Saddle Notch Ranch is a classic mountain retreat located about 15 minutes’ drive west of Loveland at the end of a good graveled county road that provides excellent year-round access. It occupies an exceptionally private site completely surrounded by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Its 367± deeded acres contain some truly dramatic terrain where high mountain meadows are set against steep cliffs, colorful rock formations and timbered hillsides. The centerpiece of the property is the custom designed nearly 11,000 square foot log home that is almost more of a work of art than a house. A large barn and four bedroom guest house make this an ideal retreat for friends and extended family even though the main house is designed to be comfortable for just the owners when they are there on their own. It doubles as a seasonal retreat or a year-round home just a short drive from the extensive social and cultural amenities of Colorado’s Front Range.
Just the Facts
- 367± deeded acres
- 14 miles west and 25 minutes from Loveland, Colorado
- Nearly enveloped by Roosevelt National Forest
- Exceptional primary residence – 10,929± square foot Pioneer log home
- Guest house
- Equipment shop/barn
- Large lake, several drainages and springs
- Excellent views
- Absolute privacy
- Dramatic elevation changes
- Transitional landscape ranging from valley bottom to heavy timber to high elevation rock outcroppings and cliff faces
- Migratory wildlife, small game species and a variety of bird species
- Easy drive and accessibility to Loveland, Berthoud and Front Range
- Year-round county road access
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are an hour’s drive to the west and feature over 450 square miles of protected wilderness in a wildlife sanctuary. Within 30 minutes of Saddle Notch is a brand new TPC Golf Course located at Berthoud, and El Dora ski resort is an hour’s drive from the property. Northern Colorado Regional Airport provides commercial services and Ft. Collins-Loveland Jet Center provides private services, located just minutes outside of Loveland. all of the amenities and convenient access along the front range of Colorado are just minutes away from the beauty and extreme privacy of Saddle Notch.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Saddle Notch is unencumbered by any conservation easements. It would unquestionably lend itself to an easement. The tax benefits from such a donation or the proceeds from a sale of an easement would have the effect of significantly reducing the purchase price.
This estimated 10,929 square foot building was designed to accommodate extended family and guests, while at the same time being comfortable for the owners to live there on their own. The husband is a second-generation cabinet maker and he and his wife have made this house a personal statement about their love and appreciation of wood and custom craftsmanship, as well as the dramatically beautiful site location. The 22” average diameter logs are red cedar and sourced in British Columbia. All the interior cabinet work was handcrafted by the owner and is truly exquisite. The log accents are amazing, truly one-of-a-kind and must be seen in person.
Furnishings were sourced primarily in Cody, Wyoming, which is home to some of the West’s best furniture makers, many of whom work in the old Molesworth tradition. We are told, tongue in cheek, that she was given an unlimited budget and she exceeded it! Renowned Peter Fillerup was commissioned by the owners for various bronze works, lighting, chandeliers, and fireplaces. The wood accent carvings and some of the custom cabinetry were created by the visionary Paul Stark. A massive Eagle and Lion, perfectly located above the fourth-floor tower room, overlook the face of the home.
The house contains two wood burning fireplaces and four gas fireplaces, and 3,830± square feet of outdoor patio and deck space. Huge windows specifically built for the home provide spectacular views to an equally and uniquely beautiful setting. The main floor has two bedrooms, including the master and two bathrooms, along with a massive great room that was designed to accommodate up to 30 people if needed. There is also a powder room, a one-bedroom studio with bathroom, and a full kitchen over the garage. The lower floor includes a theater with 16 - person stadium seating, a game room, family room, two more bedrooms, bathrooms, and a powder room.
The guest house is a comfortable four-bedroom log house with two bathrooms. It is approximately 1,940± square feet and also includes a 1,160± square foot deck, a living room, and a family room. A recently remodeled kitchen includes new granite countertops with a new sink and faucets. Additionally, a new wood floor and walk-in shower complement the guest home. The guest house allows the ranch to sleep an extended family or large groups of friends.
The buildings are beautifully and comfortably furnished, and the ranch is offered fully furnished and equipped. A list of inclusions and exclusions is available upon request.
The ranch also includes a 9,280± square foot barn that has been used for entertaining, and features a custom woodworking shop and bathroom. Upstairs offers 2,496± square feet of recreational space including, a full kitchen, bathroom, and wood burning fireplace. This multi-dimensional building also offers 832± square feet of deck space and four 10’ x 12’ stalls, and a tack room.
There is a small storage building offering 900± square feet of additional space.
The building compound is beautifully landscaped with large rocks, vegetation, mature trees, and water features which really set off the main home.
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