Architectural Spotlight of Ellicottville

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Architectural Spotlight of Ellicottville
Your Own Downton Abbey
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By John Thomas
Staff Writer


    All right, so this isn’t exactly the Highclere Castle setting of the popular PBS series.  It is certainly a grand manor and all the better for being a modern home right in the heart of ski country.  And like any English countryside grand manor this home has impeccable design, beautiful woodwork, fireplaces aplenty, and commands a view of its surroundings.  

   The ski country setting is apparent right at the ground floor.  The entrance off the driveway opens to a mud/ski gear/laundry room that is the size of most NFL locker rooms.  There is also a family room with a fireplace, two bedrooms and a bath.  The built in wine locker keeps the vintages at just the right temperature.   The main floor has a great room the size of a basketball court.  It’s two-story stack of windows takes in the view of the mountains.  A field stone fireplace dominates the room.  Over in the corner is a full wet bar with a mini fridge.  Just past the bar is a glass-walled, built-in, tiled hot tub room.  The kitchen is a chef’s paradise; with twin grill ranges, and stainless a steel hood.  There is a second master bedroom with a fireplace, bay window, and a bath with an old fashioned tub with metal feet. 

   What manor would be complete without a poolroom?  This one is on the third floor and overlooks the living room.  It’s just off an alcove with a fireplace and the passage to the primary master suite.  This master also has bay window that takes in the view.  Yet another fireplace warms the room.  The bath has a gorgeous glass brick and stone shower.  Up a circular staircase is a whimsical child’s bedroom.  It has its own little living room and another circular staircase that ascends to a glassed in little “castle keep,” that marks the highest point of the home.

   When you think about it, real castles are just too cold and drafty.  What could be better than a modern home with upscale appointments, and modern heating systems to complement the fireplaces?   This mini castle is in ski country, close to golf, and downtown Ellicottville.  It may not be Highclere Castle, but it sure feels like it.  For more information about this property contact Cathleen Pritchard Associate Broker ERA Team VP Real Estate 716-983-4234. 

The wood and stone façade has distinct vertical lines that strongly suggest a castle.


Fit for holding court, the dining room is next to the see through fireplace in the living room.


The granite counter tops, cherry cabinets, and copper ceiling create a beautiful working space. The twin stainless steel ranges, and Kohler sinks make it a truly grand kitchen.


The height of the living room can be seen here. Its grandeur is enhanced by the beautiful woodwork. The field stone fireplace is on the right.


The imposing living room seems right out of Downton Abbey. The circular staircase on the left ascends to the poolroom. The windows take in the view of the mountains.


The master suite has a bay window and a fireplace. Note the turret-like ceiling.