A cobblestone drive meanders up a knoll, past beautiful rock outcroppings while curving through tall pines, and sculptured manzanitas. This meandering drive will lead you to the private Tahoe-style retreat of 16400 Winchester Club Drive. You will be transported in time to a grand era when mountain lodges were built for elite travelers looking for a luxurious holiday. No expense was spared when building this impressive lodge. Every detail of this 8082 sq. ft. estate on 1.8 acres showcases exquisite materials and superb Craftsman-style details that exude old-world luxury. All four chalet-style bedrooms have their own luxury en-suites with incredible bathroom designs. There are five fireplaces, a total of six bathrooms, 30-foot hand-hewn beam ceilings, a music room, an entertainers kitchen with double appliances, two guest powder rooms, a nine-seat theatre room, billiards room, dumb-waiter, wet bar, wine cellar, three laundry rooms, two pantries, three-car garage, owned solar and outside terrace entertaining area with 75 miles of sunset views. This magnificent property is affectionately known as Smith Lodge throughout the Winchester Golf Club community for its award-winning design in exceptional architecture. Constructed in the likeness of the renowned Ahwahnee Lodge of Yosemite National Park, the Smith Lodge is also considered a crown jewel of Winchester.
Once you step upon the cobblestone drive and embrace the scent of fresh pine as the needles crunch under your feet, you will be awestruck by the bold, natural materials
and textures that blend seamlessly into the hilltop setting. The massive rock columns, huge hand-hewn beams, and natural wood siding are accented by artisan, Craftsman-style architecture, which demand both your attention and respect.
A mountain-style carriage house with real wood carriage doors sets away from the main lodge. Step inside and you will be pleased to find a functioning, one-car garage
with a full workshop, built-in cabinets, epoxy floors, and storage above.
Back outside, follow the gorgeous rock retaining wall past colorful Japanese maples and behold the grand entrance of Smith lodge. Huge rock columns support massive,
hand-hewn beams of Douglas fir that are connected with rustic iron brackets. English ivy drips down from the beams above. The trickling sounds from a bubbling rock
fountain welcome your senses. The path below your feet turns to slate flagstone and the massive, thick double doors of natural wood beckon you to enter. Step through the double doors into the “lobby” style foyer where classic elegance meets rustic charm.
An Immense floor-to-ceiling, double-sided rock fireplace immediately greets you. Massive hand-hewn beams frame the tall rotunda above and a spectacular antler chandelier crowns the space. Natural wood paneling wraps around the lobby and offsets the rock of the fireplace and slate floor. Sit, relax and unwind right here next to the crackling fire of your very own lobby.
Just off of the lobby entrance, you will find double doors that lead to a captivating balcony that offers spectacular views of the Sacramento valley. Step out under the cover of a huge, wood-beamed cathedral ceiling where delicate creeping fig wraps around stone columns that frame panoramic views of the horizon. Choose to sit and sip your favorite merlot or morning cup of coffee and just gaze at the natural wonder
that is set before you.
Back inside, follow the slate floors, past the massive, double-sided fireplace and you will behold the rustic elegance of this old world lodge. Step down onto the wide plank walnut wood floors and feast your eyes on the exquisite architecture of massive beams with iron accents arching the length of the estate. The expansive, all-encompassing floor plan opens from the dining area, to the kitchen and to the great room where yet another enormous stone fireplace beckons you in.
The dining room is nestled next to the massive, double-sided, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. A stately iron chandelier dangles over the dining area for dining in rustic
grandeur. The open floor plan of this immense space leads seamlessly into the kitchen, breakfast nook, and Great room.
The spacious kitchen is wrapped in natural knotty alder wood and boasts double islands, with wine storage, tall granite-covered countertops for entertaining, a wall of
open shelves, a baking area, and a dining bar. A dumb waiter that connects to the billiards room and theatre below is provided for convenience. The appliance package
is doubled in this estate with two dishwashers, two double GE monogram ovens, and two side-by-side GE monogram refrigerator-freezer combinations. A Thermador
professional range with 6 burners and a grill is flanked by built-in, sliding spice racks. There is a double sink and a prep sink in one of the large granite islands. A Massive
walk-in pantry is available to store everything needed for social gatherings or holiday celebrations. An etched glass pantry door mimics the silhouette of trees, pines, and birds. This huge panty contains built-in produce drawers, an impressive cabinet storage system, a prep area, and butcher block countertops with pullout storage drawers. The pantry is large enough to double as a butler’s pantry and second prep area. Just off of the kitchen, a breakfast nook is wrapped in stone. Large windows frame a view of a hillside rock water feature and gas fire pit.
A private half-stairway off of the kitchen leads to a two-car garage with epoxy floors. The two-car garage houses solar units by Sun Power. This private entranceway also leads you to an equally impressive laundry room. More built-in cabinets provide room for ample storage and are covered by spacious tile countertops for folding convenience. Crank the windows open to let the fresh air fill the room. There is even
a convenient doggy door available for your four-legged family member’s convenience.
Setting under the grandeur of 30 foot, cathedral ceilings, hand-hewn wood beams frame the great room. This style of old-world architecture is only seen in grand, luxury lodges. A second, floor-to-ceiling, stone fireplace is nestled in the corner of the great room to ensure that every inch of the lodge offers cozy comfort and a level of living that is unparalleled. Massive wood-clad windows line the walls to frame the impressive views of nature that provide natural art. All windows have
remote-controlled screens to allow the owner to change the level of sunlight at the touch of a button. A counter style, custom cabinet houses the huge pop-up, flat-screen TV to ensure surrounding views are not encumbered. With a touch of a button, you can command the TV screen to appear or disappear.
Step through the wood-framed french doors set under a glass transom off of the great room and you will find an exquisite music room. Natural wood paneling covers the walls as well as the neatly coffered ceilings above. Perfectly framed wood niches provide space for art or instrument display and are highlighted by well-placed lighting.
Off of the great room, traveling toward the wing of the owner’s suite, you pass a wall of built-in shelves that provides room for a personal library. This path leads you into a private office space. The office is spacious and boasts a custom desk and more magnificent views of nature. Natural lights flood the space and can be controlled through silhouette shades.
Past the office, french doors lead to the prestigious owner’s suite. A mountain retreat awaits to appeal to all of your senses and comfort needs. Vaulted cathedral ceilings
with hand-hewn beams hover above a great wall of stone that houses a hammered metal, artisan FPX gas fireplace, a flat-screen TV, and custom wood built-ins. A magnificent architectural window frames the private tree-top views of this room. There is discreet patio access and a huge walk-in closet with double entrances. The massive walk-in closet boasts an impressive built-in closet system and stackable
washer and dryer.
Step into the owner’s bathroom retreat to experience nature at its finest. Imagine a hike through the rugged boulders of lake Tahoe and suddenly a summer storm brings
an invigorating mountain shower to refresh your senses… this room offers you that experience in a spa-like setting. A man-made boulder beckons you to walk into the
wrap-around shower. Sit inside this massive rock and relax under the trickling waterfall that appears from the boulder. A hand-held wand and multiple waterspouts are available to complete the spa-like experience of showering outside among the boulders of Tahoe. Move back toward the circular jacuzzi bathtub and be awe-inspired by the views and amenities once again. The round, jacuzzi spa is centered under a wood, vaulted rotunda with a glass window wrapping around the entire space. Step over the leather finished granite that surrounds the round spa tub and sink into the soothing comfort of warm, bubbling water. Across the room is an arched mirror over a double vanity surrounded by more granite with a leather finish. The heavy texture of the sandstone walls is highlighted by craftsman-style lights. Every moment spent preparing for your day becomes an experience in nature when surrounded by this style of living.
Back to the great room of this lodge and you will be pleased to find numerous opportunities to access the wrap-around terrace which offers seventy-five miles of valley views! The expansive terrace is wrapped in wrought-iron rails and
waterproof decking covers the floors. The views from this top-of-the-world space are breathtaking and entice you to sit quietly to ponder the beauty before you. An outdoor kitchen boasts slate countertops, a professional Viking BBQ for fun family gatherings or entertaining friends under more of those hulking, hand-hewn, vaulted beams. A remote-controlled sunscreen is available for shade control. The architectural elements of this Tahoe lodge are highlighted in the over-scale, craftsman style, alabaster lights, and massive rock columns. Intriguing dolomite stucco walls glisten and sparkle in the sun. This is truly a place to enjoy nature and watch the ever-changing views on the horizon.
The main level powder bath to the right of the lobby entrance maintains the chalet experience with its unique decor. Three-dimensional walls of layered, Venetian
plaster greet your guests in a warm color. Artistic layers of chiseled, mirrored glass wrap around a vessel sink to capture your eye. These layers of chiseled mirrors are perfectly placed and seem to climb the walls of the room to mimic the mountain range just outside the chalet. Slate countertops and backsplash surround the vessel sink and wall-mounted faucet. A rich, slate flagstone floor completes the room. All doorways of the estate are clad in solid knotty alder wood and are complemented by Emtek hardware in a cool zinc metal tone.
A guest En-Suite that is large enough to be a second owner’s suite is available on the main level. This private suite boasts a huge picture window to showcase views of nature. There is a built-in dresser with a marble countertop, flat screen TV, walk-in closet, sitting area, and private patio access. Guests are treated to a 5-star hotel experience in this space. Sip coffee on a private patio while watching deer graze or
take a relaxing bubble bath in the soaking tub in the impressive spa-like bathroom. This luxurious bathroom showcases a unique mural of nature that is etched in glass
that surrounds a huge, walk-in, travertine tile-clad shower. A richly textured Venetian plaster covers the walls while large travertine tiles with diamond-shaped inlays finish off the floor.
Travel to the lower level of this Tahoe-style chalet and prepare to be impressed with more old-world luxury complemented by amenities that will please the most
accomplished entertainer. The staircase is clad with a hotel-grade runner that is flanked by walnut floors and highlighted by night lights. As you step onto the lower landing, you will find a door to an immense closet that wraps below the staircase forstorage.
The entire lower level is set up for maximum enjoyment and entertaining guests in an exquisite setting. The lower level is a second, complete living area. The slate floor leads you to a billiards/game room, wet bar with mini kitchenette, powder room, nine-seat private theatre, a custom wine cellar, laundry room, and two luxury bedroom en-suites. Two separate staircases attached the lower level to the upper
level. One leads attaches the great room area to the lower level and the other connects the master bedroom wing to the entertainment areas below.
The billiards room is made to feel rustic but at the same time, upscale. This spacious
room is flooded with natural light and large windows frame the entrance to an outside cobblestone patio. The room boasts a rock wall that surrounds a gas fireplace with a
granite ledge hearth for cozy gatherings. Room for dining or gathering in the open area is accented by a built-in entertainment center that houses a flat-screen TV and
perfectly compliments the room’s rugged look. Enjoy football games and host Superbowl parties here. A sturdy, Craftsman-style pool table anchors the room under
a billiards light. The wet bar is beautifully designed with leather-finished, chiseled edged, granite countertops. Craftsman-style cabinets with square glass inserts are
beautifully displayed. There is a built-in microwave, U-line refrigerator, small dishwasher, sink, and space for a small electric range. A convenient dumbwaiter is nestled in the space between the bar and the theatre room for the convenience of passing wagyu sliders and buffalo chicken wings down for your guests. The kitchenette is perfect for making a batch of buttery popcorn and pouring an ice-cold
microbrew before entering the private, custom theatre.
The impressive theatre room continues with the theme of rugged luxury. The walls are finished in a three-dimensional, faux treatment that mimics chiseled rock. The dim rope lights on the steps of this cool space lead you to 9 upscale, oversized leather recliners. Craftsman-style sconces display silhouettes of wildlife. The three-dimensional walls that mimic chiseled rock hide the surround sound system and
projector equipment. It all beckons you to get comfortable and relax in front of the huge screen to watch your favorite movies.
A remarkable wine cellar is nearby and marked by a locking, heavy wood door with speak-easy. Prepare to be transported to a cave tucked deep into a mountain when
you step into this temperature-controlled space. Sturdy wood beams hang over the walls that seem to be chiseled out of rock. Heavy wood cabinets are built around
individual metal racks that secure aged wine bottles and span the entire area of the space. A cozy wine tasting area is nestled in the corner of this cave-like room. A castle-inspired chandelier dangles from the center of the room. A doorway near the back of the room leads you farther inside the wine cave to an additional wine storage area. This inspiring space lends to a calming aesthetic so that you may experience
wine in the natural surrounding of a cool mountain cave.
Just outside the entertaining rooms, a wide hallway lined with built-in, wood shelves large enough to house a private library is set against richly textured, forest green plaster walls. This hallway leads to additional storage space, a pantry, a powder room, house cellar access, and two more luxury en-suites. The pantry offers built-in shelves and is plumbed for a washer/dryer and full-size refrigerator.
A lower-level powder bath is just off of the billiards/bar room for your guest’s
convenience. The wall covering is a rich, layered metallic foil over plaster and wraps
the room in a rich texture. A beautiful, round, stone vessel sink sets under a
pulley-style light fixture to control the level of light in the room.
An apartment size En-Suite is just down the hall. This massive En-Suite is flooded with natural light and boasts a beautiful, built-in, king-size murphy bed, a walk-in closet,
private patio access, and another spa-like bathroom. Any long-term guest will enjoy this luxury retreat. This room leads to additional living space that may be used as a
nursery, office or living area for complete, private comfort. Step onto the slate floors
of the bathroom En-Suite and experience another Tahoe-style, spa retreat. The walk-in shower is surrounded by etched glass that mimics a mountain scene in nature. A
shower bench with built-in niches is available for convenience. Leather-finished granite surrounds the double vanity and textured, three-dimensional walls finish off
the spa-like space.
Next is another private guest En-Suite. Step onto the plush carpet and feel as if you are walking on clouds through the luxurious space. A large slate surround wraps around a gas fireplace with a hearth for sitting. Craftsman-style sliding doors lead to a private patio covered with cool creeping fig. The room also offers a large walk-in closet. There is another Impressive bathroom en-suite to ensure your guests are always comfortable.
This spacious bathroom offers a soaking tub, and a double vanity all wrapped in a unique crackle plaster on the walls. The walk-in shower is another artistic display with a chiseled glass surround. The chiseled glass is layered to mimic a mountain range. The clear glass is beautifully etched with silhouettes of nature. The immense shower is covered in slate and includes a large bench and niches to finish off the true Tahoe spa experience.
Life in this grand chalet offers an abundance of beauty and grandeur in a rugged, natural state. The architecture of the lodge reflects an era when only the elite could
travel to experience the same scale of old-world splendor in the style in which this estate is built. Expansive, panoramic views of the Sacramento valley are offered from every corner of the tree-top terrace where you have complete, top-of-the-world privacy and seventy-five miles of view! Sip cabernet or whiskey on the rocks as you sit on your private deck and watch the sun sink into the horizon as the city lights emerge
from the valley below. From cozy fireside gatherings or family holidays to grand-scale entertaining, or charity events, this lodge has a space and a place for everything. Live
each day surrounded by the amenities of a vacation home both inside and out as this chalet sets in a harmonious, upscale golf course community. The Smith lodge is ready
for you to be transported to a grand era in a mountain lodge in Tahoe while staying close to all of the luxuries of Winchester Golf Club Community. Come and experience
the architecture, space, and elegance of this magnificent lodge today and start living your best life in nature’s grandeur.