The Cockers custom-built the 15,873-square-foot manse in the early 1990s and though the couple originally planned to spend only a few weeks of the year at the property they decided to make it their full-time home in 1994. The baronial, stone-faced manor house, described in marketing materials as “English Tudor” in style, features a 33-foot tall turret and grand foyer with sweeping staircase and inlaid marble floor medallion. Both the huge and eclectically furnished formal living and dining rooms feature Gothic-style cathedral windows. The former strikes a colorful pose with a vivid pair of fuchsia chesterfields in front of a white marble-faced fireplace and the latter screams “How do you do?” with two Toyota-sized crystal chandeliers, a leopard print rug courageously coupled with floral wallpaper, and a fireplace with glossy-glam black marble surround and hearth. The cherry wood-paneled library has built-in bookcases, the huge billiard room sports a full bar and glass-fronted knickknack display cabinets, and the colossal, chef-friendly kitchen has one of the largest and most elaborately detailed wrought iron pot racks this veteran property gossip has ever laid eyes on. Private family quarters on the upper floor include a cozy lounge and a master suite that sprawls decadently over about 1,500-square-feet with 13-foot vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace, morning bar, dual bathrooms and dressing rooms, and a private balcony with postcard perfect views of Needle Rock and West Elk Mountain.
Several years back I found myself desiring one of those impressive wrought iron pot racks to hang above my kitchen island. After a considerable amount of comparison shopping, I accepted the fact that I was unlikely to find one for under $80. Unfortunately, that was well out of my budget at the time. I began to brainstorm workable substitutes and finally settled on an old ladder lying against the side of the garage. I had my husband cut it to size and attach cup hooks. We hung it from chain above the island, and it not only works beautifully but also is a main focal point of our kitchen.