A private half-mile gravel driveway leads to this spacious 5-bedroom, 4-bath contemporary log home nestled in a mature growth forest in Summers County, 15 minutes from Hinton. Constructed by Hearthstone Homes, a company specializing in high-quality log and timber frame designs, and finished with unique custom touches, this comfortable home is an ideal nature lover’s retreat.
Tucked in a wooded setting with stone retaining walls, this two-story home with a full basement is constructed of massive dovetailed Western Hemlock logs with traditional chinking. The front steps lead to a full-length porch with a handcrafted front door.
The living room features a large stone fireplace and chimney, built-in bookcases and cabinetry, and a picture window overlooking the woods and a nearby creek.
The nearby TV room/den has built-in walnut cabinetry and bookshelves constructed by a local craftsman, and a 13-foot chalkboard popular with children and adults. Attractive oak flooring is used throughout the house.
The kitchen has countertops of two surfaces: slate in the working and prep areas, and an elevated counter hewn from a maple log from the property, which serves as an eat-at counter with stools, perfect for nibbling, enjoying a mug of coffee or having casual meals. The kitchen’s maple cabinetry matches this counter. Appliances include an electric Jenn-Air range with a downdraft exhaust, a Kenmore refrigerator-freezer, and a Bosch dishwasher.
Just off the kitchen, the dining area has a long built-in window seat under a picture window. The dining area opens onto a stone patio perfect for grilling, and some surprise extras bound to please children or grandchildren: a built-in swing set, a slide and an elevated playhouse with climbing wall.
On the other side of the kitchen a mudroom with a ceramic tile floor and a utility sink connects to the large two-car garage housing an additional refrigerator and freezer.
The second level, accessed by an eye-catching staircase with 4-inch pine treads, includes 5 bedrooms, three over the main part of the house and two over the garage, 3 full bathrooms, and an office. The spacious master suite has a cathedral ceiling, a walk-in closet, a built-in bookcase and a stone fireplace. The master bath has a separate shower and a large soaking tub, a vanity with a granite top, and a tile floor.
The second bedroom has a ceiling fan and a large closet, a nook for a desk, and a kids’ sleeping loft with a built-in ladder. The third bedroom also has a large closet and ceiling fan, built-in bookcases and cabinets. The second bath has an attractive green tile floor, a double vanity with a decorative backsplash, and a tub-shower combo. The third bath has a tub-shower and a linen closet.
Also on the second level, overlooking the back yard, is an office with two large bookcases and a ceiling fan.
Continuing down the hallway, two additional bedrooms over the garage are a bit smaller than the others, and have a very comfortable feeling. An additional room could be used as a small office or converted into a closet.
The full dry basement, accessed from the kitchen and outside, has a woodshop and storage space, two woodstoves, and a root cellar. The hot water tank is located here.
The home is set up with three heating options: wood heat, an electric furnace, and electric baseboards.
High quality double-hung and casement Kolbe windows are used throughout the home.
The 391-acre property is 95% wooded, with maple, red and white oak, hickory, ash, walnut, wild cherry and beech trees. There are three young hybrid chestnut trees, 15/16 American Chestnut and 1/16 Chinese Chestnut, a strain developed to resist chestnut blight. In years past part of the property was a managed forest, but no timber has been harvested in 20 years. Two or three miles of logging roads wind through the woods, making excellent hiking trails. Wildlife is abundant, with deer, turkey and grouse frequently seen, along with the occasional bear. There is a fenced vegetable garden area near the house, and several flower gardens.
Several seasonal streams flow through the property; a stone spring box just below the house protects the most developed spring, which once supplied drinking water for the homeowners and others in the vicinity. Utilities (electricity and phone) are buried to maintain the appearance of the natural setting.
The property is in an area of Summers County settled by homesteaders more than a hundred years ago, with a number of small, nearly self-sufficient farms. At one time the current owners had a maple sugaring operation and currently maintain a beekeeping operation; equipment for both is included in the purchase. There is also a chicken coop in good condition, ready for egg production.
An attractive and comfortable home with artistic touches, surrounded on all sides by Mother Nature, Cat Wisdom is a one-of-a-kind West Virginia property, only minutes from the Greenbrier and New Rivers and Bluestone Lake. Nearby are the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area, Pipestem State Park, and the Bluestone Camp and Retreat, which is owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church. Lewisburg, WV, is a scenic 45-minute drive away, along the Greenbrier River, and Beckley, WV, and Blacksburg, VA, are approximately an hour. Roanoke, VA, and Charleston, WV, are about 2 hours.