On these cold and dreary winter days when the temperature is plunging, many of us begin to envy bears in the wild, who just take a long nap that lasts till spring. It’s a fine idea.
But since hibernation isn’t an option for humans, why not indulge in dreams of cozy log cabins, where weekends can even stretch to seven days long?
And since we’re fantasizing here, let’s throw in luxury features and fabulous locations, far enough from civilization to get away from it all, but close enough for you to get out when you’re in need of some company or recreation?
We’ve found five ultraluxe log cabins that fulfill these reveries. They’re all for sale, but many of them are also available for short-term rental, so you can try before you buy.
Dare to dream…
Cabin in the woods: This 7,000-square-foot cabin is more like a castle in the woods, with a fortified exterior, three fireplaces, five bedrooms, and six baths.
Most people don’t realize there’s a posh mountain community close to Sin City. The Mount Charleston area is where folks go in the summer to cool off, or stay cozy in the winter when they tire of the dry and frigid desert winds.
You might even be tempted to stay here all year round. The luxe home features custom ironwork, a chef’s kitchen with three ovens, heated balconies and decks, a massive primary suite, game lounge, gym, and office space. The property even comes with a private stream.
And perhaps best of all, it truly is move-in ready. All furniture and artwork, including the bronze statues, are included in the sale.
Waterfront wonder: This spectacular cabin on a lake comes with its own revenue source. Located in a thriving resort community about a two-hour drive from New York City, the four-bedroom cabin and attached two-bedroom luxury apartment have a “well-established” Airbnb rental history, according to the listing.
This rustic-style, 4,552-square-foot dwelling has spacious rooms and decks that overlook a picturesque lake. It’s heated by an impressive stone fireplace, as well as an energy-efficient radiant heating system. A sauna and jetted spa are on the premises as well.
There are plenty of cozy spaces as well as grand gathering rooms with vaulted ceilings and remarkable views.
This home also comes fully furnished, so you or your short-term renters can walk right in, sit right down, and just relax.
Outdoorsy opulence: Located in the scenic Four Corners area (where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet), this is a recreation lover’s dream.
The beautiful three-bedroom, four-bath, 3,812-square-foot A-frame log cabin is close to national monuments and opportunities to ski, hunt, fish, hike, raft, and mountain bike in the great outdoors. Restaurants and shops are also nearby in Durango.
The cabin sits on 9 acres dotted with pine trees. It features charming rustic decor, as well as modern luxuries that make life easier. Ceilings are vaulted, views are expansive, accommodations are plush, and craftsmanship is superb. Woods including cedar, aspen, Tennessee pine, and mahogany have all been attractively used.
Tennessee twofer: This lovely log cabin about a half-hour drive from Nashville is an ideal retreat or year-round residence. It sits on 7 wooded acres and offers three bedrooms and 3.5 baths in 3,991 square feet of living space. It’s kept warm and toasty by two fireplaces and a wood-burning stove.
The attached guest quarters come with a separate entrance, laundry space, kitchen, living area, and bedroom. In addition, there’s a detached, three-car garage, workshop, and greenhouse area.
Equestrian estate: We saved the best for last. This 14.4-acre property features a four-bedroom, 4.5-bath luxe cabin measuring 3,746 square feet. There’s also a first-rate, two-stall barn with sleeping space (for humans), a feed room, and a washing station.
The living quarters include soaring ceilings, massive windows, designer lighting, and an impressive stone fireplace that is both unique and inviting. The furnishings (with a few exceptions) are included in the sale.
The grounds feature professional landscaping, walking and riding paths, a fire pit and sitting area, and a waterfall. The property is located within 15 minutes of the quaint town of Cashiers.
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