Perched high on a bluff overlooking the valley below sits this dramatically designed rustic contemporary retreat sited on 17 acres offering a beautiful wooded setting, high elevation, breathtaking panoramas, and stunning countryside vistas that stretch for miles! Warm and inviting entry opens to den/office/sitting area plus easy access to spacious loft-style master bedroom with views framed in through carefully placed transoms above living area and adjacent master bathroom with granite topped double vanity. Descend to the main level to find open and airy dining area, sunken living room with incredible wood clad ceilings, beamed accents, woodstove, and loads of glass, updated kitchen with granite counters, tile backsplash, and huge center island with limestone surround that adjoins generous entertaining area and informal dining space, two nicely appointed guest bedrooms (one with unique reading loft accessed via ladder), updated full bath with tile floors and tile surround tub/shower, laundry space, and access to large rear deck and screen room. Walk-out lower level houses expansive family room with additional woodstove, bar area and under stair wine cellar. Take in the views and surrounding nature from a number of spots including the screened porch, deck, or side patio. Detached two car garage has plenty of room for storage and vehicles, and horse enthusiasts note additional outbuilding/horse barn for stabling that feeds to large fenced corral. A variety of trees highlight the exterior and provide privacy and seasonal color, and meticulous landscaping adorns the surround. Additional amenities include asphalt drive with double access and Cyprus siding. Located only a short drive to Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, Galena, and Hanover. Truly a gorgeous example of architectural uniqueness tucked into rolling countryside of Jo Daviess County! *Portion of the property in Forest Management Program. Taxes reflect owner occupied and senior exemptions. Power line easement run across one corner of property.