A grand, handcrafted log cabin at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain is custom-made for exhilarating winter getaways and big gatherings.
Skiing mecca Sugarloaf is probably as renowned for its bustling social scene, family-friendly vibe, and tightly knit community of dedicated “Loafers” as it is for its world-class slopes. After hours spent kicking up fresh powder, folks here gather for cocktails and meals, basking in the glow of a fire — and the blissful exhaustion fresh air and exercise ushers in.
In 2004, a doctor from Waterville built the 7,500-square-foot Fireside Lodge to host the kind of slopeside get-togethers he treasured. Nestled in a grove of pine, fir, and aspen trees on a private street off the Sugarloaf Access Road, the five-bedroom, four-bath retreat can accommodate a passel of loved ones. The kitchen, fit out with stainless-steel appliances, opens into a sweeping great room with cathedral ceilings and a prodigious fireplace — one of seven in the house — hewn of intricately laid granite and Corinthian fieldstone. Floor-to-peak windows on the west side invite light and the forest in, and offer glimpses of cobalt sky and the snowy crest towering in the distance. Outside, a vast deck immerses you in the wooded setting.
With its log walls and framing, live-edge wood tables and countertops, and amenities including a sauna, hot tub, ski-tuning room, Ping-Pong table, and radiant heating, the home has the feeling of a luxury ski lodge, as well as the convenience. Drive 5 minutes to the slopes or pick up a shuttle at the end of the driveway.
Garth Farquhar, owner of Tobique Log Homes, designed and built the lodge in New Brunswick, using spruce logs harvested from 100-foot-tall trees. Each log was peeled of its bark with drawknives, then scribed and notched with chainsaws and axes, a process that preserves the natural taper and nuanced undulations of each piece. Farquhar then disassembled the structure, numbering each log, and trucked it to Sugarloaf for reassembly.
“When you’re standing in the house looking at these massive logs,” says broker Dan McCarron, of Lakepoint Real Estate, — or gazing out at the vast beauty of your surroundings —“it really inspires an awe of nature.”