Embrace Winter in Rustic Style


After a cold winter day, there’s just something special about coming home to a rustic, yet comfortable atmosphere that effortlessly embraces the season. The good, old-fashioned features of these six homes complete with strong barn beams, stone hearths, wood paneling, wood stoves and more, are sure to set the mood for a pleasant, warm evening indoors.  Whether taking in the view from the warmth of a cozy living room or returning after a long day of winter sports on the mountain, each residence boasts an ambiance ideal for slipping on those warm, fuzzy slippers and watching the night unfold by the glowing heat of the fire.

142 Trailside Road—Windham, NY

This mountain chic, modern home is the ultimate skier’s retreat! Meticulously constructed with the perfect fusion of high-end, luxurious finishes and rustic, ski-lodge style authenticity, this mountaintop residence graciously welcomes the winter season through an avid winter sportsman’s eyes.  Situated just steps away from the slopes of Windham Mountain, 142 Trailside Road is a true architectural masterpiece, boasting an impressive wood paneled and stone walled entrance that leads to either the large family room with a wood burning stove, or the upstairs living room, spacious, open kitchen and dining room.  In the living room, residents can warm their toes after a long day on the mountain by a stone fireplace surrounded by an inviting and stylish country atmosphere of custom designed alder wood paneling, hand scraped walnut floors and wood beamed cathedral ceilings.  To top it off, floor to ceiling windows allow for expansive panoramic views of Windham and the Catskill Mountains, savoring every moment of the season.

If that’s not enough to complete your winter evening indoors, the multi-level, six bedroom home even includes a spa fully equipped with a sauna, steam shower and soaking tub—the perfect way to unwind and melt away the cold chill of this February weather.

Although not right on the slopes, 381 Leonhardt Road in Becket, MA also presents the perfect opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to unwind and relax in a beautiful, rustic country setting.

Enjoy stunning 50-mile panoramic views of Mr. Greylock and Vermont from the comfort of a spacious living room that offers a custom stone fireplace and post and beam structure, which comprises the overall style of the rustic, conveniently located retreat.  Situated just a short distance from the popular Ski Butternut and Jiminy Peak, this New England lifestyle home clearly embraces and appreciates the beautiful Berkshires and all that it has to offer to the absolute fullest.

Although not as outwardly rustic in appearance, here are two Connecticut homes that contain a unique combination of country-rustic meets smooth contemporary style. 165 Wellington Drive in Stamford, aims to bring the outdoors in by focusing on the property’s surrounding nature. Its large windows, wood paneling and elegant, yet rustic features, all add to this natural spotlight, while the overall feel of the home still maintains a modern, mid-century design.

20 Mike Road in Litchfield boasts a traditional Colonial style that, upon entrance, transforms to an interior of meticulous rustic details, reminding residents and visitors of its country location.  Natural elements including its 34-foot high, hewn white pine beamed living room ceiling, stone fireplaces and walnut-finished floors grace the home with character and an appropriate setting to warm up after a chilly winter day outside.

If you’re looking for even more rustic authenticity, these two converted barn structures create unparalleled charming winter atmospheres. Madison’s 6 Opening Hill and 67 Squire Road in Roxbury, CT were both former barns that have been skillfully transformed into country chic living spaces by expert designers and architects. 

Renowned architect Philip Johnson created this masterpiece of glass walls with a barn-style foundation, exemplifying rural history meets sophisticated, modern-day comfort.

The living room of this reconstructed, antique home now serves as a homey space for residents to enjoy the simple beauties in life, surrounded by authentic elements of its former barn structure mixed with luxurious accents of today. In both cases, a cold winter evening in the warm comforts of these two homes is tough to beat.

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