Luxurious French Country Cottage with Exclusive Lake Access, Durango, Colorado

Welcome to this iconic lakefront home in Durango, Colorado located down a secluded winding road through the aspen and pine trees of the San Juan Forest, perched on the edge of Columbine Lake and only one mile to Purgatory resort. This exceptional property presents a captivating transformation of the original log cabin into a breathtaking French country cottage, seamlessly blending rustic charm with elegant sophistication. Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring mountain landscape, this 2,228 sq ft home offers unparalleled views of the serene lake from nearly every room. Adorned with authentic French antique fixtures and iron work, artisan stone and tile, and a leaded glass Dutch front door handmade by Durango craftsman Doug Christie. The custom French tile roof, where each tile was carefully sourced and imported from France, including the installer, adds an authentic touch of European elegance. The exterior boasts intricate stonework and detailing, iron railings crafted by Durango artist Kelly Hurford, and custom wood windows further accentuating the timeless beauty of this home. This distinctive home is warm and inviting, yet roomy enough to feel luxurious. With two bedrooms offering lake views, as well as a spacious loft that comfortably fits three twin beds, there is ample room to accommodate guests and create cherished memories. The guest bathroom is a true masterpiece, featuring a hammered copper tub where you can unwind and soak away the cares of the day while admiring the craftsmanship of the custom vanity and decor. The upholstered ceiling in the primary suite adds a touch of opulence and softness to the room, while the stone flooring, laid in a herringbone pattern, creates a timeless and sophisticated ambiance. A cozy alcove is thoughtfully designed for the bed and strategically positioned to provide stunning views of the lake through oversized windows. The custom stone shower welcomes you into the thoughtfully designed primary bathroom. French-styled vanities exude elegance, while beautiful built-in storage ensures ample space for all your essentials. Custom wall paintings add a touch of artistic flair, elevating the ambiance and further enhancing the serene and calming atmosphere of this space. Completing the primary suite is a large walk-in closet with ample built-in shelving to accommodate your wardrobe needs and organize your belongings with ease. Enjoy cozy evenings with in-floor radiant heat or the captivating stone fireplace in the spacious and open living room with vaulted ceilings and the beauty of the wood from the original cabin surrounding you. The open floor plan seamlessly connects the living and dining room, allowing for effortless flow and a sense of togetherness. As you move through the space, your attention will be drawn to the gourmet kitchen, a culinary masterpiece that exudes both style and functionality. Custom stone flooring sets the foundation, while intricate tile details at every corner add a touch of artistry and sophistication. The custom vent hood is a stunning focal point that commands attention and is expertly accentuated by the custom cabinetry. The large windows create the perfect space to cook, entertain, or simply enjoy your morning coffee. Step outside onto the patio and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the lake while enjoying the abundant wildlife including Canadian geese, moose, and hummingbirds. The patio features a built-in Dacor gas grill, allowing you to savor delightful al fresco dining experiences while relishing the stunning backdrop of the lake and surrounding landscape. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy countless perennials conveniently watered with a drip system connected to a cistern. One of the most remarkable features of this property is the direct and private access to the water with over 350 feet of waterfront property. Imagine mornings spent on the shore, paddling out in your kayak or paddle board.

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