This English Tudor-style estate once built and owned by the late rock legend Joe Cocker—known for his hits “You’re So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong”—was recently listed for $18 million. The estate is known as Mad Dog Ranch and was first built in 1994. It is located in the heart of the North Fork Valley (about 117 miles north of Telluride) in Crawford, Colorado, with exceptional views of Needle Rock, Landsend Peak, and the west. Elk Mountains.
The 15,873-square-foot home sits on 316 acres and borders a national forest, making it the ultimate private escape. Singer, who died in 2014, built and carefully curated every inch of this home. In fact, the estate is being sold fully furnished with an extensive curated art collection, library and his beloved historic snooker table that once belonged to King Edward VII. It also includes Cocker’s piano and a gold record.
In total there are 15 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and four powder rooms spread between the main house and the 6,570-square-foot guest home, as well as the caretaker’s house. It was architect John D. Designed by Kelly, who took an elegant, old-world English style and combined it with a modern mountain aesthetic. The stately home is constructed of stone and has a grand circular driveway and turreted entry way. There are outstanding views from every inch of the property, be it the lawns, the sprawling terrace on the main floor or the bedrooms.
“This is the most remarkable home I’ve ever been in, and the attention to detail is impeccable,” says listing agent Dan Dockre of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado. “It is situated in the most quiet and secluded spot on the West Elk Mountains; There is nothing else like it. The home is luxurious beyond expectations and yet feels comfortable and unpretentious, an exquisite combination of vision executed in a dramatic setting.”
The chateau-style home has a grand terrace that runs the length of the house that overlooks the backyard. There are multiple seating areas, covered patios and outdoor fireplaces. There is also a terrace on the second story, as well as a hot tub. There’s also a formal dining room, five-car garage, library, billiards room with bar, both of which have a regal, old-world feel.
However, the real magic waits outside. There are several impressive gardens, 60 acres of irrigated fields, horse stables, two giant water slides and access to Cottonwood Creek. It is the ultimate destination for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and exploring the endless nature of the property. The year-round escape is truly perfect for all kinds of activities and the perfect place to create a legacy family compound.
“Some of the most interesting features include ownership of a water company in the valley, a beautiful lake with two amusement park-like water slides, a recirculating creek, and an extensive art and book collection,” he says. “The setting is powerful, enchanting, and offers the ultimate escape.”
It is equally situated between Telluride, Crested Butte and Aspen and is ideally located for those who enjoy skiing.