The 250-acre expanse surrounded by snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks means you’re in a deeply remote expanse of wilderness, a place that becomes even more alluring with each news cycle. Corn Ranch Triple C by Cuvée, a new opening by the house and villa company for exclusive use, is accessible / remote: Just a 90 minute drive west of Denver in Silverthorne, Colorado. But while you’re at it, there are country activities suitable for all four seasons and all age groups to keep guests on the bucolic grounds. And the two lodges capable of accommodating up to 16 people have just been designed in a rustic luxury log cabin style in keeping with the surroundings.
Horses are the center of attention here due to the backgrounds of the property’s owners, Sharon Magness Blake, a famous Arabian horse breeder and owner of Thunder, the White Arab mascot of the Denver Broncos, and her horse-enthusiastic husband, Ernie Blake. Guests can learn to ride horses, take guided hikes, groom horses, attend a private rodeo in the indoor arena, and practice equine therapy, a popular discipline for reducing stress among other conditions. (If he’s in residence, guests may also encounter Thunder — he’s going between his Denver home and here, but he’s not available for walks.) Other activities include fly fishing for trout in the three private ponds of the property, hiking on the trails and in snowshoes in winter or cross-country skiing on the ground. Downhill skiing is also available nearby with Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski resorts within a 30 minute drive. All activities are coordinated by Personal Experience Curator Elise Boisnard, a Colorado native and outdoor adventurer who makes tailor-made plans for each guest.
The two lodges, built from logs from the eastern plains of Colorado, were redesigned when the property was incorporated into Cuvée with interiors redesigned by the company’s lead designer, Cheryl Lucas, to present both comfy elements in the rooms. 10 bedrooms and open spaces for entertaining. “I have worked all over the world and there is no place like Colorado,” she explains. “The majestic mountains, magnificent aspens and acres of cattle and horses inspired me to design the house around floor-to-ceiling windows. Designing a luxury ranch house allows me to get my hands on rich textures like leathers, skins, rich upholstery and velvets; these dynamic materials are a perfect complement to the warmth of the fireplace and natural wood elements throughout the property. The end result is spectacular and I can’t wait for the world to see it.
Matching the setting, the culinary offerings are also mountain rustic but with sophisticated preparations and local ingredients designed by chefs Jay Spicklmeier, a veteran of the Colorado food scene and Adam Smith, a classically trained French chef. Representative dishes include local bison ribs, smoked trout canapes, and cheddar cookies with local whipped butter. As with any exclusive use property, guest preferences determine menus and dishes can be enjoyed by candlelight on the farmhouse-style dining table or packaged as a picnic lunch break while riding one of the horses on the trails.