Trails End a Private Equestrian Estate
Because there is so much to this wonderful property we have decided to break it up into bite size pieces. First watch the video featuring the main home, then take the 3D Virtual Walk Through Tour. Afterwards scroll through several of our favorite photos of the 3 stall barn with its own living quarters and then finally read the detailed property description. There is something here for everyone so enjoy and welcome to Trails End.
Main Home Video
3 D Virtual Walk Through Tour of Main Home
Some of our Favorite photos of the Barn and its living quarters featuring 2 bedrooms:
Complete Photo Slide Show
Detailed Property Description:
This unique home, consisting of approximately 6,000 square feet of heated/cooled space, is the result of 2 years of design by the owners, Betty and Frank Collins, and over 6 years of construction. The house, which faces north in a heavily wooded area and on a 35-acre lake with a pond in back, is sited specifically to provide complete privacy. Access for visitors is by way of the one-third mile washed-gravel/concrete front drive partially lined in stone that skirts a pond and terminates in a convenient circle with parking areas east of the house on the opposite side of an inlet from the lake. There is also a back drive for family use that takes one directly to the 3-car garage, with wood doors that appear to be hung with hinges and were custom-made on site. The garage is located on the west side of the house. There is no road within view of the house and unless one knows where to locate the house there is no finding it.
The stone front walkway, connecting the front drive to the front of the house, is designed to create the feel of a meandering stream, which separates around boulders and trees. The bridge over the lake inlet, which makes up a part of the front walk, continues that concept. The “meandering stream” takes a north branch as a board-walk terminating in a deck on the lake for enjoying the lake fully including appreciating spectacular sunsets and fishing. All landscaping has been designed to highlight the home’s natural setting and primarily utilizes plants indigenous to the area.
To reach the covered front porch on the first floor one must ascend a stone staircase. However, the main floor of the house is the second floor. Continue up the “cedar tree” staircase located on the west side of the front porch. The center post of the staircase is a cedar tree that had fallen in the back woods and was brought to the house for the purpose of supporting the staircase, giving the effect that the house was built around the tree. Our excellent finish carpenters laboriously fashioned a spiral staircase around the tree for one-half of the journey to the covered second floor porch with one-half of the staircase designed with cedar tree stringers. There is no visible support allowing the transition from spiral to “regular” staircase.
The arched “main” front door, framed by a peaked roof area, is a large 9’ x 4’ door of old tidewater cypress trimmed in stone, thereby giving it an appearance of a 10’ x 6’ door. Located on either side of the door are 2 large gas lights. The design of the house inside and out incorporates curves and angles unique in their presentation. In keeping with the use of natural elements, primarily wood and stone, the light fixtures continue such use and were custom-designed especially for the house with many having been crafted on-site.
Upon entry through the front door, one is captivated by a 26-foot vaulted ceiling made of cypress, heart-pine flooring, a spiral staircase to the left descending to the first floor, a massive stucco fireplace in the middle of the room that acts as a wall separating the family room from the garden room, a pond-like sunken hot tub spa surrounded by a tropical garden and natural stone, and a 3-dimensional wall mural on the right depicting a southwest scene. The mural, which extends from the peak of the 26-foot ceiling, flows down the wall into a three-dimensional authentic duplication of a Native American adobe dwelling.
The dining room entry, which appears to become part of and is thus compatible with the mountains in the mural, is framed in 150-year-old Amish hand hewn barn beams and draws one into a dining area designed with locally-grown red cedar pegged beams crisscrossing the ceiling and heart-pine flooring. Included in the dining room is a gas-log fireplace with a wood and stone mantel providing a perfect spot to enjoy a good book. The dining room chandelier is a limited edition black iron light fixture with massive natural quartz globes.
Separated from the family room by a massive white stucco wood-burning fireplace with gas starter is a raised garden room with travertine floor and a sunken spa surrounded by a built-in tropical garden wrapping around the spa and into the adjacent sun room. The spa is designed to look like a pond surrounded by stones. Above the spa are four sky lights which can be opened and closed electrically. The garden room, with its pecky cypress walls, also has a smaller stucco gas-log fireplace in one corner near the spa and a full-service, walk-behind wet bar with bar seating in the opposite corner of the garden room. A salt-water reef aquarium, the only barrier between the garden room and the kitchen, serves as one side of the bar. The bar top is of Spanish cedar trimmed in mahogany that sits atop a natural stone base and incorporates a wood sink that has been hand carved into the bar’s counter top. The bar includes a wine-cooler, subzero under-counter refrigerator/freezer and a built-in liquor/crystal cabinet with two wine racks made of terra cotta drain pipes.
The kitchen with its heart-pine flooring consists of a large center island with stone vegetable sink and Viking cook top. A large stone farmhouse sink is framed in stone and is located directly behind the cook top. All countertops are of granite extracted from a cave in Brazil and the light pendants were constructed on site of terra cotta drain pipes. With its Subzero side-by-side built-in refrigerator/freezer, gas Viking cook top, Viking double oven, Viking warming oven, silent Viking dishwasher, Dacor microwave, and easily-accessed pot and pan pull-out, the kitchen is well-equipped for even the best of chefs. The breakfast area has a built-in banquette with custom-made terra cotta drain pipe light pendants, a built-in granite-top desk and a built-in granite-top buffet service area. Directly off the breakfast room is a large butler’s pantry with a full freezer and coffee service/work area.
Adjacent to the garden room and opposite the kitchen is a sun room, which has travertine flooring, two walls of windows and an extension of the tropical garden that highlights the spa in the garden room. Also in that vicinity is a one-half guest bath with glass sink inlaid with copper leaves atop a custom-made unique cabinet and hand-made custom copper light fixtures.
Completing the second floor area is the master suite with heart-pine flooring. The master suite has a 26-foot cypress ceiling configured with an origami look from which a large chandelier made of mother-of-pearl extends. Additional master suite features include an armoire built into the wall, one-half of which conceals a spiral staircase to the third-floor loft and one-half of which conceals a small kitchen/entertainment area. The small kitchenette includes a microwave, instant hot water dispenser and garbage disposal. On the wall opposite the bed, stands a gas-log stucco fireplace which flows into a window seating area. The balcony off the master suite faces the lake and places one high among the trees – almost 20 feet above the ground.
The large master closet with its heart-pine flooring has fully built-in shelving and drawers and multi-level hanging space. The master closet includes a fully-equipped utility area with under-counter washer and dryer, over-counter cabinets for all laundry supplies and a built-in ironing board.
The master bath includes a heated travertine/stone floor, his and her vanity areas with Spanish cedar counter tops and custom-made light fixtures made of the same travertine stone as the floor, natural stone sinks, whirlpool bathtub, a natural stone wall from which extends a walk-in circular natural stone shower that we affectionately call the “cave,” and a separate toilet area.
The third-floor loft, which can be accessed from the hidden staircase in the master suite armoire and the spiral staircase in the sun room, consists of a complete library/home office complex and a fitness room. Opened to the master suite, the family room and the garden room with walls of chair rail height, the third-floor office offers views of the mural that add an entirely new and intriguing dimension of the southwest scene. The office, which overlooks the master suite, and the fitness room, which has its own balcony overlooking the water garden in back of the house, are designed so that others in the house can utilize the fitness room, which includes a sauna/steam bath, without infringing on the privacy afforded by the master suite. Located in the office is a fourth level reading loft. The view from the fitness room balcony takes in the woods behind the house, the water garden with its stone waterfall and the 2,500 square feet of multi-level back deck.
The deck, which offers many outdoor “rooms,” can be accessed from the house through 2 large sliding glass door “walls,” one 16-foot wide “wall” in the garden room and one 12-foot wide “wall” in the kitchen. Extending into the small one-half acre pond to the west of the house, the deck provides access by way of wide, 6” riser stairs to the woods and includes an outside kitchen area. The outside kitchen contains a 52” Viking grill with 2 side burners, a stainless steel sink, a custom-made ice chest, and bar-counter seating for six.
From the main floor one journeys down a custom-made spiral staircase to the game room on the lower level. The magnificence of the spiral staircase defies description. Built around a red cedar tree that received no preparation expect hand planing to remove the bark, the staircase is a focal point because of its beauty and unusual design. The center post, the only visible support, was carefully carved so that each step made of Spanish cedar and mahogany could be built into the post itself. The endless bent-wood hand rail winds its way from the second floor to the first floor beginning at the center post on the second floor, winding all the way around the large staircase opening, continuing down the stairs and terminating in the single and only newel post at the bottom.
Except for the utility room and the two full baths, each with natural stone flooring, the entire first floor has heart-pine flooring. The game room is supported by hand-hewn 12-inch square timbers and 3-inch x 12-inch hand-hewn exposed beams forming the ceiling. The focal point of the room is equally divided between a custom-made log pool table and a 12-foot wide wood-burning stone fireplace with gas starter. Built-in as part of the fireplace area are television/stereo cabinets, gun cabinets and a pool stick cabinet, all with lighted over-head glass display cabinets. The room also boasts a dining area and a complete kitchen/bar facility with copper countertops and copper back splash areas. This second kitchen is fully-equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove with glass cook top, microwave, instant hot water dispenser, bronze sink and mystery drawers.
Adjacent to one of the downstairs bedrooms is a large screened porch with “rusted” pressed metal ceiling and 2 ceiling fans. Overlooking the lake, the screened porch is a room that fully brings the outside inside.
Included in the first floor area are two bedrooms each with multiple built-in cabinets, a desk and entertainment areas. Each bedroom has direct exterior access and its own full bath designed of natural stone with custom-made light fixtures and custom-built shower doors. Each of the two bedrooms has a closet with built-in shelving and drawers.
Also on the first floor is a large utility room with natural stone flooring, a hidden built-in sewing area, a built-in dog shower, under-counter washer and dryer with cabinets overhead, a large area for folding clothes, built-in ironing board, and a large closet for cleaning supplies and brooms. Just inside the door to the garage are a one-half guest bath with custom-made stone light fixtures and a sports closet with built-in drawers, compartments and heated/cooled boot locker.
The three-car garage floor and adjacent storage area are covered in essentially indestructible hard rubber tiles. This flooring can endure, without damage, paint spills, and heavy trucks. In the event a tile is ever damaged, the damaged tile can be removed and replaced. However, no replacement has ever been necessary even though extras are on site if ever needed. A large vacuum allows for ease in vacuuming the floor as one would an interior floor and cleaning dust and debris from surfaces as well as car interiors.
There are three separate sound systems in the house. One with 8 speakers in the game room, the screen porch and the garage; one with 8 speakers in the family room, the garden room, the main second-floor kitchen and the back deck; and one with 4 speakers in the master bedroom and master bath. This entire sound system allows us to provide the same background music throughout the house and outside. This is especially useful when we entertain.
Every room in this house is replete with custom features and materials, and no space is wasted or unused. Every nook and cranny is incorporated into this fluid, comfortable and inviting home. Even though primarily southwest/west in design and built with indigenous material, the house has a flare descriptive of many areas throughout the country. All who have entered our home, including architects and builders who have had no previous input, have marveled at its unique design, character, warmth and quality of construction.
Welcome to Trail’s End.
-Complete Photo Slideshow-
Birds List (the below birds have been spotted from this property)
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Green Warbler
Le Conte’s Sparrow