Rarely does a house, ultimately made up of walls, ceilings, and floors, invoke a need for a moment of silence in awe and admiration. This feeling is one you’ll never forget once you have it, will have difficulty explaining to others, and it’s one you’ll be all too familiar with following your acceptance of our invitation inside of Vail Valhalla. Prepare to raise your standards of what “home” can be. The home is only 30 yards from the slope, though access may depend on seasonal snowfall.
The glass-lined gateway into bliss you'll first see as you glide into the spacious driveway is but a sneak peak of the grandeur of this mountainside mansion that, while flirting the line, always avoids ostentation. As the delightfully soaring ceilings of the entryway beckon you inside the front door, the homage this home pays to the natural glory of Vail Valley becomes immediately apparent. Elegant stone reaches sky-high, mindfully leading your eye to the dazzling candelabra chandeliers above. Allow the warm lighting from modern valances that line the hallway to guide you in further- the best is truly yet to come.
In the living room, take a moment to appreciate the marriage of rustic and modern on display. This grand living space also features a 5-seater bar area with full wine fridge and offers access to the dining room, boasting wall-to-wall windows and sweeping views of ridgelines and alpenglow. Seating 10, even a casual meal will feel gourmet at this solid wood table. The connected deck offers one of many opportunities for al fresco dining in this home, with dining seating for 4 plus two additional loungers.
When it’s time to channel your inner Lagasse or Cora (or perhaps allow someone else to take on the task of creating an edible masterpiece), you’ll find the kitchen of your dreams, tucked away here just above Vail Village. Dual Wolf gas ranges with the added convenience of a pot filler faucet sit across a stainless steel-topped island from frosted glass cabinets and Sub-Zero fridge and freezer. Don’t worry about running out of space in this freezer- there’s a separate freezer drawer tucked discreetly into the wood cabinetry alongside a dishwasher and microwave drawer. Just outside on the patio, you’ll find the built-in grill.
Yet another living space on the main floor might provide a respite from the excitement of family time, or a chance to come together yet again for a film on the flat screen tv. The gas fireplace and plush furnishings ensure that the ambiance isn’t lost for a moment, and a powder room and large laundry room on this level adds extra convenience and comfort.
Just down the hall, you’ll find the exquisite Master Suite and Junior Master Suite, each a prize in its own right. Both individually boast a King bed, standing-room balcony, plus a seating area with added entertainment provided by a flat screen tv. You’ll have a hard time choosing between these suites, a challenge made more difficult by the spacious ensuite offered by each, with a stand-alone soaking tub and shower. Perhaps the steam shower that could fit the entire family and gas fireplace featured in the Master will be the tie-breaker?
Just upstairs, another 4 bedrooms await you. Each offers its own full ensuite, as well as its own special appeal. There’s a King Bed in each of three, plus the bunk room with two captain’s bunks. Back down two flights of steps, the lowest level features an additional king suite as well as a bedroom showcasing 2 queen beds and endless entertainment provided by a pool table and media wall. You won’t miss a moment of the action in this suite.
But the lower level isn't just for sleeping. Around the corner from the queen suite on this level is an expansive home theater built for lounging, as well as a fitness room and yoga studio. There’s a laundry and mud room here as well, which you’ll appreciate using to warm your boots after a day on the slopes.
Outside you’ll find arguably one of the most unique features of a home in the heart of Vail- your very own private pool and hot tub. With comfortable seating spread across the expansive patio area, you may have a hard time choosing between warming up in the spa or by the private fire pit nearby. Either way, you’ll be able to enjoy either very quickly after a day of skiing, as ski-in access across the street will bring you right back personal alpine paradise. Start your day on powder again as you ski down into Vail Village to catch any number of lifts up to the peaks above.
As you look out from your castle over the Vail Valley, remember that the memories you make here at Vail Valhalla will last a lifetime, as strong as the natural stone that threads through the walls, ceilings, and floors of this mountain masterpiece.
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5 Star Review
Stunning home in an amazing location on Vail! I stayed at this home for a few nights over the off-season, and it was a wonderful home base to enjoy a sleepier Vail. Walking down the ski road to the village for morning coffee was delightful, and I enjoyed hiking the trails on the mountain from our front door as well. I stayed down in the pool table bedroom and loved being able to open a door and step straight into the hot tub to wind down for the evening. I highly recommend this amazing retreat.