Featured in the Winter 2008 Edition of Traveling Sportsman Magazine, this recently remodeled 5,800 Approximate Square Feet, 5 bedroom, 5 bath subterranean CAVE house nestled among approximately 270+/- acres is up for sale! Built with the philosophy that the ongoing preservation of natural beauty is paramount. This one-of-a-kind self contained masterpiece features a gourmet island kitchen boasting ceramic tile flooring, convection stainless steel oven, free standing stainless steel ice maker, island with flat surface cook top, granite countertops, and stainless steel refrigerator! Wine and dine you and your guests with this open floor plan! Step up to your family room offering ceramic tile flooring, custom light fixtures, elegant furniture, and massive cave fountain! Billiards room above kitchen features ceramic tile flooring, gametables, new custom light fixtures, and gorgeous view overlooking helipad and waterfall! Each romantic suite features private luxurious baths! Other features include: Mile and one half of cave can be explored through the back door of the home! Waterfalls, ponds, 3 wells, Helipad, water reservoir, massive pond, and barn with apartment, stalls, and an office! Navigate one of the many caves located on the property! Go rock climbing, bike/horseback riding, fishing, etc! Note: Elk were reintroduced to the area approximately 10 years ago, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation! All kinds of wildlife can be explored! Contact Jason Edington at 870-246-2984 for more information! Seller will consider owner financing!
HISTORY INFO: Cave enthusiasts have been frequent visitors mapping out 10 of the many caves found so far on the property. The very first visitors to the caves are believed to be the Shawnee Nation. The caves have been actively used since 1823. A pine pitch handmade torch found a quarter mile into the cave verifies people were exploring the cave in the 1800s. During the Civil War, a log cabin was built inside the Beckham Creek Cave but was torn down after the war. It was even reported to have been used by the James Gang hiding from the law. In the 20s, bootlegging had began and a photograph from 1942 shows moonshine still standing from the formation. The home was built as a bomb shelter by John Hay - The great-great-grandson of U.S. Secretary of State John Milton Hay, the entrepreneur had seen the television nuclear-war movie The Day After and decided to build a haven. Hays, founder of Celestial Seasonings Tea Company, as a preparation for what he believed was looming on the horizon a holocaust. He did some excavation into the mountainside, put up cinder block walls and laid plywood floors, then quit. In 1987, his wife decided the danger was over and convinced her husband to sell. The cave was then bought by a Mr. Richardson (first name unknown) who thought it would make a great nightclub. He proceeded to do all the interior woodwork plus added a heliport during 1987 and 1988. Over 250 guests from Hollywood came to the grand opening, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Selleck, Diana Ross and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played at the opening! It was then purchased and ran as a resort until 1994 when it was purchased by the original owner, John Hay. Not much changed until the current owners acquired the property and have been running the property as part lodge and part vacation home. The present owner has transformed the cave to meet the more modern standards and a more comfortable lifestyle that seems fit for a king! For information regarding the sale - Contact Jason Edington with United Country - Hometown Realtors 870-246-2984.
*Buyers broker must be identified on first contact AND agent must accompany prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met fee participation will be at sole discretion of United Country Hometown Realtors.
PROPERTY NUMBER: 03007-28850