Tucked in an enchanting woodland with two creeks, this spacious Greenbrier Sporting Club home marries a rustic Craftsman-style exterior with a contemporary interior filled with light and tranquil views of the natural world. A private retreat that’s also ideal for entertaining, the home sits harmoniously in the middle of a secluded 10-acre glen and features many inspired, eye-catching touches.
A gentle rise climbs upstream to a natural bowl in the woods that protects this stunning Highlands Group-designed home from wind and weather. A graduated roofline traces the path of the tumbling creek alongside it, and exterior earthtones complement the colors of the forested hillsides. Cedar siding, stacked stone, 8-foot Arts and Crafts doors and a metal roof give the home a substantial, lodge-like appearance.
A large entrance hall with stained oak flooring serves as a gallery for displaying art. Recessed, track and tray lights and rheostat switches are used throughout the house to control the lighting, which augments abundant natural light.
The living room features expansive floor-to-ceiling glass, with tall doors that open on one side to a bluestone patio and on another to a covered porch, creating a larger space with a natural traffic flow for entertaining. A linear natural gas fireplace adds warmth and a striking visual element. A screen over the mantel slides to reveal a wall-mounted television concealed behind it. Ceiling fans are used liberally throughout the home; there are two in the living room and one on the screened porch.
The large gourmet kitchen has porcelain tile flooring laid in a basket weave pattern, and leathered granite countertops, a forgiving surface that doesn’t show fingerprints, watermarks and other distractions more noticeable on highly polished surfaces. The kitchen island has a prep sink and an attached table that comfortably seats 5.
The cherry cabinetry has pull-out drawers, including one dedicated to lid storage, a concealed 8″ deep spice cabinet, a built-in desk, bookcases and a wall-mounted television. A double stainless steel sink below a triple window overlooks the wooded hillside.
Appliances include a Kitchen Aid refrigerator-freezer, a 48″ Thermador 6-burner gas range and electric oven vented by a Thermador hood with a stainless steel shelf, a GE Monogram convection oven and microwave, a Bosch dishwasher and a Kitchen Aid wine cooler. The adjacent butler’s pantry has a built-in Miele espresso machine for easy one-touch espressos, lattes and cappuccinos.
The interior dining room is square and designed to serve as a showplace for art. In lieu of a chandelier, the ceiling has a striking octagon design with track and recessed lighting, and puck lights that create a star-like effect.
The master suite is on the main level. The master bedroom features a tray ceiling and corner windows that fill the room with soft light and offer a sweeping view of the woods and creek. A shelf unit in the bedroom incorporates a design element dog lovers will appreciate: a built-in sleeping cage for canine companions. An adjacent screened porch has a poured concrete gas fireplace with a porcelain tile hearth, a Lynx grill and a propane outdoor heater.
A hallway with two walk-in closets connects to the 600-square foot master bath, which has clerestory windows and 13-foot ceilings. The shower room, soaking tub and lavatory are divided by 10-foot walls, creating privacy but letting in natural light from above. The cherry vanity has a porcelain sink and a leathered granite counter.
The main level also includes a laundry/mud room with Whirlpool duet appliances, maple cabinetry and a porcelain utility sink. This room opens to a small covered porch and serves as one of three front entrance/exits.
Low rise steps with stained oak treads lead to the upper level, which has three bedrooms, three full baths, and an exceptionally attractive home office and den with floor-to-ceiling built-in cherry cabinetry, a coffered ceiling and a cozy reading nook. An adjacent screened porch overlooking the creek provides an additional quiet spot for reading or relaxing.
Bedroom 1 has a sitting area with a wooded view, a dressing area, and a bath with a tiled shower-tub, a porcelain tile floor, a porcelain sink and a leathered granite countertop.
Bedroom 2 also has a sitting area and features a private screened sleeping porch that overlooks the creek. The tiled bath has a shower. The leathered granite counter is similar to the first bathroom.
Bedroom 3 has three windows and a creek view. The tiled bath has a shower, a porcelain tile floor and a leathered granite counter like those in the other bathrooms.
A concealed door in the den opens to an unfinished area that’s easily large enough to accommodate a fifth bedroom.
The spacious, mostly unfinished 2200-square foot basement has a 10-foot ceiling. It includes a wine cellar with design elements that echo the timeworn, cave-like, brick-floor cellars of France and Italy, with built-in wine racks for 1200 bottles. Underground on three sides, the wine cellar maintains its constant temperature naturally. The walkout basement opens to a covered porch and a built-in storage shed. This porch is plumbed to accommodate the addition of an outdoor shower overlooking the creek.
The finished 2½-car garage has a high ceiling and plenty of room, plus its own mud area with built-in storage for coats and boots.
Other interior features include a 7-zone sound system pre-wired for additional areas of the home, and an elevator shaft that currently serves on each level as a storage closet.
Extensive professional landscaping enhances the home’s natural setting. Weeping cherry trees, spruces, ornamental grasses, oak leaf hydrangeas, purple plums, lilacs, viburnums, butterfly bushes, dogwoods, amur maples, redbuds and rhododendrons tastefully surround the home.
While the location is private, it offers ready access to the extensive resort amenities available at The Greenbrier, as well as the nearby communities of Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs.
The Greenbrier Sporting Club is a private residential community on the Greenbrier’s 10,000-acre grounds. Facilities available to members include swimming pools, championship golf courses, an equestrian complex, a climbing wall, 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a private casino. The resort’s dozen or so restaurants include a traditional main dining room, and Prime 44, an exclusive steak house.
Nearby Lewisburg, named the Coolest Small Town in America in 2011, offers boutique shopping, fine dining, live music at Carnegie Hall, performances at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, an 8-screen multiplex movie theater, and an ambitious year-round schedule of community festivals and events. The State Fair of West Virginia takes place annually in August. Snowshoe Mountain ski resort, the largest ski complex in the mid-Atlantic states, is a scenic 2-hour drive to the north.
An exceptionally attractive and functional luxury home in a unique setting, this one-of-a-kind property offers scenic beauty, privacy and ready access to all the amenities and activities of the Greenbrier Sporting Club.