The Shooting Star lands span 1,300 breathtaking acres between the tumbling Snake River and the Grand Tetons; a glorious carpet stitched from pastures, ponds, streams, woods and the rolling greens of the golf course. The property was named for the bejeweled Wyoming night sky – and each of the handsome, private cabins studding the Shooting Star expanse seems to have its own personal swath of heaven overhead. Shooting Star Cabin Number 9 is one of these: beautiful, solid and traditional in design, a true family retreat. The log and board house stretches out alongside a sparkling stream. Its windows glow with welcome.
Inside the substantial front door, a sunlit foyer opens to a lovely, warm interior. The living, dining and kitchen areas are all gathered in one open, ground-floor space at the end of the house, anchored by a wall of cut stone, and a big wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Deep couches and patterned armchairs are gathered round the fire, and above it, a flat-screen TV is mounted on the simple, rustic mantle. Modern and antique, classic and bold happily co-mingle at Cabin 9. Outside, on the stone patio, a large hot tub glories in its thrilling proximity to the ski slopes – and of course, the ski shuttle will get you to those very slopes and back again, whenever you wish.
Everywhere, wide windows let in the astounding view. The living room ceiling arches high overhead and then drops down, over the kitchen, to a crosshatch of weathered beams. Here, smooth, speckled stone countertops pick up the dark tones of the wood cabinets. There is a center island with a prep sink, and a great steel range, as well as a wall oven and built-in microwave. Ample refrigeration – including a wine cooler – is available in under-counter drawers and a full, standing fridge. A breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the living and dining areas, and a pantry is just steps away.
Nearby waits the family room, with a long sectional couch – a perfect, quiet place for movies, games, reading or just hanging out.
Shooting Star Cabin 9’s carpeted master suite is set in a wing of its own, angling off the main house toward the mountains. A windowed hallway leads to the bedroom at the very end of the wing, where a stone, gas fireplace finalizes the space. Here a carved wood, king size bed, piled with pillows, faces both the fire and a flat-screen TV mounted above the mantelpiece. The master bath is airy and luxurious, paneled in creamy painted wood. There is a big, glass-walled shower, double sinks, a private water closet and a deep soaking tub.
The second floor holds three guest bedrooms and a light-filled landing/office. The office has room for two to spread out and work comfortably side by side – though the views through the mullioned windows are distracting indeed! Just off the landing is a bedroom with a handsome queen bed, flanked by pinecone reading lights. This bedroom has roomy closets and a bathroom of its own, with a shower and a private water closet.
A short hallway, with windows on both sides, leads from the landing to a second bedroom – a charming hideaway with two double-decker wood bunk beds. Sturdy ladders lead up to the top berths. Each bed is snug and comfy, with a colorful animal pillow for company. A second door leads to the back stair landing, and from there, down to the mudroom and laundry room.
Over the garage – across the back landing from the bunkroom – is a final, spacious guest bedroom, big enough for a family. Two sweet twin beds with checked pillowcases stand at one end of the room; at the other, a big wood queen size bed with matching checked pillows. A pair of wonderful rollback armchairs wait beside a big window, with a cherry-red ottoman between them. This bedroom has a private bathroom with a shower.
Outside is the wide wonderland of Shooting Star, and all of Jackson Hole beyond it. From Cabin 9’s hot tub, you can see all the way up the ski slopes and over to the village. In the winter the scene sparkles with lights; in warmer months the varied wildlife of Jackson Hole – moose, elk, red foxes, trumpeter swans – pass through the grasslands and the ponds. It’s a magical place, all your own.TripAdvisor property ID 3549840...Read more
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