Known as “Dancing Quail Hollow”, this property has occasionally functioned as a retreat centre, hosting large and small groups. Gracious, highly energy efficient, custom-built, executive residence sited on 39+ picturesque acres, traversed by “Piper Creek” and offering glorious panoramic views.
As a Retreat Centre
The various indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the property can be used for large or small meetings, workshops or weekend gatherings. The 39 picturesque acres of rolling hills, wetlands and forests features a trail leading to an outdoor labyrinth with possible locations for overnight camping guests, and a roughed in parking lot area. The very large “games room” can seat up to 100 people galley style, the livingroom a 14-16 people gathering, and the deck 25–30 in a circle. There are two kitchens, one in a separate apartment and one designed by a gourmet chef to accommodate multiple chefs and lots of helpers. The house is highly energy efficient, easy to maintain, built from footings to roof with ICF construction. It also has a back up water supply, back up wood heating, attached green house and attached root cellar, large attached garage and another full size “under garage”.
Restorative energy abounds throughout the property.
As an Executive Residence
The Main Floor
The main floor of this magnificent home comprises a unique, open concept floor plan offering; spacious, bright, principal areas with integrated wood burning fireplace, a gourmet-designed walnut & granite kitchen with large pantry, a luxurious, private master suite with reading room, walk-in closet, and an elegant, travertine marble bathroom, plus two guest bedrooms, Extending from this level are; a “country size”, two car garage. a fabulous enclosed deck overlooking the property and an open, “easy living”, gracious front porch.
The Lower Level
The lower level was designed to accommodate guests and additional family members, workshop/retreat possibilities. It offers a sunny, full, two-bedroom apartment as well as a very large recreation/games room with access to a greenhouse, the rear garden area, a cold room, a full “under garage” and stairs leading to the front hall on the main level of the house.
The property provides a kaleidoscope of changing landscape; hills, grassland, forests, wetlands and sky, a full 39+ acres of fascinating variety; fields, streams, maples, pines, cedar, willow and aspens. The landscaping at the front of the house is casual, mature and parklike. The back of the house overlooks a view for miles. A trail running west from the house leads through the fields and forest to a simply designed, stone labyrinth, surrounded by wild grasses, flowers and aspen.
In the spring and the fall, this land is often a gathering place for migrating birds; blue jays, black birds, red wing black birds, robins and morning doves. Many unusual and beautiful birds frequent the location including a pair of gyrfalcons from the high arctic. And, of course, wild animals such as deer, foxes, coyote, rabbits, are seen from time to time.
The Energy Efficiency
The design and positioning of the house is passive-solar, i.e. it is oriented directly south, with custom roof angles on both levels so that the sun heats the rooms in winter and provides shade in the summer.
In the winter a highly efficient, integrated fireplace circulates heated air throughout the house via fans connected to furnace. In fact, the propane furnace will not come on, even at -20 C if the sun is out during the day and a good solid fire is enjoyed during the evening.
A gentle breeze cools the house in summer passing naturally from one end to the other, natural air movement.
Construction is “ICF” (Insulated Concrete Form), installed fully from the footings to the roof. This modern technology creates a home built to last. It uses a highly insulted, concrete/rebar construction method and, although it is expensive initially, it provides continuous savings over a lifetime.
A very abundant well provides fresh water even during drought conditions and a hand pump inside the house provides back up water when needed. There are numerous insulated outside water spigots, as well as a hot water spigot in the upper garage.
The deck is enclosed with screening and “Weather Wall” windows which allows ever changing possibilities for opening and closing the space to control the temperature and the breeze. It is, in essence, a three-season space.
The Design Elements
This home is designed to be “easy to live in and beautiful to the eye”.
As you walk through the front door, expansive windows provide a breathtaking experience of “nature inside”, absolutely stunning, constantly changing with the weather and the seasons.
As you move through the main level, high ceilings and a few gently curved walls, (baseboards and crown molding) create a graceful flow of energy, establishing a peaceful ambience and graceful spaces.
This level also features solid hardwood floors, elegant lighting, practical but gracious entrance halls to the garage and the front porch and a central rounded, free-form fireplace to welcome you.
The magnificent, walnut/granite kitchen is designed specifically for elegance as well as efficiency. The design accommodates many people working together, or, conversation for a few or, simply preparing a meal by yourself overlooking the magnificent view to the south as you chop vegetables or the park like front lawn view to the north as you clean the dishes.
Instead of “out buildings”, the lower level features an attached cold room designed as a root cellar, an attached green house, an attached “lower garage”, and a full two-bedroom suite for guests. This suite has a complete kitchen, a four -piece bathroom, living room/dining room area, and two full bedrooms.
The very large recreation/games room also has a four-piece bathroom, and could accommodate large meetings, large workshops, or be divided into more living space. The whole lower level has an insulated, engineered wooden floor throughout, is sunny, airy and bright.
The outside of the building features a highly resilient, minimal-care stucco finish, low maintenance trim, smaller windows to the north and a low profile to the roadside. There is very little traffic on Haynes Road, so living in the outside spaces is simply a real pleasure.
If you’re searching for a potential retreat centre and/or unique country residence this one has all it takes and then some.