Villa Bella sits high atop a rocky ridge overlooking Jackson Hole. Below, the wide valley rolls away for miles upon miles. Below, the wide valley rolls away for miles upon miles. A long driveway, bordered by streams and shadowy forest, winds its way up to the house, a magnificent Western lodge made of wood, solid stone and ethereal glass.
The living and dining areas are divided by a massive two-sided stone fireplace and illuminated by a 40-foot-high wall of windows. A rustic staircase, with a cast bronze twig-and-branch handrail by sculptor W. Tom Ellicker, curves majestically up both sides of the front entryway. A second-story walkway crosses the big open space over the living room and leads to the sleeping quarters. Each of the five bedrooms in this home is a master suite, filled with light and decorated with bold furnishings. Each has its own stone fireplace, with hand-crafted cast iron and glass doors. Inside, a cosmic, two-lane bowling alley, a gorgeous bar room, and a casual pub with a billiards table make a day of rain most welcome. The house also has a state-of-the-art fitness center, a movie theater that seats twelve in deep leather armchairs, a private indoor bowling alley, and a truly fabulous indoor hot tub, modeled after the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Park.
The entire eastern side of the house is encircled by a long stone terrace; an outdoor dining area, hot tub, and a large fire pit. The vast terraces around the house are equipped with a snow melt system, so that winter or summer one can step right outside.
Jackson Hole, a valley and wilderness recreation area in western Wyoming, is bordered by the jagged peaks of the Tetons. Close to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, it’s home to upscale ski resorts, rustic campsites and dude ranches. Jackson is the valley’s lively main town, where Old West shopfronts mix with modern sites such as the National Museum of Wildlife Art.