By virtue of exceptional design and placement, the Hughes property takes its place as a distinguished property in West Central Idaho. The beauty of fine architecture in a uniquely rich landscape is that possibilities are inspired, cultivated and realized. As the headquarters for many years of Hughes River Expeditions, Idaho’s premiere whitewater rafting company and the home of the Hughes family since 1992, there is a sense that this is a special place where ideas, vision, engagement and a dynamic, nurturing family life has happened; accumulated memories have established a rich, indelible patina on the place. From first glimpse the residence and landscape have the priceless advantage of creating anticipation that is never disappointed for what comes next.
Beautifully designed, finely crafted and deep with special amenities, the modern farm house residence occupies an unusually aesthetic and perfectly secluded setting along the west bank of Rush Creek, a year round mountain stream that begins in the Cuddy Mountains and winds its way for ½ mile through the diverse 124.5 acre Hughes property. From the grand kitchen that has hosted so many gatherings to the bench lined fire pit across the creek by footbridge, an expansive, country style yard landscaping, creek-side ski-lift chair swing, deck and patio, basketball court and the priceless sound and habitat rich aesthetics of the creek, this home place and large land parcel promise the best of living.
The Hughes property is located approximately 2 miles northwest of Cambridge, Washington County’s northernmost municipality. Cambridge is a small town with a big sense of community and the closest service and social center. Nestled along the Weiser River and surrounded by mountains on three sides, Cambridge is at the junction of Highways 95 and 71 thereby securing recognition as the Gateway to Hell’s Canyon. Cambridge is in the heart of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and surrounded by millions of acres of national forest, state and BLM lands reaching in all directions and accessible for hunting, hiking, horse-back riding and exploring. Characteristic of the area are the countless springs, creeks, rivers, lakes and reservoirs that add so much diversity. Cambridge offers a variety of shops and services that include lodging, restaurants, groceries, museum, fuel, professional and medical services, senior center and a K-12 school system. Cambridge hosts numerous civic events throughout the year including Hell’s Canyon Days in early June and the Washington County Fair and Rodeo the first week in August.
It is a scenic 30 mile drive to Brownlee Reservoir on the Snake River and another 45 minutes to Hell’s Canyon Dam, North America’s deepest river gorge. With more pioneer and Native American historic sites than any other river in the region and a celebrated reputation for fishing, boating, white water rafting, hiking and hunting, the Snake River Canyon is a paradise of awe inspiring natural beauty and a Mecca of recreational opportunity.
McCall on Payette Lake, one of Idaho’s most popular summer and winter resort and recreation areas, is approximately 50 miles north. Idaho’s capitol city of Boise and Boise International Airport are about a two hour drive from Cambridge via state and interstate highways.
Built in 1989, the residence is a modern 3 bedroom, 2½ bath, two story farm house with approximately 4,413 sq. ft. of living space including the 850 sq. ft. headquarters office. Covered wrap-around decks on three sides and a covered deck at the back of the home protect formal and side entries and create depth for wonderful outdoor living. A huge country kitchen is the hub of the home and convenient to the formal dining area, family room and covered back deck and patio. Features of the kitchen include a plethora-plus of quality, custom Shaker style cabinets and matching glass doored hutch, a breakfast and serving bar large enough to accommodate most any size group or occasion, extra prep sink, and new GE Monagram side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, stove top, built-in double ovens and dishwasher. By any standards, the kitchen is showcase caliber, a delight for special occasions, quick meals, a latte’ or for socializing while the cooks are working their magic. The formal dining area comfortably accommodates special dinners while being relaxed for everyday living.
French doors open into the family room that can be separated off or opened up depending on the occasion. Features of the family room include a brick hearth with Lopi Wood Stove, built-in book shelves and a large bay window facing the creek line. Also accessible from the kitchen is the living room with brick hearth and wood insert for winter evenings. The formal front foyer efficiently and artistically incorporates a powder room, open staircase to the upper level and passages to the family room, small office/den and a formal living room. The floor plan of the home is user friendly and captivating, the craftsmanship and décor’ are beautiful.
A bright, open landing at the top of the upper level staircase leads to the main bath, two guest bedrooms and the master suite. The two guest bedrooms are spacious with windows that look out to the creek. The generous main bath includes a walk-in tiled shower. The master suite is one-of-kind: the beautiful bedroom is complemented by a master bath with jetted tub, tiled walk-in shower, two vanities and an absolutely royal supply of built-in, custom Shaker style closets, drawers and cupboards.
Two exterior side doors, one front and one back, are entries to the large back porch/utility room and an adjacent mechanical room and pantry. This space was also designed and plumbed for a second “canning” kitchen which could be installed if so desired.
The original home was designed with an attached, oversized three car garage of approximately 850 sq. ft. which has been attractively remodeled and purposed by the current owners as office headquarters for Hughes River Expeditions. Converting the space back into a garage or using it as a recreation room are but two of a number of feasible options.
2”X 6” frame construction
Low maintenance aluminum exterior siding
Enameled steel roofing
Pella Windows throughout (with the exception of the office headquarters)
Efficient Water-to-air (Geothermal) heating/cooling system (on each floor)
Pella sliding glass doors in dining room and living room open to covered decks
Outbuildings include two small storage sheds and a woodshed
THE LAND & WATER:
The land is comprised of deep, rich and well-drained, silt clay loam soils along Rush Creek, well suited to growing fruit and shade trees, vegetable and flower gardens. Two small meadow clearings next to the residence will accommodate a few head of livestock. Additional meadows could be cleared if desired. The ½ mile of stream channel is lined and protected on both sides by a well-established, habitat rich riparian corridor of cover that includes native grasses, cottonwood, native hawthorn, willow, saringa and an occasional rim-rock outcropping. The majority of the 124.5 acres is predominantly native pasture comprised of thin stony soils commonly valued for early spring grazing.
Domestic water is provided by an approximate 240 ft. deep, drilled well estimated to produce 20 gallons per minute. Water quality is excellent.
Wonderful year around living. Four distinct seasons. Excellent growing conditions allow for yards, gardens and orchards. Elevation is approximately 2700 ft. Annual precipitation is about 21 inches.
A wide variety of birds and mammals inhabit the area. The game birds include valley quail, mourning dove, wild turkeys, blue and ruffed grouse. There are also great horned owls and several varieties of hawks and many songbirds. Mammals include: black bear, elk, mule deer, coyotes and foxes