around the house and can be turned off and on as desired. Stone bridges cross the small, pebbly pond created by the stream. Out on the terrace, the running water provides a light and constant music to morning coffee or evening cocktails as it passes by on its way to the dark green woods a favorite haunt for moose and down to one of the three private ponds teaming with cutthroat trout.
The vast terraces around the house are equipped with a snow-melt system, so that winter or summer one can step right outside. In early morning, the sun comes up over the shoulders of Sleeping Indian and lights the face of the house, summoning all to come and see. The encircling mountains hold the sunlight like a bowl. Wildflowers edge the rim of the terrace, but then nature takes over; Phillips Ridge’s 75 acres are not landscaped and are all the more gorgeous and frequented by wildlife for it. The evening brings another spectacular show, best enjoyed from the cushioned chairs by the fire pit and grill, as the sun goes down behind the hills and turns the mountains seashell pink. The sound of the breeze in the grasses, the sharp clean smell of the evergreens and the crackle of the fire play a symphony for the senses.
One could spend hours exploring the interesting corners, wonderful details and tremendous works of art inside the house, but Phillips Ridge is also the perfect launching pad for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming or canoeing in the pond, and day trips into wonderful Jackson. And despite its high luxury and fine art, Phillips Ridge is completely child and dog friendly. It is a spectacular property, the overture to an unforgettable Wyoming vacation.
Photos: Courtesy of The Clear Creek Group
This lakeside cottage retreat designed by Barnes Vanze Architects is located on a private community island on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. The two and a half acre wooded site slopes down from the road to a fresh water lake. Inspired by the informal character of the owner’s previous house on the island and the cottages in the area, the architects goal was to provide a comfortable home for the family where they could spend their summers entertaining while enjoying the amenities of the site.
The first floor is organized around the kitchen, with half walls opening to the stair hall and views of the lake and the screened porch. The living room and master bedroom in the rear of the house have sweeping views of the water. A deck and screened porch extend the living spaces to a large patio with an outdoor kitchen. A meandering path through the woods leads to a dock on the lake. Tucked in the dormers on the second floor are children’s and guest bedroom suites. The basement houses a large game room, family room and bar, all with views of the water.
Photos: Anice Hoachlander from Hoachlander Davis Photography
Residencia Vaz 478 is a stunning modern beach retreat designed by Patricia Bergantin Arquiterura, surrounded by native bush in Iporanga, São Paulo, Brazil. Two elements of the design stand out from the client request: a cleaner and modern house and creating a gourmet space, integrated into the external pool. The linear volume house was emphasized by a big box on the porch. In addition to unifying the design of the house the porch also had the role of serving as a large balcony to the master suites and to also protect the large opening of the living room from the sun, especially when it is fully opened. The interior showcases the combination of elegant furniture without ostentation and a palette of neutral colors with light wood paneling and Brazilian ethnic art pieces, creating pure and simple indoor environments.
Photos: Courtesy of Patricia Bergantin Arquiterura