Countryside Escapes: Scenic Ranch With Rolling Pastures

With rolling pastures and prairies all around, this ranch easily earns it nickname, Nature’s Gate. A long driveway guides visitors past barns and horse stables to the main house, where wood beams, fireplaces and neutral furniture create a comfortable, country setting.

From: Andrea Swan

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography

Home Exterior With Breezeway at Night

A winding driveway cuts through through grassy lawns on the approach to this woodsy home. From the outside, it's easy to see the breezeway that connects the garage and the main residence.

Country House Exterior and Driveway

The property that surrounds the house is a picturesque blend of open lawns and forests, adding to the home's tucked-away-from-it-all quality.

Country House and Garage Exterior

The architecture takes its cues from friendly farmhouse looks, with the garage doubling as a barn and plenty of driveway and lawn to ramble on.

House Exterior and Front Yard

The landscaping follows a meandering, casual plan with stepping stones buried in grass and garden beds that border the house and driveway.

Small Country Living Room With Stone Fireplace

An overstuffed sectional is a smart way to give maximum seating to the narrow area around the fireplace. Positioning it to one side also leaves enough room to walk by and use the door to the outside.

Country Great Room With Exposed Beams

Unfinished wood beams, columns and paneling wrap the great room in natural warmth. Sunlight streams in through the home's many windows.

Country Dining Room With Stone Fireplace

The dining room and kitchen are connected in an open plan layout with thick, exposed beams crisscrossing overhead. The back wall of the dining room opens up to connect the room to a stone patio.

Rustic Dining Room With Edison Bulb Pendants

Over the dining table, simple lightbulb pendants are looped around an exposed beam to hang at different heights.

Edison Bulb Pendant Lights

Edison bulb pendants give light over the dining table without competing with the heavy exposed beams they hang from.

Open Plan Country Dining Room With Multicolor Rug

The kitchen opens directly onto a dining area; both spaces are treated to expansive views of the backyard. Beneath the dining table, a mixed pattern rug has all the colorful appeal of a patchwork quilt.

Country Dining Table With Wildflowers

Mason jars and ceramic dishes perfectly match the unfussy feel of the rustic dining room. A bouquet of wildflowers is an easy, charming centerpiece.

Neutral Country Living Room With Vaulted Ceiling

The home's main living room offsets its high vaulted ceiling paneled in wood and thick beams with furniture that's white and bright.

Neutral Country Living Room With Tufted Armchairs

To counter all the unfinished wood that fills the living spaces with rustic character, designers selected more streamlined, elegant furnishings like this slim, dark coffee table and tufted armchairs.

Wood Stairs and Rustic Walls

Honey-colored wood floors are a striking contrast to this stairwell's unfinished wood paneled walls.

Blue Hall and Black Railing

This top floor hallway is painted a pretty sky blue. A series of teardrop pendants match the airy mood.

Country Bedroom With Colorful Quilt

In the bedrooms, weathered wood paneling and barn-style sliding doors appeal to the home's farmhouse sensibilities. Bedding is a bold, sassy twist on the patchwork quilt standard.

Rustic Contemporary Bathroom With Cylindrical Pendants

Reclaimed wood topped with cool, smooth gray stone makes for a handsome vanity in this bathroom. A vessel sink adds another layer of compelling texture.

Country Bathroom With Boots

Hose off dusty feet after a hard day's work in this tack room-inspired bathroom.

Outdoor Fireplace and Patio

At the outside end of the house, a stone fireplace cozies up the flagstone patio.

Courtyard and Breezeway

A petite courtyard sits between the garage and the home; the breezeway between the two buildings is the courtyard's back boundary. In the yard, four tidy garden beds are perfect for herbs and veggies.

Stone Patio With Chairs and Dining Table

An outdoor sitting area and dining area, complete with a pizza oven, attaches to the dining room via a sliding glass door. Al fresco dinner party, done!

Outdoor Country Dining Table With Sunflowers

Outdoor meals take place on this friendly picnic table where seating is benches and laid-back metal chairs. For a centerpiece, single wildflower stems line up in green glass bottles.

Chicken on Patio

Meals outdoors at the home's cheery dining area often come with a friendly visitor or two.

Country House Exterior and Land Overview

The country estate sits off by itself on a plot of land surrounded by forests. Its plentiful outdoor spaces include grassy yards, patios and covered porches.

Bird's Eye View of Country Estate

Off on its own on a plot of land surrounded by forests, this home is indeed a country retreat.

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