Why This Aspen Ranch is the Ultimate Retreat
Comprising 35 acres of undulating Colorado hillside and glistening creek, this is the country compound perfected.
Words: Hannah McWilliams
Images: Brent Moss
Access. Beauty. Grandeur. While the definition of luxury is ever-evolving, most would agree that these characteristics play an uncompromising part. Indeed, the Rocky Mountains meet every one of the traditional requirements, but perhaps most attractive is their unique ability to evoke levity in the midst of opulence.
Here in the Aspen area, skiers and equestrians retire to modern-day kingdoms; fly fishermen and climbers cap off a day in the wilderness with Michelin-starred cuisine. Ski lifts climb skyward atop many-acred country estates, while barns border mansions on the livestock-canvassed landscape. If ever a community married recreation with royalty, this is the one.
Embodying the best of the region’s live/play mentality, this Woody Creek compound presents ample opportunity for sport and sanctuary alike. Set atop 35 acres of prime Colorado countryside, the main home is complemented by a functioning, century-old barn, heron-inhabited bird sanctuary, roping arena, and countless ponds and streams.
Spend summers hiking or biking the mountain trails. Catch fresh trout for dinners al fresco. Traverse the hillsides on horseback — all without ever leaving the grounds. As the weather cools, take to the world-renowned slopes for skiing or boarding or snowshoe your way across your own flake-dusted domain. And at the end of every outing, return home to your Poss Architecture-designed, sandstone-and-reclaimed wood villa. “This handsome, Tuscan-style farmhouse delivers the authentic Woody Creek experience,” asserts Compass’ Managing Director of Aspen Steven Shane, citing the home’s seamless integration amid its environs.
“The perfect private retreat, it represents all that Aspen was and continues to be.”
Exposed beams, wood-burning fireplaces, and 1,000-year-old Jerusalem masonry evoke the rugged landscape, while herringbone chestnut flooring, French doors, and personal elevator exemplify refined comforts.
Complete with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, the home entices out-of-town guests. Your most honored visitors can claim first dibs on the second master suite, complete with private terrace. “The ideal legacy compound, it certainly lends itself to countless generations of family enjoyment,” observes Aspen Vice President Doug Leibinger.
“Its timelessness is only surpassed by its warmth.”
The state-of-the-art kitchen, equipped with Wolf range, Asko dishwasher, and Sub-Zero refrigerator, services both a formal dining room and intimate breakfast area. Complementing these is a gracious covered porch, replete with Viking grill, two fireplaces, and a hot tub.
Care to stay in? Adding to the extensive outdoor entertainment options are a wine cellar and tasting room, a media den complete with wet bar, and bookshelf-lined home office. Should you opt to venture out, the glamorous shops, nightlife, and eateries of Aspen are a mere 10 minutes away, while the storied ambience of Woody Creek Tavern (a no-frills watering hole favored by Hunter S. Thompson among others) is but a mile down the road.
Whether you’re heeding the call of the mountain, exploring the vibrant village culture, or retreating within your pristine estate, luxuriate in a home that begs its enjoyment above all.