Lions Haven is an estate of true distinction blending opulence, style, and old-world craftsmanship. Tucked away just around the corner from renowned Great Falls National Park, the stately gates part ways to reveal a gracious, wide, 400-foot driveway creating an approach akin to those of the finest Renaissance estates of Europe. A long series of lighted pillars and statues lead to a motor court revolving around a bubbling fountain, setting the scene for the regal facade, illuminated at night and anchored by four grand corinthian columns supporting the imposing portico over custom wrought iron double doors. The reception hall, with its twin wrought iron staircases, has all of the grandeur one would expect from a home of this caliber, introducing the stunning craftsmanship found throughout. Imported marbles, handcrafted plasterwork, and precise millwork complement the finest fixtures, and harken back to a personalized level of craftsmanship extremely rare in today’s market. Embassy sized formal rooms boast exquisite details such as gold leaf, Venetian plaster, and sparkling crystal chandeliers as a nod to the home’s European heritage. The great room, with its double height ceilings drawing the eye upward from the oversized open hearth fireplace, is arguably the focal point of the main level, and captures the essence of a residence where grandeur is the theme. However, any great home must be livable, and Lions Haven is able to distinguish itself by introducing this level of intimacy while retaining its formality. The family room, for instance, is no less ornate than any of the formal rooms, yet manages to capture a certain warmth with its Brazilian cherry flooring and ample natural light. Immediately adjacent, the gourmet kitchen has the finest furniture finished cabinetry and Versailles travertine flooring, and also boasts every modern chef’s convenience including Sub Zero/Wolf appliances and the ubiquitous Miele espresso machine. Primary suites are found on main and upper levels, each featuring sumptuous marble-clad spa baths with jetted soaking tubs, and more importantly creating a level of flexibility pertaining to multigenerational living. Secondary bedrooms on the upper level are not aptly named — they are primary suites in and of themselves, with generous proportions, coffered ceilings, and a cozy shared reading area with custom built-ins. The lower level could serve as its own residence with its own distinct style. Fine stone flooring carries throughout, while amenities abound including a proper wine cellar, mahogany-clad lounge area, a dedicated billiards room, pub, fitness center, and professional home cinema. A separate guest apartment above the garage boasts its own kitchen and living area, truly establishing a home within a home. The outdoor areas have an elegance to match the rest of the home, with an extensive limestone patio surrounding the mosaic-lined swimming pool and associated raised hot tub. Beneath its classical skin, Lions Haven is run by state-of-the-art technology, including video surveillance, quintuple-zoned HVAC, central vacuum, full house generator, underground sprinklers, and twin two car garages. Solid brick and stone construction topped by a slate roof reinforces the quality proposition, and makes the residence a true fortress. Ideally located and providing an entirely unique living experience, Lions Haven is one of the most lavish estates ever to be offered in Great Falls. __
Listing courtesy of TTR Sotheby's International Realty. Selling Office: .