Designed for members of his own family by Norwegian-born architect Ole Sondresen, who designed the corporate headquarters for Kickstarter, this remarkable 3-level home has nearly 10,000-square feet of living space. Sited on a wooded ridge only 5 minutes from the Greenbrier hotel and the Sporting Club Lodge, the home offers views of distant mountains and majestic forested slopes to the east and west.
The home’s stone, wood and glass exterior reflects the artistic combination of elements used throughout its interior. A covered two-level stone porch serves as both an entry and an inviting place to sit and relax. The entry hall offers a first look at the attractive reclaimed heart pine plank flooring, as well as an expansive view across the room of the mountains to the west. An open staircase on the right and an elevator on the left provide ready access to the home’s upper and lower levels.
The dramatic sunken living room features a stone wall that runs the length of the room. This wall incorporates a wood-burning fireplace with a timber mantel and space for log storage. The vaulted ceiling has two hanging brass chandeliers. An equally impressive wall of glass offers panoramic mountain vistas. The living room provides access to a covered deck and the home’s guest cottage.
A den with built-in bookshelves and a gas fireplace is near the living room and incorporates the opposite side of the stone wall in its design. The den exits to a flagstone courtyard that provides a private outdoor sitting area and adds visual appeal.
A large butcher-block island serves as the centerpiece of the home’s spacious kitchen. Crafted from Iroko, a tropical African wood that turns reddish-brown with age, the large island includes seating for three, a Viking six-burner gas cooktop, and storage space. Wentworth custom cabinetry is offset by white marble countertops. Cabinetry throughout the home and guest cottage is Wentworth. Appliances include a built-in SubZero refrigerator-freezer, a Wolf double convection wall oven and two Miele dishwashers. There are two Kohler sinks with disposals. A wet bar is tucked neatly in its own pantry-size room. The bar has cabinetry with glass doors, a brass sink, and an Amana refrigerator-freezer.
A TV/sitting area divides the kitchen from the breakfast room, which occupies a glassed-in space in the home’s southeast corner. Set off by a stone archway, the breakfast room has a direct vent gas fireplace, wrought iron hanging light fixtures and a stone floor.
The formal dining room features expansive glass and sunset views. It overlooks a large deck providing an outdoor dining and entertaining area. The dining room, living room and deck work together to create natural traffic flow for parties and large gatherings.
Also on the main level are a half-bath with a brass sink, and a pantry/laundry room with a Miele washer and dryer, plenty of cabinetry and a Villeroy and Boch farm sink.
An open staircase, and the elevator, leads to the upper level and two private bedroom suites connected by a central landing. An interior balcony on the landing overlooks the living room, offering an impressive perspective of the room’s massive stone wall and wooden beams.
The master suite has a private balcony, a 16-foot ceiling with a ceiling fan, a direct vent gas fireplace, and large walk-in closets divided into two areas by a built-in storage unit with a small refrigerator. The decadent master bath has a Kohler soaking/whirlpool tub, a tiled walk-in steam shower, a heated towel rack, two vanity areas with beautiful Robern medicine cabinets, and separate private toilet rooms with tiny sinks.
Bedroom suite 2 has its own screened-in porch. A stone wall adds character to the bedroom. The bath features a double vanity, a tiled shower-tub and a polished tile floor. The tile used throughout the home is handmade by Ohio artisans.
The home’s lower level features a family room with built-in bookcases and a home entertainment unit. This area exits to a small stone patio. The lower level has two additional bedroom suites with wall-to-wall carpeting, ceiling fans, wooded views, and tiled bathrooms with shower-tubs, double vanities and polished tile floors.
The lower level also includes a wine cellar with storage racks, and a wood-paneled yoga/exercise room with a tranquil view of the woods, a sauna, and a tiled shower room with a steam shower.
A convenient second laundry room with a Whirlpool Duet front-loading washer and dryer saves the trouble of carrying laundry between floors. This room also has a small refrigerator and room for a microwave.
There is a double attached garage, with storage and a large utility sink.
Immediately adjacent to the home, an attractive 2-story guest cottage complements the architecture of the main residence. The cottage provides a fifth bedroom, a queen-size pullout sofa, and two full baths. The main level includes a sitting room with a wood-burning fireplace, a kitchenette with a Kitchen Aid two-burner electric cooktop, a GE Profile microwave oven, a Uline undercounter refrigerator, and a Bosch dishwasher. This level has a bath with a tiled shower and a pedestal sink.
Carpeted stairs lead to the cottage’s lower level, which has a bedroom with wall-to-wall carpeting, a ceiling fan and a wooded view. The bath on this level has a double vanity and a tiled shower-tub.
The furnishings in this beautifully decorated home are negotiable.
The property is tastefully landscaped with a mix of native and non-native flowers, shrubs and trees. Planted in 2006, the mature landscaping adds to this mountain retreat’s considerable curb appeal.
Membership in the Greenbrier Sporting Club is required with purchase of the home. A gated community of luxury homes, the Sporting Club offers member-only amenities and ready access to the world-famous Greenbrier resort. Restaurants, boutique shops, 55 indoor and outdoor recreational activities, 5 golf courses, a tennis complex with a 2500-seat stadium, an equestrian center and a 600-seat wedding chapel are on the 11,000-acre grounds. The resort hosts the Greenbrier Classic, an annual PGA Tour event, and serves as the summer training camp for the NFL’s Houston Texans.
The nearby town of Lewisburg, 8 miles away, was named the Coolest Small Town in America in 2011. Charming, historic Lewisburg offers shopping, fine dining, art galleries, year-round live theatre and concerts, the State Fair of West Virginia, two annual food festivals and a literary festival.
Other nearby areas of interest include the 75-mile Greenbrier River Trail, popular with hikers and bikers, and Snowshoe Mountain Resort, the largest winter ski complex in the eastern United States.
A fabulous, architecturally-inspired retreat in a pristine mountain setting, this Sporting Club home blends rusticity, comfort and charm.