Stunning Custom Waterfront Adirondack On Private Island
Highland Lake Waterfront Private Island Retreat. The clean waters of Highland Lake in the town of Winchester in Litchfield County surround this 1.7 acre island once known as "Club Island" in the early 1920's with a lot of great history here and on various parts of this 444 acre boating lake. In 2007 the present owners hired Mackin Architects in North Salem, NY to create a rustic camp style Adirondack home reminiscent of the Gilded Age in American Architecture. Every detail of this fine home was thoughtfully executed right down to the artful creation of the posts and beams from Lake Placid. The open floor plan has water views from all sides of this extraordinary residence. Porches on both sides of the house one of which is screened all have water views and the stone patio, dock and firepit at the lakeside is another well appointed entertaining area. A massive two story stone fireplace in the living room with beadboard siding and soaring ceiling is open to the dining room and a kitchen that will excite the gourmet cook with custom built cabinetry, center island, 6 burner Wolfe range with grill and commercial style ventilation system. Honed granite sink, sub-zero refrigerator, wine cabinets and more. A library and two bedrooms with 1 1/2 baths is on the main level. The second floor master has water views as all bedrooms do, built-ins and a bath with a Rohl vintage look soaking tub and separate tiled shower. Three additional bedrooms and two full baths complete the second level.
The lower walkout level has a spacious 36X60 game room with heated floor, wet bar, dishwasher, ice maker and refrigerator. There is also a fine wine cellar. A custom outfitted home theater with seven (7) seats and electronic screen will fill the void when the sun is not shining. The natural landscaping with stone steps, mountain laurel and birch trees creates a setting second to none and also has a large lookout rock with steps to the top saved from the early days as Highland Lake was evolving into a summer resort area. The remains of a fenced grass tennis court is still on the property and the two car detached garage has a nice studio with half bath on the second floor. An outdoor shower, toilet and changing rooms are on the property as well. A generator, central air conditioning, quality mechanicals, beautiful wood flooring, hardware that was carefully chosen as well as lighting fixtures are just a few notable features. Just 2 hrs. to NYC and Boston, the area is 30 min. to Bradley International Airport, skiing and hiking in the immediate area and Tanglewood, Lennox and Stockbridge under an hour drive. Many fine restaurants and seasonal venues in this fine area of Litchfield County. Boating and fishing at the lake is notable and quiet hour on summer Sunday eves brings out the kayaks, canoes and paddle boarders. Highland Lake is a hidden gem and truly a beautiful lake all four seasons.